The VietStar Resort & Spa is one of those rare finds off the beaten tourism path that one feels super lucky to discover. It is a beautiful place to relax, unwind and feel truly welcomed by a delightful staff. Tuy Hoa is unspoiled, peaceful, and visually beautiful, with mountains, islands, and a rocky coast that offers beach after beach of brown sugar sand. The Resort, a family owned labor of love, is intrinsically tied to the neighboring village. It provides training to local staff, supports patients at the new hospital and helps the local schools. That is on top of being a great place to stay. The rooms are spacious and very well designed with open air bathrooms that allow you to enjoy showering under blue skies or stars - screened nicely to keep the wildness out but keep the peace within. The gardens and landscaping are the best part. One can wander for hours. The bird life, butterflies and clear breezes are a very welcome respite from city smog. The spa is lovely. I had the best hot stone massage of my life, plus a lovely mani-pedi, all that after a good work out in the gym (small but definitely good for a decent routine - treadmills, an elliptical machine, stationary bike, plenty of weights and yoga mats). The place is very quaint, with a family theme - kind of kitschy, kind of Disney, with giant stone mushrooms and assorted statues of woodland creatures - but on the whole very serene and just fun. There is plenty to do. The private beach is beautiful, with a restaurant, lockers, showers and a place to have BBQ. The resort has a driving range for golfers (9 holes planned), a playground for kids that includes rides, bikes, a tennis court, a beautiful pool with a waterfall, a library/tea room, and amazingly - a mini-zoo! It's possible to feed the deer by hand. I loved stopping by every day to visit the bunnies, ostriches, piglets and more. Boat excursions are also possible but the seas were too rough during our stay. The villas are really beautiful, especially those with private pools. So nicely appointed. The resort is much like what you would find in Southern Thailand. Breakfast is nice, not as over the top as at some 5 stars, but fresh, tasty and organic. The resort grows its own vegetables and rice and sources everything from nearby. Again, I can't say enough about the staff. Einda, the front desk manager, is amazing. She's the perfect host with exacting but caring standards. She thought of everything, and then some! She is a new friend. Mr. Trinh Quang Bao, DDG, welcomed us all on behalf of his family, the owners. His commitment to protecting the environment and providing a positive future for the village were apparent all around the resort. To add to the "too good to be true" part, there are direct flights from Hanoi and HCMC, and for now, the resort is very affordable. Amazing value for the traveler's dollar. I can't wait to get back to Hanoi to recommend a stay to all my friends. And I look forward to staying in touch with the wonderful family I met visiting from Germany. We all felt very smart and lucky for making this find.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- VietStar Resort & Spa, one of the most renowned vacation destinations for tourist, adjacent to National Road 1A, located in the picturesque northern entrance of Tuy Hoa City- Phu Yen province, 10km from the centre of Tuy Hoa city and 15km from Dong Tac airport (Tuy Hoa) to the North. There are daily flights: HCMC-Tuy Hoa-HCMC and Ha Noi-Tuy Hoa-Ha Noi. VietStar Resort & Spa consists of Thom hill and Xep beach. Thom hill has 43 ha, nestled on the hill, which as a fantastic sea breeze with luxury villas and bungalows located under foliage in tranquility of landscape that embraces the verdant natural surroundings, fresh air. It is a place where guests can see sunrise and full moon sooner anywhere in Vietnam. Natural harmony between mountain and sea at VietStar Resort "Swimming at dawn, sleeping under the foliage at night" will definitely make your trip unique and different. Xep beach has 25 ha where was named "Phu Yen Gold Coast." It is calm, flat with clean sand and blue water. The bar and restaurant serve a lot of drinks and fresh seafood from the sea. ... more less
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