We stayed at the Evason Dalat towards the end of two weeks in Vietnam. Previously to this we had been in both Hoi An and subsequently at the sister Evason Hideaway property in Nha Trang for three days. Having come from blazing heat on the beach we had been warned that the mountains would be freezing, we'd need jumpers and the weather would probably be raining - what a sales pitch!
Thankfully when we arrived the weather was lovely and warm (we wore shorts the two days we were there, although long sleeves were needed after dark!) and whilst only sunny for one of the two days there was no rain. The mountains themselves were a pleasant change from beach and a real contrast to much of what we had seen in Vietnam previously.
Having arrived by hotel transport from Nha Trang we were whisked through the check-in process to our room which we were pleased to find we had been upgraded. The room was spacious and had all the amenities you'd expect, although some of the furniture did look very dated and the bathroom certainly wasn't the most luxurious we'd seen. However, it was very clean and the balcony had a 270 degree panorama which was amazing.
We only ate at the hotel restaurant the two nights we were there and found the food great, with a lot of choice, inventive and tasty. Staff service here was great. Very attentive despite being full to capacity on our last night there.
We noticed no problems at all with the staff whilst we were there and indeed met the resort manager, general manager and new chef all of whom took time to stop and talk to us about our travels and the hotel and offer their assistance if required. It is personal touches like this that make you feel a much more valued guest, although this is obviously a lot easier in a smaller resort such as this. The only very minor staff issue we did notice was that our 'butler' for our villa was difficult to get hold of and we didn't find out what the leaving arrangements were or that our flights had been confirmed until the night before we left - but that was no problem at all and you'd have to be hyper critical if you felt this was the case.
We took two hotel tours while we were there in their vintage car, both of which we combined to make our own tour. These were great with the hotel guide being very informative, helpful and friendly in meeting our needs.
Overall, this was another excellent hotel during our stay in Vietnam.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 72 rooms resort, restaurant and spa set in the rural highlands of Dalat, Vietnam comprises seventeen fully restored French colonial villas each originally constructed between the 1920's and 1930's. The villas retain the unique personalities of their original owners while being lovingly restored to their former glory, with all care taken to preserve original design, decor and charm. Of the seventeen villas on site, fifteen have been converted into fully serviced hotel accommodations with the remaining two villas being converted into our Restaurant and Six Senses Spa, respectively. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort And Spa
- Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Hotel Dalat
- Ana Mandara Hotel Dalat
- Ana Mandara Resort Dalat