Travellers looking to enjoy Vietnam’s beautiful beaches, amazing culture, and mouthwatering cuisine will have something to look forward to come March 15 2022, as the country is set to reopen its borders to tourists after a nearly two-year travel ban due to the coronavirus pandemic. Full details on quarantine and test requirements have yet to be announced, but the opening seems confirmed–so it might be a good idea to plan in advance if you’re keen on spending the summer in Vietnam.
Still cautious about visiting crowded spots? There’s the coastal town of Quy Nhon, an hour’s flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Like Nha Trang, its sister city to the north, Quy Nhon is blessed with gorgeous sandy-white beaches and a rich history, with 11th-century Cham-era buildings peppered across the city. But unlike Nha Trang, which has seen an explosion in resorts and malls catering to tourists, Quy Nhon is much more low key and relatively untrodden by tourists.
If you’re in town for a laidback, relaxing holiday, consider checking in to Maia Resort Quy Nhon, a 94-villa luxury resort by Fusion Hotel Group, which focuses on gastronomic-driven experiences and wellness. Soft launched in late 2020, the resort only recently celebrated its grand opening in December 2021, as it cut the ribbon on its final villas.
The journey to any traveler’s heart often requires a detour through the stomach, especially in a place like Vietnam, with a rich culinary tradition shaped by diverse influences. Understanding this, Maia guests have the choice of dinner or lunch, in addition to the complimentary breakfast; or an indulgent spa therapy, as part of the nightly rate.
Maia has two restaurants, Vị and ad hoc, along with an open-air pool bar. The casual all-day dining option Vị, can host up to 146 guests, with indoor and outdoor seating, and celebrates the abundant seafood and produce of the region. Take in the sights and smells at the live cooking stations, as you enjoy the view out over Phuong Mai Bay.
ad hoc is a more intimate affair that can host a maximum of 96 diners. Indulge in seasonal menus, prepared with fresh ingredients scoured by the head chef from the local markets daily. The restaurant offers a communal dining experience, akin to gathering for a feast with family.
The resort also offers a range of signature culinary experiences, including Once Upon a Table, a four-course chef’s table style experience at ad hoc; Barefoot Destination Dining overlooking the ocean; a private BBQ with a personal chef served up in the guest’s villa; an in-villa high tea service; and Breakfast by Design, which includes the option of an Insta-worthy floating breakfast tray.
Guests who are more wellness-inclined can opt for a daily spa treatment, instead of half board. Vēla spa is a ten-treatment-room oasis that draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape with natural design elements including granite, teak wood, and flora indigenous to the location. The ecologically-minded spa follows a jungle to jar concept with treatments built around local ingredients. Other facilities include an expansive pool and state-of-the-art fitness centre.
A day out enjoying sun and surf as well as the area’s idyllic charm and culture demand for a restful night’s sleep. Maia’s 94 villas range in size from one and three bedroom villas, most with private plunge pools and gardens. Accommodation options range from 61-square-meters for a semi-detached villa to a palatial 264-square-meters for the Three Bedroom Beachfront Pool Villa. The interiors all follow an earthy color palette, with pops of various ocean hues throughout. The link to the earth continues throughout the property with the use of reclaimed elements such as preserved driftwood, copper, and rattan making up the core materials used for the overall design.
The entry category of room starts at USD 185 nett per night, inclusive of half board or one spa treatment per adult per room.
More info and bookings on: quynhon.maiaresorts.com
**Cover photo and images courtesy of Balcony Media Group.