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... down for breakfast. There was a mixture of western & asian food there with a choice of beans, bacon & sausages or chicken noodles & fried rice! Still a bit cautious if it was the food that made us sick (or the forced chain smoking!) so we stuck to the non-processed basics of bread, beans, egg & bacon! With our stomachs full we headed out for a road trip on the scooter. Nha Trang is such a nice resort. Really popular with the Russians as well. We went ...
... was pouring with rain so our experience was a little bit dampened but that didn't spoil it for us. A quick shower and then in to the mud bath for 15 minutes, after washing the mud off we went through a zig zag of water jets and then in to a mineral bath to soak. Lastly we went for a dip in a big warm swimming pool which was great fun with the rain bucketing down.
We went back to the hotel to meet up with the others and go out for dinner at ...
... Iraq and lots of other hot, arid, sandy places. Dan had effectively been lying in the Sahara Desert, with no sun cream, and moaning that he was getting burned!
He did relate one story from his time at the beach which made me laugh. He had been lying sunning himself and there was a western guy sunbathing just to his right, a hawker approached this guy, selling sunglasses, as she approached, the westerner jumped up, ran two yards to his right and pulled ...
Lieve lezers Na twee weken hard chillen op het strand, in resorts en in rooftop bars en achterop de motor is het misschien toch tijd om weer eens wat van ons te laten horen. Na ons zwembad dagje in Ninh Binh zijn we achter op de scooter geklommen richting Tam Coc en een grote Boeddistische tempel. Tam Coc is: je zit op een klein bootje tussen de bergen, het regent harder dan in Nederland en ondertussen probeert iedereen die je tegen komt geld van je af ...
... a drink. In need of a stop we pulled in and they bought us a coffee each (very generous!). They told us that we would have another 99km to drive before getting to where we could sleep, so we hit the road asap to make sure we got there before dark. We didn't realise that the quality of the road was as bad as it was (even the locals were struggling) but we managed to get to Tun Hoa just after sunset. We were back on the coast again after crossing over the country and ...
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Honey Moon in Vietnam
I´m portuguese and I´ve been at this fantastic resort in last September on the last days of my honey moon.
We´ve spent great moments and it was very relaxing.
People were very nice and gentil, food in Vietnam was the best I ever tryed, places we´ve been were amasing, ....
Maby we´ll come back one day....
A PEACEFUL PLACE ON EARTH
I did stay in this haven in August last year, with friends of mine, 2 Nights. All begins on the mainland, a small tender comes and pick you up, the service starts from there...sodas, fresh water, towels. Once you arrive on the island (which by the way is not); the welcome is sincere and not fake, your "private butler" comes to greet you and (the "detail", she learnt a few words french in order to help us ! This is a real "must"). We did stay in a spa villa on the hill ; the rooms are very nice, all material used to built the hotel are local ( wood, fabrics.. ). The private pool was outstanding, you were overlooking the resort and sea...There is nothing bad to say about this resort, everything is well thought(the time difference applied when you arrive, which gives you the feeling to enjoy more your stay, even if the main reason is certainly to save electricity power ).
When we stayed there, the resort was still not finished, so some "little" mistakes happened as far the service is concerned (the bar was not regular ; eg : snacks were served one evening the following not ), indeed the prices of the restaurants are let's say extrem ! But ! The clientele for this hotel is certainly not paying attention to that. To be honnest , when you are in South East Asia you do not expect to pay the prices like in London or Paris ( they have to pay attention to that ). One tip, if you go there ask for a rock or beach villa,you will enjoy the beach, if you stay in another villa type, going to the beach is sort of embarrassing, as all villa facing the sea are private, you have the feeling to disturb teh other residents.
What else to add, the spa is extraordinary, the organic garden too, the deck at the "public" pool is fantastic, the butler service outstanding, the bicycles for each villa, the animals coming to your villa ( we did not see some monkeys ) ...A dream, you have to stay there with someone you very like, or dear friends...or someone you want to discover before you go ahead into a more long story... otherwise you can feel lonely.
