Mui Ne Hotels

Updated: October 16, 2018

Hue Hotels – Tips and Advice

  • Mui Ne is over 15km long, but the busiest part alongside the beach is half that length.
  • Many resorts/hotels here have direct beach frontage, not overlooking a busy road, unlike in Nha Trang.
  • Mui Ne is surprisingly popular among tourists, despite being 4-5 hours by minibus from the nearest airport at Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) or Nha Trang, which is also a beach resort.
  • Most hotels/resorts are in these areas: the stretch of coastline along the main coastal road from the north (this section can be very isolated, 10 minutes by taxi from the nearest shops and 20 minutes from central Mui Ne), along Nguyen Dinh Chieu street, the main drag that runs the length of central Mui Ne (the entire street is lined with hotels, cafés, shops, bars and travel agencies), or past the headland west of the main strip towards Phan Thiet, where there is a row of newer beachfront resorts (the main road there has very limited facilities, so most resorts are not within walking distance of any shops or cafés).
  • Confusingly, some Mui Ne hotels use Phan Thiet in their address – even as part of the hotel/resort name, but this is a town about 10km away.
  • There is no airport or boat terminal, so almost all tourists arrive by minibus or car from the airports at Saigon or Nha Trang; others come by tourist shuttle bus from places like Dalat and Nha Trang.
  • Every second vehicle here seems to be a taxi, and all use meters. Local public buses run along the main strip through Mui Ne, and can be used by tourists.
  • Given the flat roads through central Mui Ne, and minimal traffic, motorbikes and even bicycles are a popular way to get around and can be rented from agencies.
  • The best beaches are in downtown Mui Ne, especially around the resorts. Beaches past the headland towards Phan Thiet have breakwaters which protect the sand from erosion but make swimming difficult, and the sand is always wet and unpleasant. Jellyfish can be a problem at times, so check with your hotel before swimming.
  • Mini-marts are well-stocked, but there are no malls

    The 12 Best Hotels in Mui Ne, Vietnam

    1. Bamboo Village Beach Resort & Spa

    Mui Ne bungalow resort
    Adorable village feel, terrific location, and ideal for families. A variety of bungalows are set among gardens of tropical plants, stepping stones, creeks, waterfalls, and swinging chairs on green-as-billiard-table lawns. Most bungalows are separate, with thatched roofs; others are in a four-level block. Deluxe bungalows are substantial, with an extra long sofa, Vietnamese arts-and-crafts decor, and a pleasant rustic-style bathroom. Garden View Bungalows, hidden behind dense foliage, are furnished overwhelmingly in rattan; those facing the beach are more charming, but don’t have direct sea views. The golden beach is packed with thatched umbrellas, the two pools are round and inviting, plenty of activities are offered, and the delightful breakfast area is right on the sand. Located very conveniently midway along the strip of Mui Ne.
    Hotel phone: +84 252 3847 007

    Notes on Bamboo Village

    • Adorable village feel, with bungalows accessible along meandering stone paths lined with thick tropical foliage and sloping palms; stepping stones, ponds, bridges over creeks, waterfalls, swinging chairs on the immaculate lawn; organic vegetable garden and labelled plants.
    • Range of bungalows, mostly separate and with thatched roofs; some rooms in 4 level block; surprisingly large property, easy to get lost.
    • Also called Lang Tre Mui Ne (means Mui Ne Bamboo village); very friendly and involved staff.
    • Located in the middle of Mui Ne, a great spot for plenty of cafe and shops nearby.
    • Beach is absolutely choked with thatched umbrellas shading pairs of lounge chairs; too many? Somewhat spoils the look of the beach and leaves little room for anything else.
    • 2 pools, rounded and inviting; yoga room with early morning sessions; BBQ buffet on the beach.
    • Water sport rentals available; activities like beach volleyball; games room with snooker and ping pong.
    • Charming cafe and breakfast area, with wooden decking right on the sand, which is unusual.
    • 6 room types, spread out across a huge area.
    • Deluxe Bungalows – Large, with a long sofa alongside wall, lovely Viet arts and crafts; plentiful storage and luggage area; a bit dark but a window at the back helps brighten the room; nice rustic-feel bathroom; large furnished veranda/balcony; bamboo floor.
    • Beachfront Bungalow – Separate bungalow, very charming, no direct sea views but meters from the sand; huge rounded 4-poster bed, understated elegance; inspirational desk setting; plenty of windows but still a bit dark inside because of the foliage and roof; soothing tiled floor; unexciting bathroom; high ceiling.
    • Garden Bungalow – Separate bungalow, hidden behind foliage; rattan walls, ceilings and furniture (perhaps a little too much rattan!); dark wooden frames; elegant art and better bathroom than the Beachfront Bungalow.
    • Family-friendly: rooms in the 4 level block have connecting doors, bungalows have room for an extra single bed, plenty of activities, and a genuine outdoor playground (rare in Mui Ne).
    • Bottom Line: Real village feel; huge property, great location; decent for families; beach crowded with umbrellas; immaculate tropical gardens.

