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Mar 14 2015

Palm Garden Resort Hoi An Review

The Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An, Vietnam, is in a great location for those in search of a beautiful beach with easy access to the Ancient City. A free shuttle runs a few times a day to take guests to the heart of town and a taxi is less than $5. There are plenty of little shops and convenience stores in the area where you can pick up any toiletries that you might need. We were greeted in the open air lobby with cold watermelon juice and after a quick introduction we headed straight for beautiful beach.

The Rooms

Palm Garden has a few different room options with varying views and features. Ours had a patio, large bathroom, king size bed and entranceway with a big closet. When we arrived there were flowers strewn on the bed and floating in the partially filled bath tub. We also had fresh fruit and snacks waiting for us. It was quite a romantic welcome and set the ambience for a relaxing tropical vacation.

The bathroom was huge and had a very nice tub, however, the shampoo and body soap were very strongly scented and not in a way that we wanted to carry with us for the rest of the day. We ended up using the toiletries we had with us.

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The Grounds

The Palm Garden Resort’s best feature is its private beach. The white sand stretches on in both directions with plenty of space for lounging and enjoying the ocean. The manicured lawn reaches right down to the seawall and rows of palms line the edge. The pool at the center of the resort is big with some great grassy areas for picnics right by the edge. For us, the fact that almost half the water was designated for children was not a plus, but there was still plenty of room to enjoy ourselves. There is a hot tub in the middle as well, but we could never figure out how to turn it on.

At night, the resort is dimly lit which keeps the stars above very visible. Go out to the lawn before the beach to get a good view.

The Food

We enjoyed our breakfast outdoors with a nice breeze. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the fresh air before it gets too hot anywhere but the beach. The buffet was a typical array of fruits and meats, pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt and cereal. Chefs were available to prepare hot options and there was a pho station as well.

The bars by the beach and the larger one by the pool serve summery cocktails and lunch, but there were almost no other guests there during the day. The beach was especially quiet early in the morning which makes it a great time to go for a walk or an early morning swim.

We ventured into the front bar for happy hour with live music, which turned out to be rather entertaining. Seating was kind of awkward and everyone had ended up in one row down the middle of the room, so we were put in the corner right by the band. Being up close actually turned out to be pretty fun because the musicians, two French guys on a keyboard and guitar, sounded like a cross between Pink Floyd and Tenacious D. We saw them the next night playing at a bar in town to a packed house.

Beyond our initial flowery entrance, we never felt like our presence mattered much. We never quite received the level of service we expect from a five star resort. The general attentiveness of the staff was less than perfect, but overall our stay was still pleasant. Palm Garden Resort is a pretty spot for couples or families looking to stay close to the historic Ancient City of Hoi An and still have easy access to a beautiful beach.

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Quick Tips

  • Enjoy the cooler temperatures and empty beach early in the morning
  • Don’t miss happy hour at the main bar with live music
  • Call ahead before hitting the gym so they can turn the air on for you in advance
  • Bikes are available for rent for $10 a day, but can also be rented in town for much less
  • Visit the Palm Garden Resort online for more info and to make a reservation

 

Poplar Travels was a guest of Palm Garden Resort. Our opinion is always our own. 

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Eric
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Evanne and Eric left jobs in Washington, D.C., headed for Chiang Mai, and look forward to exploring everywhere in between.

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