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Best Ecolodge Green Hotel and Eco Resort Experiences in Vietnam

Responsible travel is gaining a lot of traction. People are not just concerned about their personal safety, but also how their travel impacts environments and communities. ‘Travelling light’ now means making better choices. As the tourist market in Vietnam becomes more matured and sophisticated, staying at an ecolodge, eco resort, or green hotel is making the top of people’s lists. From the north to the south of Vietnam, there are wonderful places to stay that bring more to you than peace of mind.

The True Ecolodge, Green Hotel, and Eco Resort in Vietnam

Being eco or green is not just a label or a name. Standards are the key to knowing your money is well spent. And, more importantly, ensure that your choice is making a difference.

Eco Standards and Green Tourism

Eco awareness and green tourism starts with very simple measures to reduce waste production and energy consumption. These, and requests to guests, are something even a family homestay can implement. 

This awareness extends into sophisticated, modern eco designs, and the use of sustainable or recycled materials. Other features can include solar energy, water recycling, and bio-degradable amenities. Food may often be organic, home grown, or locally sourced.

Above and beyond this, some establishments we recommend have top international certifications. Others have won acclaimed eco awards. Sustainable tourism also includes fair employment practices and a net positive impact on the surrounding community.

Best Eco Lodges Hotels and Resorts across Vietnam 

If you’re wanting to plan a ‘green vacation’ to Vietnam, there are select places across the country. These include top city green hotels, eco boutique hotels and resorts, and the best ecolodge experiences for that perfect nature getaway.

Our selection starts from the very north of Vietnam in Ha Giang Province running in geographic order to Phu Quoc Island in the south. Discover great locations, unique experiences, and their eco accolades.

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Hoang Su Phi Ecolodge in Ha Giang

Hoang Su Phi Ecolodge in Ha Giang

Key Notes:

  • Local construction
  • Organic restaurant
  • Herbal baths
  • Excellent tour options
  • Community engagement

Hoang Su Phi Lodge is idyllically situated on the magnificent terraced slopes of Ha Giang. Minimalist eco bungalows are built from local bamboo and thatch materials. All 12 bungalows have a fantastic vista of the rice fields, comfortable beds, and an ensuite bathroom.

Their closest cooperation is with the Red Dao community. The ecolodge uses natural water treatment and biodegradable products. They are also self-sufficient in organic food. Their traditional herbal baths and massages are especially welcoming after an active day. 

Hoang Su Phi Lodge, in cooperation with local guides, organizes trekking tours for 3 to 10 days. Tours include motorbike tours of the Ha Giang Loop. There are also various local ethnic markets to explore and community activities.

Topas Ecolodge in Sapa

Topas Ecolodge in Sapa

Key Notes: 

  • Local stone bungalows
  • Wide ranging eco measures
  • Two infinity pools, one heated
  • Traditional spa treatments
  • Wi-Fi & TV free rooms

There are many rustic homestays or lodges in Sapa billed as ‘eco-friendly’. Topas Ecolodge was one of the first proactive eco accommodations on the outskirts of Sapa city. They’re a Danish design concept of rugged simplicity and comfort.

Sustainable features focus on extensive water collection and preservation, recycling, and plastics reduction. Their locally inspired fusion cuisine restaurant sources organic produce. Business practices, which extend to subsidiaries and suppliers, are based on UN Global Compact.

Bungalows don’t have Wi-Fi or TV, but there is Wi-Fi in the ecolodge lounge. They also have a range of customs tours and outdoor activities, as well as an excellent spa.

Novotel Thai Ha in Hanoi 

Novotel Thai Ha in Hanoi

Key Notes: 

  • Open since November 2020
  • ISO 14001 sustainability
  • Spacious rooms, suites, apartments
  • Rooftop lounge and pool
  • Kids activities   

Currently, it’s not so easy to find great sustainable or green hotels in Vietnam’s big cities. For the most part, your greenest options are world-class hotel groups. These either adhere to, or are gradually implementing, global standards across the board.

In Hanoi, Novotel by the Accor Group is one of your best green options. They follow the Accor PLANET 21 sustainability model that complies with ISO 1400. This is a globally recognized environmental certification.