    2. Blue Ocean Resort

    Romantic Mui Ne resort
    Serene and romantic, with stunning gardens. Bright rooms feature full-length windows and sizable balconies, and differ mostly according to views: of the garden, pool or sea. Best are the dreamy Seaview Bungalows, with thatched roof, outdoor shower, and bathtub set in a private courtyard. While some are only meters from the sand, views of the ocean are obstructed by a hedge. (Some furnishings need updating, so renovations were underway in late 2017.) The gardens are particularly vibrant, and the pool is substantial, but lacks shade. The beach is functional and cleared of weeds common to the area, and guests may also lounge about the private raised area of sand. It’s conveniently midway along the strip of Mui Ne.
    Hotel phone: +84 252 3847 322

    Notes on Blue Ocean

    • All rooms, mostly called bungalows, are in rows of one or two levels in blocks with an attractive brown and white design; full length windows, good-sized furnished balcony; dark wooden frames and venetian blinds add to the appeal.
    • Most rooms or bungalows are pretty much the same inside – whether pool view, sea view, or garden view.
    • Set on a narrow property between the main road and beach.
    • Gardens are particularly lush, with an interesting range of tropical plants and more palms per square meter than anywhere else; immaculate lawns, ponds, gazebos for massage or relaxing.
    • Located in the central part of Mui Ne, with plenty of shops and cafes within walking distance.
    • Pool is large and round, but lacking direct shade.
    • Beach is small, with white sand, wavy water, thatched umbrellas, lifeguard; cleared of weeds.
    • There’s a sandy area of lounge chairs above – and separated by a hedge from – the beach for private use of guests. It is rarely used by others as it’s flanked on both sides by a mangle of weeds.
    • Standard Rooms – Smallest room type; furniture and feel seems a little outdated and in need of some renovation (which is what is happening to the Superior Rooms at time of research); modern seascape art; compact bathroom.
    • Seaview Bungalows – Romantic, with outdoor shower and tub in courtyard, views are more of the hedge and thatched beach umbrellas than of the sea, but the sand is just 5 meters from the edge of the balcony, close enough to hear the waves.
    • Great for families, with several larger bungalows that can fit an extra single bed easily; Family Bungalows have two separate bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, easily accommodating a family of 4; two even come with a private plunge pool.
    • Bottom Line: Serene, breezy and tranquil; minimal traffic noise in gardens, none in the rooms; lovely tropical gardens.

    3. Cham Villas Resort

    Boutique resort Mui Ne
    Convenient, spacious and charming boutique property. This resort only offers 18 villas in a narrow block of gorgeous tropical gardens and immaculate lawns stretching from the beach to the main road through central Mui Ne. Most are detached, and all feature elegant decor and noteworthy design, like thatched roofs and wide furnished verandas. Most villas face the main gardens and, usually, the back of another villa, although a handful boast uninterrupted views of the beach only meters away. The large and stylishly-tiled pool is surrounded by palms and adjacent to a thatched hut with snooker and ping pong tables. The beach is wide and inviting, but like others, not private.
    Hotel phone: +84 252 3741 234

