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Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa
Ranked #3 of 86 Hotels in Da Lat
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

Gosh probably the trickiest review yet. What we liked:

- the pool was heated and v clean. Comfy loungers.
- grounds beautiful and well kept
- staff very friendly
- the food was excellent with plenty of choice
- the concept as its a very different experience and has charm. Bathroom was amazing.
- free wi fi
- open fires

However we feel they have perhaps missed the mark in terms of 'luxury'.
- rooms were 'stark' cold and unfortunately therefore damp. Couldn't use the wardrobe as very musty.
- electrics were frightening didn't want to touch anything at one point a huge spark came out of a plug.
Maybe underfloor heating would help without spoiling aesthetics for cooler months. Could add a few more pictures or something to 'lift' the mood. Final gripe wine in bar priced diff to same bottle in restaurant (more exp by 25%!!).

We had no issues with 'sharing' the villa - no different to taking a room in hotel all have private bathrooms and locking doors.

So for the exp and the fact we only had 1 night we're glad we gave it a go but I doubt we would stay again and would have had to be moved room if we had been staying longer.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

This is a beautiful hilltop resort overlooking Da Lat. French colonial villas renovated to the highest standards. There are several separate rooms in each villa (with own bathroom facilities) and a common living area (of which we were the sole users during our visit). Staff are very attentive and give excellent service without being intrusive. Great restaurant with good food. Ideal base for visiting surrounding areas of interest. Not cheap, but great value.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

The drive from anywhere in Vietnam to get to Dalat will no doubt leave you as pleasantly surprised as we were to arrive at a Hotel with an open air pagoda style reception more at home in a beach side resort.

This hotel spread as it is over a significant area of gardens and paths, shares many other features more at home at the beach and yet it works.

The hotel / resort is located at the top of a relatively steep section of road so don't expect to be walking into town unless you are reasonably fit - taxi's are easily organised and relatively cheap. Agree a price with the taxi driver BEFORE you drive as with most taxis in VN.

Be prepared for the rustic lodge style nature of the accommodation with separate two storey buildings scattered throughout a hilltop garden setting and serviced by a series of cobbled roads and paths. For us this worked, but I can understand that the traditionally styled and aging buildings might not be everyone's idea of five luxury. In fact what they have achieved here is a very traditional and delightfully quirky resort fashioned from old timbers and furniture nestled amongst and old garden.

The food at the restaurant was excellent as was the selection of wines available for dinner with beautiful views available from the front section across the valley. The breakfast buffet was particularly good.

The pool was adequate but the pool service from the bar whilst obviously available was almost non-existent whenever we went to the pool.

I will definitely go back here again but one word of advice - check with hotel reception to make sure you get an upstairs room in the building you stay in. Unless you are staying in one of the deluxe family rooms at the top of the complex which are magnificent you may be disappointed to find yourself in a much smaller ground floor room in one of the various two floor lodges which didn't look to be that exciting or attractive.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

I feel this hotel is the perfect place I was looking for in Dalat as it feels completely integrated to the Dalat mountain and colonial atmosphere. The gardens are beautifully designed. As the rooms are located in different villas and it feels very homey. Each villa has a shared living-room with a fireplace. Perfect for Dalat chill nights ! The check-in was smooth, the friendly receptionnist took us the room and gave us a nice courteous visit and explained all the facilities available. Our room was decorated in pretty and appropriate rustic cosy design, with an antic bathtub and a four poster bed.

I just thought it was pitty that there was no minibar in the room, no comfy chairs in our terrace in the garden and the TV was antique. But those were not really big deal.

The restaurant served us great food for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was delightful with a good selection of local food as well as delicious waffles and superb cheese platter. Dinner is served is a tasteful colonial designed restaurant, attentive service with good english and tasty food.

The spa is good and worth the money with the 30% discount offered upon check-in, a bit expensive without.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

Best experienced with a group, as each villa is split into 4 rooms with some common shared areas.
It looked more like we were on the mediterranean than in Vietnam. Weather was very nice, much more moderate than HCM. The room we had was huge. The staff very very helpful and friendly, and they really loved my 1 year old son.
It was close enough to the main party of the city that cabs only took a few minutes, but far enough away to be separated and relaxed.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

These villas are so charming! You really feel as if you have been transported from Vietnam to Europe! The villas are nearly 100 years old and have been updated but still have most original features. We stayed as a group in Villa 8. There was a working fireplace in each room, as Dalat get quite chilly for Vietnam. You just call reception and they come and start a fire in which ever room you like, or several in our case! We had some nice cozy fires going. The main shared part of the house was nice with a large dining room and nice livingroom, each also with a fireplace. Our room had a huge bed with canopy and we slept great! they also do a turn down service each night and will light the fire for you if you want then too. The staff was wonderful, very accomodating, even giving us a early check in and late check out since we had an all day activity planned. They evn let us have a hospitality suite after to shower and refresh after white water rafting and hiking all day. They also arranged for a van for our large party to the airport and also to bring us to the resort. I used the spa and got a facial and massage, both of which were wuite good. The breakfast buffet was delicous and one of the best I have experienced in Vietnam. My only suggestion would be for the hotel to get all the chimneys cleaned, as we had some problem with some of the smoke in the house afer the fires were lit, even after we opened some windows, it seemed to be related to the chimneys. Other than that we had a perfect stay! We will definitey be back, probably when we have family visit! Great place for large families and groups!

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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nguyenvanvo, General Manager at Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2013

Warmest greeting from Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort and Spa.

We highly appreciate you for having taken time to post your review. My team and myself all are very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. You were satified with our property and service. It is really motivating for all of us.
We do hope we will have pleasure of welcoming you back to stay with us soon.

Best Regards,
NguyenVan Vo

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Reviewed November 11, 2013

It provied a beautiful view as it is just liked a village ! However, it got rainning when i lived there. The room is clean and very big for 2 persons.

However, it got some inconvenience at night, the road is not clear. If it gets rain, it would be worse, I have to take my flashlight for walking the road. Moreover, there are mosquitoes in room.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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nguyenvanvo, General Manager at Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2013

Dear valued guest,

Wamest greetings from Ana Mandara villas Dalat resort and spa !

We would like to thank you for your recent visit to our resort. We highly apreciate your comment. About some issues in the resort -which you mentioned above, we will improve them very soon.
We look forward to welcoming you come back again near the future.


Thank you & Best regards,
Nguyen Van Vo

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Additional Information about Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa

Address: Le Lai Street, Ward 5, Da Lat 61000, Vietnam
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Location: Vietnam > Lam Dong Province > Da Lat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Da Lat
#1 Luxury Hotel in Da Lat
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Da Lat
#2 Spa Hotel in Da Lat
#3 Romantic Hotel in Da Lat
Price Range: $107 - $311 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 65
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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