Hotel Collections

To get you started: A lesson in coastal Vietnam hotel jargon. Boutique = Supersize me. Beach = Resort.  Home Stay = small tube house hotel without pool.  Villa = small tube house hotel with pool (unless it’s in a resort) and town (for Hoi An) = near town: often floods.  Green = laundering towels less often.
Add to that a complicated star system (the lower the rating, the more elaborate the towel art on the bed).

Confused?
To try and make it easier, I’ve broken it down into the three carefully explained categories below.

Local Luxe

Local Luxe

 

Uber cool self catering villas and bungalows, scattered throughout beach villages and paddy fields. From romantic one bedroomed boltholes through to voluptuous luxurious entertainment pads for families and friends. This is the closest we get to boutique and the nearest you’ll get to being a tiny part of the community. Few come with pools, but many are just a short hop from the ocean.
This is one area where real effort is put back into supporting the community and where you can be part of that too.

 

 

Beach Retreats

Beach Retreats

 

If you really want to step out of your villa, feel soft sand between your toes and watch the ocean from your balcony…  You are more than likely going to be doing it from a 100 room plus resort. For this I look for the exceptional, spades of local character, service with much more than a smile. A location so worthy of exploring that the only way to do it is by resort. I also get that this is your holiday, that maybe you’d like to stick two fingers up at the ‘experiencing the country’ crowd in favour of much needed couple or family bonding. You get far more bang for your buck in Vietnam, there’s no shame in seeing it from your swanky peninsula pad.

 

 

Old Town Luxe

Old Town Luxe

 

It’s not just UNESCO that are against building hotels in Hoi An old town, hoteliers shudder at the thought too. See that photo to the left? That happens at least twice yearly during high season, leaving a dank, dark aroma till around April/May.
Each of my town hotel recommendations comes assisted with a flood level warning, a best time to stay and a best alternative if you get taken by surprise.
Fortunately Hoi An’s flood season is a short one, leaving you at least 10 months out of twelve to enjoy sunsets by the rivers edge and idylic islet retreats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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