So it turns out that it doesn't take long to get used to a life of leisure, complete with daily massages and spa treatments. Stu, who normally flinches at the idea of spa time, got quite comfortable with getting massages and facials everyday at the all inclusive spa resort Fusion Maia, Da Nang. I, of course, had no trouble revelling in this unaccustomed bit of pampering - massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, hair therapy, flower bath - I tried it all. We were simply spoilt rotten at the resort, it's no wonder we both got somewhat teary-eyed when we left.
private pool and courtyard garden
Fusion Maia, Da Nang
This would be our last holiday for months so I really wanted it to be amazing. And IT WAS. We stayed in a pool villa, which was private and spacious, complete with our own pool and garden courtyard. We lounged around the pool for hours and enjoyed lazy sleep ins before indulging in the all day anytime breakfast (no morning peak hour breakfast rush!).
Even though we didn't want our holiday to be too activity packed, we did however managed to fit in trips to the nearby old town of Hoi An, some time for walks on the beach (Fusion Maia is afterall a beach resort), as well as a day trip to the Marble Mountains.
Son Tra Beach, Da Nang
As the name implies, the mountains are marble and limestone formations, laced with caves in which the locals sought refuge during the Vietnam war. Hiking up the mountains, I kept thinking to myself that these are the same steps the Vietnamese had taken to run from enemies; these are the same cave walls that provided shelter during the war. It was a beautiful place to explore, and a great way to understand a little bit more about the history of this country.