WARNING: if you follow my advice and book a room at Pandanus Resort in Mui Ne, you might never want to leave…and you could possibly end up extending your stay like we did: don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!
I had a very good time in Southern Vietnam, exploring the Mekong Delta and bustling Ho Chi Minh, but I was ready for a change, and I was also glad that my friend Tim was able to join me for a few days.
I was so looking forward to a few days of sun, beach time and relax, and Pandanus Resort in Mui Ne seemed the perfect tropical destination. It was.
Pandanus is a seductive resort: right in front of the reception lies a pond with lotus flowers, which is oh-so-Asian and pretty!
But this is just the introduction to the resort, where accommodations are scattered around a huge garden: a few times I found myself just strolling around the resort’s grounds, taking in the peaceful atmosphere created by blossoming bougainvilleas and the lush gardens.
Pandanus Resort can boast a private beach with sunbeds and beach umbrellas, and there are also two open bungalows where guests can get a massage with the sound of waves.
When we were not at the beach, you had a 99% chance of finding us lounging by the lagoon-style pool, working or just relaxing.
I mean, how can you not love a pool like this? Unlike many other resort in Mui Ne, the pool closes only at 10pm, which gives you plenty of time for an after-dinner plunge.
We stayed in one of the Junior Suites, which are very roomy and feature a separate seating area and a private balcony.
The rooms are quite basic but there is everything you need: air conditioning, good Wifi, a mini bar and refrigerator, and a coffee maker.
The bathroom is big, well designed with two sinks and – my favourite part!- features both an ample tropical shower and a bathtub.
If you are constantly on the move you know what it means to be able to relax with a hot bath: pure bliss… and of course I couldn’t miss the opportunity!
Whenever I stay at nice hotels, breakfast time is something I always look forward to, and Pandanus Resort definitely didn’t let me down.
All kind of exotic fruit, asian dishes, pastries and cereals; bacon, pancakes, juices, and a made to order eggs station make sure that there is something for everyone.
After a smooth and fast check-in, as soon as we arrived at the resort we were directed to the restaurant by the beach, where each afternoon between 5 and 5.30pm there is a complimentary wine and cheese reception; this also proved to be a good occasion for meeting other guests and mingle.
During this time Steve, the resort’s general manager, greets the new guests, give informations about the area and lists all the services offered by the resort, which are indeed many!
This is a special touch that I particularly appreciated, as we felt instantly welcomed and taken care of… and it goes without saying, we never say no to a glass of wine!
Pandanus resort offers complimentary Tai Chi classes in the morning and Yoga classes in the afternoon: we participated in the latter and had a great time!
We were the only ones particpating, so we had a private class, which worked perfectly since Tim and I both were complete beginners, and the instructor seemed quite amused by our efforts.
We also made good use of the complimentary bikes to go for dinner and explore the town of Mui Ne, which is about 2 kilometers away from the resort.
There’s also another option: the hotel provides a transfer service to Mui Ne at fixed times during the day, with the last shuttle departing at 6pm, and it’s free of charge once again.
Every morning the hotel offers a free, guided tour of Mui Ne fish market and I’ve heard from other guests that it was so worth the early rise… unfortunately I cannot personally tell you how it is cause Tim and I are lazy bums and despite our best intentions we could never make it out of bed early enough…yes, lazy bums indeed!
The services and the facilities at Pandanus Resort are great, but there is another aspect I would like to underline.
I’ve been to many luxury hotels over the years, and some of them were even fancier than Pandanus, but I think the real difference in a stay is made by the people rather than the luxurious amenities.
I can’t conclude this review without mentioning how the staff is lovable at Pandanus Resort.
When we had some personal issues, Steve in particular but also all the rest of the staff bended over backwards to help us, and we really appreciated the warm welcome and their availability.
What else to say? If you’re looking for a great resort in Mui Ne, don’t look elsewhere!
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How to get to Pandanus Resort: the closest airport is located in Ho Chi Minh city.
From HCMC you have two options; you can take a bus from Ho Chi Minh city to Mui Ne (multiple times a day, it takes 5 hours and costs 4 euros), or a train from Ho Chi Minh city to Mui Ne (multiple times a day, it takes 4 hours and a bed in the sleeper car costs 6 euros when you buy the ticket at the station, so don’t book online); please note that Mui Ne station (Binh Thuan station) is actually 40 km from Mui Ne itself, so you’ll need to arrange some sort of transportation from there to Pandanus Resort.
I recommend this second option, it’s much more comfortable, but be ready to bargain hard for the taxi (it’s cheaper to agree on a fixed price rather than go with the meter).
Rates on Agoda at the time of writing start at US$ 65 for a Standard room, US$120 for the Junior Suite like ours and $140 for the Bungalow. All options include breakfast. [/dropshadowbox]
I was a guest of Pandanus Resort but the opinions in this post are exclusively my own – and I truly recommend this hotel, I had a great time there!