Thinking of staying at the stunning Anantara Quy Nhon Villas? Here’s a full review to help you decide!
Continuing along Alyshia’s leaving-Vietnam trip, we ended in a first for both of us — the beachside city of Quy Nhơn! After working with Anantara at their Mui Ne resort, their Hoi An location, and, of course, their luxury train ride, The Vietage, we were excited to check out their Quy Nhơn property! After this you could call us Anantara experts when it comes to Vietnam :p
Anantara and its sister property, Avani, are actually a good drive from the main part of Quy Nhơn, so keep that in mind when planning out your trip! It actually works nicely because you get this peaceful, beachside experience instead of being in the middle of the city, which was way bigger than I was expecting. From Diêu Trì Station, it’s about 45-60 minutes and from Phù Cát Airport, it’s 70-90 minutes.
We spent 3 nights in our private pool villa, using one of our days to rent motorbikes and drive into town. If you’re wondering what staying here is like, I broke down some specific things I loved as well as a more in-depth review!
7 Things I Loved About Anantara Quy Nhon Villas
What a way to round out our collaboration with Anantara! The Quy Nhơn Villas are their newest hotel property in Vietnam, and it’s such a wonderful experience. From the moment we checked in in the lobby to the moment we checked out, we felt totally spoiled! Here’s what I specifically loved.
1. The Staff
I always say staff and customer service at a hotel can make or break a stay for me. You could have the most beautiful hotel but if you have bad customer service, it’s all a waste. After our experiences at other Anantara properties, we had high exceptions for Quy Nhơn and were not remotely let down. Everyone we met were so lovely and on top of everything! Special shoutout to Mr. Nghia who took care of any requests or questions we had!
2. Dining by Design
Every Anantara property in Vietnam has Dining by Design, and we were excited to experience it again in Quy Nhơn after the one we had in Mui Ne! There are a few spots on the property where you can have your dinner, and ours was in a super secluded spot on the beach. We actually had a little path through the rocks to walk before we arrived!
Dinner itself is made of five courses that you create yourself. You can either pick from the connoisseur menus or collaborate with the chef on a bespoke menu. Ours was called “The Local Experience” and absolutely incredible. (I’ll get more into it below!)
3. Floating Breakfast
Lucky for us we got a little sneak peak at their floating breakfast right before they launched it! I mean what’s better than waking up in your own villa and having a huge tray of breakfast brought to you to eat from your private pool?
4. Our Turn Down Treats
Every night we got a yummy little treat to eat before bed (or in the morning if we came back too full from dinner). The one above was my favorite!
5. Their commitment to salt
Anantara Quy Nhơn’s main restaurant is Sea.Fire.Salt and they take their name very seriously. At all times in the restaurant, you can find a tray that displays all thirty-six salts they offer. You can even ask the Salt Guru, Mr. Vinh, about each one and what he recommends with your dish!
6. Our Beachfront Villa
Oh man, this is definitely one of the best places I’ve stayed yet. Anantara has only 26 villas in total, so you will never feel like you’re at an overcrowded resort. We loved our beachfront villa so much, we could’ve probably just stayed here our entire time swimming and lounging.
7. The Spa Experience
The spa here is something so special. It’s tucked away and surrounded by jungle and ocean views, so you can really relax in peace.
A More In-Depth Review
Anantara launched in 2001 with its Hua Hin resort in Thailand and has since expanded to a number of locations around the world. The name is old Sanskrit and means “never ending” or “without end” while their logo – that of two triangle pillows and a water pot – represents what Thai monks used to leave out for travelers. Together, it represents the brand’s commitment to never ending hospitality.
At each of their properties, they aim to pull inspiration from the local surroundings in terms of decor, meals, and activities so that each Anantara hotel or resort feels unique. Additionally, they aim to make luxury feel natural – staff is friendly not pretentious, surroundings are comfortable not stuffy, interiors are thoughtfully crafted not gaudily opulent.
About Anantara Quy Nhon
Like I mentioned above, Anantara Quy Nhon is the brand’s newest resort addition having been built in 2018! The story goes that its sister property, AVANI Quy Nhon, had a huge plot of land beside it completely unused. Instead of leaving it bare, they decided to build a new Anantara property.
They then built 26 villas which creates a more intimate experience. The designs were done by HB Design and drew inspiration from Bình Định province. You can see this especially when you check in! Their lobby features sofas designed like the thungs (the rounded fisherman boats you’ll see in floating along Vietnam’s coast) and a huge decorative piece along the ceiling that’s designed to look like traditional fishing nets.
FAQ When Booking
When is check in and check out?
Check-in is at 2:00 PM and check-out is 12:00 PM, though, of course, chat with reception to work with times that best fit your travel schedule!
How close are the villas to Quy Nhon?
