These 10 best eco-friendly hotels in the south of Vietnam are your best bets for a ‘green’ holiday in the region, as each promises a stay with great facilities, services, and practices that are environmentally sustainable.
An Lam is located on the banks of the Saigon river and can be reached by a 15-minute speed-boat ride from the city center. With 19 spacious suites and villas spread across a lush garden for you to choose from, you can expect all the mod cons of a luxurious hotel. Each room is exclusively designed with a contemporary yet rustic Vietnamese countryside feel – rain showers, huge stone bathtubs, large vanity areas, private pools…it’s all there. Despite all the luxury, An Lam is committed to protecting and conserving the environment, with eco-friendly values and practices. Natural materials, handmade textiles and earthy colors reiterate their bonds to the environment.
The Mango Bay Resort is a favorite getaway located in the rugged and remote northern shores of Phu Quoc Island. It’s almost as if you’re in a secret location, far away from people who do not know this place exists. Butterfly and orchid gardens, palm trees and vines, a pristine and sandy shoreline, rocky outcrops and large trees really add to the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere, lost on a deserted island. You can choose from wooden bungalows and fired earth cottages. They all come with outdoor bathrooms and minimal furnishings, without TVs, A/Cs, or even kettles — hot water is provided in flasks every day. The resort also offers excursions around the local area to keep you busy during the stay. There are plenty of spots to explore, not only the beach, but also the giant Phu Quoc National Park. Mango Bay is great for those looking to appreciate the simple things in life and lose track of time.
Mango Home is a charming and warm little homestay in the banks of the riverside in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Expect days full of adventure, as excursions into the region are included in the price. Private boat rides, factory visits, market visits, bicycle rides through the countryside, cooking lessons — everything you can do to really get to know the culture is available. The host family and local guides really bring the local culture to life, and take good care of you during the whole stay. Mango Home really does offer a great alternative to some of the more expensive experiences in the region, whilst still giving you plenty of time on the river itself.
The Mekong Lodge is in Cai Be District of Tien Giang province, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Ho Chi Minh City. In addition to the long drive, you have to take a boat ride from Cai Be Harbor – a scenic cruise that will last around half an hour. At the lodge there are 28 bungalows, with either a river view or a garden view, and 12 exclusive bungalows that have their own private pools. All materials used in construction have been sourced locally, and the architectural style reflects the features of traditional cottages in rural Vietnam – thatched roofs, bamboo interiors and handmade, wooden furniture. You can spend your days doing a range of activities in the countryside, such as cycling, cooking, fishing, hiking, visiting villages and floating markets. It’s a great base from which you can immerse yourself into the diverse culture of the Mekong Delta.
Con Dao is a breathtaking location, protected for decades as a national and marine park. Six Senses was the first five-star resort to open in the archipelago, the ultimate luxurious destination in a vastly unexplored region. The resort is surrounded with natural beauty such as lush, tropical mangrove forests and beautiful blue ocean. The resort, despite being luxurious, is committed to improving the ecological and carbon footprint resulting form their operations. In cooperation with the National Park, Six Senses has made it a mission to fully care for the bay area in front of the resort, paying special emphasis on protecting the rare and dwindling Dugong population around Con Dao. In addition, they also provide education opportunities for the youth of the island.
Located in a beautiful eco-forest, surrounded by flora and fauna, the Phu Quoc Eco Beach Resort is place of complete relaxation. All 26 bungalows feature tiled flooring and Balinese décor, with earthy colors and simple furnishings, blending well into the nature that surrounds it. Everything you need for a relaxing getaway is there — comfortable rooms, great service, and an unbeatable location.
Da Lat Eco Hotel is a great base from which to explore the region. It’s located rather centrally in a quiet park, within walking distance of many restaurants, karaoke bars, and tourist attractions. The rooms have minimal amenities, but have all you need for a cozy stay. It’s little like a home away from home. The team that runs Da Lat Eco Hotel is what makes the place stand out as they are super kind, helping you book tours, onward travel, and giving extremely helpful recommendations around the city. Make sure to rent a motorbike and just drive around the area – there are many waterfalls to explore and activities to tackle, such as canyoning!
Ninila is a great little place in Phu Quoc Island, with only 14 guest rooms, and is a little far from the beach. But that’s okay because you are surrounded by jungle. The rooms are basic and simple with outdoor bathrooms that often welcome geckos and frogs. It’s a little adventure! The retreat tries to minimize electricity consumption and their impact on the environment. Despite cutting back on many mod cons, your host, Summer, will go out of her way to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Phu Quoc Valley Resort is located on a mountain slope, above a beautiful valley and surrounded by natural greenery. All bungalows boast private terraces with hammocks from which you can enjoy a cup of coffee every morning while enjoying the peace and quiet that surround you. Even the bathrooms have amazing views. Private, serene and romantic, this eco-friendly hotel is a perfect getaway whether you are alone, with family, or with your partner. On-site facilities include a restaurant, spa, and pool. The town and all that it entails are a 20-minute walk away but you really don’t need to leave the premises at all. When you’re in such a beautiful location, all you’ll want to do is stay away from the busy life and enjoy getting lost, literally and figuratively.
Amanoi is located on a swathe of golden sand in Vinh Hy Bay, completely secluded from the rest of the world. The resort fuses contemporary elegance with traditional Vietnamese architectural styles and this, combined with a magical location, exceptional staff, and luxurious facilities, make for the ultimate holiday – but only if you can afford it, as the prices can leave a big dent on your wallet.Amanoi prefers to think small and intimate, without aiming to have the highest number of rooms. Because of this you are able to have a personalized experience, and it may feel as if the whole place was built just for you to have a great time. Even if you want to spend all your time in the rooms – don’t. There are so many activities Amanoi offers, such as walks around the villages, water sports (kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, etc.), meditation, yoga, cooking classes, and ecological adventures with experienced guides into the National Park. If you really want peace, zen, nature, and wonderful hospitality away from the city life, then look no further than Amanoi. Aman hotels are always a guarantee of excellence.