Fusion Maia, Danang, Vietnam
Beachside spa and health resort on Vietnam’s central coast
All year round
Rates start from $2,040 USD per person for a 3 night full board Re-Boost juice cleanse programme for a double occupancy room and $1,631 USD for a single occupancy room, or $4,200 USD per person for a 7 night full board retreat and wellness programme for a double occupancy room and $3,323 USD for a single occupancy room.
Best for: Stress heads who need to go slow down & be pampered.
Not for: Those looking for a social & group environment.
In a nutshell: Fusion Maia is a spa and health resort set on one of Vietnam’s finest beaches, and close to UNESCO listed cultural town of Hoi An. Marvellously, your room rate includes two treatments each and every day day, taking away the stress of the big check out bill. There are daily classes in yoga, mindful practices such as qigong and tai chi, and fitness sessions for you to join The atmosphere is serene, the team gentle and mindful. Go for deep relaxation, indulgent pampering and clean Vietnamese food.
The quality of the all inclusive treatments are very impressive, and the energy treatments are particularly special and worth trying. The yoga platform by the beach allows for a wonderful morning yoga experience.
Along the beach, away from the resort, there is a lot of development going on which spoils the romance of long beach walks.
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Design your own retreat by combining your daily inclusive treatments with your choice from the activities in the Natural Living Programme, which usually includes up to 6 classes a day.
There is a generous spa menu to choose from as part of your quota so you can vary your daily experience. There are massages for some therapeutic body work, body wraps and scrubs and facials for some pampering, and even nail art for fun. The Maia Spa Fusions combine two treatments to give you a longer, more luxurious experience.
Breathwork and yoga starts at the beach daily at 7am (if weather allows). The daily theme leads you to an intention and outcome such as “Butterfly Breathing” for an open heart and freedom of expression, or “Be Active Yoga” for building strength and expression. There are two daily classes including Fusion Flow and Fusion Restore, and an evening mindfulness session with a daily focus such as Mindful Giving and Receiving. The 11 Vietnamese resident yoga teachers have all been trained and certified by a Rishikesh Yogashala school in India.
Tai Chi, otherwise known as moving meditation, is taught every evening just before the mindfulness session to help you wind down. At each class you will learn a portion of the 18 simple movements, so by day 4 you should be able to go through the whole routine in a fluid, graceful and continuous way, helping you improve your posture and relax.
If you want a fitness challenger, there is a ‘warrior fitness’ programme that changes daily and combines martial arts Kung Fu style moves with functional fitness exercises. Daily themes include ‘crouching tiger’, improving inner strength and courage, to ‘lean leopard’ to help improve digestion and agility. There is also a daily 10,000 steps beach walk to help you get some cardio exercise.
Reiki and meridian therapies feature throughout the spa menu to achieve a sense of balance and allow for a free flow of energy for body and mind. The spa conducts regular Reiki training for its therapists as part of their dedication to energy healing, and there are very talented Reiki Masters available for extra treatments (at a cost).
There are juicing and vegan programmes available at an extra cost, where you can have three treatments a day and mix and match juicing with vegan food to suit your requirement. So for example you could have juices during the day, and a vegan meal in the evening, or exclusively juicing days or plant-based days. The programmes also include a juicing workshop so you can learn the principles to take home with you.
Fusion Maia also run dedicated Re-Treats to help you adopt a sustainable healthy lifestyle using an 80/20 rule - 80 percent good, 20 percent of a little of what you fancy. Choose from 3, 5 or 7-night packages, which include 3 customized spa treatments per day, a private yoga or meditation session, and advice on how to adopt a plant-based lifestyle. The longer you stay the more activities are included.
It is worth venturing out and about and visiting Hoi An for a cultural experience and a touch of shopping by using the daily complimentary shuttle bus. Also nearby is Marble Mountain, a pilgrimage site with temples, caves and tunnels and great views over Danang. Ask your Fusionista to organise a bike tour there.
Visit Fusion Café, located in the UNESCO Heritage Old Town of Hoi An, for food and beverage inspired by the flavours and cultures of Hoi An. Sample the creative range of fresh spring rolls, infused Asian-inspired soda pops, or enjoy a delicious homemade pastry with Vietnamese coffee. They also have a selfie photo-booth and complimentary bicycles for hire.
Pool Villas: There are 80 private villas with a small living area, vast bed and patio doors that lead out onto a small courtyard garden with plunge pool, shower and rest area. The design is contemporary with dark wood and light walls and floors giving that sexy Asian vibe. The whole space is so incredibly private you can spend your time there naked as a jaybird should you so desire.
Spa Villas: The Spa Villas are convenient for your frequent visits to the spa and have two bedrooms and a living/dining area as well as a private pool. These are great if you are travelling with family or friends as they work out more cost effective than taking two separate rooms.
Beach Villas: There are two magnificent beach villas which consists of three bedrooms, a dining room, lounge and big private pool with fabulous views to the ocean. Perfect for a big family celebration.
Be mindful of the daily themes at the spa, which come with a specially blended tea and aromatherapy oil. The breakfast anytime anywhere concept allows you to have your most important meal of the day up to 5pm if you so wish, or make it a hearty brunch either in your own villa, or by the beach. When you visit Hoi An, stop by the Fusion Café for coffee and to borrow bicycles so you can ride around the charming town.
When to Go
The best months to go for sunny beach weather are May to July. The rain traditionally falls in November and December and the coolest months are December and January, although ‘cool’ here means on average 23 degrees centigrade.
There are three dining areas – the sophisticated Five Dining Room for breakfast and dinner, the aptly named ‘Fresh’ poolside restaurant with its white and light turquoise decor for lunch with a view, and the Tonic Bar for tapas and inventive cocktails which have funky pink and lilac lanterns for lighting.
The menus reflect the approach at Fusion Maia that life is about balance, and you can choose from a vast breakfast buffet that has lots of gluten and dairy free options should you need them or indulgent treats should you prefer them. Throughout the day there are light bites such as fresh spring rolls and green coconut soup alongside fresh salads and seafood options. The dinner menu embraces pan Asian flavours, inspired by the five elements and featuring clean Vietnamese dishes such as fresh grouper cooked in a clay pot and steamed clams served in a lemongrass broth. Fusion Maia even has its own Fusion Café in Hoi An for coffee and pastries.
All types of alcohol is available at most of the restaurants and you will see other guests sipping on cocktails or glasses of wine, but also many tasty fresh juice concoctions if you want to keep off the alcohol.
This year Fusian Maia has committed to start to remove or recycle single use plastics including straws and plastic take away containers, and they intend to change to refillable bottles and remove the plastic water bottles. They already use waste water for the garden, give cardboard to the local community and excess food to local pig farmers. Most of their herbs, salads, greens and veggies and seafood are locally sourced and from local markets and suppliers. They also have an in-house hydroponic garden providing fresh restaurant salads and herbs.
The team is valued properly and taught English, Korean and Japanese. Fusion Maia also recruit unskilled spa therapists from the local region and commits to an ongoing in-depth training programme for them; this includes sessions from international trainers to improve both their skills and personal wellbeing. The team includes 11 Vietnamese yoga teachers, certified by Rishikesh Yogashala, and is dedicated to training as many of their staff as possible in Reiki healing.
Da Nang, Vietnam
Airport: Da Nang International
Da Nang Station
Transfer time: 15 minutes