A"must see resort" for a "special occasion", and a real applaus for the team and the executives on site.
The setting of the Hideaway is really stunning and the accommodation is of a very high standard. The whole place feels almost empty with a good mix of nationalities. I disagree with the previous reviewer as I thought the food was excellent. It would get a bit repetetive if you were there for too long but we stayed for 5 nights and had lots of variety. The prices are expensive for Vietnam but the quality, presentation ,setting and service in my opinion were very good. You can walk along the lovely beach every morning for breakfast and the whole place just feels so chilled. I had an excellent massage and the yoga class on the beach was a great experience with a very good teacher from NZ.
I found the Evason to be a heaven on earth. Its only fault is that it sometimes tries a little too hard. You are isolated and can only get the boat over to the mainland when people are transferring so not a place to go with somebody you don't like. Absoultely loved it.
Beautiful with limitations
My wife and I stayed at the Evason in a Beach Villa for four nights in November as part of a two-week trip through Vietnam.
Although the accomodation seems to be very simple it is one of the most beautiful spots we have seen on all our trips to far. Service, especially the private butler, is excellent. The only downside was the quality of food: comparing the prices (USD 35 for the evening buffet + drinks) and quality to normal prices and quality in Vietnam this is clearly to expensive and since the Evason is in a remote location (only accesable by boat) you are stuck with the limited choices that the restaurant offers.
Truly a romantic and relaxing escape
My wife and I stayed at the Evason Hideaway Ninh Van Bay (Nha Trang) at the begining of March 2005 as part of a three week trip to Vietnam. We have travelled throughout the world and stayed at the finest, most expensive resorts, hotels and getaways. This is among the finest that we've stayed at, and we would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a idyllic escape and opportunity to connect or re-connect with their loved one.
The trip there is,like most escapes, complex, involving flying into Nha Trang. You are greeted by hotel staff with a warm smile and a cold towel and bottled water, and taken by private shuttle to the Ana Mandara Resort. Once there, a separate shuttle whisks you off to the dock where a boat takes you across the bay to the Hideaway. Once there, we were greeted by the manager and all major support staff individually, from the cook to the activities manager. Finally, we met our personal butler, Ho. His job over the next few days was to respond to our every whim or fancy-or just leave us alone when we wanted.
Our villa was larger than our apartment in Manhattan, situated on the water, away from the beach. I think it was Water Villa number 3, which I think was the nicest, most private of them all. You are taken to and from the villa via a hand pushed boat. Once there an iced bottle of fine champagne and two glasses greated us in the sitting/day lounge hut on the edge of the water, with all sides open to the sea breaze and the sun setting across the bay. The day lounge was the size some hotel rooms, with a cappuccino maker, dining table, TV and DVD, refrigerator, all hidden in the native woods accents. A queen size day bed with canopy and surround sound speakers throughout made for a romantic start to our day. I haven't even started describing the main part of the villa!
Passing your private infinity pool and sun deck, you step up to your villa, which is breathtakingly set up with the king size bed covered in rose petals. The bathroom is designed for two, with separate sinks and vanities. A large wood tub and shower sits in the middle, with large glass walls that slide open to allow you to bathe gazing at the sunrise or sunset, feeling the cool ocean breezes caress your body. There's also an outdoor shower. All can be enjowed in complete privacy. At dinner one night I asked the manager how tough it must be with such low occupancy. He responded that every villa was full! We never saw others in the adjacent villas because of the ingenious way they are set up with boulders set in between.
The food was excellent-the chef asked if we had any dining preferences on our arrival and from then on used his culinary skills to craft some of the most innovative and delicious meals we've ever had while travelling. All ingredients were grown on the property's huge organic farm, ensuring the freshest and most nutritious content. There's wireless internet if you need it and plenty of side tours and activities if you can tear yourself away from feeling like you've finally escaped all your wants and desires.
Truly A Unique, World Class Experience!
My wife and I stayed here for one night in Aug, 2005 having spent four nights at the sister Ana Mandara resort. Having stayed at many five star resorts around the world, this rates as one of the most unique and enjoyable experiences. It is about to be discovered, so get there quick!
