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Hue is the old imperial city of Vietnam; the old capital. A must see if you visit (central) Vietnam on a 2 week itinerary. I wanted to stay at the beach to escape the busy city life. It was also a must of my son and daughter who were travelling with me to spend time near a beach. The Ana Mandara Hue Resort & Spa came up as the best choice. This five-star luxury resort offered what I wanted: beach, pool and luxury. Join me on a tour through the resort. I enjoyed it and I’m sure you will too, but first let’s start with a video impression.
The Ana Mandara Hue Resort & Spa is located about 50 minutes from Hue airport and 25 minute from the city center. As taxis are very cheap this doesn’t cause any problems. I planned an one-day trip to the royal tombs of Hue which are located out-of-town anyway. The rest of the time was to relax and unwind. The hotel is made up of various villas and buildings in a garden setting. In the middle is the pool and the resort has direct beach access. When I arrived at the Ana Mandara Hue Resort & Spa I was greeted with a smile and offered a cool passion fruit drink while I was waiting. While the bell boy brought the luggage to the room I was quickly checked-in. The lobby is a beautiful open space with a water pond attached to it. As the rooms are all located throughout the garden one does need to walk a minute or two depending on where the room is located. Throughout my stay the staff was very friendly and always smiling. I loved the garden setting of the Ana Mandara Hue Resort & Spa. This and the friendly staff made me relax.
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The rooms at Ana Mandara Hue Beach Resort & Spa
At the Ana Mandara Resort Hue & Spa you can choose from a variety of rooms. They have deluxe rooms, which can be connecting rooms. Duplex rooms on two floors. Beach villas with beach access and a few that have their own private pool. I stayed with my wife and two kids in a duplex room. The second floor is actually like the deluxe rooms. On the ground floor there is a large living area. As I was with two kids this was transformed into a sleep/living area. Two roll away beds were added to the room. The bed is very comfortable and large even for Western standards. I visit Asia a lot and beds are always too short for me; not here. The duplex apartment had two bathrooms decorated with black and grey marbles. Due to the high ceilings the rooms gave and extra spacious feeling. Doors to the private terrace also gave access to the pool. The decoration is with dark wooden furniture with purple elements. All other rooms types have the same decoration including a large flat screen TV and minibar. The duplex room is perfect for families. I enjoyed it with my family.
Facilities at Ana Mandara Hue Beach Resort & Spa
As the name Ana Mandara Resort Hue & Spa already says it has a spa. One evening I went there for a treatment. The treatment rooms are large and the staff friendly and professional. I had a 90-minute aromatic Swedish massage mixed with Vietnamese acupressure. Very relaxing! The spa offers also beauty treatments but the girls wanted to swim. I didn’t use the gym or the pool at the SPA.
All the villas are located around a large pool. The pool has plenty of sunbeds and space around it so you won’t get a crowded feeling. Just a few meters from the pool is the beach. I, but also the kids, prefer the pool but we did have a quick dive in the ocean. The hotel has several private parasols and sunbeds on the beach. I cannot think of any missing facilities at the Ana Mandara Hue. I cooled down in the pool and felt very relaxed after my SPA visit.
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Dining & Drinking at Ana Mandara Hue Beach Resort & Spa
At the Ana Mandara Hue there are two restaurants, a bar and a pool bar. The restaurants actually have the same menu but one is in a bit more formal setting. The latter has no open windows/doors to the garden which allows the air conditioning to work good. The large restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. With windows on all sides it integrates well with the garden. I always have a pretty huge breakfast and skip lunch. The variety at breakfast was large with both Asian and Western dishes. It has an open kitchen so you and see the food being prepared. At the noodle/egg station dishes can be ordered which are prepared on the spot. Both days I had a Pho noodle soup, fried eggs sunny side up and some cold cuts with breads. The espresso was delicious and strong so that I woke up quickly. I just need caffeine in the morning.
One of the days I joined my kids at the pool. A cold beer makes hungry. My favorite dish at the pool are fried spring rolls and they were delicious. The kids loved the mock tails and ice-cream. We all had dinner together at the veranda of the restaurant. Their salads are very tasty and I highly recommend them as a starter. On the menu of the Ana Mandara Hue are many Western dishes too but in Asia I recommend going for an Asian choice. It’s also more affordable. The sautéed beef with mushrooms is very tasty! The food is of high quality, affordable and delicious. I recommend to try the food and drinks at the Ana Mandara Hue Resort & Spa but also go for a food tour in Hue city to taste local street food.
If you visit Hue in Central Vietnam and want to stay at a resort away from town then I recommend Ana Mandara Hue Resort & Spa. Spacious comfortable rooms and villas made me feel at home and I’m sure you will like them too. A good delicious breakfast in the morning made my day start good. The dishes available for dinner are delicious and affordable. If you don’t want, or need to, go out you can stay a full day at the resort without getting bored. Enjoying the beach, pool and spa. I hope to return during a next visit as I enjoyed my stay. I’m sure you will enjoy the Ana Mandara Resort Hue & Spa too.
If you would like to know what you can do in and around Hue, Imperial Capital, then see one of these options: trips in Hue or central Vietnam trips and don’t forget to check out my full 2 weeks in Vietnam itinerary. I will add more destination information over time.
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Gallery of Ana Mandara Hue Beach Resort & Spa
** All opinions are based on a genuine stay, flight or experience. I’m not affiliated with the hotel, airline or tour operator but I might be (partially) sponsored – or paid. **