As boutique as Hoi An gets
Peacefully situated at the edge of a pretty paddy, the two-storey family-run Rock Villa oozes with character. It is as boutique as it gets in Hoi An, and with the excellent English-speaking staff and extras such as pool, this property is an under US$50 winner.
The small hotel and its tropical gardens are sandwiched between a river and rice paddy, a resplendent sight when the fields are growing. This place is for those who want peaceful countryside over the tourist bustle of the old town.
Rock Villa's rooms are spacious, airy and well appointed with contemporary furnishings. They have a decidedly modern flair, balancing rough natural textures and sleek lines. For example, exposed brick walls are livened up with floating shelves and colourful vases. Firm mattresses are dressed with crisp white linens and all that natural daylight keeps everything light and bright. Creature comforts include air-con, flatscreen TV, a big bath/shower room and plenty of storage space. The best rooms are on the second storey and come with a choice of balcony or terrace.
Rock Villa is a great pick for families on a more modest budget. The upstairs has two interconnecting bedrooms, a shared bathroom and a wrap around balcony. Within the safety of the private walled garden, there's a grassy area and swings for kids. The 25-metre pool has a separate kids splash pool which and there are plenty of toys to keep the little ones entertained. Bicycle use is free and they have child seats and small bikes for older kids.
Very few restaurants or cafes lie within walking distance of Rock Villa but fortunately the family here have a very good Vietnamese restaurant on-site that also run cooking classes for guests on request. Dining locations are aplenty -- eat in the garden, by the river, poolside, in the large shared covered terrace or on your own balcony.
The nearest competitor to Rock's quirky style and quality finishes is An Bang Seaside Village, which is close to the beach but feels more like an independent vacation house, so there is less service and no pool. Rock Villa is a great choice for young families as it's quiet, safe and the staff look after you as if you were part of the family. There's a discount for stays three nights or longer.
Finding Rock Villa is difficult if you miss the sign. Look for 171 Cua Dai Road (approximately 1.5 kilometres from Cua Dai Beach) and you'll see Rock Villa's signpost. It's just 250 metres off of Cua Dai Road.
Address: Unit 3, Thanh Tay, Cam Chau, Hoi An
T: (235) 392 4797;
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º21'31.97" E, 15º53'17.12" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Deluxe double room||US$33||US$42|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you'll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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