Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho

I always wanted to share my first thoughts and experiences about Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho as I was one of the very first guests who had the pleasure to stay at the resort on its opening date on the 01st of December 2020 but I never really did. I only said yes I would like to recommend you to go and see the resort by yourself and I am confident that you will not be disappointed because the experience will be unparalleled for each and everyone of us.

Regardless of how much I wanted to write, I also had the feeling that sometimes, words cannot really describe how we feel about something or someone, and words can be cheesy and totally unnecessary at times. But for a year of battling with a global pandemic and for someone like me who happens to stay in the hospitality and tourism industry, I have convinced myself that I would need to start with all the little things that could potentially help saving the industry whenever I have a chance. Some of the things that I do would include the acts of giving more public compliments such as a positive review on TripAdvisor or a five star rating on Facebook to all service providers who are able to maintain high quality of services regardless of the challenging business situation that we are all facing.

Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho is one of those resort projects which has been brave enough to open their resort during the unprecedented months of Covid-19. When I first heard of this project and had the chance to see the first sneak-peeks of the projects, I was convinced that Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho will be a project that makes Vietnam so proud to have.

Where is the resort and how to get there? Well I get confused most of the times as I have a pretty horrible sense of geography and directions. So Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho is located in Phu Yen Province, closer to the South Central Coast of Vietnam. Although it’s in Phu Yen but I heard that the resort is closer to Quy Nhon City of Binh Dinh Province, this will give you two flight options. You could either fly to Tuy Hoa (Phu Yen) Airport, which takes you 1.5 hour drive to the resort or to Quy Nhon (Binh Dinh) airport as the travel distance is about 1 hour drive away only. I chose to fly to Tuy Hoa, a bit more time for the transition but it did not matter so much. Tuy Hoa airport is tiny but neat, and driveway is quite nice and refreshing as you would easily catch a view to the sea as soon as you leave the airport. Most importantly, Tuy Hoa city has still been able to keep its natural beauty with beautiful landscapes, mountains and green fields. I hope they will be able to keep it like this for a longer while before the new developments will turn the city into a touristic place.

Tuy Hoa Airport in Phu Yen

Who wants to be there? I guess old people want to be there ☺️ No, I actually I would like to refer to people who appreciate privacy, nature, culture, history and a sense of discreet elegance. I heard there are about 5 or 6 Zannier Hotels in the world only so Vietnam must be very lucky to have one. The brand was founded by Arnaud Zannier in 2011 and wherever they are, Arnaud would like bring out the authenticity and uniqueness of what the host country can offer. This does make me think quite a bit and I do raise quite a few questions for myself too.

I feel pretty humble to stay in this 98-hecta resort, in the middle of a beautiful national park, the coast and not far away is the coral reef. Some of the rooms are located up on the hills and would take quite a long walk for you to get to the reception, and of course you can always call the buggy service to save time too.
Every room is designed in different style, reflecting the lives of several Vietnamese minority groups such as Ede or Cham ethnic people.
One of the Hill Villas in Ede ethnic style with a
private swimming pool.
A great place to escape from reality ☺️

The resort has been built and developed to serve several targeted groups but mostly to international travelers. Sadly those people won’t be able to get here anytime soon unless Covid-19 would be under control but then there’s a great chance for affluent Vietnamese and a small portion of expatriates to explore and learn to appreciate what they have. Since when all those simple things have become a luxury in our modern life?

I didn’t try these bicycles but that would be an option for you to travel around the resort too. You can also contact the travel desk if you would like to have a bicycle tour to explore the surroundings too.

I have the feeling that Vietnamese started to have to pay much to gain back what we have lost from the past, for things which are both tangible and intangible.

The only picture that has my face in it while I was at Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho – Myself (on the left) and Michael Wirz – Resort Manager who was always attentive and helpful.

I was welcomed by the team led by Michael Wirz, the Resort Manager at arrival. We spent a bit of time to talk and I could feel how much passion that they have put on this project and to be able to put things together. You don’t get to see a collection resort like this that often, and I was very lucky again to get upgrade to a Beach Villa with a Private Pool. I was told it is designed in the housing style of Cham ethnic group.