Additionally, Novotel Thai Ha opened its doors as recently as late 2020. As such, it’s a modern and environmentally developed structure. This hotel is not near the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake and the Hanoi Old Quarter, but a less central location.

Novotel Thai Ha is an ideal choice for an affordable family vacation or business travel. It has one of the most up-to-date conferencing and event facilities. Additionally, rooms are very spacious. Rooms include a comfortable working area and couch. There’s also a rooftop lounge area with a pool and kids entertainment center.

Flamingo Resorts on Cat Ba Island

Flamingo Resorts on Cat Ba Island

Key Notes:

  • Edge design certified
  • 100 000 trees in structure
  • High resource efficiency
  • Spacious eateries
  • Japanese Onsen and spa

Flamingo Resorts is a Vietnamese hospitality group. Their Cat Ba Resort is a shining example of prioritized eco design. With preliminary Edge Certification, the resort has predicted water savings of up to 41%.

In terms of its concrete jungle like design, Cat Ba Flamingo resort is a unique experience. It opened as early as November in 2020 along two private bays. Rooms are quite minimalist for a 5-star hotel. Staff are first rate, but services are not so well-developed.

Cat Ba Island is a nice alternative to the attractions of Halong Bay which tend to get overcrowded. Things to do on Cat Ba Island include great options for hiking and biking. You can also explore Cat Ba National Park in addition to Halong Bay cruises. 

Mai Chau Ecolodge in Hoa Binh

Mai Chau Ecolodge in Hoa Binh

Key Notes:

  • Travelife Gold Certified
  • Numerous eco-projects
  • Free bikes and kayaks
  • Local & western cuisines

Mai Chau Ecolodge is nestled between the mountains and among rice field paddies. It’s in the picturesque Mai Chau District in Hoa Binh Province. They’re a small eco establishment with just 16 rooms. Each features a private ensuite and balcony. The ecolodge is also the only establishment in Vietnam with a Travelife certification.

They have comfortable and spacious rooms with modern amenities. Facilities include a pool, steam bath, and Roman jacuzzi. However, there’s no spa. Enjoy exclusive tours and connect with local culture. Or, revitalize with activities in the surrounding countryside.

Key eco measures focus on power and water consumption reduction, composting, trash separation and recycling. They provide helpful eco-friendly tips to guests as well. The ecolodge supports an array of local sustainable projects and community events. At least 80% of the staff are local people.

Pu Luong Ecolodge Retreat in Thanh Hoa

Pu Luong Ecolodge Retreat in Thanh Hoa

Key Notes:

  • Local design
  • Fresh organic garden
  • Springwater infinity pool
  • Hiking, cycling, kayaking, volunteering

Pu Luong Retreat is situated within a scenic ‘microcosm’ of Northern Vietnam. There are breathtaking mountain views, terraced slopes, rivers, and waterfalls. These are all within a remotish but accessible location. This ecolodge is inside the boundaries of Pu Luong Nature Reserve — home to the ethnic Muong and Thai people.

The stilt houses were built by local people and original trees were preserved. Local people also crafted unique furnishings and decorations. Additionally, non-chemicalized pool water is recycled into the rice paddies below. Accommodations also include a traditional long house ideal for groups.

The open air restaurant serves western as well as mainly local delicacies. The ecolodge has an abundance of outdoor activities. These range from numerous nearby hiking trails, cycling, and kayaking. Quality handicrafts are for sale, and feel free to enquire about local volunteer activities.

Pu Luong Retreat is a great stop over for exploring more remote areas near the Laos border. You can also book a tour from Hanoi that links you to their partner Tam Coc Garden eco-resort with a final stay over in Halong Bay.

Tam Coc Garden Resort in Ninh Binh

Tam Coc Garden Resort in Ninh Binh
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Key Notes:

  • Organic Garden
  • Eco-bio amenities
  • Wellness packages
  • Massage, qigong, and yoga
  • Customs tours with Hanoi pick-ups

Tam Coc Garden is a luxury eco-resort in Hao Lu District. It’s only 2 km to Bich Dong Pagoda. About 20 km away is Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. It is a perfect access point for enjoying tours and trips through the mystical Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex.