Evason is located on its own private beach reachable only by speed boat. We stayed in our own beach villa accomodation - which is just as it is described. Your own private villa on the beach, with private pool, wine cellar, two stories with stunning views of the ocean, and an outdoor shower and bathroom. Your personal attendant will bring you movies to play in your room along with fabulous room service, so you never need to leave the oasis of your villa.
The whole resort is very eco-friendly: everything is built from beautiful warm woods. The main dining and library areas make you feel like you are in a luxury Robinson Crusoe desert island. Even the main resort wine cellar is built into a cave. The spa is fabulous, the food is very good, and service very attentive.
The resort is truly unique and the company's marketing photos do not do it justice by any stretch.
Not surprisingly it is not cheap, though commensurate in price to any other top, top resort. In short, if you are looking for pure tranquility, want to be pampered and removed from the realities of the world (though it does have Internet access), then this is the place for you. You will not want to leave.
Water, Sun and Air
There is nothing else: only the sea, your pool, warm wind and that's it. My wife and I went there for 2 nights for a relaxing break between the frenzy of Saigon and Hanoi. We got what we were looking for: an afternoon and a day of laziness.
I recommend the Beach Villas. They have a private pool (6mx3m), well enclosed (I didn't bother doning my swimsuit, in the nude, no problem), a big bedroom and big bathroom (open air) on the ground floor and on the first floor a big living room with a pleasant mattress with pillows to be lazy on and a view on the sea.
We did some snorkeling and the corals are beautiful, the fish aplenty. Basically, this place is just to sleep, read a low brain book, get to your pool, snorkel, maybe kayak a bit, read, sleep, have a massage, enjoy the sun, and cap it up with a nice cocktail and do it again. You can bring your music, they have DVD/cd/ mp3(?) player with speakers in all rooms, so you can have your own soundtrack.
The concept and the atmosphere (they have a pillow menu!! you can choose your kind of pillows from) are right and they score high in architecture, no question. Everything is in wood and eco friendly. The resort is still young and in Nov. 2005 they were still building the so called Rock villas, but there was no noise because these are quite far from the Beach Villas. Don't count on the library (100 books, half in german, 30% in japanese, the rest in English), bring your own books.
I personally did that: read, swim, walk, sleep, swim. So I advise 3 or 4 nights either in the middle of a long trip in Vietnam, or at the end to recharge your batteries.
The downside is of course, the prices. Dinner is US$35, breakfast in your villa is $2o!! You can lunch on a salad for $10-15. Their bar is really good and their wine list is also impressive. But I must admit that the food is a little bit of a let down. It is good but I mean Vietnam is a place to eat, so if you are a 5 star hotel there, and your dinner costs more than full pension for a month at the local restaurant, you'd better outperform them. That didn't happen. It is good, but not awesome good.
I guess the resort will be at full speed in a year or 2, and if they can get it right, this place can become a real treat. Meanwhile it is worth a stay but not if you worry about money...
The staff is friendly, some don't speak English except for basic interaction, but hey! they don't speak German either or French or Slovakian and I don't speak Vietnamese so why complain? Anyway there are also native workers for tourists who are usually low on second language knowledge (English and Japanese speakers), and your "butler" (a staff assigned to you personnally and whom you can phone for whatever request) is fluent, so no worry.
After being picked up at the airport there is a 40 minute journey to the private rest area where you are served a drink to freshen up, then you are taken aboard a private speed boat to the resort. When you first glimpse the villas from the bay the resort does not look like much as it blends in with the surroundings so well but you realise its beauty during your stay. We stayed at one of the beach villas although had considered the water villa (advised against it by our travel agent), and now I am glad we did not choose the water villa - you have to be rowed to and from the villa every time you want to get to the main beach.
Each guest villa is assigned a private butler for the duration of the stay, however the butler is not intrusive and does not try to 'up sell' you the activities. They are on hand for anything you might need.
