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About Mun Yin Liu

I like a bit of travel, indeed, I wish I had more time and money for it. When I'm not day dreaming about travel, I'm found working on Internet things and such.

Fusion Maia spa pool

Fusion Maia Danang Review

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I’d been excited for weeks about staying at Fusion Maia Da Nang. Having never been to Vietnam before, it was an excellent opportunity for me to see a bit more of the world, but my main anticipation was for experiencing the concept that the resort lives by. I had heard good things about the place from a couple of people I know who had the pleasure of staying there, so expectations were certainly high.

What becomes clear straight away upon arrival is that there’s a heavy focus on the guest. We were greeted straight away by friendly Stars – Fusion Maia refers to its staff as Stars – and taken through the reception lobby into the Tonic bar. Here, we were also introduced to both the site manager and our assigned Fusionista, and then given a thorough explanation of what activities we could partake in as part of Fusion Maia’s Natural Living programme. Whilst the formalities were in process, a quick look around the Tonic bar gave the impression that we’d be able to really relax and wind down here. The bar and the adjacent Five restaurant sit on an open central structure, meaning that you can see the rest of the resort from the comfy sofas, elevated above a beautiful garden with manmade ponds and streams running underneath.

Our Fusionista, Hong, took us from the bar to our villa, via the spa and the gardens. Living in Hong Kong, it’s always good to spend a bit more time in green surroundings, particularly when they are as immaculately taken care of as this. The designs of the buildings that house the restaurant, lobby, bar and spa are simple but have a modern feel to it. The relaxed atmosphere is further enhanced by the casual and comfortable uniform that the staff are dressed in. The resulting warmth and smiles exuding from them are nothing but genuine, and I’m sure that the fact they are not constrained by their clothing plays a part in this.

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Our home for the next couple of days is a gorgeous pool villa. There are 80 of these types of rooms, and each one comes with its own private pool in the garden. These rooms have a minimalistic feeling to them, but not in a futuristic or cold way. Earthy, natural tones are used along with plenty of wooden furniture, making the mix a combination of comfort and modernity. In the villa, there’s a rotatable flat screen TV, an iPod dock and a coffee machine to make it feel like home. His and hers bathroom toiletries were set in the bathroom area, that included a stone bathtub and a ceiling to floor rainforest shower.

The L-shaped room design meant that there were three sets of sliding doors that could take us out into the private garden. Our swimming pool was accompanied by a couple of loungers and a more secluded outdoor sofa area. The privacy of the garden provides opportunities for sweet reflection, and as long as the weather is compliant, it’s likely you’ll spend much of your time out here.

On the other side of the bar and restaurant, you can take the walk down to the beach. Along the way, you’ll pass by the long water feature that runs in between the Feast poolside restaurant and the gym facilities. This is a lovely long stretch of water that is usually illuminated at night time to add a bit more special feeling to the place; we were even encouraged to light floating candles here, making it much more than just a visual spectacle. This is a place where wishes and memories are made.

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As the resort is still reasonably new, all the facilities still retain their initial glow and gloss. That’s not unexpected, so the real winner with Fusion Maia Da Nang is the hospitality. They make you feel so special, even as just regular guests, there’s something that they do to give you the impression that you’re singled out.

Perhaps it was the fact that almost every time that we came back to our villa, it seemed as though there was a new surprise waiting for us. For example, after spending the day out in Hoi An, we came back to find that our bathtub had been lined with candles and partially filled with flowers. We were also treated to a surprise cake during our stay. Gestures such as this really made a difference, definitely helping to make us fall in love with the place.

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Breakfast is served at both anytime and anywhere here. Whilst we weren’t able to experience ours on the beach front due to the weather, we did get close enough at the Feast restaurant. Although it was a shame we didn’t get to eat on the beach, it’s great having the flexibility of choosing where to have that first meal, and this offer also extends to Fusion Cafe in Hoi an. In the evenings, we dined at their main restaurant Five. The food was as good as what we expected and the menu had plenty of choice. It’s generally split into western, local and fusion cuisines, and we made a point of varying our options whenever we could. Again, it was the service that stood out for us here, with Stars only too happy to answer questions about the local cuisines and providing a bit more detail.

