From Tien Thanh Commune to Mui Ne ward, the 58.4 kilometers of Phan Thiet coastline boast some of the finest small resorts in Vietnam. Unlike the Danang area, which has dozens of very large resorts along the beach between the city centre and Hoi An, and the beach and offshore islands of Nha Trang, most of the Phan Thiet resorts are small. That does not mean that they are less luxurious than their larger counterparts in other areas.
Mui Ne ward only has a couple dozen resorts, as the majority of the Phan Thiet hostelries are in Ham Tien ward. Of the top five Mui Ne resorts, four of them are located on Ganh Beach, across the cape from the town of Mui Ne.
The largest resort in all of Phan Thiet, with ten hectares of gardens and facilities is the Pandanus Resort. The resort is the only one in this region with a Club Med type all inclusive program, so there are many facilities and services offered to keep guests occupied, including two restaurants and bars, live music every night, a spa, a fitness centre, a tennis court, badminton, volleyball and a football field, plus a game room and outdoor playground for children.
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At the south end of Ganh Beach is the Mui Ne Bay Resort. This resort, which opened in 2007, also encompasses a small island just offshore from the tip of the cape of Mui Ne. The grounds and gardens at Mui Ne Bay Resort are beautiful and well manicured. The rooms and suites are all very nicely appointed. The centre court restaurant is quite good, plus the beach restaurant and bar provide a more intimate dining environment as a ‘fine dining’ option. The hotel offers a number of beach activities, such as kayaking, parasailing and windsurfing.
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The Sailing Bay Beach Resort is comprised of six four-storey buildings. The reception area is in the central building which also houses the main restaurant, meeting facilities spa and fitness centre. The additional four-storey buildings with most of the rooms and suites form a half circle around the small garden area and the large free-form swimming pool. There is also a tennis court and a second bar and restaurant on the beach side of the pool. Although not extensive, the gardens are well kept and the beach is cleaned daily by the landscape staff.
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The Sandunes Beach Resort is the newest resort in Mui Ne ward. It opened in 2014 on a hill adjacent to the red sand dunes. The architecture is unique, with the main building and a number of bungalow style buildings constructed to look like they are kites ready to take flight. The main building is below the entrance and above the bungalows, which descend towards the pool and beach. The resort has two restaurants and a pool bar.
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The Full Moon Village Resort is made up of three types of villas, which are the largest type of accommodations of any Mui Ne Resort. The individual two and three bedroom houses have kitchens, living room areas, gardens and Jacuzzis. The most popular resort on Suoi Nuoc Beach, the Full Moon Village has very good French influenced cuisine in their restaurant and bar, plus a great kite surf shop and school. Besides kitesurfing and windsurfing, the resort also offers stand up paddling, sailing and kayaking. Like Ganh Beach, Suoi Nuoc faces east, so during the kite surf season from October to April, the prevailing westerly winds come directly into the beach.