InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

No matter how much you read about the multi award winning InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, your expectations will be surpassed when you arrive at the resort. You really need to see it to believe it, to truly feel the atmosphere and to absorb the scale, the sweeping views of ocean and the untouched rainforest surrounding the grand resort buildings that reach up to ‘Heaven’ from the ‘Sea’.

the incredible InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
view from InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
La Maison 1888 fine dining restaurant

The design is a masterpiece of creativity that fuses traditional Vietnamese features with modern art in a bold and often light-hearted way. Located on the beautiful Son Tra peninsula, the resort was designed by Bill Bensley, an architect famous for his quirky, imaginative concepts.

Explore the resort and uncover small details after being initially wowed by the many centrepiece features including giant mechanical fans swaying in the Long Bar, the conical ‘floating tables’ in Citron and the vernacular railway that transports guests between each of the four levels named Heaven, Sky, Earth and Sea.

Citron at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Dine from within an iconic Vietnamese conical hat at Citron
Bill Bensley adds his own sense of fun and humour to the resort
Relax in your own swinging boat whilst awaiting luxurious spa treatments at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

The award winning Harnn Spa is an experience in itself. Begin in the spa reception with a preserved mandarin drink (salty, sweet and aromatic oranges) before being escorted by buggy to the treatment rooms. Arrive at your huge, individual treatment suite and relax during one of the signature treatments; we opted for a 60 minute massage and mini facial which included the use of chilled jade gemstones and we left deciding it was one of our top spa experiences of all time.

Spa Lagoon Villa at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Beautifully appointed treatment rooms within the Harnn Spa

The Vegan Food

We took breakfast at Citron and had a spread of fruit, salads and healthy juices to go with the option of traditional pho (veganised) or a more Western style cooked breakfast. On our second day when we had an early checkout and no time for breakfast, the staff made us vegetable fried rice to go, and gave us boxes to fill with fruit, nuts and baguettes; excellent service indeed.

At lunch we took advantage of the Jordanian heritage of the chef at ‘Barefoot’ and feasted on Middle Eastern food that left us full of wanderlust to travel to the region and sample more of this delicious vegan friendly cuisine. We loved that it wasn’t on the menu (just ask in advance) but Chef Osama created a delicious vegan banquet including muhamammara, babaganoush, fatoush and moutabel served with freshly baked breads. Almost full to the brim, another course of spiced yellow rice with fruit and nuts arrived, accompanied by a spicy tomato and garlic sauce, inspired by the traditional Yemeni ‘mandi’.

Fresh and healthy breakfast at Citron
English style vegan cooked breakfast at Citron
Fatoush formed part of our Jordanian feast at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula
Yemeni inspired rice dish at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

In the evening we had cocktails and canapés in the Club InterContinental Lounge where the signature ‘Heavenly Fire’ chilli based cocktail accompanied platters of vegan canapés and entertaining conversation from the ever hospitable staff.

evening cocktails at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Vegan canapes in the Club InterContinental lounge at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

For our final meal we dined in La Maison 1888 and ate a gourmet vegan feast lasting over 3 hours; delicious plates of creative plant-based cuisine kept arriving at our table, showcasing different cooking techniques and unique flavour combinations.

The architecture and interior design of La Maison 1888 tells the story of a colonial French Eurasian family and is the perfect home for world renowned 3 Michelin starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire. The service was impeccable, the surroundings were both lavish and full of grandeur but it was the food that stole the show including such delights as Pineapple with Mushroom and Parsnip with Truffle.

After the savoury courses were eaten, the dessert ‘phase’ of the menu began with 4 (yes 4!) vegan desserts coming before a final plate of petit fours.

We left La Maison 1888 stunned by just how good the evening had been, it was a vegan fine-dining experience that every food lover should try at least once, here you can read our full review of La Maison 1888.

vegan fine dining at La Maison 1888
award winning vegan fine dining at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
vegan desserts at La Maison 1888
one of the vegan desserts at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

The Vegan Essentials

There were feather free pillows available meaning we could easily swap to enjoy a feather free sleep.

The in-room amenities (including a handy take home non-leather travel case) were from luxury US based company Agraria (which we can confirm as both vegan and full of natural plant based ingredients) and luxury spa brand Harnn which we understand are 100% plant-based but are awaiting confirmation as to whether the company tests on animals.

The signature Harnn spa had plenty of vegan treatments available and is definitely a ‘not to be missed’ experience whilst staying at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort.

The Vegan Food Quest Verdict

Make a reservation at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort to experience the very best in vegan luxury, not only in Vietnam, but in the whole of South East Asia. Make sure to book a room with Club InterContinental Lounge access to enjoy the ambience (as well as the superb cocktails) and don’t forget to schedule appointments at both the spa and the PEDI:MANI:CURE Studio.

But for a meal to remember, filled with the very best in gourmet vegan cuisine, make a reservation at La Maison 1888 and be sure to think of us as you polish off your final heavenly dessert.

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We were guests of InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Bai Bac
SonTra Peninsula
Danang City

Telephone: +84-511-3938888<
Cost From: £280 / $420 per night (Oct 2015)

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