The Best Beach Hotels in Vietnam
Vietnam has a stunning choice of beach hotels to cater for every budget | Courtesy of Amiana Resort Nha Trang / Expedia
From a coastal base with culture on tap to a sea-facing spa stay, we’ve combed 3,000 miles of shoreline to find the best barefoot breaks in the Southeast Asian nation of Vietnam.
Beach-lovers are spoilt for choice in Vietnam, but with so many sandy coves and peacock-hued bays to distract you, making the tough decision of where to stay might just be the trickiest part of your holiday. After that, we assure you, these hotels with spas, bars and restaurants, will do all the hard work for you, no questions asked…
Amiana Resort, Nha Trang
4.6/5 (360 Reviews)
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Amiana is set on a private peninsula that reaches out into Nha Trang Bay with an unspoiled beach that offers utmost privacy. It’s especially geared up for couples, with romantic touches ready and waiting on standby, such as private beachside dining hosted by a butler and chef, or dinner à deux on the private jetty overlooking the ocean. Reconnect further in your room: even the most basic have indoor/outdoor bathrooms with hand-carved stone tubs and rain showers. The Ocean Pool villas are next-level good, with canopy beds and a plunge pool overlooking the sea. Round off the indulgence with a mud bath for two (yes, really) – this resort is the only spa in town that offers oceanview treatment rooms.
Mia Resort, Nha Trang
Resort, Independent Hotel
4.7/5 (293 Reviews)
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If you’re after a hotel with oh-wow views, look no further than Mia Resort in Nha Trang. Arriving here feels like being welcomed into a family home – albeit an incredibly opulent, grand one, that’s built into the hillside and has three restaurants and a spa. Upgrade to the Ocean View villas for uninterrupted sea views from your own private plunge pool. For large groups or families, the beachfront residences offer five bedrooms and ample space for everyone to sprawl out. Thoughtful touches like hammocks in the gardens and after-sun lotion make it easy to extend your stay here.
Peppercorn Beach Resort, Phu Quoc
4.7/5 (157 Reviews)
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Culture meets the coast at Peppercorn Beach Resort. This boutique resort, near the small fishing village of Ganh Dau, is located on the island of Phu Quoc, just off the Cambodian coast. Named after the peppercorn vines found throughout the grounds, the resort boasts a palm-fringed beach, gardens full of frangipani and mango trees, and beachside hammocks for relaxing. For active sorts, the resort has a pool, outdoor gym, bikes to borrow and kayaks for getting closer to the stilted fisherman’s houses. Staff can also arrange fishing trips, visits to the nearby pepper farm and scuba-diving tours, too.
Sol by Mélia, Phu Quoc
4.2/5 (494 Reviews)
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Indulgence levels are off the scale at Sol – a modern hotel that’s known for its friendly atmosphere and service on Phu Quoc’s peaceful west coast. There’s a holy trinity of restaurants and a trio of bars on site. But the beach area and pools are the real centre of the hotel, with not one, not two, but (you guessed it) three pool areas – from a splash-ready kids’ corner to a relaxing adults’ zone. The beach-themed rooms have a hint of the ocean, too, with deck chairs and bright pops of colour.
Phu Hai Beach Resort & Spa, Phan Thiet
Resort, Eco Hotel
4.5/5 (211 Reviews)
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For ultimate comfort, look no further than Phu Hai Beach Resort & Spa on the south-eastern shoreline of Vietnam. The resort is located close to Phan Thiet, a port city known for its harbour full of colourful boats, outdoor markets and seafood restaurants. The resort offers a Cham-inspired bar, a pool with a boulder-strewn waterfall feature and simple, clean rooms, suites and villas – some with open-air ensuites and a sunken tub.
Bamboo Village Beach Resort & Spa, Mui Ne
Resort, Spa Hotel
4.7/5 (337 Reviews)
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There’s a lengthy list of activities at Bamboo Village Beach Resort near Mui Ne – a southern beach town, not far from Ho Chi Minh. You can visit the quaint Mui Ne fishing village for fresh crabs and scallops, spend a day exploring the area’s sand dunes, try your hand at kite-surfing or join a yoga class in the hotel’s meditation garden. A real highlight when you return to base are the simple-yet-elegant bungalows, suites and cottages, with private balconies, bamboo floors, open-air bathrooms and ocean views.
Mango Bay Resort, Phu Quoc
Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel, Resort, Hotel
4.7/5 (229 Reviews)
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Rustic-chic design and a planet-loving ethos underpin a stay at the Mango Bay Resort on Phu Quoc island. Indeed, you can book any of the 44 jungle-clad bungalows safe in the knowledge that the resort has gone to great lengths to protect the natural environment. The wooden bungalows were built with locally sourced materials from the island and nature lovers will appreciate the all-round down-to-earth vibe – which extends to offering free yoga and tai chi classes, snorkelling equipment, kayaks, paddleboards and bodyboards. This is low-key luxury at its finest.
Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel & Spa
Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel
4.4/5 (658 Reviews)
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This Sunrise Beach Hotel is located in Nha Trang – minutes from major attractions and the entertainment district – making it a great beat for those who want to combine the city with the sea. At this urban retreat, there’s a column-lined pool and the hotel also has its own private beach, exclusively reserved for guests. There are 125 sea-facing rooms, most featuring a balcony with gorgeous views of Nha Trang Bay.
The Anam, Cam Ranh
4.6/5 (228 Reviews)
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Crowded beaches are unheard of at the Anam. This resort in Cam Ranh, south of Nha Trang, has 300m (1,000ft) of shoreline running along the fittingly-named white sands of Long Beach. Old-world Indochine atmosphere pervades in the red-roofed villas, which peek out from its immaculate grounds and gardens. All are decorated with original artwork and beds are smack in the centre of the room, facing the ocean. There’s an amorphous pool, set against a mountain backdrop. But to really tap out, visit the 10-room spa for detox treatments and sacred stone therapies.
SeaShore Hotel, Da Nang
4.4/5 (57 Reviews)
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This refined hotel sits across from Man Thai Beach on the East Vietnam Sea. On the 14th floor, there’s a swimming pool and a sky bar decked out in colourful lanterns, with 360-degree views of the beach and Da Nang’s cityscape. Rooms and suites are simple and snug for a good night’s sleep. In the early morning, rent a free bike from reception to explore nearby fishing villages – it’s a great time of day to see the fresh haul and traditional methods on display.
Banyan Tree, Lang Co
4.7/5 (318 Reviews)
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This remote all-pool-villa Banyan Tree is enveloped by Lang Co’s traditional fishing villages and beautiful lagoons, which you can visit by attempting to paddle a round basket boat (much to the delight of locals). You can also learn to make bun bo Hue, a regional noodle dish; plan day trips to the twin Unesco-listed cities of Hoi An and Hue; or tour Bach Ma National Park, home to waterfalls and wildlife. This being a Banyan Tree, the spa is something special: expert therapists start every treatment with a foot-soaking ritual, as you sip tea and listen to bullfrogs bark from the lantern-lit canals that lace through the resort.
These recommendations were updated on February 13, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.