When people think of Vietnam, they often imagine the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City or the rich cultural experiences in Hoi An. However, if you prefer a more relaxed pace and are not particularly drawn to cultural sites, there is another city worth considering — Danang

Located in Central Vietnam, Danang is a coastal city that is perfect for laidback travellers — coffee and suntanning at the beach, museums, and romantic night walks along the Han River. While those sound great, it’s hard to truly relax if you’re waking up on a lumpy, stained mattress in a guesthouse. Instead, treat yourself to a resort to fully immerse yourself in your rejuvenating getaway in Danang.

We stayed at Hyatt Regency Danang, a beachfront resort with a gorgeous sea view, premium Italian dining, authentic Vietnamese fare, water sports, and a spa.

Waking up with an ocean view

Nothing screams “tranquility” like waking up to the serene rhythm of the tide. Hyatt Regency Danang’s 1 King Bed Ocean View provides an uninterrupted view of the beach. We had the full view from our balcony, and we could even see parts of it from the bathtub and our bed.

The view from our balcony

I could talk about how comfortable the bed was, or how spacious and well-furnished the room was. But these are things that everyone would expect of a luxury hotel. So here are a some of the things that stood out to me.

Firstly, the shower area, where the rain shower and bathtub provides a view of the ocean. I have stayed in hotels with either a gorgeous sea view, or a classy bathtub. But two in one? This was my first.

Next, the walk-in closet beside our bed. To avoid making a mess out of your room, which would cause your stay to be less relaxing, you can simply dump all your luggage and clothes inside.

The last thing is a pretty common feature for luxury hotels, but the complimentary fruits and snacks stole my heart. The mangoes were juicy and sweet, the dragonfruits were light and refreshing, but the star was their house-made dark chocolate chip cookies. They were crumbly with a bit of a chew in the centre, and there was just enough saltiness to complement the rich dark chocolate base.

Pair the fruits with Hyatt Regency’s Sampan Sugarcane Cocktail, made with local rum, sugarcane, pineapple and kumquat

Dinner at Green House

Green House specialises in Italian cuisine. You might have heard of them on social media, as they are home to Danang’s longest pizza — up to 1 m long.

We started the meal with one of the best focaccia I have ever had. It was paired with a red pepper dip, extra virgin olive oil, and crumbled Parmigiano Reggiano aged for ten years.

For starters, we ordered the Carpaccio di manzo (VND310,000). The flavours were milder than what I usually eat, but that’s expected of a tenderloin.

The chef recommended their home-cured salmon — Salmone organico (VND310,000) — and it was mind-blowing. While the savoury element of a cure was present, it managed to retain its freshness. Layers of flavours emerged with every bite. It was complex, and honestly I couldn’t pinpoint the exact flavours. But the bottom line is, you have to order this dish if you dine at Green House.

For the main dish, you can choose among pasta, pizza and meat.

If you’re visiting in a group, you can share their Pizza Alla Pala, also known as the longest pizza in Danang.

But, we stuck with the classics and ordered a steak and lobster.

The Filetto di manzo (VND750,000) featured a premium cut of Australian grass fed beef tenderloin. It was a perfect medium rare, with a beautiful sear that bestowed a smokey aroma upon the steak. Take it to next level with a dab of thyme jus. It was rich, glossy, and meaty. The thyme was not as prominent as I would expect it to be, but it worked out just fine. Otherwise, it might have been too overpowering when paired with the steak.

Seafood buffet

On Monday and Thursday evenings, Green House offers their special Seafood Night, where diners can eat as much seafood as they desire.

The All You Can Eat Seafood (VND1,350,000) buffet includes five appetisers, five mains, four sides and three desserts.

The Filetto di manzo and Salmone organico as mentioned above is part of this menu. We also tried the Grilled Tiger Prawns with Chimichurri Sauce, and Nha Trang Lobster with Garlic Butter Sauce.

Breakfast buffets

Also located at Green House, breakfast costs VND550,000 per person. Hotel breakfasts have always been a “I’ll eat it if it’s free” option for me, but I strongly recommend everyone to pay for Hyatt Regency’s breakfast. This was the best one I have ever had.

Let’s talk options. There was Vietnamese cuisine — obviously — western, Indian and Korean.

Vietnamese cuisine included traditional rice cakes from Hue City, Vietnamese fried eggs, pho, fried pork belly, and more. They were all great, especially the pork belly, which had a crispy skin. But if you have enough stomach space for seconds, dive straight for their bread and viennoiserie. 

Croissants are difficult to master, especially when you have to bake them in bulk like Hyatt Regency does. So, imagine how surprised I was when I bit into a perfectly airy and flaky croissant. The sourdough was also amazing — light tang, perfect texture. I loved pairing this with some butter, scrambled eggs, the Vietnamese pork belly, and a touch of maple syrup.

Danang itinerary

While you’re planning your itinerary for Danang, I would recommend saving one or two days just for relaxing inside Hyatt Regency.

The resort is conveniently located 5km away from the city centre, and near popular tourist attractions like The Marble Mountains. But, once you step foot inside this haven, you might not want to leave…

For starters, a gorgeous pool, a fitness centre with a sauna in the changing room, the VIE Spa (advanced reservation is recommended), and water sports activities such as a body boarding, kayaking, and standup paddle boarding.

A fully-equipped gym for guests, with fresh towels and water provided at the entrance

If you’re not sure what you want to do, let the resort decide for you. Once you check in, you’ll find a schedule for their recreation activities which start from 6:45am to 8pm. These activities include yoga, beachfront meditation, boxing classes, volleyball and movie night.

Beach volleyball on a Saturday afternoon

Once you’re worn out for the day, head down to Terasse, their classy indoor lounge for a glass of cocktail. 

Hyatt Regency Danang

Location: 5 Trường Sa, Street, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam

*This article is written in partnership with Hyatt Regency Danang, but all opinions are of my own

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