(No.4, Vol.3, May 2013 Vietnam Heritage Magazine, Advertorial)
Bamboo Village Beach Resort & Spaâ€™s reception hall
Itâ€™s noon on a Saturday and from the throne of a huge bathtub that the tropical sun paints in gold, I watch a dwarf bamboo grove nurtured skillfully right on the tiled floor. Its regular-sized fronds shyly wave their finely-cut foliage from behind a wide-open wood-framed window and through the sunroof I discovered a few seconds ago by pulling a rope with a ring on the wall. A few steps away, behind the transparent glass door, my deluxe room at the four-star Bamboo Village resort on the stunning coast of Muine has, to my amazement, turned into an improvised stage for a shadow puppet show. Abundant garden greenery silhouettes dance as a sea breeze-the wire-puller in this production blows and casts fanciful shades that fall on a spacious balcony with crossbars made of lacquered tree branches, then on a giant queen-sized bed, work desk, champagne-colored wooden wardrobe and expansive sofa set marking a separate sitting area in the room. Watched within an airy and spacious room and accompanied by the soft tunes of the sea waves and vibrant tropical garden whispers, the scene provides a truly Zen moment. This last slips smoothly into a shining botanical moment when one walks under the green dome of the resortâ€™s expansive landscaped garden with ponds, lily pads and juicy green lawns.
But to start from the very beginning, (as any resort starts from the reception area, just as any theater starts from coat checker to give the first lasting impression), the Bamboo Village reception building impresses one from the outside by its design, both exotic and intriguing, offering its guests not to step in and check into a mere institution, but to embark a huge fishing boat made of terracotta, reminding one of both a Vietnamese traditional fishing sampan and Venetian gondola with pointed bow and stern. Embarkation made and deluxe accommodation-skillfully hidden in away in several hectares of tropical garden-taken, one is all ready for touring the expansive resort premises, featuring thatched roof clay cottages with Deluxe and Superior rooms and garden view and beachfront bungalows, all built along improvised small fishing village streets marked with stone pathways with romantic and inspiring names to set the right mood: Dove Cottage, Nova Deluxe, Queen and Prince room, Hawaiian, Windy and Honeyed Bungalows and Water Lily Spa.
With a full range of modern 4-star comforts to please the most discerning beach holiday makers, the resort offers a rich variety of accommodation, from beachfront and garden bungalows-not just built, but literally woven and handcrafted from baked sunshine-colored clay, bamboo trunks, stone and thatch-to Cottages with Deluxe and Superior rooms, all together forming a picturesque seaside village with chic gastronomy options of regular seafood BBQs by the pool or private seafood dinners at the resort restaurant by the sea and state-of-the-art facilities like a gym and spa center. Apart from sunbathing and swimming in two pools and the Pacific ocean in totally relaxing eco-friendly premises, The Bamboo Village offers its guests many other options and remarkable moments; standing barefoot on the grass under the palm trees or on the balcony under the thatched roof and watching the endless sparkling sea only steps away, practicing tai chi in the early morning and yoga in the afternoon with skillful instructors and attending cooking classes-all of which can make them feel like â€˜blissful bamboo villagersâ€™.
The Water Lily spa will offer its guests long hours of relaxation and indulgence with Bali, Thai, Chinese and traditional Vietnamese massage and other complete spa packages.
The resort has a lot of pleasant surprises to please and entertain each and every guest; sports equipment for surf lovers and parasailers, varied tours to sand dunes and ancient Cham towers for sightseers, a library for lazy holiday fans and seafood culinary delights for epicures.
Photos: Bamboo Village Beach Resort & Spa
The very hands-on approach found in every detail at Bamboo Village, from eco-chic style, warm and cozy interior designs, well-thought-out green solutions for resort maintenance and the excellence of its staff performance, gives the resort a very personal touch and thoroughly welcoming and intimate atmosphere, pleasantly surprising to experience in a resort with a capacity of more than a hundred rooms. Thanks to these outstanding features, Bamboo Village has justly gained the title of being one of the top ten four-star hotels for 2010-2011, awarded by the Vietnam Tourism Association and Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.