Wellness packages include vegetarian fare and macrobiotic breakfasts. You can also enjoy herbal steam baths and meditation therapies. Exquisite local and fusion cuisine is from fresh produce including garden herbs and spices. There’s also a bar and pool to relax with exotic drinks or unique health beverages.

Ecolodge bungalows are built from local stone and recycled materials. Careful energy and waste management is deployed. You’ll also find self service water stations with refillable bottles. Additionally, reusable ceramic containers and biodegradables replace plastics. Community involvement includes cooking classes and craft workshops.

Custom tours can pick you up in Hanoi with sightseeing along the way. This can also include Van Long Nature Reserve. A loop tour will take you first to Mai Chau to stay a night with their ecolodge partner at Pu Luong Retreat. Tours can also take you on the road back to Hanoi via Halong Bay.

Pilgrim Village Eco Boutique Resort in Hue

Pilgrim Village Eco Boutique Resort in Hue

Key Notes:

  • 48 meter pool
  • Spa & Wellness activities
  • Comprehensive eco-measures
  • Kids Club activities
  • Complimentary city shuttle

If you’re looking for an eco experience in the city, Pilgrim Village Resort in Hue is a place well received. This 5-star boutique resort on Hue city outskirts is surrounded by greenery. It’s also near some major attractions.

Their spa has an extensive range of international treatments, hair care, and menus for children. Wellness programs include tai chi, yoga, and chakra balancing. There’s an abundance of art on display from the early days when the resort was actually a craft center and gallery. There is also local art and crafts for sale.

Key sustainability measures include top range electrical and appliance efficiency together with water conservation treatment. Waste reduction is not just about recycling. It includes purchasing with less packaging, fair trade goods, and community produce. They also encourage guest awareness and participation.

The resort is a comfortable cycling distance to the Tu Duc Tomb. There are two top class restaurants, two bars, and a cafe in the resort. However, if you want to venture out, there’s also a nice coffee shop and vegan restaurant close by.

Banyan Tree Resort in Lang Co Bay

Banyan Tree Resort in Lang Co Bay

Key Notes: 

  • Earthcheck Silver Award
  • Private villa pools
  • Award-winning spa
  • Earthcheck golf course

The Banyan Tree is a world class luxury villa resort. It’s along the stunning beauty of Lang Co Bay. The resort is in its fourth year of a prestigious Earthcheck Silver Certification. This is the most rigorously audited scientific and social benchmarking certification. After 5 years of silver awards, the client can receive a gold award.

Cliff, lagoon, and beach villas all have private plunge pools. The two-roomed Wellness Villa includes organic health treats, exercise equipment, and in-villa dining. Restaurants include Mediterranean, Thai, Vietnamese, and international fare.

The Banyan Tree is famous for its pioneering of Asian spa treatments in Phuket, Thailand. One of their unique treatments includes the soothing Tropical Rainshower.   Their nearby golf course is Earthcheck certified as well.

Intercontinental Sun Peninsula Resort in Danang

Intercontinental Sun Peninsula Resort in Danang

Key Notes:

  • Multi eco & industry awards
  • Zero plastics policy
  • Resident zoologist
  • Unique biosphere location

The Intercontinental Danang is another award winning and acclaimed eco-resort along the central coast of Vietnam. In both 2018 and 2020, it received the Leading Green Resort from the World Travel Awards. It sets a benchmark for sustainability with the IHG Green Engage system and accords with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

Other awards include the Best Resort in Asia by Conde Nast Readers’ Choice. Additionally, their HRNN Heritage Spa has won the Best Spa in the World, Asia, and Vietnam. The spa is an acclaimed Bill Bensley design with Japanese-inspired interiors.

The resort is nestled within the protected Son Tra Peninsula, or otherwise Danang Monkey Mountain. It offers a unique opportunity to witness the numerous wildlife such as the endangered Red Shank Monkeys. The private beach is also one of the best beaches in Danang, especially for its gorgeous western sunsets.

