Vinpearl Ha Long Bay Resort
What We Love
- A new, five-star private island paradise, with breakfast, spa discount and more
- Too-cool views of the of the UNESCO-listed limestone outcrops at Ha Long Bay
- Supersized bathrooms with freestanding tubs in the spacious rooms
- Indulgent Vietnamese-style massages in the blissful spa
What To Know
- This brand-new hotel opened in October 2015
- Located on its own private island in the Gulf of Tonkin’s Ha Long Bay; guests take a quick five-minute speedboat ride to get here
- Upgrade to a guestroom with a balcony and panoramic sea views
As one of Southeast Asia’s hottest travel tickets, Vietnam packs a punch for those seeking a mix of white-sand beaches, ancient cities, knockout countryside and gastronomic delights. So it’s not hard to see why this brand new retreat set on its own private island in the exquisite World Heritage Site of Halong Bay is so worthy of your attention.
Opened by luxury hotel chain Vinpearl in October 2015, this grandiose five-star hideaway is as unabashedly ultra-chic and glossy as you’d expect. Everything you could wish for is here: a fabulous-looking outdoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness centre, three great beaches, and a lovely spa specialising in Vietnamese-style massages.
There is also a better-than-average selection of dining options, including Bayview for all-day à la carte and buffet delights, and Akoya for flavoursome Vietnamese cuisine and Japanese delicacies.
All of the Vietnamese-style rooms wow with dark woods, neutral colour tones, chic furnishings, and plenty of living space. Complete with a private balcony overlooking the resort’s outdoor pool, Deluxe Pool View rooms have a comfortable double bed dressed with deluxe linens, a stunning bathroom with shower, freestanding bathtub and complimentary toiletries, and a sarong, bathrobe and yukata (cotton kimono) for use during your stay.
Gourmands can begin their food odyssey at Pavilion, a stylish dining spot set right on the waterfront that showcases fresh local seafood and BBQ specialties. Further culinary temptations include Bayview for all-day à la carte and buffet delights, and Akoya for flavoursome Vietnamese cuisine and Japanese delicacies.There’s also the elegant Pearl Lounge for Vietnamese tea and coffee, Ronnefeldt herbal teas, freshly baked pastries and tapas, alongside a series of Pool Bars that serve light bites, fruit smoothies, ice-cold cocktails and homemade lemonade.
For a heady dose of Vietnamese-style pampering, Vincharm Spa is kitted out with a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and 12 treatment rooms – four for couples-only massages and eight for either massage or reflexology. There’s also a state-of-the-art gym with personal trainers, beauty salon, and an indoor pool that’s lit up at night.
Set on its own private island of Dao Reu, you’ll be on the Gulf of Tonkin’s Ha Long Bay – the UNESCO-listed natural wonder dotted with some 1,600 limestone islands and islets that form a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Must-dos here include taking a traditional junk boat cruise to marvel at the emerald-green waters and so-called Kissing Rocks, visiting one of the floating villages, renting a bike to explore Cat Ba Island, and checking out the stalagmites and stalactites at Thien Cung Cave.Further thrills include kayaking between the karst limestone outcrops, hitting the white-sand beaches at Lan Ha Bay, and browsing for all sorts of weird and wonderful curios at Ha Long Bay Night Market. Vinpearl Ha Long Bay Resort is 42 miles from Cat Bi International Airport.
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We have been staying here as a group of 6 friends . Staying in the deluxe ocean view rooms that are elegantly decorated and very comfortable. The beds are huge and rooms are of a 5 star standard and serviced daily . The only disappointing thing is that our rooms were not close to our friends , even though we booked 10 months in advance . One of the couples who was in a room close to the pool ( 5th level room ) had a lot of noise from guests at early hours in the morning . They also had a lot of noise from people in the pool at 6 am even though it wasn’t supposed to be open .
