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Amanoi is – surprisingly – Aman resorts’ first venture into Vietnam. We say surprisingly because it seems amazing that it took the hotel group until 2013 to jump on the Vietnam bandwagon. They’re playing catch up pretty well, though, as Amanoi sits in an enviable position looking down on the exquisite Vinh Hy Bay.
There are 31 pavilions (some with private pools) and five multi-room Aman Villas designed along typically understated Aman lines but with distinctive Vietnamese styles in evidence. All the rooms have decking terraces with sunloungers. Away from the pavilions and villas, most of the action takes place in the Central Pavilion, modelled on a traditional Vietnamese communal hall and home to the restaurant, bar, library and another huge terrace offering knockout views. This is also where the Cliff Pool, one of the hotel's two big pools, is located.
The Aman Spa is beside a peaceful lotus-strewn lake on a lush hillside and there are five treatment rooms where guests can enjoy treatments from massages to wraps, plus a yoga pavilion and Pilates studio.
Finally, overlooking the sea is the Beach Club, another spot for light lunches or dinners, and the place to arrange watersports such as kayaking and snorkelling in Vinh Hy Bay. There is also a second swimming pool here.
In keeping with Amanresorts' naming policy, Amanoi means 'peaceful place', which sums it up pretty nicely.
Frances, Original Traveller