Since opening in January, Sheraton Grand Danang Resort has boosted the Central Vietnamese city’s growing portfolio of upscale properties. Marissa Carruthers checks into the five-star property.
The hotel is situated mid-way between Danang City and the UNESCO Heritage town of Hoi An, a convenient 20-minute drive from Danang International Airport. The beachfront property sits on an uninterrupted stretch of white sand at Non Nuoc Beach, where several luxury developments are underway.
The 258-key property is spread across 17.3 hectares of beautifully manicured gardens. Comprising two, six-storey modern hotel blocks, one houses 130 rooms and suites, including the Ambassador Suite, while the other is home to 128 keys, including the exclusive Presidential Suite that comes with a private lift and helipad. A handful of suites have private plunge pools.
I stayed in the Deluxe Sea View room, a spacious 47m2 space with a moderately-sized balcony that overlooks the ocean. The classic décor features touches of contemporary design, with the natural tones brightened by a splash of colour.
A fantastic night’s sleep is guaranteed thanks to the Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience bed, which provides the plushest pillows and duvets, and a mattress that makes it difficult to get up. A separate bathroom includes a powerful rainforest shower. Small tokens were left daily, including sweet treats and souvenirs.
There is no shortage of dining and drinking options. Table 88 offers a buffet of local cuisine and dishes from across the Pacific Rim. The Grill serves a slice of sophisticated Western cuisine and sumptuous seafood platters. The delicious feast of freshly-caught local seafood, including lobster, oysters, clams and prawns, I ate during my stay was more than impressive.
Alternatively, guests can overlook the ocean while feasting on classic Asian eats at La Plage. The sizzling sounds of jazz can be enjoyed over a single malt chosen from the more than 60 whisky brands offered at Mix Bar. The Poolside Bar serves up a range of refreshments next to the huge swimming pool and the Tea Lounge is stocked with more than 25 world-class and local teas.
As well as catering to leisure travellers, Grand Sheraton Resort is taking MICE business seriously. The resort’s dedicated conference centre features more than 3,300m2 of flexible space spread across 14 indoor function rooms. The 1,267m2 Sheraton Grand Ballroom can be divided into three areas, with poolside lawn and beachfront space available for outdoor events.
The Shine Spa has seven warmly-decorated rooms and serves up a menu of relaxing treatments that are the perfect way to unwind. Guests can also enjoy water sports and beach activities, such as surfing, volley ball and snorkelling, take part in a cookery class led by one of the head chefs or keep fit at the state-of-the-art gym.
Despite the scale of the hotel, personal touches were maintained throughout, including staff remembering my name. Check-in and check-out were quick and efficient, and staff were attentive to any queries I had. An electric buggy was a phone call away from my room to transport me throughout the sprawling resort when needed.
A classic yet contemporary hotel that has everything on site. It is the perfect spot for business or leisure travellers to experience Central Vietnam in style.
No. of rooms 258
Tel: (84) 236 398 8999