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AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Quy Nhon
Certificate of Excellence
New York, USA
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89 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“in the end - too expensive”
Reviewed 24 April 2009

this was a wonderful resort, but VERY expensive compared to the rest of Viet Nam. in addition, they strive to be a upscale resort, but were missing the little touches that make one - like poor lighting around the dining area (could use some candles!).

the staff was kind, but to be honest in my three weeks of traveling the staff was no kinder than the places we stayed at for a fraction of the price.

the rooms were very nice and clean.

the beach is nice, but overlooks a harbor heavily used by fisherman.

the food was alright also - nothing special, except breakfast was monstrous and wonderful. again, prices were 10x that then the rest of the country.

the town is about a $6 cab ride, the train station is about $17 cab ride and the airport was $28 - which is really pricey for the country and i think free transfers should be offered.

in the end we had a very nice time, but the bill for three nights (including food) was more than we spent in the entire week before with comparable service and lodging. i would give this a skip if i did it all over again, and find something more charming and cheaper - their are a lot of choices out there.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 April 2009

My wife and I stayed at Life Wellness Resort for 5 nights in April 2009. The resort is set in a beautiful location about 18kms outside of Quy Nhon, with spacious rooms each with sea view, clean attractive beach for which the water is clean to swim in, and wonderful grounds and pool. We were on the top floor which has the best views of the ocean. Lower floor rooms do however have larger balconies.
The rooms were very comfortable, however I was surprised by old TV in the room (most hotels now have flat screen LCD) that sat on top of the fridge, and needed to be pulled into the centre of the room along with the fridge if you wanted to watch a movie in bed. The shower pressure is not great either. Beds were very comfortable.
There were only two PC's available for internet beside the reception which is too few given the resort can get quite busy, and most travellers are reliant on internet access to manage their goings on.
The restaurant and bar service, whilst delivered with the utmost enthusiasm and friendliness, was appallingly incompetent. From waiting 30 minutes just for a drink to be served, to plates not being cleared during dinner, only one menu being given to a table to share, this resort has a long way to go in training of staff before they can claim to delivering top quality service. Of course, everything moves a little more slowly in a resort, however the general inability of the service staff to get anything right in a mildly timely fashion stood out as being noticeable and occasionally frustrating.
The spa treatments however, were divine, yet pricey given you are in Vietnam. Deep tissue massage - USD50. Indian head massage - USD25. However well worth the splurge. Prices in the restaurant and bar were reasonable.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Sunshine Coast
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2009

My husband and I stayed at this resort recently for 4 nights to relax and chill out at the beginning of our Vietnam Holiday and it exceeded our expectations. The resort itself is fairly small and personal, placed directly on the beach with beautiful architecture and surroundings. The rooms were probably the best I have stayed in with high ceilings, all natural materials, king size four poster bed and an amazing shower with arched window looking over the beach. Even though we were only here 4 nights it was just so relaxing and the staff so welcoming that it felt a lot longer. We arrived early in the morning after an early flight from HCMC and were warmly welcomed as soon as we stepped out of the taxi. For a small price we went straight to breakfast and then as we were there for breakfast immediately felt we had been there a whole extra day. The breakfast was great with lots of options and the pho ga was the best we had during our trip. The chef also made amazing banana crepes and was very obliging. Great array of fresh juices and yoghurt. After that first breakfast we hit the lovely pool, soaked up the amazing view and then took to that four poster bed and slept for the whole afternoon! This resort is a good 15/20 mins from Quy Nhon city so you do tend to spend a lot of time at the resort which believe me is a good thing! We felt that overall, given the location, the prices of drinks and food at the bar and restaurant were very reasonable. My only comment would be that each time we tried one of the themed buffet nights they had - it wasn't overly cheap and we found the food quality to be a little lower than just ordering off the menu where the food was wonderful.

The staff were without exception extremely friendly and taught us our first words in Vietnamese! Another bonus for us was that we arrived to discover that the new General Manager was a super nice Australian guy who was so welcoming and friendly, always with time for a chat when he was passing. He personally organised information for us about the best way to get to Hoi An and had the reception staff work out all the details for us and even gave us the name of a great tailor in Hoi An he had used which turned out to be very good advice and told us the best things to do in Quy Nhon City. Both Shane (GM) and Stephanie the assistant GM were just so nice that they really added to the quality of our stay. What we really liked out this place was that it was gorgeous and luxurious without being over the top - the small size and the friendly staff ensures that it feels warm and welcoming. The resort also offers free yoga, tai chi and meditation daily. Also, when I first made contact with the hotel by email they quickly agreed to better the cheapest internet price I found which was good. We made 2 trips into Quy Nhon city which is certainly an experience not to be missed as not that many foreign tourists go there - just walking along the beachfront in the late afternoon watching the local scenes was great. At Queens beach with our hotel guide we were almost mobbed by locals who were just so curious about us. Overall, if you are after a lovely place in a beautiful location to just chill out and relax for a little while then this is a great place to do it. It does seem to have some large tour groups through of mostly Europeans but these groups seem to pass through fairly quickly. We were lucky in that the resort was fairly quiet when we visited. We just loved it here and enjoyed the tranquility before going on to Hoi An and Hanoi. Well worth the price tag for a special treat and then we went back to the budget hotels in the big cities! Have loads of photos if interested. CassieSC

