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Beautiful Serene resort near Van Long Nature Reserve.

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
This resort is in a beautiful setting and beautifully done as well. Probably out most beautiful resort/hotel from out Vietnam trip. The property is located in a huge area with their own lake and lotus pond and what not. Set entirely amidst greenery with exotic plants and birds as your constant company. We had our own cottage with a big spacious room, and elegantly decorated interiors. The place was almost surreal.
The 2 things that might go as con- 1. It is far from Tam Coc where most of the hotels, restaurants and cafes were. Renting a scooter was also a task but we did and that helped us to move around to Tam Coc or Trang An. This is both a pro and con, since you are totally away from all the touristy madness and in a more serene part of Nihn Binh. 2. The resort looked a bit run down with not many guests. Such a great property deserves a great service to be the 5 star category it promises to be. Service was a bit slow. The food in the restaurant was quite overpriced. The breakfast was a huge spread and extremely tasty.
The best part was, this resort is at a walking distance to Van Long Nature Reserve and we liked Van Long more than Trang An or Tam Coc. Van Long is an absolute must and we were also lucky to see the endangered monkeys. Its more rustic, less touristy and way more peaceful.
Date of stay: April 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2024 via mobile

The first impression is wonderful- fantastic grounds and an impressive entrance. From then it is a disappointing experience with surly staff and a lukewarm welcome. Once in your room you will find a price list for everything from the tissue box to the towels should you wish to purloin anything. They must have a theft problem as they asked us where one of our umbrellas were when we checked out; it was at the restaurant as we had left it there after walking from our room for breakfast in the rain.
The staff in the restaurant at night were utterly miserable, not surprising as the same jazz instrumental track plays on a continuous loop which is enough to drive any sane person to distraction.

Date of stay: May 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2024

This is an excellent resort set on the edge of the wet lands of inland Vietnam. The Resort is about 2 and 1/2 hrs drive South from Hanoi. It is also about 1/2hr drive from Tam Coc and Trang An rivers.
Units are set in small groups around a small but adequate swimming pool and are beautifully designed with amazing carvings. The Deluxe units have a large rear patio looking over a private garden. Even the bathroom looks over the garden.
There is also a close by wetland where locals will take you for a ride in small row boats.

There is also a separate large outdoor swimming pool and an indoor one for the cooler months. The resort organizes tours to the river and temples areas. Both not to be missed.

This area is a better experience than Ha Long bay.

Room tip: Not to be missed
Date of stay: March 2024
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Reviewed 6 May 2024

We stayed two nights in April in a large, well equiped villa with a small, virtually private pool - most welcome in the mini heatwave the area was experiencing. As there were 3 of us staying in one room we had booked an extra bed which, unusually, was really comfy. There were very few guests during our stay, we often felt we had the resort and it's beautiful gardens to ourselves, so much so that we were treated to an a la carte breakfast on our second morning as there were not enough of us to warrant the buffet. Massages at the Spa were fantastic and sundowners by the main pool before dinner were a highlight. The food was fabulous as was the service which was our experience throughout our trip to Vietnam. We wouldn't hesitate to come back to the Emeralda.

Date of stay: April 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 May 2024

The room, the place is so beautiful with traditional and cultural style art from Ninh Binh. It is fully-equipped with everything the guest needs, very comfortable bed (a bit old and has noise), the room is not really noise isolation but still fine. There are many points for a good photos and really peaceful. The negative points are staffs when the hotel has reputation already and the staffs have been working for so long, so the customer service is not really good at all. I ask for a late check-out just a little bit because of sickness and it is 40 degrees outside, but the reception did not check for occupancy yet and denided immediately. So we ok with that, but at exactly that time she called bellman to our door and escorted us out, i think it is really rush for a holiday, meanwhile it is not that crowded and they have a lot of rooms to switch. Other than that the sales person Nhan is really rude to Vietnamese guest when I made a call to her. I think they should be more gentle and “think” for services even if they have reputation already. The resort is really nice which doesnt deserve to receive negative review.

Date of stay: April 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2024

We stayed two nights and had a lovely experience. The rooms are massive and very well-appointed. Ours had a private patio and an outdoor shower in a small garden off the very large bathroom. The pool by our room was clean and temperate and not busy so we were able to have a private swim. The larger pool by the restaurant and spa was busier.

We got massages and facials at the spa. They have a good menu of massage and facial care. Nguyen was terrific!

The bar is a nice place to enjoy a "bia" and sit to look at the sunset.

Date of stay: April 2024
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