Up north in scenic Halong Bay, the 247-room four-star Tuan Chau Island Holiday Villa Halong Bay is set on a private island.
Tuan Chau Island Holiday Villa Halong Bay
Villa accommodation is stylish and lavish running down the hillside to the seaside. The island has been developed an all-in entertainment getaway with dolphin and crocodile shows, theme parks, golf, and more hotel rooms. There are water and laser shows to keep families occupied, and the more energetic can pursue a broad range of water sports and beach activity – or a hard-hitting game of tennis.
Deluxe Pine Hill Villa
Pick a Deluxe Pine Hill Villa or go up to an Executive Seaside Villa Beachfront, all with mini-bar, WiFi and satellite TV. The ballroom can hold 350 persons. At a pinch this dramatic coast can be squeezed in as a day trip from Hanoi but it is best enjoyed over a couple of days with a Halong Bay cruise through the limestone outcroppings that lend the area its unique 20-megapixel charm.
Novotel Halong Bay
Novotel Halong Bay (an earlier entrant since 2008) offers the usual Novotel trappings – rooms are clean-lined with a hint of Vietnamese influence and have aircon, cable television, complimentary WiFi, in-room safe. Request a room with a view of the bay. Novotel caters for the business crowd with plenty of meeting space, as well as three restaurants to cut some deals.
Royal Lotus Hotel Halong
Another of the many options in this area is the Royal Lotus Hotel Halong, a hotel rather than resort-style set-up with space for meetings and conferences, an indoor pool, varied cuisine including Japanese, and contemporary rooms with bright colours and wooden floors. Also a city-style highrise is the Saigon Halong Hotel.