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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover an oasis of calm in the first imperial capital of Vietnam, Ninh Binh; perhaps the most historic province in northern Vietnam. Only 90 kilometres from Hanoi’s centre, you will find a more leisurely pace of living.Nestled in the Van Long Nature Reserve- a primeval tropical forest- and surrounded by spectacular mountains, the Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh has been built and furnished in the style of traditional Tonkin Vietnamese villages, but with modern comforts and environmental commitment.Wake up to a mountain view from an elegant superior room orupgrade to, and make yourself comfortable in, an Emeralda deluxe room, including spacious bathrooms with garden views and an outdoor shower and a private terrace where you can stretch out on a comfortable armchair and sip a cup of tea among nature.Discover Ninh Binh’s attractions by bike is a great activity for the whole family -, stimulate the senses with rejuvenating treatments for mind and body at Spa LaCochinchine, re-charge yourself in the fitness center, mini golf course or hang out with the kids in the four outdoor pools and indoor heated pool.Choose from mouthwatering Vietnamese specialties or healthy international favorites in our three restaurants and bar, or enjoy the weekend BBQ night at the pool bar, where an extensive cuisine awaits.Our two conference rooms – Van Long and Van Trinh - can accommodate up to 450 attendees for international conferences, company meetings or team building sessions. Take advantage of the modern audio-visual equipment. ... more less
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