Azerai Ke Ga Bay has opened on one of southern Vietnam’s most tranquil coastal hideaways.
So, it’s a new year and you’re back at the office (again) and already slogging away. It begs the question: just how relaxing was the Christmas break? There’s often nothing relaxing about the festive season, with trips to see family, entertaining and the crowds – bet you need a weekend escape to recover from your holiday?
Well, you’re in luck as Azerai Ke Ga Bay has opened on Vietnam’s best keep coastal secret. Located off the beaten tourist path, Ke Ga Bay is a highly authentic beachfront destination on the country’s southeast coast, where international travellers can discover the heart and soul of southern Vietnam only two and a half hours from Saigon.
A welcomed alternative to the overcrowded tourist destinations, visitors to Ke Ga Bay can simply unwind amid an unspoiled coastal landscape that includes long, sandy beaches, traditional fishing communities, hot springs, salt fields and fruit gardens. Overlooking the ocean in Binh Thuan province, the bay is framed to the west by soaring sand dunes and to the east by Hon Ba Island and Ke Ga Lighthouse, which dates from 1897 and is the oldest lighthouse in Vietnam.
However, just because this is a newish destination doesn’t mean you’ll be slumming it. Azerai Ke Ga Bay, an elegant beachfront boutique retreat nestled in 4.5 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens, just steps from a 5km-long sandy beach. The only international resort in this up-and-coming area, it features just 57 spacious suites, pool suites and pavilions, plus a chic restaurant and sea-facing terrace, a soothing spa and more swimming pools than you can shake a beach towel at.
You can be as active or as somnolent as you like. Find some inner peace in your suite (we think you’ve earned a stay in one of the private pool villas) with its deep soak tub, luxurious linens and lush gardens. Or, if you need to simply shake yourself into gear for the new year, there’s a wealth of non-motorised water sports; a series of small-scale activities like visits to local dragon fruit farms or Vietnamese cooking classes; and outdoor yoga and meditation sessions that will set you straight for the Year of the Dragon.
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