    Notes on Cham Villas

    • Almost all villas are detached bungalow-style (with a few in an attached row), in the narrow strip that winds from the main road to the beach, though traffic noise isn’t audible.
    • A boutique luxury resort.
    • Gorgeous landscaped gardens, with ferns and all sorts of tropical plants not usually seen in resorts; billiard-table lawns.
    • Located in the middle of the central strip of Mui Ne, with plenty of cafes and shops in both directions.
    • Pool is secluded, surrounded by palms, and very good sized considering the low number of possible guests. The green tile work makes it appear particularly sparkling.
    • Thatched games room with snooker table and ping pong.
    • The beach is particularly wide, though not private, with thatched umbrellas and lounge chairs.
    • Bungalows – Feature thatched roofs and a wide balcony large enough for two wicker chairs and a daybed, plus more.
    • All bungalows have views of the gardens (and the backs of other bungalows, which is not unattractive) while a few have genuine sea views, with sand only meters away.
    • Bungalows are a decent size inside, with elegant seating and desk, four poster bed with mosquito net, appealing bathroom overlooking a tiny patch of private garden, entrance area, interesting layout, tiny alcoves with traditional Cham statues.
    • Caters mostly for couples, and maybe small groups; there’s nothing set up specifically for families, who will likely find a better fit elsewhere.
    • Bottom Line: Small and personable boutique-style resort, lovely gardens, spacious bungalows, serene, immaculate lawns, good beach.

    4. Cliff Resort & Residences

    Family friendly resort Mui Ne
    Pleasant beach, great facilities, ideal for families, but remote. Set in massive grounds between the main road and beach, the Cliff’s guest rooms and suites, bungalows, and apartments are spacious and stylishly outfitted, and almost all have sea views. Lovely thatched bungalows are huge, with broad windows, open-air bathrooms, and high ceilings. Oceanfront Villas have private pools and three bedrooms – sleeping up to 6. The beach here is virtually private, with a curved bay of white sand – and a rocky breakwater. The vast infinity pool, with swim-up bar, is set amid green lawn and palm trees. And with two-bedroom apartment options, a games room, kids pool, toddler playroom, playground, and mini-cinema, it is extremely family friendly. Just past the headland at the western end of Mui Ne, with a few eateries within a short stroll – everything else involves a five-minute taxi trip.
    Hotel phone: +84 252 1900 0394

    Notes on Cliff Resort

    • Massive property stretches the main road to beach, large enough to need buggy to get around.
    • Guest accommodation is in 4-level buildings at street level, or lovely thatched bungalows and villas at beach level.
    • First resort past the headland, about 5 mins by taxi from the central strip’s shops and cafes, so there’s not much within walking distance.
    • Curved bay with white sand, protected by breakwater from waves and erosion – one of few on this side of headland with a decent beach; water sports available at kiosk on beach; plenty of thatched umbrellas; virtually a private beach there is nothing else nearby.
    • Huge pool with swim-up bar (surprisingly rare), not alongside the beach, but plenty of grass and palms to make it inviting and shady, oodles of space and lounge chairs.
    • Minimart is handy.
    • Activities include kite-flying, games room with two snooker tables and ping pong, film room, water sports.
    • Azul Pool View Room – Lovely marine theme, with blue tones, seascape arts, soft white tiles, whitewashed wooden shutters; extensive tiled bathroom continues nautical theme with decor; balcony has views of the pool, palms, and glimpses of the sea; Verde Rooms have a green/garden theme; Terra Rooms are done in earth tones.
    • Bungalow – At seaside level; spacious and adorable, with high ceilings and wide windows on two sides to balcony; semi-detached. Huge sofa, separate desk, seascape prints, feminine delicate decor; open-air garden bathroom with raised tub and pebble floor.
    • Some villas have 3 bedrooms, kitchens, and a private pool.
    • Excellent for families with multiple 2-3 bedroom options, and space for extra bed in rooms. Kids splash pool attached to main pool, games room, lovely outdoor play area, indoor kids club for toddlers, mini-cinema, and planned activities like kite-flying and cooking classes.
    • Bottom Line: Pleasant and well-designed, though remote and isolated from shops/cafes. Bungalows are better than rooms; plenty of space; good for families; one of the best beaches on this part of Mui Ne.

    5. Mia Mui Ne Resort

    Beach resort in central Mui Ne
    Tasteful and boutique-style, in a flawless setting. Immaculate and shady gardens stretch the length of Mia’s narrow property from the main road in central Mui Ne to the beach. The elegance continues throughout the open-air lobby (with lotus-filled pond) into six classes of guest rooms, bungalows, and villas – but with only 30 rooms, the personable staff and beachside pool are never too busy. Sapa Rooms are in two-level blocks with thatched roofs and shared terraces. Detached bungalows feature open-air bathrooms; most are secluded by palms and ferns, while a few directly face the sea only a few meters away. The massive three-bedroom villa sleeps six. The beach is lovely, and the small mosaic-tiled pool is flanked by plenty of lounge chairs and features a unique stone and pebble surround.
    Hotel phone: +84 252 3847 440

