Just a short drive from both Da Nang International Airport and near the historic town of Hoi An, a well-preserved 15th-century trading town in the South Central Coast of Vietnam, you will find Fusion Maia. This stylish all-inclusive spa holiday provides the perfect refuge to de-stress after a long month of business travel and deliver the healthy kick start I had been looking for.
Fusion Maia is an all-villa resort that dedicates itself to the art of relaxation and offers a unique spa all-inclusive concept which sees that you have a minimum two spa treatments every day. The team, who are predominantly local, exude an infectious enthusiasm! On arrival, I am greeted by Gillian who would be my “Fusionista” during my stay—a great concept; your Fusionista will help to guide you through your stay to ensure you have a fantastic time. If you are traveling solo, you’ll have someone join you on daily excursions such as Tai Chi in the nearby Marble Mountains or visiting a local orphanage. They will act as your guide and help you engage more.
All of the 87 villas have contemporary décor and each has its own private plunge pool.
All of the 87 villas have contemporary décor and each has its own private plunge pool. Mine also features a sunken bathtub, four poster bed, coffee machine and large sliding doors opening onto a high walled garden so I can relax in privacy. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available throughout the resort.
Before enjoying my first spa treatments, I went to the Fresh Poolside restaurant to enjoy a delicious light lunch of fresh Vietnamese rolls from their healthy Natural Living Menu. This is just one of two restaurants at Fusion Maia; the other is Five and between both, all diets are catered for, from the more traditional Western food including Australian Wagyu steak to more traditional Vietnamese Pho (the best I have ever tasted!).
At the Maia Spa, I met with Spa Fusionista Sohal for a consultation to see which wellness areas I should focus on during my stay and beyond. I commence my spa experience with a combination of a luxurious ‘Body Envelope’ mud wrap and an ‘Uplifting Warm Pressure massage’, which are perfect after my flight and to wind down before a warm bath and sleep.
I would join their breathing and yoga classes in the mornings, which varied with the theme of the day. These were all aimed at beginners, with more advanced classes later in the day and were often held on the shore with the soundtrack of waves breaking gently against the sand.
I found this the ideal start before breakfast which could be enjoyed anywhere thanks to their ‘Breakfast anytime and place’ philosophy – I enjoyed mine at a different location each day; on a cabana on the beach, sitting by the pool and even in my own private garden.
The yoga classes … were often held on the shore with the soundtrack of waves breaking gently against the sand.
After breakfast, I would spend my time between the large pool overlooking the ocean for some laps and the well-equipped gym where you can get a personal training session.
During my stay, I enjoyed several excellent spa treatments including the most incredible Holistic Head Therapy, a head massage guaranteed to put you into a trance-like state. The Balancing foot massage brought new life to my legs!
If you want to go out and experience more of Vietnam, you can take a complimentary shuttle to the nearby towns of Da Nang or Hoi An, where you can experience the local culture, cuisine, and outfits or shop for those all-important souvenirs.
My personal tip: make your way to Hoi An in the evening when the streets are lit up with lanterns and be sure try the local Vietnamese iced coffee for a refreshing take on an old favourite.
Fusion Maia is a flawless combination of healthy living and indulgence, offering a luxury wellness holiday, perfect for couples, singles or friends traveling together.
Samantha is an entrepreneur, healthy lifestyle advocate and co-founder of Australia’s first speciality wellness travel company Health and Fitness Travel. Samantha has an unbridled enthusiasm for all things travel, health and fitness and is committed to providing healthy holidays options that not only enhance but change lives. Samantha’s goal is to bring wellness tourism into mainstream acceptance in Australia and showcase that taking care of yourself can be both a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.