Coco Beach Resort

Behind the facade of this resort in the middle of the Ham Tien-Mui Ne Strip lies a tropical beach paradise waiting to be discovered. Coco Beach was the first resort to open along the strip back in 1995, and the French-German couple who set it up still run it today. It attracts a high number of repeat customers, many of them German, who stay for longer periods.

The resort has 28 wooden-style bungalows and three villas spread throughout spacious grounds with palm trees. All have private terraced areas that face the beach, and in order to promote the resort's relaxation philosophy, none of the simple yet comfortable rooms have TV. Instead, the resort has a large library of books that you can read in the comfortable, king-size hammocks strung around the gardens, or in the chaise lounge chairs on the beach under their signature yellow-hat umbrellas. Children will enjoy the slide, swing, seesaw and trampoline.

The subtle marine themes of the rooms carry over into the family-friendly, beachside Paradise Beach Club ("PBC") restaurant, which is also the buffet breakfast area. It offers a large range of western and Asian dishes, with a barbecue extravaganza every evening during the high season. Try the pork claypot or Vietnamese hotpot.

The Champa Restaurant provides a more formal dinner setting with its delightful décor of polished floorboards and brick archways. Here you can pair French, Vietnamese and fusion dishes with a good selection of reasonably priced wines.

For afternoon or sunset drinks, head to the cozy Beach Bar, where you can also get snacks between 10am and 5pm. Rent kite surfing gear or sign up for a course next door.

For evening drinks there's Dany's Pub, the only 'real' pub along the Ham Tien-Mui Ne Strip with darts, a pool table, and chess, domino, backgammon and poker tables. It screens football matches and other sporting events on its 70-inch plasma TV.

Coco Beach Resort offers honest, family-friendly relaxation. No wonder many of the guests keep coming back for more.