It depends on where your room is as to the level of noise disturbance as a big busy resort. There is also construction going on which we couldn’t hear in our room but our friends were disturbed in the early morning by construction noise . The resort is popular with families and children , so probably not the best place for a romantic or adults only holiday . You have to be tolerant of lots of people and small children . The hotel did do everything they could to ensure we had quieter dining areas as the main buffet area is very noisy and not a pleasant place to dine . The restaurant manager Nam went out of his way to offer us private dining experiences. We were treated to a beautiful private dinner for our group a private over the water dining room . This was my highlight of our stay here . We had full board for all meals . The food got better as we went along and we were offered a more varied menu to chose from . Nam was excellent ensuring we had delicious food and many choices and excellent service . They were very flexible with the times that we could eat and if we asked for something that wasn’t on the menu they got it for us . We recommend that if you want a quiet dining experience to eat in the Akoya restaurant and not the main buffet area . Also eat later for all meals and you will be the only ones in the dining area . The pool was amazing ! If you want an incredible pool , then the Vin Pearl pools won’t ever disappoint . Wine is very expensive and not an option for the average traveller . Cocktails and spirits are around $9 AUS , so not cheap . Beer is cheaper at $5 AUS . If you stay here it pays to include full board option as with drinks and food it would be an expensive holiday .
The hotel is located on a small private island , you can walk the perimeter in 10 mins !
There is a free regular water ferry service to the mainland that works very effectively. It only takes 5 mins to get across.
The mainland is a sleepy hollow during the day and very hot . It’s deserted during the heat of the day and not like the usual busy Vietnam . There is not much to do besides an amusement park . We went to the water park which was deserted , it was great for us as no queues .
It would be perfect for older children /teenagers .
Give the markets a miss as junk and no good shopping . Shop elsewhere in Vietnam .
Ha long bay is the place for junks and being out on the bay , so come here to enjoy the bay as it is spectacular. If you stay at the Vinpearl and enjoy laying by a beautiful pool then this is the place . If you want action then don’t stay here too long . But great if you want relaxation . Beware of the busy periods ! Not pleasant when the hotel is full ! Big hotel and very noisy and full on and not relaxing with many children if it’s full . Maybe check for peak times before booking . If it wasn’t so busy I would rate this hotel five stars definitely as it would be amazing if it was quieter . Although the staff did try to compensate for this which was much appreciated.
We stayed in the deluxe ocean room villa and it was the perfect place!! Our room had a small balcony where it overlooked the limestone cliffs. You have to take a quick boat ride to get to the resort and the resort is beautiful. I felt like I was staying in a Walt Disney resort only you get to look at the beautiful surrounding limestone cliffs. Great pool and beach! Food was pretty good I wouldn't say it was the best I have ever had but nothing to complain about. The hotel and staff was exceptional!
Loved this hotel especially the service from the staff at the bar/restaurant. In particular, Thu Loan, one of the staff members, treated us Aussies with kindness, professionalism and showed Vietnamese hospitality which made us feel the cultural experience in a foreign country. More than happy to recommend this hotel for any tourists and in particular ask for Thu Loan if you wish to get quality customer service with a friendly smile.
Terry & Angela Burns, Sydney, Australia
The manager is rude and the staff are rude ..... full menu but nothing is available ..... don’t complain or they will laugh at you. Don’t expect company there is no one there it’s like staying in the shining. Rooms are ok but bathrooms and air conditioners are full of mould. I have to give a special mention to the rudest two staff members Thu Loan and Nguyen Heip - also Nguyen has a pungent body odour. Also if you are a westerner visiting expect to be degraded and segregayed they don’t want to sit with you and won’t let you into the main dining area. #reverseracism
Located on its own island this hotel is like paradise on earth. Water taxi (free) every 20 mins make it very easy and entertaining to get back to the mainland. Great food, perfect service and very smart and clean hotel. This place even smells amazing. Beautiful pool which was perfect temp for May with lovely views all around of the ha long bay mountains that jut out of the water and bright colourful lights of the city. Beach is pristine and checked regulary for items (rubbish)that do not belong in this world heritage place. (It seems that here as well as other places we visited the locals are making some effort to care for this part of the world which was good to see) I felt and was treated like a princess here. Great location for walking into ha long bay and sunworld. Staff speak good English and are very friendly.Outdoor movie on beach was great too despite the rain that ended our experience abruptly. Night swim in amazing indoor pool it was then. Singer's in lobby were pretty cool too.Goodnight card and chocolates each night not to mention all the other little things that make this hotel just perfect. We will be back. Don't want to leave after our lovely 4 night stay. Thankyou everyone that works at Vin Pearl including the gardeners that keep the gardens so gorgeous and the travel tips from the pool bar staff that make the best cocktails.