    Notes on Mia Mui Ne

    • Lobby sets a likable and elegant tone with matching decor and staff uniforms, grey-toned wooden chairs and tables, lovely high ceilings, overhead fans, and lotus pond.
    • Elegance continues throughout the immaculately landscaped gardens that run along the narrow block from the main road to the beach.
    • Very small number of rooms – only 30.
    • Rooms are either in stylish two level blocks with thatched roofs and hidden behind dense foliage (Sapa Rooms); or in bungalows.
    • Most Sapa Rooms have partitioned balconies/terraces that are shared, not private.
    • All Sapa Rooms and detached bungalows are hidden behind tropical gardens, with ferns, palms, pandanus and other unusual plants.
    • Good central location, back from the main road, which is lined with cafes and shops in both directions.
    • Beach is narrow but quite shady.
    • Pool is surrounded by unusual stone floors, edged with pebbles, and lined with mosaic tiling; lovely cafe/breakfast area alongside, pool faces the sea only meters away.
    • Bungalows – Gray exterior, thatched roof, smallish furnished balcony, all with garden views; some have open-air bathrooms; the deluxe versions have gorgeous marble tubs. A couple of bungalows directly face the sea, with private grass and hedges leading right to the sand, and lovely verandas for perfect sea views.
    • Caters to couples and small groups of friends; no family-specific amenities.
    • Bottom Line: Small boutique resort in flawless setting; lovely tropical gardens; good location; worth an upgrade to bungalows.

    6. Poshanu Resort

    Western Mui Ne luxury resort
    Clusters of luxurious and tranquil villas, distant from central Mui Ne. Meant to be designed like a traditional Cham village, the Poshanu’s terra cotta roofs and and mustard-colored walls more closely resemble those of a Mexican resort. Very spacious villas (six to a block, with a communal lobby) are dotted along a steep path from the main road to the beach; some provide views, but most don’t. Each features a wrap-around balcony/veranda and stylish traditional decor. The resort shares a lovely and compact beach with just one other, and has an especially alluring seaside pool. Located just past the headland at the western edge of Mui Ne, Poshanu is fairly isolated, with only a couple of eateries nearby. The central strip is just five minutes by taxi.
    Hotel phone: +84 252 3812 233

    Notes on Poshanu

    • According to brochures is designed like a traditional Cham village, and certainly the temple design is represented in the gardens, but seems more Mexican with terracotta tiles, and mustard-colored villas.
    • Resort is set along a steep, narrow property from the main road to the beach, only 26 rooms.
    • Located just past the headland, with very few shops and cafes within walking distance. 5 mins by frequently-available taxi to downtown.
    • Shares a decent beach with a neighboring resort, protected by a breakwater and certainly better than those of other resorts further up the coast; water sports kiosk at the desk.
    • Long pool alongside lovely cafe and breakfast area, with the sea only meters away.
    • All rooms are set in one of 4 three-level blocks, each with 6 rooms; some sea views, some facing garden – third floor rooms have the best views. Each share a communal entrance area with a sink and large low dining table.
    • Spacious, and with lovely decor; small desk (sink vanity is far longer, and also oddly located in the bedroom), long narrow terrace for views, wooden furniture, four-poster bed, wicker chairs inside, plenty of windows that need curtains, small bathroom.
    • Plenty of windows, but some look pretty much into another villa’s window.
    • Not really for families, better for couples and small groups of friends.
    • Bottom Line: Feels (and is) isolated, with small number of rooms, spacious, good beach for this part of Mui Ne, decent pool for small number of guests.

    7. Saigon Mui Ne Resort

    Mui Ne resort on main road
    Extensive grounds, comfortable and convenient. Part of a nationwide chain catering primarily to Vietnamese tourists, Saigon’s substantial tropical gardens – alternatively wild and ornamental – flourish with birdlife. Rooms are in two- and three-level blocks, somewhat small but nicely decorated, facing the gardens and within earshot of the waves; choose those on the top floor for sea views. The exterior of the semi-detached bungalows is unusual, with long sloping roofs, but they are comfortable enough inside. Facilities and activities include a tennis court and games room, petanque, cooking classes and karaoke. The lagoon-shaped pool is welcoming, and has an attached jacuzzi. As a long-established resort, it’s centrally-located, alongside plenty of eateries on the main road, and a few cafés along the beach.
    Hotel phone: +84 252 3847 302

