Alone in Luxury
6.25.10 - 6.27.10 90 °F
As we were saying our goodbyes and paying our bill at the Nha Trang hotel, the owner, Vicky, presented me with an awesome birthday cake! It was beautifully decorated, and as we found later, equally delicious. Galen made the mistake of not taking credit. He did however, make reservations for us at the swanky White Sand Doc Let Resort for the weekend. It's about 40 km north of Nha Trang, accessible by a winding coastal road that resembles the PCH. The place seemed pretty empty upon arrival, and sure enough, with the exception of a few guests, it was. We had the huge, infinity pool all to ourselves, as well as the beach and the restaurant. We stayed in a fancy bungalow, just a stones throw from the water. We had a lovely birthday dinner, reminiscing about the past year, and making plans for adventures to come over a bottle of Italian wine. The staff was incredible, full of smiles and wishes of good luck, and even set up a beautiful flower arrangement on our table. Once again, Galen didn't take credit. He claims, "I told them it was your birthday though!!"
The real treat though, was the spa day. The spa was set towards the edge of the resort, bordering the ocean. It was a tranquil setting, with stone slabs on a water walkway -- like walking on floating rocks. We got a 2-hour treatment that included a steam room session, Swedish massage, facial treatment, and foot massage, complete with tea and a fruit salad. All I can really say is... wow. I hope each and every one of you gets to experience the awesomeness that we did. We opted for outdoor massages, just two beds, under a gazebo, with the sound of crashing waves, and running water. Add in a light breeze, and I have never been more relaxed in my entire life. Those of you who know me well should know that I am one of the most ticklish people you will ever meet... which was well evident when it came time for the foot massage. I was giggling uncontrollably, but I think the masseuse got a kick out of it. The experience as a whole was incredible, perfect in every way, and I can't wait to do it again! Hint, Hint
We have noticed that the Vietnamese either love the Backstreet Boys, or think that Westerners do. "As Long As You Love Me" seems to be playing on repeat everywhere that we go, the resort included. White Sand also included a lengthy multi-lingual Happy Birthday song as we were enjoying the cake, and some Elton John from The Lion King. This prompted an entire discussion on our favorite Disney movies over dinner, and after a game of pool, we returned to our bungalow to download our favorite Disney songs - from Aladdin's "A Whole New World" to Mulan's "I'll Make a Man Out of You."
The resort in it's entirety was definitely 'A Whole New World' -- peaceful and relaxing, free of peddlers and mass amounts of tourists. It was a great "vacation" from the hustle and bustle of the cities. It was just what we needed to rejuvenate ourselves for the temple tours in Siem Reap.
Side note: We realized that we chose an inopportune flight time for our Laos -> Bangkok flight in order to make our Bangkok -> Kathmandu flight. After debating over whether to take our chances with the current time, or switch one of the flights, we decided to inquire with Lao Airlines about whether it was possible to switch to an earlier flight, and what the cost would be. We e-mailed them our confirmation number, and the flight we wanted. They responded less than an hour later with, "I change your flight ... Please check-in 2 hours before." Cost? Nothing. Take that United/Delta/Alaska/American!! Oh yeah, bags are free too.