The villas are a good 10km from the main city of Quy Nhơn, so I wouldn’t recommend trying to do a ton of sightseeing from here. We did some sightseeing one of our days, and it was a good hour to drive our motorbikes to the Buddha statue on the other side of the city.
I would recommend that if you want to do a lot of sightseeing in Quy Nhơn, to first stay in the city and then come out here for total relaxation. Trust me, as we were driving away we were wondering if we should’ve just forgone the day of sightseeing and chilled at the pool instead!
How far is it from the airport?
The villas are roughly 70-90 minutes from Phù Cát Airport depending on traffic. You can get a taxi or arrange a private transfer with Anantara.
About the Our Room
Oh, the rooms at this place are beautiful! The wood for the sundecks are made from locally-crafted teak wood while the interiors blend classic Vietnamese details with a modern twist to best compliment the surrounding beach.
One thing I loved is that the villas were designed in a semi-detached arrangement and that much of the natural landscape was kept in tact as possible. We stayed in a beachfront villa so we could walk off our sundeck and right into the sand if we wanted to. I actually went for a little sunrise walk on our last day down to where we had our Dining by Design dinner.
The main part of the villa is the room, of course! Our room comprised of two twin beds, a desk area behind the beds, two closets, a minibar/fridge cabinet, and a sitting area where we had the sweetest welcome treats waiting for us.
The beds are beyond comfortable and situated so you face the sun deck doors. Since the villas face the sunrise side, you can even wake-up with the sun if you’re an early riser. (We were not so the curtains remained closed lol).
Our bathroom was absolutely glorious. There are two showers – one indoor and one outdoor – and the vanity area has two sinks with all sorts of toiletries. For outfit checks, you’ve also got a massive mirror, and the toilet is in its own little nook. The best part of the bathroom, though, is the bathtub! It faces a huge floor to ceiling window so you get a view of the beach while you soak.
The Private Pool
The final part of the villa is the private pool. The pool is actually pretty long for a private villa pool! Ours had a nice stretch of sundeck with two sun beds and a huge daybed kept under the shade. We basically tried to hang out in here as much as possible, including right before we checked out!
Anantara had a bunch of little touches all over the villa that made it such a nice stay. Like at the minibar, they had a DIY cocktail station including a little recipe booklet for you to make your own. One thing I loved were the Boise speakers that let me play music while we were hanging out! Another was the stylish straw purse we could use during our stay!
Dining at Anantara Quy Nhon Villas
Okay, it’s official – Anantara owns my foodie heart. I now expect every Anantara around the world to be amazing in the gastronomy experience because the properties in Vietnam have set the bar high! We ate so well in Quy Nhơn, I’m pretty sure the extra 4kg I’ve gained came from these three days specifically.
Breakfast ala Carte
While we were there, we experienced three kinds of breakfasts! The first was breakfast ala carte. You can check out their current menu here. Whatever you get, I also highly recommend ordering their table service which is pictured above.
On our last day, we experienced their breakfast buffet which was a feast. You can still order ala carte but there’s also just a ton more food to sample. Like hello donut section! Why yes, I would enjoy a honeycomb to get my honey from!
Sorry for the minor picture spam. We were lucky to get to try out Anantara’s floating breakfast right before it launched. While they’ve offered in-villa gourmet breakfast options, the floating breakfast is a first! Served in a very cute heart-shaped basked, breakfast includes a huge array of fruits, yogurts, drinks, breads and pastries, and more. This is like my third floating breakfast experience, and it’s safe to say I’m a huge fan. Nothing like floating in water while munching away. Alyshia loved it so much, she said she was going to try to convince her dad to make her one for her birthday back in Toronto. Unluckily for her, Canada had a snowstorm in late April!
Spice Spoons Cooking Class
Our lunch one day was an exclusive cooking class with Anantara Quy Nhơn’s Executive Chef Mawa! We prepared four dishes inspired by Vietnam and SE Asia: crab & avocado lomi lomi, nhoam svay (green mango salad), ayam limau (kaffir lime chicken), and bò lúc lắc (black peppercorn beef). We also left with recipes to try with each dish, and I already know I need more of the crab & avo lomi lomi in my life!
Dinner at Sea. Fire. Salt
Guys. Even if you don’t stay at Anantara or Avani or anywhere near the property, I highly, highly recommending reserving a table at their Sea. Fire. Salt. restaurant and making your way out here for dinner one evening. The name is inspired by Bình Định province. “Sea” is for the surrounding ocean and the seafood that comes from the nearby villages. “Fire” because you need fire to create the meals. And “Salt” because the restaurant features 36 different kinds fo salt! Most of the menu items will have a recommended salt pairing when you order.