Eco Green Boutique Hotel in Danang 

Eco Green Boutique Hotel in Danang

Key Notes: 

  • Edge Zero Carbon rating
  • 200 meters to My Khe Beach
  • Eco cafe & bistro
  • Solar heated saltwater pool
  • Indoor & outdoor dining

Apart from a splattering of eco luxury resorts, Danang also boasts a unique and laid back eco boutique hotel. The Eco Green is a 3 to 4-star establishment and one of the first Edge Award designed hotels in Vietnam. It has also achieved the final Edge Zero Carbon rating.

Eco Breen Boutique Hotel has lovely spacious rooms with sustainable wood interiors. The entire design maximizes airflow. On the first floor is a comfortable sitting area. Mountain bikes are free depending on availability.

My Khe Beach is only 200 meters down the road and the nearest attraction is Marble Mountain. In the vibrant neighborhood you will find an excellent sushi restaurant, coffee houses, burger joints, and community pubs. There’s also a vegan cafe and English tea house close by.

Almanity Wellness Resort in Hoi An

Almanity Wellness Resort in Hoi An

Key Notes

  • Organic garden
  • Eco-award winner
  • Local organic spa products
  • Wellness, yoga, and spa retreats
  • Close to Hoi An Ancient Town

Almanity Resort’s main focus is wellness, relaxation, and organic cuisine. Wellness retreats are optional. They can include yoga, tai chi, meditation, color therapy, and EQ workshops. Rooms range from compact to spacious, to luxurious with even a balcony jacuzzi.

They won the Best Eco-Friendly Hotel of the Year award by the Luxury Travel Guide in 2017. Their main sustainable focus is their organic garden and local spa products. You can also learn Vietnamese language at the resort, cultural tea ceremonies, cooking, and art appreciation.

The resort is only about a 10 minute walk or so to Hoi An Ancient town with a myriad of things to do. They also have a shuttle service to An Bang Beach. Alternatively, you can also visit the Cham Islands from Hoi An.

Lak Tented Camp in Dak Lak

Lak Tented Camp in Dak Lak

Key Notes: 

  • Nature immersion
  • Ethnic cultural immersion
  • Low carbon footprint
  • Rustic luxury
  • Activities for children

Lak Tented Camp sits on the edge of a peninsula jutting into the serene Lak Lake. The lake is surrounded by the verdant Chu Yang Sin Mountains — the tallest in Dak Lak. This Central Highlands destination offers a unique opportunity to engage nature in her fullest.

There’s no dearth of action from boating, fishing, kayaking, and cycling. Alternatively, head out on trekking and camping trips, or enjoy an outing to Buon Ma Thuot — Vietnam’s coffee capital.

The ‘camp’ is a unique combination of partially tented structures and ecolodge bungalows. You get real close to the sounds and smells of nature, but with the luxuries of a comfy bed, ensuite bathroom, and WiFi.

This ecolodge utilizes natural ground well water. Eco measures include no plastic bottles and low energy consumption. Their main focus, however, is eco-cultural activities. 

At camp, enjoy cooking classes, crafts, or gardening with locals. There are special kids activities, a library, games room, and even archery. The local restaurant is a restored M’Nong longhouse with indoor and terrace dining.

Six Senses Eco Resort Ninh Van Bay in Nha Trang

Six Senses Eco Resort Ninh Van Bay in Nha Trang

Key Notes:

  • Solar heating
  • Organic garden
  • Wildlife & coral protection
  • Local water projects
  • Exclusive location

Six Senses Resorts are world acclaimed for their eco-natural sustainable design and wellness focus. The group has won numerous awards across their properties. One of their targets is to be plastic free by 2022. To achieve this, they bottle water onsite.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is an all villa experience. Sustainable wood and thatch is used throughout. Villas range from hillside, beach front, and rock villas. Wellness extends beyond the exclusive spa to an outdoor jungle gym circuit and yoga pavilion.

With little left to be desired, dining is had in various picturesque locations, including a wine cave. The only way there is by ferry, so any activities in Nha Trang or beyond will be a half or full day excursion.

