Princess D'Annam is a beautiful resort, but very remote from the nearest town of Phan Thiet, which is 35km away. There are no other facilities or restaurants in close proximity. Nonetheless, one does not need to leave the resort. And why would one want to? It has everything.
Check in at the arrival/departure lounge is very efficient with cold towel and fresh cold drink on arrival. We were shown to our room which was a large Mandarin Suite with a view of a pool. The bathroom was enormous. The room was very tastefully decorated.
It was a bit of a walk to the main lobby, restaurant and main pool and beach but this walk was through extremely well maintained and beautiful tropical gardens. There is a large free form pool in the middle of the resort which was protected from the prevailing winds. This pool was my 6 year old daughters favourite.
Meals were served in the restaurant next to the main pool. We spent 5 nights in the resort, and as it was low season, staff outnumbered guests, so staff almost fell over themselves to look after us.
The GM visited the restaurant on a daily basis and chatted to the guests to check that everything was to their satisfaction.
Service was outstanding. Breakfast was ordered from a really good menu when there were insufficient guests to warrant preparing the buffet. The breakfasts were superb and very well presented. One outstanding element was the quality of the pastries. I travel to France on business regularly, and I must say that the croissants, pain-au-chocolat, etc were the best I have ever had. Kudos to the French trained Vietnamese pastry chef.
The lunch and dinner menus were very comprehensive with western, Vietnamese and Asian noodle dishes. There was enough variety for us to be able to have a different Vietnamese or noodle dish for every meal. The meals were reasonably priced, for a Five star resort. If one has reservations about the prices, the superb quality, presentation and sufficient quantity should dispel any such reservations. Complementary warm mini baguettes, cheese or sesame seed rolls are served with lunch and dinner.
Because it rained a fair amount while staying at Princess D'Annam, we ordered room service a few times. Excellent is all I can say. The used cutlery and crockery was cleared within an hour on each occasion.
Princess D'Annam provides a free shuttle service to Phan Thiet a couple of times a day. It is a slow, but enjoyable trip to the town. There is very litte to see and do in Phan Thiet, but perhaps it can be used as a staging point to get to Mui Ne and the red dunes. Phan Thiet may have been quiet because it was low season, the sea was a bit rough, and not as clear as one would hope.
I have only one reservation about my stay at Princess D'Annam. The beach. At low tide it is huge as the slope of the beach is gradual and the sea travels a long way out. There are no rocks and shoes or flip-flops are not necessary. BUT, the amount of jetsam and flotsam that finds its way onto the beach is very sad. There is nothing that the hotel can do, short of daily cleaning of the beach, which is a losing battle. Perhaps the amount of rubbish is a function of the time of year and the roughness of the sea. Anyway, this is my only reservation and I would not be put off by this.
We can strongly recommend Princess D'Annam as a very worthwhile resort to spend several lazy days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Princess d' Annam Resort & Spa is seated on the pristine bay of Ke Ga 35 km away from Phan Thiet city, Vietnam's most southeastern province of Binh Thuan. Spanning over 45 acres on a long stretch overlooking the South China Sea, it is famed for its natural beauty - stunning mountains, red canyons, sand dunes, rich ecosystem - and its historic lighthouse built by the French in 1899. The region offers a its historic lighthouse built by the French in 1899. The region offers a wide range of outdoor activities from four-wheel exploration on dirt roads or spectacular mountain raids, to playing at one of Vietnam's best par-72 18-hole golf course at the Ocean Dunes Golf Club. Princess d'Annam is Vietnam's first all-villa luxury resort, designed with a mix of post-colonial ambience and modernist sensibility.Within the grounds, the "Princess" (as it is affectionately known amongst the locals) plays host to 57 exclusive villas, four palatial-sized pools, restaurants that elevate cuisine to an art de-vivre, 1,800m2 spa complex, and a management team supported by well-trained Vietnamese staff to give personalized attention to the discerning traveler. Stepping out, the Princess' guest is readily offered the private beaches and the beauty of unspoiled nature."Princess d'Annam is a luxury boutique resort with traditional Vietnamese hospitality and French chic. It features a new contemporary Vietnamese tropical style of design" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Princess d`Annam Hotel Phan Thiet
- Princess d`Annam Resort And Spa