by Karen Quinn, Jan 05 2020
The Ocean Villas resort is located in Hoa Hai, less than ten miles outside of the city of Da Nang right on the seafront. Compared to many other resorts in the area, this one is huge. It is home to a combination of villas and apartments and has all the usual amenities you would expect from a luxury resort.
I recently stayed at a privately owned 1 bed apartment with my daughter. We booked through Airbnb although you can also book directly with the resort.
Our apartment at the Ocean Villas resort
Our apartment was more of a studio than a flat, the open plan design and bright décor meant it felt spacious rather than cramped and it was plenty big enough for my daughter and I.
The main room contained a large and very comfy bed. There was also a dining table that could seat 5, a desk and large seating area.
The kitchen area was compact but had everything we needed for our stay, I didn’t really cook as eating out was so cheap and there are limited grocery stores locally but it was very handy to have a fridge and a space I could make breakfast and throw together some lunch. There’s a kettle, dishwasher and microwave and also a very handy washing machine so we were able to get a wash done and dry our clothes on the balcony.
The bath room had all the usual amenities and a large bath, ideal if you’re traveling with little ones. Rather strangely, the bathroom had a glass wall looking out to the bedroom. It had a drop down blind for privacy but wasn’t ideal if someone needed to use the toilet at night and switch the light on. We found some old bottles of toiletries but best to bring your own travel sized bottles.
My favourite part of the rental was the balcony overlooking the gorgeous pools or the resort and out to sea. A great place to enjoy an early coffee and watch the sun come up.
The pools at the Ocean Villas
If allowed, this is where Piper would have spent the entirety of her days at the Ocean Villas. The pools really were lovely. They had some shallow areas safe for little ones and plenty of in water recliners to relax on. We played in the fountains and splashed to our hearts content. This isn’t really a work out pool but it great for cooling off after a hard days exploring or for washing off the jetlag when you arrive.
There’s a small pool bar serving drinks and snacks. This was open until around nine and was very quiet. Service was a little slow but each evening on our return to the apartment, Piper enjoyed some night swimming whilst I relaxed with a (very expensive for the area) Biere Larue.
There is a second pool area down by the White Cap restaurant next to the beach, its smaller so felt a lot busier than the main pools. This is a wonderful place to watch the sunset. Its also here that you’ll find the resorts activity centre although it wasn’t manned on the days we were there.
Where to eat at the Ocean Villas
We arrived late on our first night (around 9pm) and, having enjoyed a refreshing stop over at the Oryx lounge in Doha Airport, we weren’t quite ready for bed. However try as we might, we couldn’t find anywhere open for food or drink. The whole place looked deserted.
We ate at the resort’s White Cap restaurant several times during our stay. The food was good, seemed very fresh and beautifully presented. More importantly Piper could get her holiday meal of choice, a bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese so at least she didn’t go hungry!
I tried the spring rolls, Nasi Goreng and a stir fry beef dish. All absolutely delicious although very pricey for Vietnam – around £8 for a main. You can see the full menu here. This is also where I began my love affair with Vietnamese coffee. Also known as cà phê dá, take this mixture of condensed milk, water and dark coffee on ice and you’ll be craving it for the whole of your trip!
The restaurant décor is bright and cheerful, everything looked super clean and staff were very attentive. They didn’t really speak English – not that we expected them to but the point and smile method of communication seemed to work very well and all items on the menu were translated to English so we had no problem with our selection.
There’s another restaurant, Reflections next to the main pool area, it looked lovely and pretty high end although when we visited there was nothing Piper fancied on the menu so we didn’t stay.
There’s also an onsite store full of drinks, crisps and all the usual convenience store produce. I couldn’t quite work out the opening times and the prices were ridiculous so we didn’t buy anything during our stay.
Other facilities at the resort
We spent most of our stay at the Ocean Villas exploring the local area. There’s so much to see and do in this part of Vietnam it almost seemed a shame to waste it in a resort. However, if you have plenty of time and are looking for a few relaxing days, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.
