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Villa Del Sol Beach Villas & Spa
Ranked #13 of 120 Phan Thiet B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Southampton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“An endemic problem”
Reviewed 5 February 2014

The hotel is a curate's egg. On the good side, the rooms are decent and well maintained, the pool is excellent, and some members of staff were very friendly and welcoming. The first downside is the location, in that Than Thiet is 10km (£8 each way in a taxi) and Mui Ne, where the wide range of restaurants can be found, is about 25km (£15 each way in a taxi). There are a couple of other hotels and a couple of passable restaurants in the neighbourhood, but that's about it. The food at the hotel is at best moderate -- I spent a whole week trying to teach the breakfast staff how to cook an omelette, but still to no avail unless they were watched. The other When you order a starter and a main course, there is no telling which will arrive first. Side dishes, such as French Fries, intended to accompany the main course, often arrive before the starter on their own. With two people eating together, it is not uncommon for one person's meal to arrive 20 minutes after the others. The problem seems to be that under the communist system, everyone is employed, even those who in a Western system would be deemed unemployable. Since they all get paid next to nothing, there is no incentive for them to make any effort either, and it's common to find bar staff sitting around talking and almost feel you are intruding to interrupt them to place and order.
I will say that certain members of staff did make a considerable extra effort (thanks Dennis and Number 3) to make us feel welcome.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed 4 February 2014 via mobile

Villa del Sol is a small beach hotel in a very quiet area outside of Phan Thiet.
There is a free shuttle to town every morning, or you can go by bus or taxi.
Some little shops and restaurants are nearby. But nothing else!
We liked the rooms. They are comfortable and not to small. The bathrooms are also bigger than in most other hotels, specially in the superior rooms.
There are bathtubs and shower cabins.
We had a little balcony with sea view, but we couldn't really enjoy it, because there was no chairs!
The pool is very large and close to the beach. We loved it!
The beach is nice, but swimming is not always possible, it depends on the tide.
Sometimes it's very dirty..
The restaurant is dissapointing and the staff there seemed to be a little unmotivated.
Massage at the Spa was dissapointing as well, very unprofessional.
There is one man in this hotel, who gets a special award: the pool man!
Over all, this is a nice place for a short stay to relax away from the crouds.
For people, who have problems to climb up stairs, this hotel is not recommend, because there are steps every where.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Belgium
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4 reviews
Reviewed 10 January 2014

The good side of things; Very beautiful property in modern design. Separate villas providing a privacy. Open restaurant in the neighborhood of big, lovely and clean swimming pool and beach giving nice view as well as opportunity for unusual swim.
But; design of modern and open bathroom doesn't turn to be so great if you have to step on stones on the floor, big bath turns out to be plastic and uncomfortable and you have no privacy in toilet.
Every simple thing in the room has a price, so I was almost afraid to use anything. Room was the same as on the picture showed during booking, but description of villa different- no patio available and in sitting area was placed information ''do not use this area''.
Restaurant was very expensive, food not properly cooked and in mostly cases simply awful.
Staff was friendly but hardly understood English. A lot of managers, but really nobody for proper conversation between guest and hotel. In general:resort with great potential, but a lot of place for improvement.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pakse, Laos
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

What can I say? Absolutely incredible. This place was amazing so we figured no way could we top that. We were there for a week and the attention to detail and service was top notch. For the room and the hotel interior are standard. However we were blown away at the experience. The details service make it worth it, and while I can't remember everything off the top of my head they did things.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 October 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights at the start of October 2013. Very quiet and peaceful. The room was 'Seaview Deluxe', it was huge with comfy bed and nice bathroom. Very clean. There were not many other guests at this time. The staff were friendly and attentive, would definitely come back again.

  • Stayed October 2013
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3 Thank TrevWen
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Hotel is well designed, clean and quiet. It's fit with those who wanna a quiet vacation. However the food is so bad. We ordered porridge for our baby, and 3 times the chef made them awful.
We tried to send our message to the chef however he didn't seem to get it.
If you go there, don't try the restaurant. There is a local restaurant opposite to the resort.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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2 Thank Nguyetquang N
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Singapore
1 review
Reviewed 29 June 2013

Enjoy the cosy and relaxing place, but most of the staff can't speak well and understand of English...Helpful service but need some reward...and staff of reception no honestly although is a nice place I would not be back there again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Switmoon
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Additional Information about Villa Del Sol Beach Villas & Spa

Property: Villa Del Sol Beach Villas & Spa
Address: Km 7, Tien An, Tien Thanh, Phan Thiet, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Binh Thuan Province > Phan Thiet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 120 B&Bs / Inns in Phan Thiet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Villa Del Sol Beach Villas & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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