The emeralda is an exquisite hotel set in sizeable gardens; rooms of the highest quality, excellent resto at affordable prices ($30-40 for two, eating main course & fruit juices).
Spa is of exceptionable quality, well-qualified staff, discount offers.
The rooms are laid out in small circular groups (they call them clusters), some with a personal pool for the cluster in the centre (rooms 1xx, 2xx, 3xx). Meaning you only see the dozen or so rooms in your own cluster, not a long tower block of hundreds of rooms.
And your cluster is calm - screaming kids tend to stay in the indoor heated pool.
Some reviewers have moaned about distances eg to pool or reception. What, five minutes (max) walk through the gardens is going to kill you? Then call the free golf cart.
Some have said the hotel is far from Ninh Binh: well, it is - but that town has little of interest to tourists. Anyway, you can reach Ninh Binh or Trang An or other tourist destinations for a $10 (metered) taxi ride.
Sightseeing tip: go to Trang An. Then go back to Trang An a second time. It is stunning, varied, temples, 9 times rowing through mountains, 2.5 hrs long - outstanding. Don't bother with Tam Coc which is much smaller, much less impressive, much shorter time on boat - and has grasping boatmen. Don't bother with the boat trip near the emeralda either.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking