Photography: Hiroyuki Oki

Guests can live out their desert island dreams at this bamboo beach resort in Vietnam designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects.

The Castaway Island Resort is set on a secluded stretch of sand near Lan Ha Bay, surrounded by cliffs and greenery. There are five villas at the resort, which can only be reached by boat and is a two-hour journey from Hai Phong port.

Guests sleep under thatched roofs in the upper level of the villas, which frame sea views from their letterbox-shaped windows.

Vo Trong Nghia chose bamboo to reduce the environmental impact of the guesthouses, using poles for the framework and holding them together with rope and bamboo dowels. The practice also used bamboo for the resort’s restaurant, which is a pavilion that shelters visitors from the sun without shutting out the landscape.

Việt Hải, Dương Kinh, Hai Phong, Vietnam

Vietnam’s Castaway Island Resort is built from bamboo
Photography: Hiroyuki Oki
Vietnam’s Castaway Island Resort is built from bamboo
Photography: Hiroyuki Oki

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