Juliet’s Villa Resort

First published March 2017 | Words, photos and film by Vietnam Coracle

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Surrounded by coffee farms, tea plantations, rice paddies and fruit trees, Juliet’s Villa Resort is a quiet, secluded and peaceful place to stay in the Central Highlands. Eighty kilometres southwest of Dalat, this small, family-run resort has tasteful bungalows, a pool, fireside barbeques, good views, and even its own waterfall. Located on the Di Linh Plateau, Juliet’s Villa Resort opens up a part of the Central Highlands most visitors overlook. A couple of nights here makes a great stopover for anyone riding the Tet Classic Motorbike Loop, or Saigon expats looking to escape the big city, or travellers wanting to break the journey between Saigon and Dalat. [Average rates are between $20-$35 a night. You can check current rates, availability & make a reservation for Juliet’s Villa Resort HERE]

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Victoria Nui Sam Mountain Lodge, Chau Doc, VietnamSurrounded by lush highland scenery, Juliet’s Villa Resort is a peaceful refuge & excellent value for money

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REVIEW: JULIET’S VILLA RESORT


Address:13B Hang Hai, Gung Re Village, Di Linh Town, Lam Dong Province [MAP]

Price: $20-$50 | Phone: (+84) 0633 765 041

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When looking for accommodation in Vietnam’s mountainous regions, travellers usually have to choose between comfort and proximity to nature: the former are mid-range hotels in highland cities; the latter are rustic homestays in the middle of the countryside. Juliet’s Villa Resort offers the best of both these options. The comfortable brick bungalows are many steps up from sleeping on the floor at a homestay, but the secluded, rural location, and the fact that it’s a family-run resort, means that it retains the intimacy and attachment to nature that homestays offer. It’s a great example of the kind of accommodation that I’d like to see a lot more of in the Central Highlands.

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The resort is located down a narrow paved lane leading off Road QL28, a few kilmotres south of Di Linh town (on the main Saigon to Dalat highway), and 80km north of Phan Thiet (Mui Ne). There are only a few bungalows (or ‘villas’), each of which can sleep 2 or 4 guests. Dotted around the lovely gardens and a medium-sized swimming pool, all the bungalows face south or west, thus making the most of the warm highland sun. (Unlike lowland Vietnam, the Central Highlands can be cold, especially at night.)

Victoria Nui Sam Mountain Lodge, Chau Doc, VietnamDotted around the gardens, there are only a few rooms (villas) but they’re all in good positions

Rooms are simple but clean and tasteful. There are satellite TVs, large patios, mosquito nets, outside cooking facilities, and en-suite bathrooms. Water pressure is fine but you’ll have to leave the tap running for a few minutes to get hot water.

Victoria Nui Sam Mountain Lodge, Chau Doc, VietnamRooms at Juliet’s Villa Resort are simply but attractively furnished and very comfortable

There are loungers with parasols around the pool, a large children’s play area, and plenty of wooden furniture in the garden, where you can sit listening to birdsong, looking at the colourful plants, flowers and pine-forested mountains in the distance.

Victoria Nui Sam Mountain Lodge, Chau Doc, VietnamThe resort’s pool is a great place to relax under parasols, listening to birdsong

A steep stone staircase (with very rickety metal handrails and many loose stones – be careful) leads down to and behind the resort’s very own natural waterfall. Some 15-20 metres high, the picturesque waterfall has a steady flow, even in the dry season. Coffee plants, jackfruit, avocado, papaya and banana trees grow up around the cascade. At dusk, the sun sets in the wide, fertile valley, making silhouettes of the buffalo pulling ploughs over the fields. It’s very peaceful indeed.

Victoria Nui Sam Mountain Lodge, Chau Doc, VietnamThe resort’s very own waterfall is a beautiful spot, accessed via a rickety stone staircase

The owners, Renaud and Hiên, are husband and wife. Hiên grew up locally, and Renaud is from Belgium. Together, they speak English, Vietnamese and French, and they work hard to make sure their guests are cared for. The attractive restaurant and bar is where breakfast (included in the price) is served and, in front of this, is a large yard, where a nightly campfire and barbeque is offered to guests. Hiên prepares meat and vegetables, while Renaud takes hot coals from the bonfire and puts them on tabletop stoves, so that guests can grill their own food at their tables. This excellent-value dinner is only a few dollars and includes huge portions of marinated meats – chicken, wild boar, venison – vegetables, bread, rice and noodles. The food is good and there’s also an à la carte menu with plenty of good Vietnamese and Western dishes. The campfire and dinner is a great chance to meet other travellers, especially if you’re on a motorbike road trip and want to compare routes. Hiên and Renaud can also arrange tours to nearby sights.

Victoria Nui Sam Mountain Lodge, Chau Doc, VietnamBreakfast (included in the room price) is served in the bright morning sunshine under tropical fruit trees

I’ve had several excellent stays at Juliet’s Villa Resort – with my family, my friends, and alone – and I highly recommend it. However, if you want to spend some time here, make sure you book at least a couple of days in advance. It’s a small resort so it’s often full, and some guests end up staying for weeks. There were once plans to expand the resort, which would be good, but nothing has happened so far. However, I hope Juliet’s Villa Resort won’t expand to the extent that it loses its primary appeal: a local, intimate resort; peaceful, spacious, tasteful, and above all, perfect mid-range value. [You can check current rates, availability & make a reservation for Juliet’s Villa Resort HERE]

*Please support Vietnam Coracle: I never write a review for money: all my content is free & my reviews are independent. You can support the work I do by booking your hotels via the Agoda links & search boxes on my site, like the ones on this page. If you make a booking, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you). Any money I make goes straight back into this site. Thank you.

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Victoria Nui Sam Mountain Lodge, Chau Doc, VietnamA couple of night’s at Juliet’s Villa Resort is a great way to unwind and enjoy Vietnam’s Central Highlands

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6 Responses to Juliet’s Villa Resort

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  3. Darren Walker says:

    Great website and information. Any suggestion on getting to Juliet’s Villa using public transport?

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