We had dinner here twice and had such a good meal both times! The first night was an absolute feast. We started with freshly baked bread and three different kinds of butter. Then followed with a few different starters: crab salad and crispy sesame, a sea bass ceviche, avocado and roasted beetroot salad, and foie gras. I also had a spiny lobster bisque. Meanwhile Mr. Vinh, the aforementioned Salt Guru, give us an overview all the different kinds of salts!
Then came time for the main courses. Sea. Salt. Fire. uses 200 million-year-old salt bricks from the Pubjab region of Pakistan for their salt brick menu. They’re heated to 200C so that meat and seafood can be cooked directly on them. We had their grilled seafood and their Australian tomahawk beef speciality. When I tell you we rolled back to our villas!
Our second dinner was much calmer haha. We thought we’d try some different dishes, so this time we started with their charcuterie selection as well as their Xuan Hai oysters on ice. Then we both followed with a grilled wagyu tenderloin, and I got a hot chocolate fondant made from avocado crème, pomelo, and passion fruit sorbet for dessert.
You can check out their full dinner menu here! Honestly, just recapping those meals has me salivating all over again.
Dining by Design
Like I mentioned above, our Dining by Design’s menu was “The Local Experience.” After walking down a lit-up pathway to a secluded spot on the beach, we sat down for a delicious fine dining meal.
Our first dish was the crab and avocado lomi lomi we’d later learn to make in our cooking class. This one was served with salmon caviar, a vodka vinaigrette, and in a chilled green mango gazpacho.
Next up was our fragrant chicken soup flavored with turmeric and lime leaf. I love how Anantara does their soups! They serve the main portion and then fill the bowl with broth right in front of you.
Next we went back to the sea with a lobster and crab ravioli cooked in seashell bisque and red pesto.
Then to the mountains for this roasted Margret duck breast served with foie gras jus and some light veggies to the side.
To finish off our meal, we had a coconut and pepper cream brûlée served in a coconut shell for dessert.
All the meanwhile we had Ms. Vy to make sure our drinks remained topped off and to get anything we may have needed!
I know what you’re thinking. “There’s more?!” Yes, there’s more!
The Main Pool & Pool Bar
If your private pool villa gets boring, don’t worry. There’s a whole main pool in the same area as Sea.Fire.Salt and the lobby. It has a swim-up bar as well as the cutest blue and white striped sun loungers.
Anantara’s spa at Quy Nhơn is truly its own little sanctuary. You’ll take a golf cart there from the villas and then walk down some stone steps before you see the spa itself nestled away like a relaxing hideaway. There are a number of treatments you can choose from; I believe we had their signature one! The massage pavilion is definitely one of the most beautiful I’ve seen as it’s open air and overlooks the ocean from its cliffside position.
For those that are motivated, they also offer morning yoga classes and afternoon Tai Chi or meditation classes at the spa!
One of Anantara Quy Nhơn’s selling points is its beautiful beach location. The landscape is peaceful and perfect for a little stroll. We were lucky that when we stayed, the sea was full of little fishing boats that twinkled at night.
How to Stay
Where to Book: You can book directly on their website
Address: Cầu Bãi Dại, Ghềnh Ráng, Thành phố Qui Nhơn, Bình Định
Offers & Packages
You can always check this page for any offers or packages Anantara Quy Nhơn has. Some are nice combinations with the The Vietage and Anatnara Hoi An!
And that’s all I have on Anantara Quy Nhơn! Let me know if you have any questions! Such a gorgeous stay – I kept thinking about how fun it’d be to do a big girls’ getaway here!
for more on vietnam
This country is a lot bigger than people expect! When planning your trip to Vietnam, I recommend breaking it up into north, central, and south. Northern Vietnam is known for is stunning landscapes like Sapa with minority tribes like the Red Dzao, the limestone islets of Halong Bay and Ninh Binh, the lesser known Mu Cang Chai, and the caves of Phong Nha. If you visit, your main city base will be the capital of Hanoi.
Moving towards central Vietnam your main city will probably be Da Nang, which is where the intriguing Marble Mountains are. There’s a ton of picturesque history in this region from the royal city of Hue where you can stay at the historic Azerai La Residence, Hoi An where you can get things tailor-made and stay at the lovely Anantara Hoi An, quirky Dalat in the Central Highlands, and the very cool Mui Ne and Phan Thiet where you can chill by the pool at Anantara Mui Ne.
Down south, there’s a ton of things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, the main hub here. Start with District 1, which has most of the main tourist attractions as well as a lot of cool gems like Little Japan. Then branch out to the temples of Cho Lon and District 5, the pool cafes and foreign restaurants of Thao Dien, or the fun spots around District 3, Binh Thanh, and District 10. Move further south to the Mekong Delta, either on a day trip or for a slower visit to one of its cities like Vinh Long or Can Tho. Don’t miss the islands like Phu Quoc or Con Dao either!
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As a reminder, I was a guest of Anantara Quy Nhon Villas. However, all opinions are my own as always!