Last updated February 2015 | First published 2014 | Words, photos and film by Vietnam Coracle
Ho Tram Beach Resort is a discreet, beautifully landscaped and tranquil resort on Vietnam’s south coast. Situated on up-and-coming Ho Tram beach, just a couple hours southeast of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), this is one of the most atmospheric, charming beach resorts in Vietnam. The 68 rooms are spread over 8 hectares of tropical gardens and a long stretch of sandy beach. Each room is designed and furnished in the style of traditional Vietnamese village buildings. Every little detail is tasteful and understated, and the entire complex blends in perfectly with its natural surroundings. Ho Tram Resort is luxurious without being extravagant, and sophisticated without being pretentious. This combination makes it almost unique among other high-end beach resorts in Vietnam. Check availability and rates for this hotel HERE
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HO TRAM BEACH RESORT & SPA
Address: Ho Tram Village, Phuoc Thuan Ward, Xuyen Moc District, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province [MAP]
Website: www.hotramresort.com | Phone: +84 (0)64 3781 525 | Average Rate: $120 per night
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If I had all the time, money and resources at my disposal to design my own beach resort, Ho Tram Resort is pretty close to how I’d want it to be. Everything, from the gardens to the rooms, from the reception area to the pools, from the beach bar to the bathtubs, is exactly to my taste. Every single element has been carefully and lovingly thought about: from the harmonic wind chimes that greet you at reception to the plants and flowers that adorn the outside showers in each room.
Unlike the enormous resorts being built up and down Vietnam’s coastline today, there was (and still is) no grand plan for Ho Tram Resort: it evolved from a family holiday home by the beach, to a getaway for friends and acquaintances, and, eventually, to a resort. This accounts for the refreshingly non-uniform, informal layout of Ho Tram Resort. Stone pathways meander through clusters of thatched bungalows, red brick chalets, and wooden cabanas, under the shade of cashew trees, bougainvillea, beach pines, palms, and African tulips.
Each room is uniquely furnished, and little touches – such as essential oils burning in the rooms before guests arrive – add to the feeling of intimacy that this resort exudes. Most of the natural building materials, plants, and flowers come from the resort’s own nursery and plantation in the area, as do some of the fruit and vegetables that are on the menu. Staff, most of whom are Vietnamese from the local area, are friendly and helpful, although their level of English varies.
There are two pools (the salt water infinity is one of my favourites in Vietnam), a spa, beach bar, lounge bar, restaurant, tennis court, and children’s play area. The resort offers excursions to nearby attractions, but, apart from the fantastic seafood restaurants at Ho Tram village, I rarely feel the need to leave the resort’s beautiful gardens, pools, beach and comfort of my room.
The owners are Vietnamese, and their passion for Vietnam’s architectural and cultural heritage can be seen in every aspect of this resort. Other high-end beach resorts in Vietnam aim for this kind of ‘native rustic-luxury’ aesthetic, but most of them fail to get it right, or confuse the general ambience by adding modern elements where they’re not needed. Ho Tram Resort, however, has achieved a synthesis between traditional architecture and décor, and modern luxury and appliances. For the owners, this resort is a passion before a business – the primary concern being aesthetic appeal and the harmony of the resort with its environment.
These days, the general trend for developers buying up Vietnam’s coastline – especially along Ho Tram beach and Danang’s ‘China beach’ – is to build big, multi-storey monoliths, and integrated resorts, which offer extravagance rather than elegance, and blight rather than blend into the natural surroundings. I hope this will not affect Ho Tram Resort, which should hold its ground in the face of these international projects, because their presence only serves to make Ho Tram Resort more attractive.
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