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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West Vancouver
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2008

This place is amazing. we had made the mistake of staying at the Resort Hoang Anh Quy Nhon because a few bad reviews of the Life Resort made us think it was not worth the $$. The Resort Hoang was so terrible we left a day early and spent our last night at Life Resort. It was paradise!

The beach is private and gorgeus, the rooms and the entire facility impeccably stylish, the food wonderful etc etc. The service is out of this world as well. It is pure paradise without being snobby etc. We were so disappointed that we had already booked our flights otherwise we would have planted ourselves there.

The only thing is the spa services seem a tad expensive.

The resort is a touch out of the way but it is what makes it idyllic, and Quy Nhon is not so far that you cannot explore the real Vietnam of Quy Nhon. I totally think this is a destination resort, off the beaten path of Vietnam.

We went on to La Veranda on Phu Quoc which was twice as expsensive and half as nice.

Life Resort is Perfection.

  • Liked — How stylish it was and the amazing showers with windows overlooking the beach and sea
  • Disliked — Nothing to say - it was perfect!
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2008

From the moment you walk through the spacious, open air lobby of the Life Wellness Resort in Qui Nhon you'll start your journey towards total relaxation.

Situated on a hillside overlooking a spectacular bay, you immediately get a sense of the seclusion of this resort. There literally isn't anything around for miles except a gorgeous beach and ocean.

Many guests come to Life Wellness for the spa services, which are quite good (the three-hour treatment is a great way to spend an afternoon). We went there just to chill out, which is about all there is to do. I was pretty happy to find a selection of novels to borrow in the lobby.

For active travelers, you will get a growing sense of isolation the longer you stay, as the resort is located about 15 minutes by car from the closest town (Qui Nhon), so your only real option for dining is at the resort, which can get a little redundant. But there are daily tours available to the area sites, like the Cham towers, and you can always grab a taxi into town for local cuisine.

The rooms boast spectacular ocean views and are fairly well appointed with air conditioning, mini bar, etc. The air conditioner worked extremely well and provided us respite from the humidity. And the shower in our room had a huge window that overlooked the beach. The only problem we ever had was with the beds, which we felt were a bit stiff.

Everyone at the resort is quite friendly and the managers are ex-pats who speak excellent English.

For $118 US a night, you can't really go wrong with the Life Wellness Resort. Breakfast is included and is quite good, featuring a selection of fresh fruit, pastries, and Western & Vietnamese food, including our favorite, pho ga.

  • Liked — The serenity
  • Disliked — The beds were a little stiff
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with friends
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2008

This is by far the best hotel I've ever stayed in and I've stayed in some of the best all over the world. The location is second to none - white beach/ turquoise sea - not near anyone apart from a fishing village at the other end of the beach. The food was top quality - the spa treatments were top quality - the room was extremely large - the showever over looking the beach was beautiful and the view from the room over the beach and to the islands was also beautiful. I can't find a single fault and Im' a hard person to please.

  • Liked — The design and the location
  • Disliked — nothing I liked everything
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled solo
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Munich, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2008

This is a perfect retreat after travelling throughout Viet Nam and its buzzling cities. This resort is set on a secluded beach with fantastic spa treatments. Its is just a perfect place to relax and pamper yourself. The hotel offers a range of acivities including yoga, trips to the surrounding etc.
The spa is tucked away and the massages are a perfect retreat, including the steam bath and the wonderful drinks that are served (ginger tea and refreshing juices).
The Hotel staff including the managers are helpful in all matters and make your stay as pleasant as possible and make you feel being at home. They give you also nice travel tips for your further travel in Viet Nam.

The hotel own restaurant offers a great menu and staff is just lovely and make your stay unforgettable!

As said a perfect place to stay and unforgettable!!!!!!!!!

  • Liked — Rooms, Staff, Restaurant, Beach
  • Disliked — -
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with friends
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Property: AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa
Address: Ghenh Rang, Bai Dai Beach, Quy Nhon 880000, Vietnam
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Region: Vietnam > Binh Dinh Province > Quy Nhon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Quy Nhon
#1 Spa Hotel in Quy Nhon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sheltered by a private golden beach and soaring cliffs, AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa offers a tropical beach and spa retreat generous in spirit and beauty. Muted shades of mint and white with splashes of aubergine of each of the 63 room and suites offer a soothing palette and contemporary comforts ... more   less 
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