David Mann travelled to Croatia to eat pizza, climb walls and get a tan — not necessarily in that order
Hwy 702, Ninh Hai, Phan Rang, Ninh Thuan, Tel: (068) 627 2727
Enjoy the private beach with excellent facilities and have a massage. Evenings are sublime at this beach club, soon to become a fully fledged resort. Grilled seafood, European sausages, sangria, draught beer, and speciality-infused vodka all make this one of a kind destination.
544, Cua Dai, Hoi An, Tel: (0510) 386 2231
197/2 Nguyen Van Huong, Q2, Tel: (08) 3744 6090
Deliberately located away from the city centre in Thao Dien, this riverside boutique villa-style hotel is a sanctuary of peace and calm — a rarity in Ho Chi Minh City. Beautiful, Indochine-influenced design, a great setting and good drinking and dining options make this a great, non-city centre choice.
5 Au Trieu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Tel: (04) 3938 1048
Located next to the cathedral, this popular well-appointed, airy and spacious boutique hotel mixes comfort with a nice ambience and great Western or Vietnamese breakfasts. All the modern amenities at reasonable prices.
12 Ho Tung Mau, Dalat, Tel: (063) 382 5444
36 Le Duc Tho, My Dinh Commune, Tu Liem, Hanoi, Tel: (04) 6270 6688
This premier five-star property lies beside the My Dinh National Stadium and Convention Centre. Boasts two swimming pools, a spa, and a fitness centre in its 24 stories.
22 Bui Thi Xuan, Dalat, Tel: (063) 382 2663
Villa 3, 1 Quang Trung, Dalat, Tel: (063) 381 6365
Located near the Dalat Train Station, the Dalat Train Villa is a beautifully restored, colonial era, two-storey villa. In its grounds is a 1910 train carriage which has been renovated into a bar and cafe. Located within 10 minutes of most major attractions in Dalat.
172 Phan Dinh Phung, Dalat, Tel: (063) 382 7999
Located in central Dalat, this is the perfect place for budget travellers. Quiet, newly refurbished with beautiful mountain and city views from the rooftop, features free Wi-Fi, a TV and snack bar in all rooms with a downstairs coffee shop and computers in the lobby for guest use.