Anantara Mui Ne Resort in Phan Thiet

Anantara Mui Ne Resort in Phan Thiet

Key Notes:

  • Green Growth 2025 Gold
  • Local cooking classes
  • Quiet location
  • Pool with swim-up bar

Around the huge metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, there are some prime getaways into peace and quiet. Anantara Mui Ne Resort is one such place. It’s about 200 km, or a 4-hour drive, from the city. It’s certified as a Green Growth 2025 Gold establishment.

Mui Ne – Phan Thiet is a rising star along the eastern seaboard. It has everything from the best watersports, massive sand dunes, inland treks, and Cham historical sites.

Anantara Resort Mui Ne is a 5-star experience, but not the absolute lap of luxury. Rooms are spacious and simple, and the large free-form pool is a treat. It’s easy to relax with their signature spa treatments which can include steam and bath options.

Forest Floor Ecolodge in Dong Nai

Forest Floor Ecolodge in Dong Nai

Key Notes: 

  • Funding of national park
  • Community engagement
  • Reforesting activities
  • Waste and recycling optimized
  • Corporate event hosting

Forest Floor Lodge is located inside Cat Tien National Park, about four hours outside Ho Chi Minh City. The park is one of the best nature getaways from the city. It’s home to the endangered Siamese crocodile, gibbons, and deer. The rich biodiversity included a giant Tung Tree. Additionally, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails.

When you book a room at the ecolodge, part of the payment goes towards supporting the park. Recycled materials are used as much as possible for all purposes. The wastewater treatment system adheres to international standards. Additionally, natural shading and ventilation avoid air conditioning.

Accommodations at Forest Floor Ecolodge include low-resource tented structures along the river built with recycled timber. Alternatively, you can choose a two roomed bungalow nestled among the trees.

If you’re happy with longhouse communal living, or camping in a tent, the Ta Lai Longhouse in collaboration with the WWF is another great ecolodge option.

Caravelle Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City

Caravelle Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City
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Key Notes: 

  • EarthCheck Platinum Certified
  • No plastic water bottles
  • Biodegradable amenities
  • Award-winning spa
  • Historic hotel

While Vietnam scores with leading eco-resorts and splendid ecolodge establishments, eco or green city hotels are not so easy to come by. One exception is the Caravelle Saigon.

In 2020, the Caravelle received its Earthcheck Platinum Award. This is one of the most rigorously audited global eco-standards. Along the way, it has received various other awards such as the 2020 World Luxury Award for best Eco/Green Hotel.

Disposable amenities such as shavers, toothbrushes, and combs are sourced from biodegradable wheat husk. Lighting deploys LED and motion detection. Water filtration for room amenities utilizes reverse osmosis and ultraviolet technology.

Your stay at the Caravelle also gives you the opportunity to experience one of the most iconic and historic rooftop bar settings in Saigon. There is also fine dining, a free-form rooftop pool, and the award-winning Kara Spa.

Read more about the Caravelle Saigon

Salinda Resort on Phu Quoc Island

Salinda Resort on Phu Quoc Island

Key Notes:

  • Comprehensive eco-policies
  • Sustainable design
  • Complimentary wellness activities
  • Fusion of local and international
  • Close to downtown Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc Island is in many ways a showcase for the best of tourism in Vietnam. As such, there are quite a number of excellent resorts with commendable eco-policies and measures. Salinda Resort is one of the more well-established and all inclusive resorts.

This art boutique resort has everything from a large ionized saltwater pool to a lovely broad sandy beach. There are free bikes, kayaks, complimentary yoga classes, and a gym. The spa is a blend of traditional Thai and Vietnamese techniques. Signature treatments are harmonized to your predominant body element.

Everything meets high expectations from superb local cuisine, to the Italian and Indian restaurants. The Kids Club will also keep younger guests fully occupied during the day.

Some aspects of the resort design, however, are a little dated. More contemporary eco-resorts tend to blend more effortlessly into the natural surroundings. Sustainable design, however, utilizes Accoya wood and Shueco windows. Hoa Vang rocks act as natural thermal regulators.

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