    Notes on Saigon Mui Ne

    • Part of the Viet-wide Saigon Tourist chain.
    • Instantly likable, large size, with palms lining a tiny creek; plenty of space and grass; open-air lobby; ponds, palm trees, vast gardens with thatched huts and swinging seats; garden is part wild tropical and part ornamental, enjoyed by birds
    • Rooms in 2 or 3-level blocks (those on upper level may have views) or semi-detached bungalows.
    • Centrally located along the main street, with enough cafes and shops in both directions and a few along the beach.
    • Tennis court, water sports kiosk, games room with snooker and ping pong tables.
    • Organized activities include kite-flying, beach volleyball, petanque, cooking classes, and karaoke.
    • Pool is lagoon-shaped pool, and has attached jacuzzi.
    • Rooms closer to the main road might be noisy.
    • Bungalows are fairly unappealing brick and cement, with an unusual tiled sloping roof.
    • Standard Rooms – Compact, almost too small, but nicely decorated with dark wooden furniture and Vietnamese prints; functional bathroom; decent-sized balcony with lovely garden views (none have sea views).
    • Families can get adjoining rooms, and would enjoy the games room and activities offered; plenty of space to run around, and good location.
    • Bottom Line: Functional and unfancy, ideal for tourists on a budget; plenty of space; good location.

    8. Seahorse Resort & Spa

    Mui Ne resort with free bicycle rental
    Central, spacious, and unfussy. One of several along the central part of Mui Ne, Seahorse is better than most. Open-air corridors lined with modern Vietnamese art lead to spacious rooms with chunky colonial-style furniture. Some rooms have a balcony, bathtub, and ornate sofa; others have none of these. Semi-detached bungalows are in clusters of four and well-designed to ensure privacy. They feature furnished verandas extending around two sides with particularly enticing lounge chairs. The substantial infinity pool has a splash area for children, and the beach is wide, but lacks natural shade. This resort also offers more activities than most, such as a tennis court, cooking classes and free bicycle rental, as well as a games room.
    Hotel phone: +84 252 3847 507

    Notes on Seahorse

    • A new 4 level building with 50 rooms was under construction slated to be finished by end of 2017.
    • Open-air lobby with terra cotta tiles, friendly staff in traditional dress.
    • Rooms in 2 or 3 level buildings (with elevators), or in attached bungalows in groups of four – all part of same building, but facing in different directions, allowing more privacy.
    • Good central location with plenty of shops and cafes in both directions.
    • Infinity-style pool with edges that drip; set alongside beach which is lined with umbrellas; lovely spot.
    • Beach is wide but unshaded.
    • Free bicycle rent; tennis court; games room with billiards; beach volleyball; cooking classes.
    • Bungalows – Ochre-colored walls, with terra cotta tiles, attractive dark wooden frames, large verandas around two sides with particularly attractive lounge chairs.
    • Deluxe Rooms – In a 3 level building with open-air corridors lined with modern Vietnamese art; charming, with wide ornate wooden sofa and bookshelf; bed is surprisingly low and has no headboard, spacious, walls are lovely but could use some decoration, colonial-style furniture; hardwood floor; overhead fan. Tiny bathroom. Some have furnished balconies with garden views, some don’t.
    • A decent family option. Some deluxe rooms have connecting doors, all are certainly large enough for an extra single bed; kids pool attached to main pool, games room.
    • Bottom Line: Unfussy, with elegant colonial style decor, larger rooms and corridors, and lovely pool. The new block of rooms may spoil the ambience a little and make the pool busy.

    9. Sunsea Resort

    Best bungalows in central Mui Ne
    Delightful bungalows in a central location. An easy-to-miss entrance leads to this charming boutique-style resort with lovely guest rooms and magnificent circular cottages. All are detached – and huge – with traditional thatched roofs and large, furnished, tiled patios; half the walls are windows, and the open-air bathrooms are just gorgeous. Some cottages have a plunge pool and private garden. Guest rooms overlook a pool, in two-level blocks with thatched roofs and glass-edged stairways. Although a little dark inside, the decor is especially tasteful. Sunsea’s alluring Infinity pool sits alongside the palm-fringed beach. Conveniently located in central Mui Ne, with a few beachside cafés also nearby.
    Hotel phone: +84 252 3847 700

