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Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
Ranked #4 of 26 Hotels in Ninh Binh
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“Food is superb 👌🏼”
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Emeralda is located in Ninh Binh, a province in Vietnam, around 2hrs drive from Hanoi without heavy traffic. It is a secluded, quiet and huge resort which is frequented by Americans and Europeans. They have a golf cart as it's so big it could be tiring to see the resort by foot. We saw 3 pools, 2 outdoor (1 near the duplex rooms) while the other outdoor main pool which is bigger but also has a kiddie pool on the side and 1 indoor pool are just beside the other restaurant near the Duplex Rooms. The indoor pool has a warm water which is very relaxing. They also have a spa, gym and you can rent a bike to explore the resort yourself.

My family stayed here for a night in a Duplex Room, a 2-floor family room, during the Holy Week. It was cold, rainy and windy then, around 19°C, so our pictures looked a bit gloomy. We arrived way earlier than the standard check-in time of 2pm. And to our surprise, the Resort Director, Ron, welcomed us who is a Filipino! We had a little chit chat before check-in. We also met 2 Filipina service crews in the restaurant, Leslie and the other girl (I forgot your name ate so sorry) who were very accommodating and not to mention hardworking! Also Ms. Hung, a Vietnamese, is as pleasant as the Filipinas. Unfortunately, they are the only employees we encounter who can speak good English.

They have two restaurants, one serves lunch/dinner and the other is only for their breakfast buffet. Love the interior of these restaurants. In terms of food, both offer international cuisine and everything is delish! For local dishes, definitely beef pho and banh mi are musts. Also tried their stewed beef for dinner. In the breakfast buffet, I had mini pancakes, mushroom soup, omelette, mini banh mi (yes again), bacon (lots of it), etc. I can say that food is the best part of our stay.

There are only two things I dislike about Emeralda: First is the trees/plants all over the resort. I think there is too much which leads to Second: mosquitos being present especially at night so don't forget to bring mosquito repellant lotions.

Overall, Emeralda is not as good as the resorts in the Philippines but a good place to relax and have a dip when visiting Vietnam with family.

Stayed April 2017, travelled with family
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Beautiful resort. Buildings are traditional and surrounded by lovely vegetation and water features. Swimming pools are amazing - huge indoor one and lovely one outside with a pool bar. Our room was in a crescent with a small pool in the middle. The room itself was very big and stylish and comfortable (included the biggest and most luxurious pillows we have ever seen!). Staff were very efficient and charming (though the resort should think twice about putting a poor chap on his own in the wine bar when he hardly had any English at all). The restaurant was very very good.

  • Stayed April 2017, travelled as a couple
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If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle this is the area to be in. Can along reserve is stunning. Use the bikes and just ride around the local villages and along the reserve. You will discover the most beautiful landscape.
The resort itself doesn't look quite like the pictures, needs an update. But the room was huge, clean and felt very comfortable. Our meals at the Organic restaurant in the resort were great.
The staff were kind, supportive and nothing was too difficult.

Stayed April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Took the company here for a team building and love the environment here so much. The resort is hidden in a very natural part of Ninh Binh. Hugely recommend if you want to spend a few days in Trang An or Ninh Binh area (instead of staying in Hanoi).

Stayed April 2017, travelled on business
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My sister and I stayed here for 3 nights. After the craziness of Hanoi, we couldn't believe it when we suddenly turned off a market street and pulled into this oasis that seemed to appear from nowhere. Our trip was mixed with budget accommodation and a couple of luxuries - and this was certainly a luxury. The rooms were excellent, the pool lovely and we ate in the restuarant each night, and yes it was more expensive, but the food was superb (esp recommend the penne carbonara, if you want a break from Vietnamese food after a while). On our last day we did not leave until 9pm due to catching the overnight train to Hue, and sadly the weather was awful. But we were able to arrange a late check out of midday and then moved to the lovely indoor pool area, where we lazed on the big day beds reading, swam and both booked a massage (which were incredible). After another great meal they then arranged a taxi to the train station for us. All in all a very enjoyable stay in a beautiful resort.

  • Stayed March 2017, travelled with family
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Property: Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
Address: Van Long Nature Reserve | Gia Van Commune - Gia Vien District, Ninh Binh, Vietnam (Formerly Ana Mandara Ninh Binh)
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Region: Vietnam > Ninh Binh Province > Ninh Binh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 26 Hotels in Ninh Binh
Price range (per night): $150 - $245
Hotel Class:4 star — Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh 4*
Number of rooms: 172
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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