After the buzz, bike horns and craziness of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Al and I were looking forward to putting our feet up to enjoy the calm luxury of Mia Resort.
The website promises Mia to be the ‘perfect place to find peace, relaxation, and comfort’. It does all that and more! It exceeded all of our expectations in quality and service and provided us with six days to totally unwind, de-stress and prepare for the next leg of our journey.
On arrival you are led to the Mojito bar to enjoy a cold towel, welcome drink and sweet treat of creamy panacotta. The view is spectacular, the couches are comfortable and I would have been happy to stay there for the afternoon but I was also eager to see our ‘Clifftop Villa’.
Mia has 50 rooms divided into condos, villas and suites. Some have private splash pools while others have gardens but they all have views of the ocean. Click here for a virtual tour of a garden villa.
We were driven by golf buggy to our villa which was perched on the clifftop, approximately 150 metres from Mojitos bar, gift shop and reception area. The villas are beautifully appointed, spacious and very private. When you slide open the bi-fold doors, the view takes your breath away.
The main pool area and Sandals Restaurant is located at the bottom of the cliff. If you want the exercise you can walk up and down the 155 step staircase or you can call reception to send a buggy to collect you. Of course, if you are staying in a garden or beach villa, then it’s an easy walk to this area. We actually didn’t mind the walk but we also took advantage of the buggy on many occasions, especially after a few cocktails!
Accommodation costs include breakfast which consists of a full buffet, both Vietnamese and western food. You can also choose items from a menu for made-to-order food like French toast, eggs Benedict or Banh mi. Of all the accommodation we visited while in Vietnam, Mia had the best breakfast. If you don’t feel you can drag yourself away from bed and the amazing view, then you can also order a room service breakfast at no extra charge which comes presented in a bento box.
Sandals also has a daytime menu, just in case you didn’t have enough for breakfast and each evening you can choose from a full a la carte menu or a themed buffet. On our first evening we enjoyed the Italian buffet where you could roll your own pizza dough and add toppings to suit your taste. The food on this night was sensational, probably the best Napolitana sauce on lamb shank ravioli I’ve ever tasted. It was so good, I had seconds!
Mia has a shuttle bus three times a day that will take you into Nha Trang (approx 20 minutes). You could certainly do this if you wanted to eat out, but to be honest, once we were settled at Mia, we really didn’t want to leave. Here are just some of the food highlights.
Mia is very proud of Xanh Spa, a luxurious space to enjoy massages, facials and other treatments. The staff are professional and friendly and the whole experience on both of our visits was very enjoyable. As part of your accommodation package you receive two free 15 minute facials.
Mia, located halfway between Cam Ranh airport and Nha Trang is a hidden jewel. It’s not flashy and loud but under-stated and relaxed, blending beautifully into the surrounding landscape.
Mia is a special place made even more memorable by the warm and friendly staff who really care about their guests. They are happy to chat and share stories with you and they’ll go out of their way to ensure you feel relaxed and happy.
Mia was the perfect way to recharge our batteries before traveling onto Cambodia. It’s certainly a place we’d be keen to return to for heavenly rest and relaxation.
This is not a sponsored article. For the Love of Food paid for all expenses.