The word “aman” is derived from Sanskrit for “peace,” and “noi” means “place” — so what better name to give a “peaceful place” like this, a new beachside resort in Phan Rang, Vietnam? Indeed, perched among the cliffs, Amano’i is definitely a place of peace on the beautiful white-sand beaches near Vinh Hy Bay. As the staff of the site explain, “After a scenic drive through Nui Chua National Park, guests ascend a broad bank of stairs to Amanơi’s Central Pavilion. On reaching the top, one experiences an unforgettable sense of arrival, as the panoramic views of the sea and coastline spread before one are simply breathtaking.” Breathtaking is an apt word for the spectacle on all sides — mountains, sea, and sky. And it’s also a great word for what awaits you inside the resort itself.
You can choose from one of 31 pavilions — some with private pools — or 5 Aman Villas, larger units with separate bedrooms and dining pavilions. All accommodations, no matter what size, offer great views of either the National Park, the lake on the property, or the East Sea. Pavilions are open-plan in design, with a living/sleeping area plus a sundeck and private loungers. All have king-sized beds, sofas, writing desks, LCD TV with international channels, docking systems for iPods, Wi-Fi, mini-bars and espresso machines. When you’re not swimming in one of the resort’s pools, trying your hand at water sports, playing tennis, having a yoga session, or shopping at the boutique, indulge in a book or some music from the library. And don’t forget a spa visit: Aman spas are destinations unto themselves. No matter what your idea of a perfect vacation, visit Amano’i…and prepare to be pampered.