Furama Resort – Da Nang

Furama Resort was our home away from home during our stay in Da Nang, Vietnam.  The staff was most helpful on arrival allowing for early check-in after our long flight from New Zealand.  We were greeted at the entrance with a dragonfruit drink while they coördinated our check-in. The drinks even have their own lounge chairs!

The resort has multiple accommodation options based on requirements and budget. We selected to stay in one of their private villas in a secluded area of the resort.  The Furama Villas offer an additional private beach, swimming pool and bar only available to their guests.  Our Pearl Villa included 3 floors with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, full kitchen/dinning area, two lounges and a private pool. This is the nicest resort I have stayed in to date!

The time change helped me to wake early enough to catch the sunrise.  It was stunning!  I found many guests were up early walking the beach.

We had access to 4 pools if you include our private pool.  The guest pools were the main infinity pool located off the front lobby, a lagoon pool, and Villas pool (only available to guests staying in Villas). We spent most of our time in the main infinity pool (mainly because it felt warmer) and our private pool.

The beaches were beautiful white sand.  They were cleaned daily which kept shells and seaweed away. The water was a bit chilly and intense while we were there.  The snorkeling/scuba outings we planned were not available due to the rough waters during our stay.  There were only a couple of days that we were allowed to swim in the ocean.

There were multiple food options available at the resort.

  • The Cafe’ Indochine located off the main lobby served our daily breakfast buffet (included each morning in our cost) with a mix of typical breakfast foods, Asian cuisine and fresh fruits.  The restaurant was open for Asian style lunch and evenings featured a full Seafood buffet.
  • Don Cipriani’s is their Italian themed restaurant offering an assortment of pizzas and pastas.  This was the girls favorite choice with their large choice of kid friendly food.
  • The Fan steakhouse was located directly on the beach and provides evening entertainment on some nights.
  • The Hai Van lounge served Afternoon Tea with a variety of teas and beverages plus finger foods and desserts. The evenings presented live music and entertainment.  The lounge was opened throughout the day with cocktails and a limited bar food menu.
  • Other poolside bars were available throughout the resort for drinks and bar snacks.

A Wine Tasting lounge in lobby assisted guests in wine selection to be served with your meal or delivered to Villa.

 

Furama Resort Dance from Amber Herden on Vimeo.

The resort offered a variety of on site activities for the entire family. For adults, we were able to partake in basic Vietnamese language classes, cooking demonstration, beachside yoga, Ta Chi lessons and more.

Aubrey helping the instructor in a Ti Chi lesson.

The kids club was complementary though some of the activities offered came at a price.  It opened each day from 9:30am – 6:30 pm and the girls loved it.  Just a few of the activities offered during our stay: lantern making, dragon dancing, sand castles building, kite flying, beginning Vietnamese language, face building, baking and more.  They also had the option for older children to sign up for swimming, scuba, snorkeling and bodyboarding lessons. These all come at a higher cost.  Aubrey chose to take part in the scuba lesson and she did exceptionally well.  She is already making plans for dives with her daddy when she gets a bit older!

While the kids are away, the adults will play! Andrew and I had a few hours to ourselves to lounge by the pool and ocean and even took in a couples’ Vietnamese massage.

There are multiple excursion options the hotel can help arrange for some time away from the resort.  The resort has a notebook worth of outings to flip through to get ideas and will make arrangements for you. They pre-arranged packages often put multiple stops and tour guides on your outing. We found simply reserving a cab for a period of time as a way we could personalize our excursion.   The cab driver dropped us off at a location and would wait until we were finished sightseeing.  The hotel offered shuttle service to Hoi An Ancient City which we took advantage of one morning. The resort arranged for me to take a cab to experience the famous Dragon Bridge in action too.  Also, our family visited Lady Buddha, Da Nang City, and took world’s longest cable car ride during our time in Vietnam.

The entire trip was amazing!  We wish the weather had behaved a bit better on the early part of our trip but looking back maybe a couple lazy/rainy days is just what we needed before our big move!

  One more last picture of the entire family!

 

Amber Herden

My name is Amber and I am finally tackling my bucket list all while relocating countries and raising two beautiful girls with my incredible husband.