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.
- 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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