I cannot rate the Palm Gardens highly enough... we haven't stayed here for a bit over 2 years, but the resort hasn't stayed the same - it has improved. It is not one of the awful high-rise resorts so unfortunately now prevalent in Vietnam - it is low key and tries to be ecologically sound. There is actually space to swing a few cats between the units - and the extensive gardens are beautifully maintained.
From the warm and friendly greeting when we arrived, to our last waved farewells - the PG staff are an amazing lot - even down to the gardeners!
Rooms: We stayed in a Deluxe Seaview Room - well worth the extra $20 or so. We've been staying at this resort for years - every couple of months and always stayed in a Deluxe Garden View before, which were still great, but it was very nice to sit on our little verandah and watch the sea, and to be 20 metres from the sand with an uninterrupted view of the water. I have to mention that this is the ONLY hotel/resort in the world (that I've been too) that I could actually RECOMMEND their hair conditioner... the bath salts are a little added extra bonus too.
Food: The breakfasts in the main restaurant (The Terrace) are first class.... fruit, breads, pastries, bacon, sausages etc, cheeses,cold meats, asian food, omelettes cooked to order... (when they get Eggs Benedict I will know I am in heaven).
The lunch and dinner menus are superb - not overly expensive, beautifully prepared and a good selection for different tastes.
BEACH: It was heaven - after being in hot, humid Hanoi for a few weeks now, we even had proper waves to swim over/under/among. The South China Sea is such an amazing place to swim - so salty compared to Sydney, Queensland and Miami... The beach at the Palm Gardens is clean, swept and has a roped-off area so the nasty jet-skis cannot decapitate you. (yes the PG hire out jet-skis too). If you want to go for a walk or a run, the beach runs for miles, literally, on good hard-packed sand. You have the wonderful bonus of saying "Xin Ciao" to the mostly lovely fisher-folk bringing in their catch, or repairing their nets - just about a kilometre north. (if you have cigarettes on you, you will obviously be asked to donate a few though)... They are all so impressed that a foreigner would want to "see their beach"... In the fairly expensive area of beach and water directly in front of the resort, I have to stress that I have never had so much as an ear infection. Nor have I ever seen a needle or any other nasty in the vicinity :) So the water and sand are good and clean.
POOL area: At any resort in VN at this time of year or earlier, the pools mainly feel like the temperature of baby-pee. However, for those who like doing laps in warm water, despite the pool being curvy, you can do a good 20 metres before turning. There is a separate area for small children. Nothing of course, can stop the "bobbers" - but then the (usually) flat South China Sea is only a few meters away and salt water is good for your skin.
SPA / SALON: There is a new spa/massage centre right on the beach - looks very decadent. I didn't try it this time, but I believe it is run by the same staff that run the normal spa. Their foot massages are to die for. They also advertise a wide variety of manicures, pedicures, facials etc. I can say that previously, their manicures, pedicures and facials (and full body massages) have been wonderful. I am certain they still are (but cannot say that here, as I didn't have any done this time).
For the first time since 2004, we didn't even leave the resort.... saying that, there are a few free shuttle-buses going to and fro from Hoi An - including a late one for dinner... If the times of these don't suit, it's not exactly mega-bucks getting a taxi into Hoi An.... $5 would still be the upper limit. The Palm Gardens is one of the closer beach-resorts to Hoi An - very near the main corner to town... the resort receptionist staff are more than happy to call a local taxi for you to go anywhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on five hectares of landscaped tropical garden with over 400 species of palm trees and plants right along a 220-meter stretch of the famous Cua Dai, Palm Garden Beach Resort and Spa offers a touch of Hoi An's traditional architectural design combined with a taste of modern luxury and only 5 minutes by car from the UNESCO- recognized World Heritage Hoi An ancient town. The combination of nature and a unique architecture remarkable of the culture of Hoi An make a distinctive character for Palm Garden Beach Resort and Spa. Elegant accommodation comprises 216 wooden-designed rooms and beachfront bungalows. Spacious guest rooms have been constructed from and furnished with natural materials, and all feature a private balcony and modern amenities. Resort facilities encompass a deluxe spa offering best products, a fitness centre complete with sauna, state of the art meeting facilities, water sports activities, a private beach, and a 969 square-metre outdoor pool surrounded by lush gardens. Guests are sure to enjoy the resort's selection of cuisine, ranging from traditional Vietnamese to international specialties at restaurants. ... more less
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