Standing on a secluded peninsula of the Phu Yen province in Vietnam, Zannier Hotels Bãi San Hô sits amid 245 acres (98 hectares) of ancient rice paddy fields, lush green hilltops, and palm and bamboo groves. Taking its name from the private one-kilometre coral reef bay, the resort balances a getaway from it all relaxation with adventure. The essence and philosophy of Bãi San Hô is a desire to share Vietnam’s rich culture and history through a journey of the senses.
Each of the 73 villas enjoy their own private setting, with private pools and terraces overlooking rice paddy fields, set atop dramatic hilltops or perched at the edge of the resort’s powder-white beach. The one and two-bedroom villas—Paddy Field, Hill Pool and Beach Pool—have all been ecologically constructed using age-old techniques and local materials to authentically replicate the different architectural styles of homes found within Vietnam’s traditional villages and tribal cultures. Interiors combine a pared-back palette of natural colours and textures, with handcrafted materials from raw silk, and woven rattan to reclaimed wood and bamboo—all enhanced by the Zannier Hotels’ contemporary edge.
Surrounded by rice fields, Bà Hai—meaning ‘Grandmother Hai’—is a Vietnamese restaurant housed in a stunning 12-metre high building, as a tribute to the beautiful architecture of the communal houses found in Bahnar villages. Like the traditional communal houses, Bà Hai is situated in the centre of the resort and acts as a place for guests to come together to enjoy authentic food which celebrates the fragrant flavours of Vietnamese cuisine. With four fixed menus representing the four main cuisines in Vietnam, the Chefs have created dishes with seasonal market produce and the daily catch from local fishing boats, using recipes handed down from their mothers and grandmothers.
Further dining options include vibrant Nhà Ở, with panoramic hilltop views serving all-day South East Asian and international menus and beachfront Làng Chài, designed to resemble a traditional fisherman’s hut; fresh fish and seafood menus are served alongside a grilled menu from the adjacent barbecue hut. As the sun sets, Hâm Bar is evocative of the Indochina era and serves inventive cocktails.
The resort’s own organic and herb gardens have inspired a wide variety of vegetarian dishes. Additionally, the property cultivates rice throughout the year which in turn is served in the three restaurants. Excess rice is donated to local charities. The hotel is also currently in the process of constructing a hydroponic gardening plant as well as a farmhouse.
Overlooking the resort, lies the Hoa Sen spa—a place of simplicity and rebalancing—much like the Buddhist symbol of the same name, the ‘Lotus Flower’. Treatments and therapies fuse ancient Vietnamese traditions with nature’s bounty of indigenous ingredients. The 2-hour signature ‘Hoa Sen Ritual’ is deeply nurturing, using traditional methods from head to toe, to detoxify and restore the balance of Yin and Yang. Centuries-old ‘Forest Bathing Rituals’ combine blends of seaweed, lemongrass and cinnamon oils or ginger and local brandy to de-stress or promote vitality. Guests can also enjoy movement flows at the Yoga studio, maintain fitness in the gym or stay active on the tennis and padel courts.
Over the last ten years, Zannier Hotels has pioneered a new era of progressive luxury hospitality, rooted in a philosophy of ‘Simple Mastery’. Design drawn from traditions, an experience rooted in cultural discovery, authentic cuisine and a complete focus on guests’ well-being has become the signature hallmarks of Zannier Hotels around the world.
Today, Zannier Hotels embraces a collection of 5 hotels, resorts, lodges and private residences in Europe, Africa and Asia. The journey and desire to share unforgettable moments continue with a further two hotels in Mexico opening by 2023.
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