Beach Villa Living Room

The French style bed 🛌 ☺️
I found this knife in the living room area, not sure if this would be safe to display it like this but I was quite happy the moment I saw the knife because I thought I could only find those things at my grandmother’s 👵.
The Library at the resort lobby
My beautiful private pool on the day of departure 😞
A corner of Ba Hai’s Restaurant (Mrs Hai Restaurant). I am pretty sure that I had seen this very often whist I was a child whenever I get a chance to visit my grandparents or relatives in the Northern provinces.
My favorite corner from Nha O restaurant.
Hoa Sen Spa is a gem. I will have a separate review for the spa later.

I think I will need to go back for a second visit because I did not get a chance to see everything during this 3 days and 2 nights trip. I thought I would need at least a week for my slow-motion brain to process but hope that I have been able to give a little bit of here and there so that you can have the first glance look.

The food service was alright for a pre-opening stage. I might not be the right person to give comment on food services as I am no expert here but I thought it could be improved as the resort will receive more guests but over all the team has done an excellent job to make me feel very happy and welcome 🙏
I will remember this feeling of having a princess-like bedroom while it is made after the turn-down service 👸

Thank you again to Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho for this short but lovely stay! See you soon!

Mưa ☔️

Đối với tôi việc con người ta tìm đến các tác phẩm của Nguyễn Nhật Ánh hình như là để lấy lại một chút ngây thơ, thánh thiện của thời niên thiếu hoặc tìm đến một khoảng bình yên trong tâm hồn.

Thêm một ảnh không liên quan vào một ngày nắng đẹp: sen Bách Diệp ở hồ sen tại TUI BLUE Nam Hội An nơi mình làm việc.

Hôm nay là ngày thứ 17 trong chuyến đi công tác lần này, không phải do mình đếm ngày vì chán, mà chẳng qua là vì nhớ ra mà đếm vậy thôi. Suy cho cùng thì mình có biết chán là gì đâu nhỉ.

Mấy hôm vừa rồi giao mùa, lúc mưa lúc nắng, và ngày hôm nay thì chính thức bắt đầu mùa mưa ở miền Trung, mưa dày đặc. Hôm nay mình có ngồi trên xe từ Tam Kỳ đi Đà Nẵng rồi quay ngược lại, có nhiều chỗ mưa đến trắng trời.

Mình luôn tin rằng mọi thứ trên cuộc này đều có quan hệ mật thiết với nhau và đều có thể giải thích được. Cái gì không giải thích được bằng khoa học thì mang tâm linh ra giải thích. Và nếu tâm linh không giải thích được thì chắc hẳn đó chính là tâm linh rồi, vì tâm linh đâu phải khoa học mà có thể mang ra giải thích.

Mình thích những câu chuyện khai thác về văn hoá, vùng miền, ví dụ như chuyện mượn thời tiết ra để lý giải về con người.

Người ta hay nói là người miền Bắc tính cách thất thường do một năm có 4 mùa, có những mùa khắc nghiệt đến mức làm con người cũng khắc nghiệt theo. Người miền Trung và miền Nam thì tính cách cởi mở và ấm áp hơn cũng bởi nền nhiệt độ cao hơn. Đây là năm thứ hai mình trải qua mùa mưa ở Sài Gòn và lần đầu tiên chứng kiến thời khắc giao mùa tại miền Trung khi mùa mưa ập đến.

Sau khi chứng kiến cảnh mưa miền Trung, mình nghĩ sẽ không đi phàn nàn về thời tiết nữa, vì mỗi nơi có một sự phức tạp riêng, con người cũng theo đó mà phức tạp.

Thiết nghĩ, không biết mình sẽ có bao nhiêu cơ hội để trải nghiệm thứ nắng gió của miền Trung như thế này, để có thể hiểu được rõ hơn về con người ở đây. Không hiểu sao mưa lớn như trút nước vừa rồi khiến mình liên tưởng tới hình ảnh của mấy chị gái miền Trung khi nổi giận, lời lẽ cũng tuôn trào như nước mưa vậy, rồi đôi lúc sẽ có thêm sấm chớp – khác hẳn với hình ảnh người miền Trung thân thiện, hiền lành trong trí tưởng tượng của mình.