The emphasis on guest welfare is evident throughout. Part of Fusion Maia’s philosophy is built around their Natural Living programme, a week-long schedule that is designed to help you improve your health and spiritual being through activities and quality nourishment. Each day, there is a schedule led by specialist Stars. For someone such as myself, who had never really paid much attention to this perspective, it was an eye-opening experience. With discipline, I can easily integrate some of the advice into my daily life. The benefits are hard to explain, but having taken on board as much as I could, I sincerely feel as though I have improved many aspects of my being through a better diet and calmer demeanour.

My stay at Fusion Maia was one of my most enjoyable experiences. The physical quality of the resort is outstanding, partially due to the fact that it’s still quite new. You’ll get all of your standard modern amenities as expected, but what really sets it apart is far more subtle. An emotional feeling is hard to quantify, but once there, you will undoubtedly feel welcomed and very well taken care of. The Stars that roam around all stop and say hi, and ensure that your needs are fully met. Even though its been weeks since my stay, I’m still conscious of the Fusion Feeling that I arrived back home with, and it’s something that I have decided to prolong.

Hoi An River

Things to do in Hoi An by Mun Yin Liu

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Located in central Vietnam, Hoi An is a sleepy little city, probably best known for being a UNESCO Heritage Site. Its Old Town is an incredibly relaxed and laid back place, making life look incredibly easy, allowing you to while away the time watching everything going on around you. Going beyond its old centre, to the south you’ll find a number of small islands connected together by a series of bridges, making it much larger than you’d think.

Morning

I’d suggest taking it really easy in the morning. A lot of visitors to Hoi An will probably be up early to have a relaxing session of yoga, but seeing as I’m not any sort of yogi, I’ll be sleeping in late and waking up to wander onto the beach. There will be plenty of resorts to pick from along Cua Dai beach that stretches along for 3km. Although most tourists will end up flocking here, you can pick from a number of activities to partake in, including jet skiing, kayaking and wind surfing.

Lunch

Fusion Cafe

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About 5km away near the Old Town, grab your lunch at the Fusion Cafe. This cafe doubles up as Fusion Maia Da Nang’s anchor in Hoi An, with regular shuttle buses from its main resort here. As a result, you can dine and relax here safe in the knowledge that everything available to you will be high quality, and the service from headquarters also extends out to here. They serve Lavazza coffee here, so down a quality brew along with your meal, and you’ll be ready for a full afternoon of exploring.

Fusion Cafe, 35 Nguyen Phuc Chu, Hoi An

Afternoon

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Meander outside from Fusion Cafe and you’ll be right opposite the old town. Skip past the fruit sellers and other vendors and you’ll cross the bridge. Take a moment right here to look around, you’ll do well to get better views of the Thu Bon River. It’s a prime selfie spot, so snap away, but do be careful of the bicycles and mopeds flying around.

Prepare to be asked about purchasing everything within earshot. During my own afternoon around town, I lost count of the number of rickshaw rides I was offered. A smile and “no, thank you” will normally sort you out, but it can get tiring after a while.

From crossing the bridge, you’ll come straight to a fork on your right. Take the left hand option, and soon enough, you will come up across Saigon Kitsch. There’s plenty to keep you entertained in here, including propaganda art and parodies of well known entertainment brands such as Mr. Bean (Mr. Binh) and the Mr. Men and Little Miss series. Inside, you’ll also be offered the opportunity to make your own monster doll! Indulge and you’ll be rewarded with plenty of giggles.

Saigon Kitsch, 85 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An Ancient Town

On the next parallel street, there’s another shop that I enjoyed browsing. Artbook is a very funky store. In here, there are plenty of coasters and posters of well known movies and anime films, but all with slight twists. Going through shelf by shelf, you’ll find books, tea bags and other household goods, keeping you busy for a good while.

Artbook, 166 Tran Phu Str., Hoi An Ancient Town

Dinner

Mango Rooms

Your lunch should have been walked off by now, so find your way to a restaurant called Mango Rooms. Don’t confuse it with its sister restaurant, confusingly called Mango Mango. At Mango Rooms, you’ll get modern dishes served in a casual environment with plenty of colours to lighten the mood. The daily specials here often use ingredients fresh from the local market, so it’s definitely worth paying a visit if you want to try Hoi An’s genuine products.

Mango Rooms, 111 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An Ancient Town

Evening

After dining, it is worth hanging around Hoi An for a bit longer. Right now, you can savour the Old Town at night, including the fabulous lanterns that light up the place. Get yourself down to the market, which ought to still be buzzing with activity, before taking your pick from the bars overlooking the river to finish off your day.

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Fusion Maia Trip Gift Winner

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So here is the moment of truth, the announcement that you’ve all be waiting for. At least, we can assume that is the case from the readers who decided to have a go at winning our Fusion Maia Trip Gift.

Before we get to it, we must thank everyone who took part, from those who entered to those who passed by to give their opinions and support by voting. We hope that you enjoyed taking part, and look forward to your continued support for next time.

And finally, now is when you get to find out who has won a luxurious 2 night stay at Fusion Maia Da Nang. The winner will get to experience Asia’s first all-spa inclusive resort, where they will be exposed to an unlimited number of spa treatments each day. They’ll be staying in one of the beautiful pool villas, and will be free to take their breakfast whenever they want, wherever they want.

Our congratulations go to Kenji Schautzer, for his entry titled “Mountains, Beaches, Ruins and… Fireworks!“. Kenji explained that his day out in Vietnam would include hiking to UNESCO heritage sites, relaxing on the beaches and a visit to the annual Danang International Fireworks Competition – sounds ideal! The judges were impressed with the range and variation of suggestions, as well as the overwhelming support he amassed via the voting system. Kenji will be contacted shortly.

That’s it for this Trip Gift, but do look forward to another one in future!

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Fusion Maia Trip Gift Voting Update

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For the past week, entries to the Fusion Maia Trip Gift have been under great scrutiny. There’s been a lot of activity, and we can see that some entries are clearly popular ideas. Undoubtedly, readers have been giving their thoughts, but entrants have also been canvassing for votes.

The good news for all, is that there’s still another week of voting time to go! So, at the time of writing, there’s still a lot to play for. Remember, only the 5 most popular entries will be considered for the winning prize. Here’s a rundown of the current top positions.

  1. Kenji Schautzer’s visit to Mountains, Beaches, Ruins and Fireworks
  2. Sylvia Kung’s Fruitful Day in Da Nang!
  3. Experience local by Amas Li
  4. Jennifer Lai Jumps into Vietnam
  5. Love Saigon by Javier Sampedro

So that’s the situation – what are you going to do about it? Make sure that you support your favourite entry by clicking the green vote button at the top of the post. If you’re unsure, take a look through all of the entries again right here.

To our entrants – good luck for the rest of the week!

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Fusion Maia Trip Gift Voting Begins!

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After a couple of weeks of receiving your entries, the Fusion Maia Trip Gift promotion is now open for voting! Which entry gets your vote? We’ve selected our favourites and have published all of them here. Take a read through and make sure you give credit to the one you think most deserves your support. Just click the green voting button at the top or bottom of the post.

Out of those that have been published, the five most popular will go into our final, and the winner will be selected from that group. Our judges will be looking for originality, creativity and entertainment value, but are open to being swayed by popular demand. So your vote really does count. Remember, the prize is a 2 night stay at Fusion Maia Da Nang resort.

Enough of the talking – it’s time to get voting.

Hoi An Ancient Town

UNESCO Tour – June Lui

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In taking part in our Fusion Maia Trip Gift, June Lui has decided to show off her cultural tastes. On her ideal trip to Vietnam, she would visit all of the country’s UNESCO sites.

I’m something of a culture vulture, so it has been on my wishlist for the longest time to tour around each of the different UNESCO heritage sites. There are 7 sites in total, so I’m sure that it will keep me and my selfie photos busy!

What do you think of June’s suggestion? If you think it’s worthy of winning, make sure you vote at the top of this page! Now take a look at our other entries.