My children and I recently stayed at the Novotel in Nha Trang, which is a top pick for gorgeous ocean views and beach access. It offers prime residence in the hub of the energetic tourist resort.

Nha Trang is a 6.5-hour car ride from Ho Chi Minh City, however, we enjoyed a short one-hour plane flight which was inexpensive at just under $100 per head.

Situated in the heart of the city, the Novotel is fantastically located, downtown within short walking distance of evening markets, restaurants and bars. It is also conveniently located to museums, pagodas, scuba diving and golf.

Novotel Nha Trang has its own private beach, with glorious views of islands and sweeping white sands, lined with palm trees. Nha Trang beach was voted one of the 29 best bays in the world. The hotel offers island tours including boat rides to the Disneyland-like amusement park on Vinpearl Island.

The beach was a favourite hangout with bars and restaurants down on the sand. The water was magnificent – clean and warm with decent waves for swimming. The hotel provides free beach loungers.

We stayed in a family room that was comfortable and clean, with a King Size bed and bunks. The bathroom was spacious and included a shower and bath. There were fresh fruits, delicious cakes, and cute towel animal creations awaiting our arrival.

Delicious fruit and sweets awaiting our arrival.

We had a private balcony that offered impressive views of the majestic coastline, which lit up at nighttime.

The hotel’s room service offered an appetising menu and the freshly-cooked food was delivered quickly. All-round, the housekeeping was excellent.

Also with ocean views, was a clean, sparkling outdoor swimming pool with bar service.

The buffet breakfast was extensive with a range of international cuisine from exotic Vietnamese street food to sushi and traditional Western fare. Fresh fruits, juices and pastries were plentiful.

The hotel also included a classy spa as well as a gym and fitness centre.

The staff was lovely and informative about local services, which was helpful given English speaking was limited elsewhere.


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