Asian lodgings with imaginative bamboo architecture.
1 / Da Nang, Vietnam NAMAN RETREAT
This beachfront wellness resort to the south of Da Nang balances its whitewashed contemporary villas with jaw-dropping communal buildings by Tokyo-trained architect Vo Trong Nghia, who is pushing the boundaries of bamboo construction in Vietnam. Enormous trumpetshaped columns hold up the restaurant's thatched roof, while a vaulted conference hall doubles as a wedding venue. Bending the bamboo stalks into sweeping curves was no mean feat, requiring a fourmonth process that involved fire, water, and air-drying. namanretreat. com; villas from US$367
2 / Bali, Indonesia BAMBU INDAH
Longtime Bali residents John and Cynthia Hardy have made waves not just with their ecofriendly Green School and Green Village outside Ubud, but also the rustic-chic hotel whose name means “beautiful bamboo.” The property delivers that in spades, thanks to a series of buildings created in tandem with daughter Elora’s architecture firm Ibuku. These include the West Sumatran– inspired Minang House, the months-old Riverside Warung restaurant, and two recently added guest pavilions. bambuindah.com; doubles from US$145
4 / Huizhou, China CROSSWATERS ECOLODGE & SPA
Hidden amid the folds of Nankunshan National Forest Park, 85 kilometers northeast of Guangzhou, Crosswaters lies in an area inhabited by more than 5,000 Hakka villagers whose main source of income is harvesting bamboo to use as scaffolding in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Acclaimed Colombian bamboo architect Simón Vélez paid tribute to that cottage industry and the natural context in his designs, creating 53 bamboo-canopied rooms and villas alongside a fanciful covered bridge—all built with the expertise of local Hakka craftsmen. crosswatershuizhou.com; doubles from US$395
3 / Koh Kood, Thailand SONEVA KIRI
Bamboo and wood are the dominant materials throughout the 36 villas and guest facilities at Soneva’s ecoluxe playground on the north shore of Koh Kood, Thailand’s fourth-largest island. While the canvas-roofed poolside bar So Spirited is the place for sundowners and homemade ice cream, families should not miss The Den, a giant play house molded from bamboo with multiple levels. Shaped like a gliding manta ray, its dramatic form and flowing interiors are sure to instill a childlike wonder in adults. soneva.com; villas from US$970
Inside Hay Hay Restaurant at Naman Retreat, whose bamboo structures were designed by Vo Trong Nghia.