Spa-going in Nha Trang

New facility at the Ana Mandara Resort incorporates modern, traditional treatments

By: Susan Cunningham

The spa trend was late to hit Asia. But now, there’s one opening every month, usually at a high-end hotel property.

One of the newest is at the Ana Mandara Resort in Nha Trang, the beachside town that’s widely known as Vietnam’s most popular vacation spot for locals and tourists alike. The resort is operated under the Evason Hideaway brand by the Six Senses group of Bangkok.

The spa, set in a coconut plantation, alongside the four-mile-long beach, was built out of natural materials, using traditional Vietnamese design elements and water features.

There are three sunken outdoor treatment salas, or Vietnamese-style huts, surrounded by pools and miniature waterfalls.

Inside the spa, there are treatment rooms for couples or singles, with sunken Jacuzzi baths, a Vichy shower, a Japanese-style bath, saunas and steam baths.

The changing areas for men and women are outdoors, surrounded by ponds and lush vegetation.

The mountains to the west and north of the city provide a picturesque backdrop, and they also isolate Nha Trang from the region’s weather patterns.

This city of 300,000 people, which is about 300 miles north of Ho Chi Minh City, enjoys the well-deserved reputation of having the best climate in Vietnam. The rainy season starts at the end of October and lasts until early January, but afterward, sunny skies are almost guaranteed with an estimated 250 days of sunshine a year, temperatures that range from 79 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and moderate humidity.

Although Ana Mandara stands alongside infernally busy Tran Phu Boulevard, at least it is at the south end, and somewhat separated from areas frequented by Nha Trang’s infamous thieves and child prostitutes.

The resort is comprised of 16 villas containing 68 well-appointed guest rooms.

Six Senses is a hotel, resort and spa management and development company. It operates properties and products branded as Soneva, Evason, Pavilion and Six Senses.

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