Fusion Maia

Hue - Danang - Nha Trang, Vietnam Book from

A stunning hotel with spa treatments included in the room rate, set on a perfect beach and just 22km from irresistibly charming Hoi An
Stretching from Danang to Hoi An, midway down the east coast of Vietnam, 30km of white sandy beach once provided the US Air Force with a moment’s respite. Now Fusion Maia, among others, has claimed this strip of perfect beach protected by soaring bamboo trees, and is quietly forging a real haven.

There’s no question that you’ll leave Fusion Maia more pampered and relaxed than when you arrive. Brimming with friendly faces and equipped with everything you could possibly want, at just the time and place that you want it, this is luxury made easy - and extremely welcoming from the moment you arrive. The beer you order from your seaside lounger will come in a perfectly chilled glass from the on-hand beach staff; delicious breakfasts include spinach soufflés and homebaked pastries, and best of all, your spa treatments are included in the room rate, which means you can get pampered as if you didn’t have to foot the bill.

Highs

  • Slick, incredibly well-run Maia spa set in a jungle-like garden; it really does feel like a sanctuary
  • Spacious villas with mini gardens and private plunge pools allow you hide away from the world; perfect for honeymooners
  • Excellent restaurants and breakfast can literally be served any time, any place
  • The beach is beautiful and right on your doorstep, plus there's an oversized infinity pool with a great view
  • On the beach yet only 20 mins' drive from Hoi An - with a free shuttle and bikes to borrow once there
  • The intriguing newly added Mini Maia: a kids spa - activity centre to amuse little ones while parents get pampered (we'll check it out soon)

Lows

  • Set next to a stretch of beach that's undergoing rapid development, with big building projects (we occasionally heard drilling) - though the hotel has a private beach
  • The main restaurant feels rather formal in the evenings and lacks buzz
  • The villas are all bungalows with walled gardens, so none have views (but equally, other guests can’t see in)
  • Guests don’t congregate at the bar; if you’re looking for a party place, this isn’t it
  • This is a bigger resort than most i-escape hotels

Best time to go

The best time to go is between March and August, with the sunniest months being May to July. The rainy season falls between September and January, and the wettest months are November and December. The coolest months are December and January.

Our top tips

If coming from Hué, hire a car and driver to take you along the coastal route to Fusion Maia. You'll pass paddy fields, duck herders and local fishing boats before going over the Hia Van Pass with its spectacular views of the azure waters and bright yellow beaches below.

Great for...

Beach
Family
Honeymoon
Spa
Eco
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Spa Resort
  • 87
  • Restaurants and bars (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Tennis Court
  • Pool Table
  • Bicycles Available
  • Games rooms
  • Games consoles
Room: Grand Beach Villa

Rooms

The hotel is arranged around an impressive central reception and restaurant, surrounded by a modern moat and a beautiful stretch of water leading down to the pool and beach. Either side of this are a series of bungalows divided into rooms with private gardens and pools, which are the 87 'villas'.

Almost all of them are Pool Villas (there are also Spa Villas and Beach Villas for groups, plus 1 Deluxe Beach Villa with 2 huge rooms; see below). Generous in size, they are arranged and decorated identically, so no stresses over choosing the best room. They have an L-shaped layout, with a small sitting room and desk at one end, then a bedroom that's semi-divided from the large bathroom at the other end. The toilet and shower are both boxed in with glass, and there's a black granite sunken bath and twin sinks. It’s all very modern - clean-cut and sleek. A large plasma screen can be swung round to watch from your bubble bath or the very comfortable bed, and bamboo-fronted cupboards and a dark wooden bed give a hint of the Eastern.

Floor-to-ceiling windows slide back so you can step into your walled mini-garden, which has a shaded seating area, a patch of insanely perfect grass, 2 sun loungers and a black granite plunge pool just big enough to drift from one end to the other without any effort. All rooms have air-con and with the windows closed you won’t hear a thing from outside. With the windows open it depends who’s in the next-door villa and whether they’re making a noise in their garden.

There are a handful of larger villas that are well suited to families or friends. The essential design is the same but Spa Villas have 2 bedrooms (kingsize and twin) plus a kitchenette. The pool is larger too, stretching the length of the garden. Beach Villas have 2-3 double bedrooms and an even larger pool, and are next to the beach so you get a great ocean view.

The Deluxe Beach Villa is probably better suited to 2 couples, since both its huge rooms come with Jacuzzi baths and his and hers toiletries. The private pool for this villa also boasts an ocean view.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Desk, iPod dock and iPod (on request)
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Mosquito net
  • Phone
  • Plunge pool
  • Plunge pool
  • Private garden
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Sun loungers
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

There are 4 restaurants: the larger and smarter main restaurant, Five; the poolside restaurant, Fresh, which will also serve food to your sun or beach lounger, Tonic, primarily a bar, and Fusion Café in Hoi An. Fresh's menu is extensive; slightly generic but the burgers are great.