The spa is wonderful. My husband and I had the Vietnamese massage in a shared treatment room and were impressed by the range of treatments available. They spa was booked up so I would recommend booking in advance if possible.
There are so many little things that make this resort amazing. In the library there are mobile phone chargers in case you forgot yours (I did) there are also different prescription reading glasses available. It also has an amazing wine list in the restaurant. The resort is very eco friendly.
The staff at the Evason Hideaway are so accommodating - once we left the resort my husband realised he had left his book there - and it was mailed to our next hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
The only possible gripe I had is with the fact that there is only one restaurant - a new one is being built at the other end of the resort. One more gripe - the cost of drinks and food is rather expensive - we paid $6 for local and import beer. $10 for Corona beer which is outrageous.
We spoke to management and were told that prices are rising dramatically next year for the rooms and also the year after that so if you are considering this resort, do it now!
Still missing you!
I was moody before getting on the speed boat on my way to Evason Hideaway. But from the moment i stepped on this private piece of land that seemed like an island, i stood still for quite long feeling like Robinson Croussos in 5 star facilities! The bay is tranquil and beautiful, the rooms very spacious and give the sense on absolute privateness. Sleeping on the terrace bed in the night was so enjoyable watching the sea anytime you would open your eyes!
Breakfast was excellent and the dinner buffet was good. Room service and all facilities will cost you as in any expensive 5 * hotel.
Six senses spa treatments that i tried (vietnamese massage and indian) was very enjoyable.
As for the service, you would see smiling faces everywhere so even if they didnt understand perfect english you didn't really care!
I travel a lot due to my job as a Travel journalist. This was a private travel that i paid dearly but i would be glad to do again staying maybe one more night (4 total) . I would recomend it to individuals or couples who would like to relax compltely reading books, listening ti music, spending time with one another. Activities are quite pricey.
Beautiful and irritating
My partner and I stayed at the Evason Hideaway for a week in March. We had booked a hilltop villa, but had to spend the first night in a beach villa, the excuse being: "hilltop villa so nice, everybody want them". That about describes the attitude of the management; staff was very nice, but virtually untrained, English speaking skills almost none.
The villas are beautiful, spacious and very private (unlike reviews of other Evason hotels I've read, there's enough space between the houses, and passers-by cannot look into the windows or the private pool areas). They give you plenty of freebies, so everything about the villas is five-star standard. The look onto the bay especially from the hilltop villas is spectacular, and enjoying it from comfy deck chairs beside your private pool... heaven!
Unfortunately, there's a big "but" to this idyll. The Evason is Vietnam's most expensive hotel, so this rises expectations which it doesn't fulfill. The prices are on a level of a five-star hotel in Europe, but, except for the wonderful breakfast buffet, the food and service weren't up to it. You didn't even get a complimentary fruit basket every day (in a country where fruit costs a few Eurocent), obviously to make sure that you use the hotel restaurant as much as possible.
There are no other restaurants or shops around, Nha Trang is a 45 min boatride plus 30 min minibus ride away, so you're kind of stuck. Which would be fine in principle, but to pay 40 USD for a lunch for two which consisted of a salad bar like that of an university canteen got me a bit grumpy. Dinner was better, but also a none-too-exciting buffet, and the Dutch cook went round chatting to guests, but neither asking whether they'd like to eat something special nor supervising the service staff.
However, the hotel is just starting up business, so things might get much better soon. With this kind of surroundings and architecture, it would be a shame to let it go to waste. As it were, we felt a bit ripped off, because the management didn't care much about their customers. With just a handful of guests around, it wouldn't be difficult to care more (and to sell extra: spa services, daytrips and the like).
Oh, and one last thing: construction work will be going on till September 2005. The villas are built from lumber, so there's plenty of woodwork during daytime.
Summing up: a beautiful place, definitely worth a two or three nights stay for couples (they aren't equipped for small children). After that, it starts to get a bit boring. For a week the sister hotel Ana Mandara in Nha Trang would be a better choice, because you can walk downtown, have drinks at the nearby sailing club, dinner at local restaurants and so on.