Which is where Mia Nha Trang comes in. There are hundreds of good resorts up and down Vietnam’s 3,000km-long coastline. But few offer all-in-one beach holidays as you would expect to find them in Europe or the Antipodes. Mia provides everything in a single place, and provides it well, meaning that unless you’re craving some nightlife, you won’t have to travel the 20km or so to Nha Trang. In this sense, Mia is a rarity.
A Taste of Europe
When I first walked into the place and settled into my villa, my attention was struck by the putting green-like lawn out front. Tropical foliage, grey-stone paths and palm trees added to the effect, which immediately reminded me of the Algarve, the best-known holiday destination in Portugal. The weather is similar, too.
The main, open-plan restaurant, Sandals, adds to the flavour, with well thought-out, creative comfort food mixed in with slightly more upper-end fish and meat fare. It’s standard yet it’s not — the Mediterranean influence runs through the whole menu, and the quality of every dish makes this restaurant good enough to be a standalone. The cuisine hasn’t just been thrown together because the resort thinks it’s the kind of food the guests want to eat. Here they’ve got a concept.
The villas are equally enticing. Outdoor showers, an awesome entertainment system with over 300 movies, and outdoor, private seating areas, perfect for lazing away in if you’re not in the mood for the infinity pool or the beach. The property also has some attractive cliff-side and by-the-sea condos, and a new section is being built with villas by the sea for sale (they cost a cool US$1.5 million).
I could go on in this fashion. I could talk about the excellent massage and facial I had (resort spa treatments are often disappointing). And I could also point out the negatives (there are very few). Set on its own private beach and on the side of a cliff, Mia is a destination in its own right, perfect if you want to go somewhere that you never quite want to leave.