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The In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Danang Sun Penin­sula Re­sort in Viet­nam has opened three new lux­ury res­i­dences, per­fect for fam­i­lies or groups of friends hol­i­day­ing to­gether. As gate­way to three UNESCO World Her­itage sites, in­clud­ing Hoi An, the city of Danang is rapidly de­vel­op­ing as a key tourism cen­tre.

The In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal’s new beach­front Sun Penin­sula Res­i­dences, de­signed by ac­claimed Bangkok-based ar­chi­tect Bill Bens­ley, are tucked away in a cor­ner of the re­sort above the prop­erty’s pri­vate bay on the Son Tra Penin­sula with sweep­ing views over the East Sea and di­rect beach ac­cess.

Opened last month, the res­i­dences op­er­ate as a re­sort within a re­sort, and while the swish in­te­ri­ors, in­flu­enced by tra­di­tional Viet­namese ar­chi­tec­ture and French colo­nial whimsy, tally with the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal’s over­all look, guests here en­joy a host of ex­clu­sive ser­vices. These in­clude a ded­i­cated chef, on hand to cook what­ever you fancy, an on-call chauf­feur, but­ler, cus­tomised tour­ing and nearby he­li­pad. The five-star treat­ment con­tin­ues when guests de­part: the re­sort op­er­ates a ded­i­cated air­port lounge com­plete with mini day spa at Danang In­ter­na­tional. The new pri­vate en­clave has two three-bed­room res­i­dences with pri­vate pools and one two-bed­room res­i­dence. The vil­las can be booked sep­a­rately or linked to form one enor­mous suite. The din­ing pavil­ions, liv­ing ar­eas and bed­rooms in all three vil­las claim un­in­ter­rupted ocean views.

Guests also have ac­cess to all the fa­cil­i­ties of the 197-bed­room In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal, in­clud­ing a fit­ness cen­tre and award-win­ning day spa.

DON’T MISS: Danang’s show-stop­ping Dragon Bridge, span­ning the River Han, as it spews fire and great plumes of wa­ter in a spec­tac­u­lar af­ter-dark show on week­ends.

DIN­ING IN: In Septem­ber, the Miche­lin three-star chef Pierre Gag­naire will take over the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal’s sig­na­ture La Mai­son 1888, one of the best restau­rants in town. Other re­sort eater­ies in­clude Citron, with pri­vate din­ing booths af­ford­ing far-reach­ing views, and Bare­foot, lo­cated on the beach and serv­ing din­ner by torch­light.

DIN­ING OUT: Madam Lan for tra­di­tional Viet­namese fare and Red Sky for a steak.

ASK THE CONCIERGE: If you fancy a be­spoke wardrobe, the old town of Hoi An, fa­mous for its tailors, is 30km away, but concierge Thang Le says you don’t need to ven­ture that far. Check out Vi­et­town Silk in Danang City (Tran Phu St).

CHECK­ING IN: Res­i­dences from $US2890 ($3920) low sea­son. More:­ter­con­ti­nen­

ALSO TRY: Beach House, One&Only Hay­man Is­land, Queens­land; The Flem­ing Villa, Gold­enEye, Ja­maica; Res­i­dence Vil­las, Four Sea­sons Re­sort Bali at Jim­baran Bay.

CHRIS­TINE McCABE The AKARYN Ho­tel Group has paired with Sin­ga­pore de­sign out­fit Manor Stu­dio to de­velop an all-suite ho­tel in Chi­ang Mai, Thai­land; the 30-room akyra Manor Chi­ang Mai opens Au­gust 1 in the north­ern city’s bustling art and food precinct with rates from THB4200 ($166) • Six Senses’s first re­sort in Europe has opened in Por­tu­gal’s beau­ti­ful Douro Val­ley fea­tur­ing 57 gue­strooms, suites and vil­las, a Wine Li­brary with large stone ter­race where clas­sic films can be en­joyed al fresco by the fire pit, and an enor­mous day spa of­fer­ing grape­based treat­ments • NSW Na­tional Parks has opened a charm­ing, re­stored cot­tage in the Royal Na­tional Park, one hour south of Syd­ney; sleep­ing up to six in three bed­rooms. Hill Top is ideally po­si­tioned for bush­walk­ing and swimming • The Man­darin Ori­en­tal, Paris, has put the raz­zle-daz­zle into themed ho­tel pack­ages, of­fer­ing guests of its 4600 ($6764) per night ‘’Diamond in the Sky’’ deal a Bucherer diamond pen­dant; you’ll also en­joy top floor suite digs and break­fast in your room • Hong Kong-based Penin­sula is lay­ing the ground­work for a ho­tel in Lon­don; plans have been sub­mit­ted with the Westminster City Coun­cil for a 190-room ho­tel to be built on Grosvenor Place in ritzy Bel­gravia, re­plac­ing a 1960s of­fice block.

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