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Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

By Trung Nghia   September 23, 2022 | 10:00 pm PT
Replete with wooden doors, thatched roofs and bamboo interiors, four Vietnamese resorts that nestle in authentic countryside do not cut back either on luxury or prices thereof.
Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

On a secluded peninsula in the south central province of Phu Yen, Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho is close to the Bai Tram (Melaleuca) beach, which is fringed by Melaleuca forests.

The resort has 73 suites and villas with the architecture of traditional Vietnamese villages with thatched roofs, woven bamboo walls, muslin-draped beds and come-hither bathtubs offering luxury that belies the setting of rice fields and lotus ponds.

The highest room rate here is VND85 million ($3,616) a night.

Last year the resort was voted as the world's most romantic by U.S. magazine National Geographic.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

The cheapest room type is this resort is the Paddy Field Villa, built on stilts. The Beach Pool Villa sports a Cham housing style, while the Residence Villa takes inspiration from traditional longhouses of the Ede ethnic minority group.

The cheapest room rate is VND9.4 million a night.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

The interiors use rural materials, products and colors to create a rustic feel, but the rooms and villas exude luxury. The interior decorations highlight unique local culture with items like dried calabash gourds, traditional braided baskets and coconut shell tools made by local artisans.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

Set amidst 20 hectares of natural forest in Cua Duong Commune on Phu Quoc Island, the Mango Bay Resort has been named one of 14 most beautiful jungle hotels in the world by U.S. magazine Travel+Leisure.

This is an unusually low density resort with only 40 bungalows with wooden interiors and straw roofs.

The resort uses locally-made four-poster beds, wooden furniture, overhead fans, and cotton mosquito nets.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

At first sight, the bungalows look like traditional houses in Vietnamese countryside with interiors mainly made of wood.

They are not equipped with air-conditioning, TV or telephones, like other accommodations on the island. Instead, guests can enjoy natural air circulation and use ceiling fans to cool down.

Most machines and equipment inside the resort are environmentally-friendly, with the use of solar power, energy efficient appliances and low wattage light bulbs.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

Snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, volleyball, beach ball and cricket are some of the sports that can be enjoyed here.

The resort is currently offering a two-night combo package of VND4.5 million for two guests.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in the south central province of Khanh Hoa looks like a small, remote village with thatched roof cottages.

On a secluded peninsula on Ninh Van Bay, the resort has 62 villas surrounded by lush greenery and scattered rocks.

The only way to access the resort, around 60 kilometers from Nha Trang, is by boat, which takes around 20 minutes from Ninh Van Wharf.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

All villas facing the sea feature wooden interiors. The bathtubs in this resort are also made of wood.

Room rates begin at VND23 million a night.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

The resort offers guests a range of sporting activities like kayaking, fishing and snorkeling. Visiting the Nha Phu Bay in wooden boats is a special feature here.

The forested hills surrounding the isolated bay are inaccessible by road and therefore protected from poaching and habitat encroachment by farming and other development.

These hills are home to the endangered black-shanked douc langurs.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

Viewed from above, the Avana Retreat in Mai Chau Town is a miniature version of a traditional northern Vietnamese village surrounded by trees and terraced rice fields.

The resort is located amidst the lush forests of Panh Hamlet in Mai Chau Town that is home to the Hmong, Thai and Dao ethnic minority communities. It has 41 villas which feature earth walls, rattan ceilings and thatched roofs.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

An architectural and design highlight of the resort is an outdoor swimming pool contoured alongside terraced rice fields allowing guests to admire the beauty of the golden harvest season up close.

There are six types of rooms and villas offering views of small valleys and rice terraces.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

In addition to swimming, cycling around the resort, watching farmers work on the terraced rice fields, guests can visit the traditional houses of Hmong and Thai people or go trekking in the jungle.

A night’s stay at this resort starts at VND8 million.

Photos courtesy of the resorts

 
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