Front Desk: The Most Romantic Room We've Stayed In
For our 10th anniversary, Nate and I went to Vietnam (for a surprise trip) and stayed at a hotel that I still think about all the time. During our visit, the property was named An Lam Ninh Van Bay, but it’s since changed to L’AYLA. Located in Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam, on the coastlines of the South China Sea, the hotels is accessible only by speedboat so you’re super far from the hustle and bustle of the area’s beach towns. There are a smattering of villas, each with a private pool—some massive with two bedrooms (we used one for napping and one for sleeping!), a daybed, and an outdoor bathroom with a bathtub-for-two.
Each room is assigned a butler that provides service to be private, discreet, or totally indulgent. Anything from unpacking your luggage, setting up a beachside picnic to opening a bottle of wine, or drawing a bath. We used none of this, but it’s certainly a nice touch!
What we did use was the private pool. Made of Vietnamese black stone, and surrounded by a palatial wooden deck, the party-sized pool is totally secluded with views only of the South China Sea. (Rooms run about $500 per night.)