We came across the Water Coconut Homestay on Agoda booking website. I've started using Agoda more for Vietnam, as it seems to be a lot cheaper than Booking.com as Agoda requires payment upfront which is why you get the great deals. Water Coconut was really new, it's not been open for very long and had little reviews but from the little reviews it did have, it seemed very positive.
Hoi An for us was going to be a relaxing break away from Hue for some beach time, trying some local food (which we heard was very good) and exploring the local area by perhaps hiring a moped. The Water Coconut Homestay villa's are located on the outskirts of Hoi An, so you need a taxi to get out here. We didn't mind about the location, as it was nestled halfway between the beach of Cua Dai and An Bang (rated one of the top beaches in the world) and the city of Hoi An with it's old town charm and laid back atmosphere. Perfect!
The Water Coconut Homestay comprises of 4 beach style bungalows (villas) and 1 accommodation that is connected to the main house. It's a small homestay and quite unlike any homestay we have been to before, it's actually very homely! The beach bungalows remind me of the type of accommodation that you get in places like Jamaica or Mauritius at those 5* overpriced all inclusive resorts. Well this didn't cost us $200 a night, the water coconut homestay costs just $25 a night with breakfast included. That works out perfectly in our budget, which is roughly £5-£7 a night per person. I remember looking at accommodation in the city centre and it worked out the same, if not more expensive even at the hostel type accommodation. So this place worked out to be fantastic value for money and did I mention already.. It's a freakin' private beach bungalow!?
Thanh is the owner along with his wife Ha who both manage it all. Thanh is such a friendly guy and couldn't have been any more helpful to us. It was great listening about his plans for the future of the water coconut homestay resort, he has a 2 year vision that will see a few more bungalows built along with a swimming pool. He used to work in the nearby Hoi An Beach resort, where he worked for 12 years until he had saved enough money to build his family business. Talking with Thanh, it sounds like he is realising his dream of running his own business. I am incredibly envious of him and there is no doubt this place is going to expand over the next few years, it will be great to return one day.
Just as an example of one thing he did during our stay, we wanted to stay an additional night and he said no problem and offered the same rate as online. But unfortunately it turned out there was no availability for our last night. So instead, he gave us his brothers spare home for the night. That's right, a whole 5 bedroom house for the night! This is actually the first time since Malaysia that I have had the pleasure of writing a blog post at a kitchen table.
To top it all off, we were invited to have our last dinner in Hoi an with Thanh and his family. We were given a massive spread of food, all crafted from everything you could see around the garden and lake front. This is an incredible example of self-sustained living. Even the noodles I was eating turned out not to be noodles at all, rather shaved strips of papaya! The restaurant eating area overlooks the lake inside the water coconut homestay resort. This is certainly an experience we won't get again for the rest of Vietnam, it is very sad that we have to say goodbye to Thanh and his family. I hope we come back here in a few years time, I passed on some seeds for Yang Mei to him, hopefully in a few years we can see what has become of them in his fruit garden!
Water Coconut Homestay Accommodation Summary
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Water Coconut Homestay Villa
|Address||Water Coconut Homestay, Hamlet No.3 (DX18), Cam Thanh Village, tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam|
|Room Rate||They had an introductory offer period when we stayed which was 50% off and came to $25 for the room. This will likely go up to around $50 per night in the future, although that rate still offers great value for money for guests. Breakfast is included.|
|Room Type||Queen size bed with ensuite in a beach style bungalow that overlooks a lake. Matress is more like a western matress than others we have experienced in Vietnam so far.|