Words: Tanya Joslin
Located on stunning Mũi Né Beach in southern Vietnam, The Anam Mui Ne is a noteworthy new addition to the luxury resorts that line the region’s golden coastline.
The lush one-hectare property spills through the palms to the shimmering East Sea while the design seamlessly blends Indochine charm with modern comforts. Beautifully appointed rooms and private pool suites, two infinity pools, a spa and yoga room, and delicious dining experiences are complemented by the gracious hospitality synonymous with Vietnam.
From the warm teak furnishings to the mouth-watering Vietnamese favourites at Lang Viet restaurant, every detail has been carefully curated to reflect Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage. The resort has also prioritised sustainability alongside style. Solar power, locally sourced ingredients wherever possible in the dining outlets, and no single-use plastics are just part of the eco-conscious picture. The room key cards are even made of sustainable wood.
It all adds up to a sophisticated yet deeply relaxing experience, sure to leave a lasting impression. Conde Nast Traveller certainly took note, naming The Anam Mui Ne as one of the best hotels in Vietnam for 2023.
Vietnam’s popular southern beach town of Mũi Né is beloved for its gorgeous coastline and nearby natural attractions, including spectacular White and Red Sand Dunes. Although new luxury resorts are attracting more locals and tourists to its scenic shores, the region still retains a quiet fishing village vibe. Seasonal conditions also draw a sporty crowd of surfers, windsurfers, and kitesurfers.
Mũi Né is part of the Binh Thuận province, whose capital is the nearby port city of Phan Thiết, once part of the ancient Champa Kingdom. Driving east from Ho Chi Minh City takes around four hours, but an expressway opening soon will cut the drive to just two hours.
Look & feel:
The beauty of a bygone era and the breezy allure of a tropical beachfront locale. The Anam Mui Ne brings it all together, creating the ideal destination for couples on a honeymoon or romantic getaway in Vietnam. Swaying palms and sublime East Sea vistas evoke a holiday mood while luxurious resort amenities invite you to unwind and indulge.
The elegant design — a nod to Vietnam’s colonial Indochine era — gives a true sense of place, entwining French-influenced style and traditional Vietnamese elements. The use of ornate mosaic tiles, teak furniture sourced from sustainable forests, thatched roofs in outdoor spaces, and Cham vases all contribute to the authentic feel.
The lobby, hallways, restaurants, and every room and suite are also adorned with original oil paintings (250 in total) by Vietnamese artists, creating a unique atmosphere. And for a final touch, the resort boutique stocks clothing and jewellery from talented local designers and artisans.
Best room for two:
While every room is divine (each with a private balcony and a clawfoot bathtub no less), we know couples will love the Private Pool Suites. As well as the elegant furnishings and luxury appointments found throughout the resort, you’ll also enjoy a private check-in and your own pool and terrace. The perfect retreat for honeymooners or couples chasing a little alone time. The resort also offers a Presidential Suite with room for your private security team. Just in case.
Food & drink:
The epicurean experiences here are nothing short of phenomenal. At The Indochine, you can dine on the sun-splashed terraces or enjoy climate-controlled comfort inside. By night, you’ll want a good view of the open kitchen where the skilled chefs put on a fabulous show, whipping up the restaurant’s international delicacies.
The beachfront Lang Viet Restaurant & Bar offers a taste of authentic Vietnamese cuisine with centuries-old recipes and an evocative design inspired by traditional village houses. The atmospheric Saigon Bar is perfect for a classic afternoon tea, pre-dinner cocktail or late-night tipple as the resident pianist plays up the nostalgic mood.
For a romantic dining experience, book an in-suite seafood barbeque or a secluded candlelit dinner in the resort grounds. And be sure to take advantage of the resort’s seafood dinner platters — just act fast, as they’re only available in limited quantities each day!
See & do:
Need to unwind? Consider morning beach yoga or a pamper day at The Anam Spa. Their Rippling Waves massage combines Swedish, Thai, and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi techniques with Japanese Shiatsu (heaven!). Or indulge together with the Romantic Ritual — two blissful hours of scrubs, massages, and milk baths washed down with sparkling wine and fresh fruit.
Feeling more adventurous? Try your hand at kitesurfing, jet skiing, kayaking, surfing, sailing, and more. Mũi Né is known as Vietnam’s adrenaline capital, with plenty of kitesurfing schools near the resort.
For a take-home holiday experience, try a Vietnamese cooking class. You’ll head out to the local fishing harbour and markets before sharpening your skills in the kitchen. Highly recommended!
While many couples won’t be tempted to leave the beautiful resort grounds, there’s much to see in the surrounding areas. The Anam Mui Ne’s devoted staff will be happy to arrange a personalised half-day or full-day excursion of cultural discovery or adventure. Here are a few ideas:
- Just 40 minutes from Mũi Né, a spectacular mini Sahara awaits. For the best photo-ops, arrive at the White Sand Dunes at sunrise, when the morning rays create a breathtaking vista. Explore by foot, on the back of an ATV, or skim over the slopes on a sled/sledge.
- The smaller Red Sand Dunes offer a delightful contrast. The best time to visit is sunset, when the sands take on a beautiful rusty red/brown hue (just know this area can be crowded due to its popularity and proximity to tour stops).
- The city of Phan Thiet is said to be the birthplace of fish sauce (a quintessential ingredient in Vietnamese cooking) and its history dates to the Champa Kingdom. Foodies and history buffs will love Làng Chài Xưa, the fish sauce museum, a fascinating insight into the region’s history.
- Ta Cu Mountain is known for its excellent lookout, wonderful assortment of temples and pagodas, and white reclining Buddha, said to be the longest in Southeast Asia. Brave the jungle hike or take the cable car to the summit.
- Other exciting stops close to the resort include the 8th century Po Sah Inu Cham Towers, the Fairy Stream and waterfall, and the Thuy Tu Temple.
Couples will love:
The resort’s beautiful blend of indulgence, nostalgia, and natural beauty. Taking elegant cues from the past, The Aman Mui Ne has created a modern masterpiece of Indochine-era style. The tropical beachfront location and nearby attractions are also perfect for couples planning a holiday in Vietnam’s scenic south.
Find out more and start planning your holiday to Vietnam here.