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Bamboo Village Beach Resort & Spa 3.5

Ham Tien, Phan Thiet, Vietnam

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Pros

  • On a great beach within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and shops
  • Spacious, clean rooms with balconies, flat-screen TVs, and minibars
  • Some rooms have great beach views
  • Two small pools, both surrounded by lush greenery
  • Beachfront restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating
  • Cute spa with seven treatment rooms, a sauna, a steam bath, and a whirlpool
  • Air-conditioned fitness center, and popular yoga classes (for a fee)
  • Conference room with full audiovisual equipment
  • Wi-Fi and breakfast buffet included in all room rates

Cons

  • Some room are a little dark
  • No water sports available on-site

Bottom Line

The 147-room Bamboo Village Beach is an upper-middle-range hotel with beautiful lush grounds and direct access to one of the area’s best beaches. Rooms come in a variety of sizes and styles, but all are spacious, clean, and well-equipped, with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, balconies, and minibars. With a lovely indoor-outdoor design and a wide array of treatments, the spa is one of the property’s highlights, and its two small pools are pleasant spots for a quiet day in the sun when the beach is too windy. The beachfront restaurant serves decent Vietnamese and international cuisine in a thatched pavilion, and barbecue dinners are available weekly on the sand. Rates are slightly higher than at other comparable resorts due to the hotel’s central location; those looking for something a little bit more upscale in this price range may want to compare prices at the Cliff Resort & Residences.

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Scene

Quiet resort with beautiful grounds and direct access to one of the best beaches around

First opened in 1999 as a private home with a few extra rooms for friends and family, the hotel quickly became a favorite among the few travelers that made it to Phan Thiet back in the early 2000s. Today, the Bamboo Village has 147 rooms, a spa, two pools, and a restaurant, as is still one of the most popular resorts in town, not only for its wide, sandy beach but also for its pleasant rooms and beautiful grounds. Everything here is designed in a way that allows for a quiet, relaxing vibe. Lotus ponds bursting with flowers, man-made streams lined with natural rocks, and manicured grass lawns dotted with palm trees and bougainvillea wrap around a few bungalows and a couple of low buildings. The spa is tucked away amid lush greenery, and the hotel’s two pools allow for un uncrowded feel throughout. 

This tranquil vibe is probably better suited for couples than for families (and, in fact, most guests were Russian and European couples when we visited). But we did see a few kids playing in the pools, and the hotel does offer a few perks for children, including a playground and the option to add an extra bed in many room types. Still, those seeking a more kid-friendly hotel may want to consider the Cliff Resort & Residences, which has similar rates and features a lovely staffed kids’ club and large rooms, many with full kitchens. Travelers looking for something more secluded may want to compare rates at the Full Moon Village, which offers villa-style accommodation, a beach popular with water sports enthusiasts, and a charming pool.

Location

Beachfront location in the heart of lively Ham Tien

Bamboo Village Beach Resort & Spa is located right on Ham Tien’s main drag, a two-way road lined with bars, restaurants, shops, and travel agencies. There is plenty of traffic right outside the hotel, but the sidewalks are better maintained and wider than in other areas farther away from the city center. This location is not only convenient for those looking to eat and drink out but also for travelers interested in exploring the area’s main sights. The Fairy Stream, a creek famous for its red and white walls, can be reached in about 10 minutes by car, while Mui Ne -- known for its quaint fishing harbor and seafood restaurants -- is about a 20-minute drive away. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from the historic Cham Towers. The nearest airports are in Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat, each about a five-hour bus ride away. The hotel offers transfers to Ho Chi Minh City, Dalat, and Nha Trang for a fee. 

Rooms

Big rooms with free Wi-Fi, contemporary decor, and balconies

The hotel has 147 rooms and bungalows, all with furnished balconies or patios, and garden or sea views. Decor varies between room types, and ranges from simple and contemporary in Nova Deluxe Rooms, to stylish and with a slightly rustic feel in bungalows. The 345-square-foot Dove Cottages are the lowest room category at Bamboo Village, with tiled or wooden floors, simple wooden furniture, and a small patio overlooking the garden adjacent to the road. On the other end of the spectrum are the Beachfront Bungalows, offering 474 square feet of space, cute Champa-inspired accents such as terra-cotta reliefs above the bed, and wooden floors. Bamboo Bungalows have bamboo floors, high thatched ceilings, and mosquito nets above queen-size beds. 

Although decor style is different in each room type, all rooms have the same amenities, including air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, minibars, electric kettles, and safes. All the rooms we saw were in good shape and clean thanks to the hotel’s comprehensive maintenance program. 

Bathrooms also come in a range of styles and sizes depending on the room type, but all have a mix of small and large tiles in white and earth tones, and round or rectangular sinks on stone or wooden vanities. Most rooms have either walk-in showers or shower/tub combos, but Junior Suites have big bathrooms with cute indoor gardens, big windows, and deep soaking tubs. Beachfront bungalows have beautiful outdoor bathrooms with separate soaking tubs and rain showers, lots of plants and stones, and retractable roofs for privacy. 

Features

Great beach, oceanfront restaurant, two pools, full spa, and yoga classes

The hotel has dozens of loungers and umbrellas on one of the best beaches in the areas, with fine sand, generally less wind than others closer to Mui Ne, and waiter service. An excellent breakfast buffet is served daily free of charge for all guests at the beachfront restaurant, housed in a thatched pavilion with lots of cute ornamental carvings, simple wooden furniture, and a second-floor terrace with sea views. The spread is generous and tasty, with both Vietnamese and international options, egg and pho stations, fresh fruits, and a variety of breads and pastries. A la carte lunch and dinner are also served here, and weekly seafood barbecues are popular with guests. 

The hotel also features two small pools, both tucked away in the gardens and ringed with a handful of loungers each. The one closest to the beach seems to be more popular, and has a livelier atmosphere than the one by the lobby. A soft, fresh scent and soothing instrumental music welcomed guests to the spa, housed in several thatched open pavilions, including one with a sauna, a steam room, and a whirlpool. A wide array of treatments -- including Thai, Vietnamese, and foot massages -- are performed in cute bamboo huts with muslin curtains for privacy. The spacious, air-conditioned fitness center is suitable for a quick workout, with a decent array of cardio and strength-training equipment. A large movement studio with huge windows offers popular daily yoga classes for a fee.

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Address

38 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, Phan Thiet, Vietnam

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