Phu Yen, Vietnam

Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho

Price per night from$229.13

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD229.13), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Jungle-set villas

Setting

Paradisiacal Phu Yen

Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho is a beachfront resort in the peaceful province of Phu Yen on the south-central coast of Vietnam. Designed to offer a true escape from reality, the resort is on a 240-acre estate of jungle-clad hills and rice paddies with a blissful private beach that sets the stage for fishing, diving and superlative snorkelling amid the reef’s technicolour corals. The sea isn’t the only thing teeming with life – the resort is home to a gym, a yoga studio, panoramic infinity pool, three restaurants, two tennis courts, a spa and an action-packed kids club.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

71 stand-alone villas

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £196.06 ($263), including tax at 15 per cent.

More details

Rates generally include the buffet breakfast served at Nha O restaurant.

Also

For (even more) remote romance, the hotel can organise dinner à deux in the rice paddies, a private picnic lunch in the bay or a sunrise breakfast on the hilltop.

At the hotel

Private beach with watersports center offering snorkelling, paddleboarding, kayaking and fishing, infinity pool, 24/7 fitness center, spa, steam room, sauna, yoga studio, two tennis courts, badminton, volleyball, a kids’ club, walking trails, bikes to borrow and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: air-conditioning, plug adaptors, TV, minibar, tea and coffee.

Our favourite rooms

First, choose your view: ancient rice paddy fields, verdant hilltops or powdery-white beach? There are three distinct architectural styles for each setting: the Paddy Field Villas were inspired by fishermen’s houses and built on stilts from reclaimed wood; the Hill Pool Villas look like traditional mountain longhouses of the hill-dwelling Rade tribe; and the beach pool villas are built in the style of the Cham people who are fishermen by trade and live on the coast. All except for the Paddy Field Villas have a private plunge pool.

Poolside

The hotel’s main swimming pool is family-friendly and infinity-edged with jaw-dropping views of the bay. 46 of the villas have private pools if you prefer to stay completely cocooned.

Spa

With surroundings this splendid, staying active will never feel like a chore. The fitness center is open all hours and there are yoga, Pilates and other movement classes on offer in an airy indoor-outdoor studio with panoramic views. The serene Hoa Sen spa (meaning ‘lotus flower’ in Vietnamese) offers traditionally-inspired healing therapies: the two-hour 'Hoa Sen Ritual' is deeply nurturing and detoxifying, perfect for pressing reset after a long journey.

Packing tips

Activewear, if you plan to make use of the gym, yoga studio or biking and hiking trails. Otherwise, an array of swimwear in muted hues of olive and navy will be in keeping with the rustic setting.

Also

Because of steep slopes and steps around the resort, it’s unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.

Children

All ages are welcome and every villa can accommodate an extra bed or a cot. There’s an expertly-run kids club with indoor and outdoor play areas, plus plenty of outdoor activities for older children; babysitting is available on request.

Best for

As the sun sets, set off for the secluded and seductive Hâm Bar which serves inventive cocktails and powerful punches.

Recommended rooms

All villas allow for an extra bed or cot. It’s worth noting that the Hill Pool Villas are a 10-15 minute walk from some resort areas and can have steep stairs, so may not be suitable for young children.

Crèche

The expertly run kids’ club (for ages 4-12) has indoor and outdoor play areas, complete with a slide, a soft play area, TVs, books, puzzles and board games. Activities include coconut painting, treasure hunts, beach games, yoga and getting green-fingered in the hotel’s organic garden.

Swimming pool

The hotel’s main infinity pool is family friendly. Many of the villas have their own pools, so you’ll need to keep a keen eye on novice swimmers and really little Smiths.

Meals

High chairs are available in all restaurants.

Babysitting

Babysitters are available for USD20 an hour (excluding taxes) – you’ll need to give at least 12 hours’ notice.

Sustainability efforts

Zannier Hotels approached the construction with utmost respect for the soul of the region and the untouched wilderness that surrounds the resort: innovative landscaping totally preserved the vegetation, the wildlife and prevented any erosion of the hills. Two hectares, 600 trees and 500 palm trees were replanted, using a plant nursery to provide the project with other endemic vegetation. Renewable materials and traditional local architectural methods were used to ensure a strong sense of place. In addition, there’s no single-use plastic in bedrooms, all food is local, organic and seasonal and cleaning products and toiletries are non-toxic. The property grows its own rice in the rice paddies and any excess rice is donated locally.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

At Lang Chai, the lower tables have direct beach access and the sea breeze. At Ba Hai and Nha O, terrace tables preside over the most romantic views.

