After a busy few days in either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city, there’s no better place to relax and chill out for a while than the Angsana Lang Co, near Da Nang. It’s a sister hotel to the Banyan Tree, but to be honest, I prefer it to the Banyan Tree: it’s more sociable, relaxed, and a little cheaper, which is nice.
The service here is excellent. The Angsana is about one hour’s drive from the airport in Da Nang but the hotel provides a free shuttle service. We landed a little late and were promptly met and helped with our bags to the bus. Cool towels and fresh water followed. A delight after the hassle of travelling down from Hanoi.
The hotel itself is a little out of the way, but its location is beautiful. We opted for the two bedroom beach-side villa with private pool. It was fantastic. Beautifully decorated in modern and local styles with a huge living and dining space, a bedroom with two single beds for the kids with ensuite bathroom, and a huge bedroom with massive ensuite for the grown ups! We loved it! Oh, and the bed was one of the most comfortable I’ve ever experienced!
I don’t normally post photos of bathrooms, but these deserve special recognition! Bath in the foreground, sinks in the back, and shower area on the right. Stunning!
At the private pool area, there was plenty of space, a table and chairs, and two comfy sun loungers. You could walk directly out onto the beach from here, where there was another small cabana-style sun lounger specifically for our villa.
Although this is a relatively large hotel, it never seemed too busy and crowded, mind you, at breakfast it could get a bit hectic. The villas are well spaced out so it seems very private. The communal pool area is excellent. There’s plenty of space to relax and splash about in, and it was a pleasant contrast to enjoy some quiet private time in our own small pool and complement that with more active time in the communal pool. I’ve included just a small slice of the look and feel of the central area in the picture below: this is the view from the bottom of the steps at the back of the hotel looking out towards the gardens. It’s really beautiful.
You won’t be short of choice for places to dine here. There are excellent, more casual style places on the complex, and then some more upmarket choices, such as the Japanese, and notably the Thai restaurant up at the Banyan Tree, which is a must if you are here–it is simply incredible! My mouth is watering just as I post this picture from our exquisite dinner there…
Speaking of food, this hotel had one of the most extensive breakfast buffets that we came across when in Vietnam. There was a mix of everything, from local Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, and European, so it was impossible to go hungry. The sparkling wine available at breakfast was a nice touch as well, especially if served up with some of the wonderful fruit juices.
There was another thing I really liked about staying here. They had free bikes that you could take out for as long as you liked to ride around the area. Now there is quite a hump in the road just outside the hotel complex, but if you’re even only a little bit fit, it should be no problem on the heavily geared mountain bikes they provided. I went out every day. I did this for two reasons. First, it was pleasant to get out and cycle for an hour or so in the early morning before it got too hot for some exercise. Second, and this wouldn’t be too well known, but there is a little village close by that is worth visiting. There are some beach shacks where it’s a pleasure to get a wonderful and cheap lunch and, just as important, there are plenty of small stores in the village that sell beer. I generally picked up 6 cans of the local brew for about the equivalent of $6 or so. This is about one quarter of the price of the minbar beers. Now, I’m not totally cheap, but it was nice to support the small local traders and save some money at the same time!
This was probably the best and most enjoyable hotel we stayed in on our Vietnamese trip. And they made a special effort on my birthday, with a cake and lovely turn down service! Not the cheapest ever hotel we’ve stayed in, but in value for money terms, it’s possibly the best! Give it a try: you’ll love it!