Sep 20 2012
The Temple Beach House is luxurious self-catering at its best. Tucked away behind impressive wooden gates nestled between towering white walls abundant with vivid pink bougainvillea and surrounded by gardens, right on its own slice of the delicious An Bang Beach in Hoi An, the place is a real find.
The beachfront garden hugs the oceanfront and has direct access to the beach via a grass catwalk bang on to the most gorgeous stretch of beach in Hoi An. It’s been designed to take full advantage of the glorious tropical climate and the open-plan living area spills out onto a huge deck scattered with ample lounging and dining opportunities, creating an indoor and outdoor space. The central focus of the house is the stunning kitchen with breakfast bar, which doubles up as a casual but sociable place to perch with a glass of wine. Dining options are abundant – it’s immediately apparent the design force behind this rather cool property have their roots firmly in the restaurant trade, as there’s a different spot for every course, and that’s not even counting the comfy sofa for a relaxed TV dinner.
Originally a huge community house, the temple has been renovated to sit at ease in its surroundings. It has been flawlessly furnished with underestimated, classic pieces peppered with local antiques, art and artifacts. The two bedrooms open out onto the garden and are kitted out with the comfortable beds, though the selling point for me was the bathrooms — three of them to be exact — sprawling, glass-ceilinged sexy spaces with monsoon showers (his and hers showers in the master bathroom).
The price? Normally $200 a night, Temple is having a soft opening until January 2013, offering half price. Split the cost between four of you and that’s $25 each, which is what we did and boy was it worth it — we didn’t want to leave. And actually, you don’t have to, as the deal includes a lovely couple who will go to the market for you, and do booze runs, and if you are too lazy to cook, they’ll send round someone to fire up the barbecue.
To get something similar, you’d need to go to a resort and book a villa. The Sunrise on Cua Dai beach’s oceanfront villas would come in a poor second; what you gain with a pool you lose in privacy. The Nam Hai have the nearest comparable apartments, but you are looking at more than double the price and that’s before the discounts. Whether you’re a family looking for a beach bolthole or a couple seeking romance, you’ll certainly find it here.
The temple opened its doors a couple of months ago and has been an instant success. Don’t just turn up and hope; they have online booking and are quick to respond. Plenty of attractions lie further along the beach and the World Heritage-listed town of Hoi An and the Cham islands are practically on your doorstep should you wish to venture out. The Temple is simply a perfect retreat for frazzled urbanites, families and socialites.
Temple Beach House
An Bang Beach, Hoi An
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