Dress Code

Come-as-you-are casual at Nha O and Lang Chai. We’d don island best at Ba Hai (but there’s still no need to stand on ceremony).

Hotel restaurant

With three restaurants on your palm-fringed peninsula (and the nearest town over 45 minutes away), you can go on a culinary voyage without ever wandering out. The aesthetic and culinary highlight is Ba Hai, housed in a 12-metre high building built on stilts with a steep sloping roof – the style is a tribute to a communal house in a Bahnar village. The fixed menus here pay homage to traditional dishes handed down from grandmothers and mothers, with fragrant local flavours, seasonal market produce and daily catch. 

Nha O is an all-day casual gathering hub (the name means ‘lively house’) closest to the pool, with panoramic hilltop views serving both South-East Asian and international dishes. 

Lang Chai is the spot for barbeque by the beach – meat and fresh fish are grilled in an adjacent hut and served up with zingy accompaniments.

Hotel bar

As the sun sets, set off for the secluded and seductive Hâm Bar which serves inventive cocktails and powerful punches.

Last orders

Nha O and Lang Chai are both open all day from 6.30am to 11pm; Ba Hai is open for dinner only from 6pm to 10.30pm.

Room service

There’s a selection of vegetarian dishes, salads, pizza, pasta, sandwiches and local specialties on the room service menu.

Location

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Address
Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho
Hoa Thanh Hamlet, Xuan Canh Comnune
Song Cao District, Phu Yen Province
Vietnam

This elegant eco-resort sits on a jungle-clad peninsula in Phu Yen province on the south-central coast of Vietnam.

Planes

First, you’ll need to fly into Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Da Nang and then take a domestic flight to either Phu Cat (also known as Quy Nhon) or Tuy Hoa airport, each about an hour and a half by car from the hotel – private transfers can be arranged for about USD75 a person.

Automobiles

Driving in this remote region is far more trouble than it’s worth – you’ll need a special permit for a start. If you want to venture out, all manner of cultural excursions can be arranged via the concierge.

Worth getting out of bed for

Beat jet lag, the stress of a long journey and any residual ravages of reality with an all-important visit to the Hoa Sen spa. Once you’ve been revived, simply sprawl on the beach, survey the scenery from the infinity pool or visit the aqua genies in the water sports center – they can make almost any water-based wish come true: snorkelling, fishing trips, surfing, water-skiing, canoeing, we could go on…  

Their land-based counterparts can organise a whole host of activities in the jungle surrounding the estate: flora and fauna walking tours, bike rides or hikes around the lagoon, tennis, badminton and volleyball. If you prefer air-conditioned activity, the gym is open 24 hours and there’s a schedule of yoga and other fitness classes held in the yoga studio or on the outdoor yoga platform with magical mountain views. 

If you want to get out into the countryside and explore more of Phu Yen province, the resort can arrange visits to local villages, markets, ruins and temples. But you’ll want to hurry home for sunset cocktails at Ham Bar… 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from their castaway caper in Vietnam and blinked disbelievingly at their sun-drenched polaroid snaps, a full account of their earth-friendly beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho in Phu Yen province…

Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho is the latest tropical outpost by the Zannier group – they’re the visionaries behind standout Smith spots Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang in Cambodia and Namibian safari lodges Zannier Hotels Sonop and Zannier Hotels Omaanda. CEO Arnaud Zannier took frequent trips to the region over a six year period before the hotel began construction to ensure that he could imbue an irrefutable sense of place, ensure a light touch on the edenic eco-system and impart lots of local flavour. You’ll see evidence of his painstaking efforts as you lie in your simplistic but sleek suite, taste authentic ‘granny-cooked’ cuisine in the jaw-dropping Ba Hai restaurant or go for walks in the perfectly preserved jungle. Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho more than lives up to its moniker (the name means ‘Bay of Corals’) – expect to spend an unreasonable amount of time in your swimsuit exploring the reef. On land, there’s a soul-soothing spa, an Indochina-inspired cocktail bar and three restaurants to choose from, though we recommend having at least one early night – Phu Yen province is said to have the most spectacular sunrises in the country. Good morning, Vietnam.

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