We highly recommend kicking off your evening with a cocktail at Tonic Bar - the passion fruit and grapefruit daiquiri is sublime. The wine list is long and impressive, too. Food-wise, they also serve Asian style Tapas. Fusion has taken great care to create an interesting menu for Five with some real winners like rice noodle open ravioli with crispy duck, banana blossom salad and tempura pumpkin flowers, or black bean scallops and smoked pancetta. There's also a new Natural Cleanse Programme focused on raw Vietnamese food to aid detoxification and improve wellbeing; dishes include salads, soups, juices and desserts with fresh local ingredients such as green papaya, dragon fruit, coconut, rice paddy herb and pomegranate. Everything we ate was very tasty, and we enjoyed sitting on the balcony that runs around the perimeter of the restaurant.

Breakfast is taken very seriously at Fusion Maia, and served until 10.30am in Five. It’s a real spread; rows of fruit sushi, just-baked pastries, meats, yoghurts, and freshly squeezed carrot, beetroot and cucumber juices. You can also choose eggs. If you fancy being private, you can order breakfast from a more basic, but still delicious, menu, anywhere at any time. So if you’d rather eat a full English breakfast on the beach at teatime, you can do just that.

For a change of scene, head into Hoi An (there's a complimentary shuttle service from the hotel). The Fusion Café, next to the river, provides a haven from the hustle and bustle of the busy lanes. It serves gourmet breakfast (which are included in your room rate) as well as pastries, Asian-inspired fusion food, Western café comfort food, and cocktails.

While in Hoi An, you can't pass up the chance to be adventurous and visit at least one of the numerous little riverside eateries serving traditional Vietnamese fare; ask at reception or in Fusion Café if you'd like a recommendation or just wander 'til something takes your fancy. Miss Ly was a favourite of ours. There are also various restaurants in Danang (a 15-minute walk); again, ask reception for recommendations.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cooking classes
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating: Fresh restaurant
Activity:

Activities

  • Get seriously pampered in the Maia Spa, set in its own gardens with an adults-only pool plus a waterfall, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. All treatments are included in your room rate - at least 2 per day per guest; more if there are free slots. Choose from scrubs, wraps, reflexology, massages and beauty treatments

  • Drop little girls off at the Mini Maia spa where they can enjoy manicures, pedicures, foot or head massages, alongside some fun activities from hair plaiting to cookie decorating through to Vietnamese hat decorating and laughing yoga

  • Sign up for the Natural Living Programme, a 7-day course designed to help you rebalance your life. It includes healing massages, yoga, breathing workshops, meditation, mood boarding and spa workshops

  • Walk along the unspoilt beach, swim in the sea or take the complimentary surfboards for a paddle (though beware the rip tides)

  • Have a yoga lesson in the garden, in the studio or on the beach

  • Lose yourself in the 16th-century town of Hoi An - the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from and guests can borrow bikes from the Fusion Café. Roam through evocative and beautiful streets, lit by hundreds of lanterns at night, visit the old merchants' houses and bustling fish market, or take a boat trip

  • Hoi An is best known for its fantastic tailoring; there are 400+ shops and pop-up stalls, all with a vast range of Western clothing catalogues to inspire you. We were delighted with our handmade shoes and got a couple of shirts made up at Hugo II. Splash out on a bespoke suit, get a copy of a red-carpet dress, or treat yourself to silk boxer shorts!

  • Take a day trip to the World Heritage site of My Son (69km). Once the ancient capital of the Cham Kingdom, it is a majestic complex of temples and towers. We'd strongly recommend a guided tour or hike through the ruins; ask at reception

  • Explore local villages and walk past lush paddy fields and along the edge of the river; it's a good way to see local life

  • Take a cooking lesson at Fusion Maia: choices include spring roll lessons, claypot cooking and Vietnamese master cooking

  • Play beach volleyball with guests and hotel staff, or ask reception about snorkelling and scuba-diving trips

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Casino
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Motorbike tours
  • Motorized water sports
  • Museums / galleries
  • Pool table
  • Private guided tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Traditional cultures
  • Well being
  • Yoga

Kids

Children are welcome at Fusion Maia - they are not a focal point but families are more than accommodated. Extra beds and baby cots are available, as is babysitting, and staff can lay on special cooking lessons for kids. The main pool is very child-friendly, and when we stayed the guests were approx 50/50 couples/families (although it was over school holidays). Each villa has a private plunge pool, too.

The new Mini Maia kids spa & activity centre aims to give younger visitors something special, offering mini treatments like pedicures and head massages, plus a range of fun activities including Vietnamese hat decoration, laughing yoga, singing and dancing.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

All villas can accommodate 1 baby cot and 1 rollaway bed. Spa Villas have 2 bedrooms (1 kingsize, 1 twin) plus a kitchenette; Grand Beach Villas have 3 bedrooms (1 kingsize, 2 doubles)

Babysitting:

Available on request

Creche/Kid's Club:

There's a creche, but it's unstaffed so you will need to supervise children

Kids Activities on site:

  • Mini spa with treatments and activities
  • Swimming pool with shallow end
  • Sandy beach on your doorstep
  • Games area with pool table, 2 Wii consoles and Playstations
  • HD cinema room (seating 12)
  • Cookery lessons on request

Families Should Know:

The main pool is unfenced. The spa pool is adults only

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
10/
Food
9/
Service
9/
Value
10/
Overall

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