The Luxe List 2012, Vietnam: InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Danang

Unfurling along the forested Son Tra Peninsula, the latest addition to Danang’s resort scene comprises 197 guestrooms, suites, and villas, spread over four levels that connect by funicular to a seemingly endless sweep of sandy beach. The chic black-and-white accommodations—also designed by Bill Bensley—are endowed with big stone tubs and spacious, environmentally innovative balconies that act as breezeways for the balmy air coming off the sea.

Diversions include treks through the jungle-covered mountainside behind the resort—part of a conservation area, the hills are home to gibbons, macaques, and the rare red-shanked douc langur—and day trips to the unesco-listed old Town of Hoi An, just an hour’s drive away. Service is warm if still on a learning curve, though there are few gaffes come mealtime, whether that be the indulgent french cuisine of legendary chef Michel Roux at La Maison 1888, or the authentic Vietnamese dishes at Citron. Citron also serves up the resort’s most captivating views—from private dining booths shaped like inverted non la (conical leaf hats) and suspended 100 meters above the sea.

Bai Bac; 84-511/393-8888;; doubles from US$220.

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