The Luxe List 2014

  • Abode, Mumbai, India

    Abode, Mumbai, India

  • Amano'i, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam

    Amano'i, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam

  • Cheval Blanc Randheli, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

    Cheval Blanc Randheli, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

  • Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal

    Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal

  • Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

    Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

  • Hotel Hotel, Canberra, Australia

    Hotel Hotel, Canberra, Australia

  • Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China

    Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China

  • Iniala, Phang-Nga, Thailand

    Iniala, Phang-Nga, Thailand

  • Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

    Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

  • Kata Rocks, Phuket, Thailand

    Kata Rocks, Phuket, Thailand

  • One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

    One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

  • Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket, Thailand

    Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket, Thailand

  • Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan

    Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan

  • Sala Lodges, Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Sala Lodges, Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Sofitel So Singapore

    Sofitel So Singapore

  • Temple Hotel, Beijing, China

    Temple Hotel, Beijing, China

  • Velaa Private Island, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

    Velaa Private Island, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

  • Waldorf Astoria, Beijing, China

    Waldorf Astoria, Beijing, China

  • Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

    Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

  • Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

    Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

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The Luxe List 2014: Amano’i, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam

Most travelers arriving at Cam Ranh airport on Vietnam’s southeast coast head north to Nha Trang, a beachside town known for its marine offerings. But “Aman Junkies” are now doing the opposite, taking a scenic road south to Vinh Hy Bay, home to the latest property from Amanresorts. There’s not much in the area, which is part of the appeal: Amano’i is enveloped by Nui Chua National Park, 29,000 hectares of forest harboring animals such as the rare black-shanked douc, with hillside pavilions and villas overlooking a white-sand beach and the bay. Jean-Michel Gathy is behind the design, which nods to traditional Vietnamese village houses with shallow pagoda-like roofs and pared-back timber-and-stone interiors leading to expansive decks. Some accommodations come with private pools, but the stars of the show are the communal pools: one set on a cliff top and one by the beach, both offering unparalleled sea views. Those wanting to keep active can kayak, enjoy daily yoga and Pilates, or have staff pack a picnic lunch for park hikes, with the promise of locally inspired spa treatments upon return to the resort.

84-68/377-0777; Amano’i; doubles from US$900

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