We have not long returned to Australia, but I feel remiss that I could not write this review earlier. Our small family of three (including our 24 yr old daughter) stayed in a family villa nearest to the fantastic new pool from 1-8 March 2012. We arrived at Danang on the late flight from Da Lat but because we had booked for 7 nights we received a free pick up by private car from the airport to Betel. When we arrived at the homestay, as we were returning guests (this was our second visit - our first was in November, 2011), we were so warmly greeted by the family and presented with a very beautiful bouquet of flowers byTuan on behalf of our host, Ms Le because she was unable to be there to welcome us herself! This was such a lovely guesture and so unexpected. As if this wasn't enough, on the day of our departure our host, Ms Le and Ms Hien presented our family with a gift of three gorgeous Vietnamese laquered serving dishes .... again just so thoughtful, unexpected and memorable. The photographs and other reviewers have so perfectly described the lush landscaped gardens, the tranquil atmosphere, the beautiful songbirds, the character of the villas, the free bicycles, the new pool and wonderful service and so there's nothing else that I can really add to those reviews - every word is true! We also dined at the invitation of our host and with fellow guests in the outdoor restaurant on traditional Vietnamese food on two occasions during our stay and the food was way up there with the best anywhere on our four week trip around Vietnam! We were so carefully attended throughout our stay by Tuan, Dong, Vang, Hien, Vinh, An and not forgetting, Thanh the cook that we just felt like part of the family. I hope I have got all your names right, spelt them correctly (and not missed anyone) and I want to say a very warm thankyou to all of you for making our second visit even more memorable than our first. I must make a special mention of Ms Vang who handled our booking and our enquiries in such a friendly and efficient manner. Ms Vang also arranged for a fellow guest to deliver my medication to our hotel in Hue when it was left behind due to a very hasty departure for the airport at 4.00 am as a result of an alarm malfunction. We were in Sapa when I discovered the loss and after exchanging emails with Ms Vang the delivery to Hue, the next stop on our itinerary was all arranged. What fantastic service and even though I offered to pay for a courier, there was no need. I should mention that even though we had to leave so early in the morning to catch a 6.00 am flight to Hanoi, Ms Le insisted on rising to bid us farewell along with Tuan who help us pile into the taxi with our luggage. If you are visiting Hoi An, please stay here you will not regret it. The homestay is only a short level walk of about 20 minutes to the Hoi An ancient town and it is just lovely to be staying with and amongst the locals. A true and meaningful Vietnamese experience to reflect upon for a very long time to come!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Betel Garden Homestay - Villas is an exclusive villa retreat encompassed within a 3000 square meter tropical landscape in a small village, near the city center of Hoi An. This boutique property consists of 10 stylish villas and rooms that have been inspired by the Vietnamese concept of unity between man and his environment. The Homestay - Villas is a 10 minute walk from the centre of Hoi An and a 20 minute bicycle ride from the beach. And there are also some restaurants and coffee shops like The Balance Cafe nearby. Bicycles can be borrowed for free . If you are looking for a unique experience, this is the place to stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Betel Garden Homestay Hotel Hoi An