One of the hotter international destinations has a hot new hotel to match. The 197-room InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam opened last June under the careful design eye of Bill Bensley of Bensley Design Studios. And what was the design brief? “Quite simple,” Bensley said. “To make the most beautiful resort in Asia.” Naturally.
His first step was the rooms, followed by public spaces. “The prime objective being that each room has fantastic ocean views,” Bensley said. “Second, was to plan the public spaces in all corners of the resort so as to preserve forever much of the natural forest and to allow guests to be able to fully appreciate this gorgeous site Mother Nature had given us.”
In doing so, Bensley and his team wanted to make sure that the resort’s design blended flawlessly with the surrounding environment. “We achieved a resort that is 100 percent Vietnamese but with a bit of a cheek,” Bensley said. “Many details in the resort make it very interesting for guests to stay or simply walk around the resort and be amazed by the local culture.”
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The resort is perched on the hills of Vietnam’s Son Tra Peninsula with each room, villa or suite looking out on the East Sea. Interiors feature splashes of color amongst a black and white palette. “These are the colors of a Vietnamese temple, of yin and yang,” Bensley said.
All accommodations are equipped with bathroom amenities including separate bathtub, rainforest shower and couple’s vanity sinks. Tech touches include flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations.
The resort was truly a passion of Bensley’s down to every detail. In fact, his firm designed “every stick of furniture.” Moreover, in order to stay true to the land and community, Bensley used only Vietnamese materials crafted by Vietnamese. “This is our commitment to the local craftsmen, and also we want to ensure the authenticity of the whole resort,” he said.
The resort also has an array of dining outlets, including La Maison 1888, styled to resemble a French mansion. There is also Citron, on the resort’s upper level, which is noticeable for its intense pops of citrus colors.
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If Bensley has his way, guests will leave the resort knowing they had an authentic Vietnamese experience. “The idea that everything, from the site planning to the uniforms to the music playing, had one objective in mind: to push the Vietnamese vernacular design into a fresh new state of being.”
Name of Project: InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort Architect/Designer: Bensley Design Studios Operator: InterContinental Hotels Group Furniture Contractor: AA Corporation Lighting: Dazzle Lighting Design