    Notes on Sunsea Resort

    • Narrow, easy-to-miss-entrance; small boutique-style resort, a welcome change from multi-level mega-resorts nearby; personable service.
    • All accommodations are in separate round villas or in appealing mustard-colored two-level blocks, with thatched roofs and glass-edged stairways.
    • Good location, along the Mui Ne strip, with enough shops and cafes in both directions, and a few cafes along the beach.
    • Infinity-style pool, with water flowing over the edges, faces the palm-fringed beach; a second pool is in front of the building.
    • Beach is narrow but serviceable, with enough lounge chairs, and some shady palms.
    • Pool View Rooms – A bit dark inside, but stylish, with thoughtful decor; overhead fan, dark wooden shutter doors, sliding glass doors leading to furnished balcony, mosquito netting, faces patch of grass and is just meters to the pool; gorgeous, but small, bathroom.
    • Bungalows/cottages – Absolutely stunning, massive, round; traditional thatched roofs, tiled terrace wraparound with wicker chairs and lounges, hardwood floor. Curved desk, sofa, wicker chair inside; stylish linen and matching art, overhead fan, mossie net; half the walls are windows; magnificent open-air bathroom with sliding glass door leading to outdoor free-stand tub, plunge pool and sofa, even a private palm tree.
    • For families? Bungalows certainly large enough for an extra single bed, and some standard rooms have shared entrance (not quite connecting doors but close enough), but the serene setting and stylish decor may be wasted on the younger ones.
    • Bottom Line: Bungalows are some of the nicest in area; small, personal, boutique hotel in a good location. Affordable; one of best in the central strip; lovely, with tasteful decor.

    10. Terracotta Resort & Spa

    Beachfront bungalows Mui Ne
    Unpretentious and convenient, with charming bungalows. In a curved property near the road, Terracotta’s gardens of immaculate lawns, sloping palms, and fish ponds are sprinkled with pleasantly-designed semi-detatched bungalows; all have thatched conical roofs, private garden showers, and bamboo borders that ensure seclusion and privacy. A few boast genuine beach frontage. Deluxe Rooms here are comfortable and spacious, but have no views of the pool, sea, or gardens, and may suffer from traffic noise. The pool is particularly long and never likely to get crowded, and features a splash area and playground for kids. The beach is wide, with a raised sandy area lined with shaded lounge chairs.
    Hotel phone: +84 252 3847 610

    Notes on Terracotta

    • Accommodation is in bungalows near the beach or in a three-level building near the road which would be noisy inside.
    • Terracotta/ochre color theme throughout.
    • Bungalows flank the garden path that leads from the lobby to the beach; immaculate lawn, path is lined with sloping palms, fish ponds.
    • Good, central location, on the main street lined with cafes and shops in both directions.
    • Nice, long pool, with plenty of room for guests; attached jacuzzi.
    • The beach is wide but completely lacking in shade, so shaded lounge chairs line a sandy raised area between the beach and pool.
    • Deluxe Rooms – Housed in a 3 level building, which is interestingly curved; although facing inwards, none of the rooms have any real views of garden, pool, or sea.
    • Bungalows – Interesting semi-detatched design, sharing a building with one other, but noise buffer and privacy is provided by bamboo-lined border between rooms. Some have genuine beach frontage and sea views; thatched roof, conical top; small balcony and full views of the gardens, pool, or sea; soothing gray tiled floor; simple, unfussy furnishings; shower alongside a private lush garden; overhead fan.
    • Not a bad option for families, as bungalows have room for an extra bed, and there’s a kids’ pool and small playground, but there are better family options elsewhere.
    • Bottom Line: Good location; affordable and unpretentious; bungalows are better than the rooms; interesting design, plenty of space, faultless lawns.

    11. Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa

    Family friendly Mui Ne resort
    Charming and very family-friendly, with a somewhat disappointing beach. Rooms and bungalows are dotted around extensive sloping grounds here, with stone paths meandering among the gardens and the resident pony munching on the grass. Bungalows are tastefully furnished, and have unusual design features like pebble-floor showers and split-level lounge rooms; beachfront versions are only 20 meters from the sand, but views are obstructed by hedges. Beaches in this area are generally poor, but activities such as petanque, tennis, and badminton help compensate – as do two magnificent seaside pools; one lagoon-shaped, the other infinity-edged. And the playground and kids’ club here are among the best in Vietnam. Located in the far western end of Mui Ne, with only a few eateries are nearby, and other facilities five minutes by taxi. (Despite the name, it’s not in Phan Thiet, a town about 10km further west.)
    Hotel phone: +84 252 3813 000