The resort has an onsite fitness centre which is open between 9am and 11pm. Although small it seemed pretty well equipped and was beautifully air-conditioned
For little ones, there’s a small kids club, it had plenty of colourful play equipment and games, just ask at reception for opening hours.
If you can stand the heat, the resort has a tennis court which you can use for an additional fee. There’s also a golf course integrated into the resort.
For a bit of relaxation, Tides Spa is open between 8am and 8.30pm. It offers all the usual spa services in a beautiful environment. Prices are expensive compared to the small spas you’ll find dotted all over Danang but the service is fantastic. You can find the spa menu here
If it’s too hot to walk or you have tired little ones then the resort offers a complimentary Buggy service, just ask at reception, you’ll never have to wait too long. Or you can hire a bike to cycle around the resort.
This was the real draw for me when selecting an Airbnb in Da Nang. A walkable beach was an absolute must and we were not disappointed by this one. The onsite beach stretches all the way to the city and is bordered by luxury hotels and resorts.
The sand is soft and white and the waves are calm. Outside the entrance to the resort, you’ll find a few shaded, wooden recliners but we spent most of our time walking across the sand and jumping in the waves. There’s a handy shower to wash off the sand before heading back into the resort.
What’s walkable from the Ocean Villas
In all honesty – not much! But don’t let that put you off. When you’re in the resort you have the private beach, the amazing pools, a great restaurant and a lovely spa. The only thing we really missed was a decent grocery store so just make sure you pick up everything you need when you’re out for the day. We did walk across the beach one evening to the nearby Sheraton for dinner and drinks which made a nice change. The bar overlooking the beach there was well worth the 15 minute walk along the beach and we returned as the sun was going down, the colours were amazing.
What else is there to do?
I love this part of Vietnam, it still feels a bit undiscovered. There’s plenty to do in the area, obviously there are some amazing beaches but also the impressive Marble Mountains (just a 5 minute drive) or the UNESCO My Son Sanctuary. (1 hour away). Danang is a fun city to explore or you could head further south to the pretty village of Hoi An. Another must visit is the rather bonkers Sun World theme park at Ba Na Hills which is where you’ll find the famous Golden Hands Bridge. Click here for a dtailed run down of 30 things to do in Da Nang
How to get to the Ocean Villas from the airport
The Ocean Villas resort is located about 20 minutes south of the city of Danang. You can pick up a taxi at the airport which will cost around £40 although make sure you have written directions printed in Vietnamese, our driver didn’t seem to know where he was going. You could also download the Grab app, it’s the Vietnamese equivalent of Uber and made getting around the area super easy and cheap. If required, the Ocean Resort can arrange a driver for you which will be a bit more expensive but will take a lot of the stress out of your journey.
You could also book a great value airport transfer through Holiday Transfers, their quote was under £30 for 3 people for a private transfer to the resort. I wish I’d known this before our visit!
Parking at the Ocean Villas
If you have a hire car or scooter then there is plenty of free parking at the resort. Just be warned, the streets of Danang can be fairly challenging to drive through and you’ll have to go through the city to get to the resort.
Security at the Ocean Villas
There main gate is guarded 24 hours a day and there were plenty of security staff wandering around the resort. We felt safe at all times but then this was the case throughout most of Vietnam.
How much is it to stay at the Ocean Villas
In total, the one bedroom apartment cost us £272 for four nights. Exceptional value coming from the UK and considering the amenities available. We booked through Airbnb, find the listing for ocean villas here and if you are new to Airbnb, you can use this referral link for £34 off your first booking.
You can also compare prices on other sizes of villas and book your stay over on Tripadvisor where you’ll also find plenty of other reviews.
We genuinely loved our stay at the Ocean Villas, it’s perfect for families who like a bit of luxury when traveling but don’t want to pay the extortionate prices of the nearby 5 star hotels.
If you’re not convinced that a rental is for you then check out this fantastic list of where to stay in Da Nang to suit every traveler.
You might also like this post on everything you need to know for planning a family trip to Vietnam
Have a look at this super short video of our stay over on Youtube.
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