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golden sand or victoria?

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golden sand or victoria?

no more infos...???? why is victoria best before golden sand..

victoria looks quite pricy....but I don't know why the cahre so much more than golden sand?

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1. Re: golden sand or victoria?

I don't know about price, I think it depends on what offers they have on. Martin from Tonkin did mention the Victoria having a stay for 3 nights pay for 2, and a stay for 7 nights pay for 5 offer at the moment.

People on here have stayed in the Golden Sands and loved it, and I'm sure the manager will post here with offers soon.

We stayed in the Victoria after reading a magazine review about 3 years ago and 2 years on it was as magic as the review said. It really was a patch of paradise, I cried leaving there, the only time that has EVER happened to me.

Maybe someone on here has stayed in both and can give you a balanced review but all I can say is that I definitely will return to the Victoria.

Hoi An, Vietnam
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2. Re: golden sand or victoria?

Hi - my name is Norbert and I am the manager at Golden Sand

both hotels are great - it really depends on personal taste

Victoria is well established since 5 years and they have great service and a more traditional aproach

Golden Sand is brand new and departed from the usual decor offering a more minimalist and modern style and in all honesty it has the best pool and beach in Hoi An

you will be happy at both

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Hi alha3, I'm staying at the Golden Sands for 10 days in May. I get back home late May. I will let you know what I thought it was like on my return.

Kent UK
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4. Re: golden sand or victoria?

Sorry Norbert but there is no comparison.

The Golden Sands on paper looks exquisite and it DOES have an amzing pool but in a way it is the pool which spoils the Golden Sands experience and almost everyone I have talked to agrees. It totally spoils social interaction as even when the hote is almost full there is no feeling of a group of mixing. Everyone is so spread out no one seems to interact. At the Victoria the pool is the hub, the centre of everything, where freinedships are made and it really is a stunning setting.

I have been to many many beach resorts in Asia, many of them more expensive than the Victoria, but none of them compare for sheer relaxed pleasure with attentive service by Mr Pool and Beach Patrol so that nothing is wanting. The view over the sea is excellent and the only complaint I had was the unavailabiltiy of coconut drinks.

Everyone at the Victoria this week - I have only just left Hoi An for Hong Kong where I write - said it was the best resort they had been to for sheer comfort.

Our Japanese style beachfront room was marvellous with very large balcony and the beach at our feet. Again the room was kept impeccably clean and there was little evidence of mozzies.

Our visit to the Golden Sands where they kindly gave us an escorted tour was memorable in how cold and lacking in atmosphere it was - superb buildings and grounds, superb service but a very impersonal place despite that.

Yes, you could virtually get a suite for the price of a double room at the Victoria and yes the pool is impressive but give me the Victoria every time - just ask anyone who has been to both!

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5. Re: golden sand or victoria?

Lemniot that's an amazing review, I'm almost in tears reading it as it brings back wonderful memories of our stay in one of those Japanses style rooms last September! Enjoy the rest of your travels!

Hoi An, Vietnam
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6. Re: golden sand or victoria?

as I said it's a matter of taste

the pool being to large to encourage social interaction is in my opinion a strange comment and a first timer for me to hear something like this

anyway if you feel more comfortable in a small pool with many other guests this is fine and up to you - I for my part enjoy privacy when on vacation and a good swimm as my daily work out.

thanks for yuour comments - they are very much apreciated

regards - Norbert

Kent UK
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7. Re: golden sand or victoria?

athtrasna

Glad it helped with the nostalgia.

I am already getting nostalgic and we have only been away four days.

Sorry Norbert to spoil your propaganda effort - yes a lot of money and care has been lavished on the Golden Sands no doubt and yes the pool is something else and yes I also enjoy solitude on holiday but that is no problem at the Victoria at all as even when every lounger is taken (which has never actually happened) there is ample privacy and no need to be bothered by anyone.

We persuaded six Aussies who we met along the road to visit Victoria - they were staying with you - they told us GS was run excellently but had absolutely no atmosphere and they really wished they had booked our place.

Golden Sands is a very long walk in the heat to the very attractive local village where there is a lot of activity and drink and meals at very low prices. I have already mentioned the Safari Bar which I know Norbert also frequents. From Victoria is is an ideal distance (about half) and a chance to stretch your legs. We ate and drank with Daryl at the Safari bar at least half a dozen times at prices one quarter those at the GS and Victoria and were really grateful also for the nearby ATM.

I think I feel a bit sorry for Norbert because his resort has had a lot of expense spent on it but it is different making plans on paper and having them work in reality. I have every sense from speaking to his guests that almost all, would have happily paid more to stay along the road with us.

One criticism of Victoria, is that the gym is very small and poor and the billiard tables are not well maintained but that is the only real downside I can come up with. I had a superb couple of massages while I was there and wish I had had time for more.

I won't go on. You run a tight ship Norbert can I suggest you take my comments back to your directors as they are meant in the best way! Otherwise - despite your clever intelligent ramping of your hoter - I am convinced that you will continually lose out to the Victoria.

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HI, I am currently staying at the Golden sands resort in one of the ocean suites - they are excellent...very spacious and modern. The resort is much more stylish compared with the Victorian which we went on a tour of yesterday. Our pool is sensational and the best in Hoi anh and probably Vietnam. I do agree though the place does lack a little bit of atmosphere becuase it is very spread out but it depends on what you want on a holiday. I love the fact you can lounge around the pool and have peace and quite and just soak up the view of the beach and the ocean. The staff are great, very friendly but they could probably do with a few more people that can speak english becasue it can be difficult sometimes to get your message across. We are about 8 mins by shuttle bus from the town but that is a good advanatge - away from the hussle and bustle. Overall I would recommend this resort over the Victorian hands down.

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9. Re: golden sand or victoria?

Golden sand is much cheaper than Victoria. Golden Sand is new resort and I prefer staying there to Victoria.

Service in Golden Sand is also very good ( Victoria is good too )

It depend on your taste actually.

Regards

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10. Re: golden sand or victoria?

I will love to stay in Victoria, their style make me feel relax and ... just cool.

Yeah, matter of taste