We stayed here for four nights from 05 march for our honeymoon, in room 205, in the second row of beach rooms (from the pool it’s the third roof, there are only two rows, behind them are the villas). We received many honeymoon perks arranged through our travel agent, such as free mini bar (refilled once each day) every day, a bottle of wine over dinner, free 15 minute massage each – we also had paid massages, which were very professional, about US25-40, still cheaper (just!) than home.
The drive in is very interesting, driving past shacks along gravel roads and red dust roads (bumpy!) we wondered where we’d end up! And felt a bit elitist heading to a fancy resort. It’s about 30 minutes from the airport (20 minutes to town). Wouldn’t want to do it on a motorbike!
We’re pleased we stayed at Chen La for our honeymoon, but we think we’d stay somewhere on Long Beach if we come again – try somewhere different. Nothing against the resort, just perhaps more cheaper as we don’t have a honeymoon as an excuse!
Very airy, light ,clean and modern, with air con (needed, 34 C degrees every day, humid) and a fan (didn’t use it). Bathroom was very clean, and the indoor/outdoor shower was very private and no bugs came in. Free wi-fi also, which we used as we bought a mini laptop along – fast.
We opted not to have a room directly on the beach as it as an extra $100, and we’re glad we didn’t, as during the day there was less privacy as people used the beach. There are cloth sails around each decking, which we used to screen the room opposite, but who wants to block out the ocean view?! Very few people walked past in front, and anyway the path was lower than the deck and shrubs gave enough privacy. It doesn’t look it from photos, but there is plenty of distance between each room in front and to the side, and a half view of the ocean was more than good enough – couldn’t hear the ocean at night though, the sliding door was very thick glass.
Pleased we didn't pay $$ for the villas that are behind the beach rooms up a hill. It was nice to walk out the door and be right on the beach, as it was hot!! Also, there is some construction behind the resort (where the villas are), not sure what, couldn't hear building, but we could just hear the tractors from our room.
Very secluded, many guests didn’t use it till later in the morning, so early morning swims were nice – sun rises by about 6.45 in march, sets about 6.30 over the pool. The water was very warm, lovely, and mostly clean, aside from a few bits of rubbish and one dead fish I saw! We went to Long Beach as well, and yes the water and sand is a bit more pure there, but equal amount of rubbish (no more than at home), but not much nicer. Every beach is groomed every morning, outside these spots the rubbish is terrible…. No secret strip of beach for a getaway moment!
We used the free kayaks one morning and went around the bend away from town direction, the beach wasn’t nice here, dirty quality, and the water had seaweed in the shore.
The resort was much more intimate and private than at Long Beach, everyone kept to themselves, averted eyes almost!. There were about a dozen young kids at the resort which surprised us, they mostly used the pool the entire day. Long beach still had a lazy feel about it, not hyper or too commercial, just a little busier.
We ate all meals at the restaurant, except for one day. Not worth the 130,000 taxi to town each way, it would cost almost the same price! Meals were expensive, lunch US7-15 each plus 20% service/tax, and dinner US12-30 plus tax, a glass of juice was US3.50. Still cheap by western prices, but the same meal with 2 drinks in town cost 240,000 for two people – about half the price.
Quality was not much better than a good recommended restaurant in town, meat was tough, my pasta was chewy. But it is Vietnam, so we didn’t expect much more.
Breakfast was plentiful, fresh fruits, toast, hot rice, sausages, made to order eggs and pho. But the fruit was bland, flies covered it (served in an open pavilion), and the hot food was never hot (not very effective heating system)
The best meal was a buffet on offer one night to celebrate international womens day; $US 30 pp, or they let you just choose a few items for a similar price on the regular meal. The food was delicious.
- they didn’t restock the complimentary toiletries, I had to leave a note asking for more combs as I lost them on day trips
- The toilet never had that clean freshly disinfected smell.
- there is a connecting door in the rooms, we were lucky we didn’t have noisy neighbours, but voices did travel a bit as there are only two wooden doors separating the rooms.
- The staff are friendly, but it sometimes come across as ‘anything to please the cashed up tourist’, not as sincere as other places we’ve experienced in VN. English was just enough to get by, which is all we expected.
- many guests appeared to ‘claim’ a beach chair early in the morning, leaving a towel and book there all day even when they’d gone to lunch or to rest in their room. Not a big issue as there was always one free, but they were a mixture of cushion lounges and mesh lounges which weren’t as comfortable. Seemed rude to us.
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