    Notes on Victoria Phan Thiet

    • Large narrow seaside property stretching from main road (which is distant, so traffic noise isn’t a problem) to the beach.
    • Small number (57) of rooms and villas for such a large place.
    • Sloping property, with meandering stone path, plenty of lawns and trees, orchid garden, and even a pony grazing on the lawn.
    • Most bungalows are in semi-detached buildings, which are not overly-attractive, but charming with thatched roofs.
    • Located just around the headland from the central Mui Ne strip, so there’s nothing within walking distance other than a couple of cafes; remote, and a bit isolated feeling.
    • Beaches here and further along the coast are disappointing; breakwaters designed to protect the sand and halt erosion have affected beach, creating wet sand with rivulets of water, unsuitable for laying a towel, as well as rough waves on the other side of the breakwater. But there are some nice thatched umbrellas for shade.
    • In house art gallery, loads of games and activities, including petanque, tennis court, badminton, volleyball, and cooking classes.
    • 2 pools, one lagoon-shaped & the other infinity-style with uninterrupted views of the sea.
    • Family Bungalows – Thatched roof, overhead fans, high rattan ceilings; step down to the huge bathroom with spa, outdoor pebble-floor shower, twin sinks; mezzanine at door level is separate lounge area with desk, sofa, TV, local site photos and plenty of storage; step down in other direction to a smallish but likable bedroom, with doors leading out to balcony with views of garden and pool.
    • Beachfront Bungalow – Often raised, and only 20m to sand, views from full-length windows obstructed a bit by trees and hedges; large tiled bathroom with spa and pebble floor outdoor shower; huge long sofa.
    • Some villas have private pools and 2 or more bedrooms.
    • Fantastic for families: Tri-level Family Bungalows are spacious, there are plenty of gardens, an outdoor playground, kids’ splash pool, kids’ massage & menus. Victoria airy and bright Kids’ Club is one of the largest in Vietnam; supervised and mainly for 0-8 year olds, with padded floors, several rooms, rest areas, plenty of toys, library, even great views.
    • Bottom Line: Understated, but likable and spacious; excellent for families. Quiet, isolated feel, with a somewhat poor beach.

    12. Villa Aria Mui Ne

    Stylish Mui Ne resort
    Stylish and convenient, but sea views may disappoint. An unassuming entrance belies a delightful shady collection of 22 rooms that are far more attractive than in other charmless resorts nearby. Rooms are in two-level blocks facing a narrow garden path. Superior Rooms are very large, and feature thoughtful decor and tasteful modern art. Even more spacious, Deluxe Rooms have the same stylish decor, and add a sofa. (Note that the Seaview version seems almost too large and offers only glimpses of the ocean.) The adorable seaside breakfast café, and the stylish pool alongside, are both raised above the sea, with sand sloping to a palm-lined beach. The resort is in central Mui Ne, with abundant shops and cafés along the main road.
    Hotel phone: +84 252 3741 660

    Notes on Villa Aria Mui Ne

    • Unassuming entrance leads to a delightful shady collection of only 22 rooms and 1 suite, so different from the multi-level resorts nearby.
    • Rooms are in two level blocks along a narrow stretch from the main road to the beach, so rooms near the main road would be noisy.
    • Good central location, with plenty of shops and cafes in both directions along the main road.
    • Charming beachside breakfast cafe with wooden decking – the cafe and pool are raised above the sea, with sand then sloping down to a narrow beach, with some shady palms.
    • Stylish pool, with lounge chairs facing the beach only meters away.
    • Almost all rooms face a straight garden path running through the narrow property, lined with plentiful foliage.
    • Superior Rooms – Larger than in most resorts; stylish touches include oval mirror, colorful lampshade, art, headboard and sofa; modern, but not minimal or overly-chic; stylish bathroom; good-sized balcony.
    • Garden Deluxe Rooms – Even larger, with room for a coffee table and 2-person sofa, same pleasant decor, different prints and headboard.
    • Seaview Deluxe – Same layout and design as the Garden Deluxe, but larger still, even too large maybe, with room for a 2nd sofa; no real views, only glimpses of water if standing from ground level; views only on 2ndfloor; huge balcony with room for wicker lounge chairs.
    • No family-specific amenities, but there’s room enough for an extra single bed in all rooms; and the resort is quiet, small, and peaceful.
    • Bottom Line: A pleasantly stylish boutique hotel, with elegant gardens and lovely decor; promised sea views may disappoint.

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