Vì trời mưa nên mình chợt nhớ ra một câu mình rất thích trong cuốn “Tôi thấy hoa vàng trên cỏ xanh” của Nguyễn Nhật Ánh:

“Con người ta khóc cũng như trời mưa. Chỉ khi nào hết nước trời mới thôi mưa, còn chúng ta mới thôi khóc”.

Bác sếp của mình vẫn hay tự hào là, ở TUI BLUE Nam Hội An, không hiểu do phong thủy như nào, gần biển, gần sông lại tựa núi nên hình như cũng được che chắn, bảo vệ kĩ lắm. Bác ấy gọi nó là “Micro Climate”. Trộm vía là như thế vì lần trước bão đổ về miền Trung nhưng khu vực này thì chỉ có một cơn mưa lớn rồi bão tan. Nghe có vẻ giống Hà Nội, khi mà tất cả những nơi khác gặp bão thì Hà Nội chỉ bị ảnh hưởng phần nào. Ngày xưa hồi còn đi học, sách vở giải thích rằng vua Lý Công Uẩn dời đô từ Hoa Lư, Ninh Bình về thành Đại La (tên của Hà Nội ngày trước) cũng vì lý do này. Mình vẫn nhớ hồi lớp 9 học bài “Chiếu dời đô” có đề cập tới địa thế “rồng cuộn, hổ ngồi” của kinh đô Thăng Long. Chẳng biết là micro climate hay rồng cuộn, hổ ngồi như thế nào, chỉ mong mưa vừa đủ để cây cối xanh tươi, sau đó tạnh mưa để người ta còn thôi khóc.

Ma Maison Saigon

After almost a year of following all the tweets, I finally made it to the Ma Maison Boutique Hotel Saigon last year on a business – leisure trip (November 2014). By previously knowing that the hotel address will not be easy to find, I did not get freaked out when the taxi driver didn’t even know about Ma Maison when I asked for the direction.

My first impression was with Tam, a 16-18 !? little boy – hotel staff with a friendly innocent smile which definitely made me feel most welcome. He and another hotel staff greeted me at the entrance. They offered me a glass of cold and super sweet – I must say the sweetest glass of passionfruit juice (not because of the sugar but natural passionfruit) that I have drank in my life (So make sure that you will try when you’re there).

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The check-in counter

I have heard of the big black and white cat living at the hotel (the hotel owner is a cat person) but I can’t even remember whether I have seen her… It doesn’t matter so much anyway because I am not very much fond of pets or animals and sometimes – oh no most of the times I even get scared of them – black and white (or black or white) cats especially.

The room is super cute – all I can say and I did feel like I was a princess in a Proven style building (I’m talking like I know what I’m talking about… Provence… France… French… :). And the princess was super easy on that day. She stayed in a small little room and in a tiny little bed but since she’s full of vanity so she enjoyed every single moment of that as well as every single piece of furniture and artwork hanging on walls…

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Waking up at Ma Maison was another pleasant part. Of course, there are neither American breakfast nor club benefits. In here I was offered in a super simple way with a very simple breakfast menu of 2-3 items. Well at least they asked me how I would like the egg to be cooked and the egg was much better than many other places that I have been too. I’m sure my Aussie dad Graeme would love it to – He hardly ever complains about anything except for his infamous laptop which takes half an hour to get started. Perhaps the princess was super easy on that day – I do feel there’s more than plenty. If there’s a word to describe my feeling I would say “deja vu” is the one. This is the exact same feeling that I got when I was at Zen Valley Dalat which I don’t often get…

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By the time having breakfast, I spent some time chatting with Tam, the little boy that I met the day before. I asked if he could tell me the reason that he worked here whilst he is still so young. He said his family is from the South-Western Vietnam or “Mien Tay” is where it is called. His family could not afford to send him to college. Tam said he was lucky because he was the nephew of this hotel owner who brought him here and gave him this job opportunity so that he could work and save money to go to college in the future. His eyes got sparked when I said I was from Hanoi. He said he wanted to work for a hotel in Hanoi one day then greeted me politely before getting back to work. I was looking at his honest face and did not say much.  At the end I could only wish him all the best for his future endeavours…

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