Given its rather remote locale, Hon Trem Resort has grandiose aspirations.
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Perched on a piece of land that juts out from the coast, 1.5 kilometres before Chua Hai Son pagoda, Hon Trem Resort’s huge pool overlooking the ocean and hillside rooms with sweeping sea views may be enough to entice some travellers to stay.
Hon Trem's best rooms are situated in attractive bungalows perched high above atop a cliff at the far end of the beach. The view is incredible and huge picture windows and balconies allow you to take it all in. The less expensive rooms in the main building also get ocean views, though nothing can compare to the bungalows. The rooms we viewed appeared to be recently refurbished, or perhaps rooms still feel fresh because of the sheer lack of guests. In any case, rooms have comfortable white linens, flatscreen TV, air-con, WiFi, kettle and generic city hotel type furniture -- bedside table, sitting area, desk/vanity luggage rack -- all laid out in a sensible manner. Again, bathrooms looked new or barely used. Bathrooms come with a shower or shower/bathtub combo. Higher category rooms have sliding glass doors that open to a large private balcony.
The hotel caters to bus tours from Ho Chi Minh City and banquet dinners. If there are no tours then expect the hotel to feel very empty and quiet. Service is scarce and the beach isn’t the main draw – it’s swimmable but not the picture-perfect pretty you’ve been spoiled with elsewhere in Southeast Asia. You are also some distance from any type of civilisation. We wouldn’t go out of our way to stay here for a “resort” experience unless you’re really into rooms with sea views. But if you’re looking for a pit stop, it’s not a bad place to spend the night.
By Cindy Fan
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Superior double room, low season: 600,000 dong, high season 600,000 dong. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 900,000 dong, high season 900,000 dong. Notes: Seaview: 1,000,000 dong
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,050,000 dong, high season 1,050,000 dong. Notes: