While this property was not exactly as I imagined, I enjoyed my time here and the website pictures are accurate. While 3-tar and 4-star ratings are relative to country, I always envision a 5-star to be impeccably clean and comfortable. With that in mind, I do give Emeralda a solid 4 stars (fantastic service across the entire property and good rooms).
Getting to the resort takes just less than 2 hours from Hanoi. While there are large signs with appropriate directions, our taxi driver (and I) easily missed them as we were wondering just how far out we were going. The immediate area gives little hint that there is a resort nearby. The taxi ride was 1,200,000 vnd in a private black car. I believe we could have found something less expensive via Grab or a regular taxi but for a 2-hour drive with luggage, comfort was important.
Upon arrival, I was invited to have a seat in the lobby and provided some delicious tea. The lobby is wonderfully decorated and provides the relaxing vibe the resort wants to convey. Check-in was seamless and the instructions for the property were easy to follow. The map of the property made getting around very easy and quick.
The rooms are designed as villas and have a very rustic/cabin feel to them. They were large, comfortable, quiet and relatively clean. We were originally placed in room 209 but due to minor issue, we requested a room change and were quickly relocated to room 304. Both were end units with patios and allowed lots of light to come in. Our Superior room had a large queen bed, a comfortable desk and lounge chair with a foot stool. A mid-size television hung on the wall. There was a large closet that included a safety box. The bathroom included both a shower and bath tub, which we found helpful.
There is much to do on the property should you choose not to leave. There are 2 restaurants open from 6:30am - 10pm, a wine/karoake bar, a large pool and several smaller pools in each cluster of villas, bicycles for rent, a fitness center and massage spa. We found the quality of the food served to be good and definitely charged at resort prices based on the vnd but a decent value overall.
Emeralda is great for a short get-away from the busy city. If you stay longer than 2-3 days, there are tours and other things to do in Trang An and Tam Coc. If I were to return to Ninh Binh, I would certainly consider staying here again.
- 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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