THE LIST

Asian lodg­ings with imag­i­na­tive bam­boo ar­chi­tec­ture.

DestinAsian - - DEPARTMENTS - BY JAMES LOUIE

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.

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