Overlooking Lang Co Bay, an unspoiled stretch of mountainous coastline in central Vietnam, the Angsana’s extravagant architecture is a bit of an opinion splitter. Big and brash, the sprawling resort is home to 229 guestrooms surrounding an epic 980-foot freshwater swimming pool.
Still, the stylish interiors impressively marry contemporary modernism, five-star comfort and just the right balance of traditional Vietnamese decorative touches, such as the water puppet pool in the main lobby and the fabulously flamboyant Rice Bowl, where dining pods are constructed from giant shrimp baskets.
Stylish white-on-wood guestrooms take on a more elegant theme. Natural fabrics and swish furnishings are complemented by beautiful art and fretwork with splashes of tangerine silk and lacquerwork. Boutique bathrooms have his-and-hers sinks (and products) and a suitably huge shower and tub. Premier Rooms and Suites come with a handy in-room kitchen (you can have it stocked before you arrive) and a small infinity pool.
You can do day trips to Hoi An or Hue.
Children of all ages are welcome and there is a comprehensive kid’s club.
Lang Co is situated in Central Vietnam, roughly equidistant between Hue and Hoi An. The nearest airport is Danang. It is an attractive island-like stretch of palm-shaded white sand, with a crystal-clear, turquoise lagoon on one side and 6 miles (10km) of beachfront on the other. If the weather is nice the ocean is certainly inviting. High season is April to July. From late August till November rains are frequent, and from December to March it can get chilly.