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Design Notes: Where High Meets Low

At the InterContinental® Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, you’ll find a design language drawn from sources all across the Vietnamese landscape. Designer Bill Bensley spent years visiting Vietnam’s Buddhist temples, palaces and imperial tombs as well as modest villages to acquire the resort’s unique architectural vocabulary. The property’s overall striking black-and-white color scheme, for example, reflects the black lacquered wood and white tiles of Vietnamese temples. (Bensley also added a signature pop of color to each space, such as the vibrant yellow of Citron restaurant.)

Interiors at the InterContinental® Danang Sun Peninsula Resort recall Vietnamese temples too, with hanging lanterns, ornately carved candle stands and temple motifs like dragons, elephants, lions and the lotus flower. In all of the room categories at the resort, you’ll find a wealth of indigenous Vietnamese shapes, such as wood-spindled temple windows and the silhouetted form of the traditional Hoi An lanterns.

But Bensley also took great delight in blurring the lines between high and low culture, incorporating humble village details into the most luxurious of settings. Ceramic bricks from the traditional craft village of Bat Trang line the walls of Club Peninsula Suite and surround the indulgent deep-soak tubs in the Seaside Pool Villas on the Rocks. After a swim in the villa’s infinity pool, with its dramatic East Sea panorama, you can rinse off under showerheads fashioned from real hill tribe baskets from the Central Highlands. Even the in-room minibars were inspired by the tiny-drawered cabinets of traditional Vietnamese pharmacies found in Hanoi.

Of course, Bensley’s imagination doesn’t end there. You’ll also find old French-inspired chairs, quirks like cast iron ostriches poised alongside the marble bathtubs, and even surfboard-shaped terrace tables drawn from Bensley’s own Southern California roots—just in case you forgot you were on a beach vacation!