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Son Tra Resort & Spa
Ranked #17 of 232 Specialty Lodging in Da Nang
Franklin, Michigan
2 reviews
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“A Resort to Remember”
Reviewed May 27, 2011

It is rare for any resort to live up to its own description and pictures, but the Sontra exceeds both. It is a very beautiful spa with lushly gorgeous landscaping. The villa in which we stayed was large, glamorous and steps away from the beach where lounge chairs were already set up and waiting. The wait staff was always helpful and friendly and no request was too little or too great to be immediately responded to. I must single out the resort's manager for his attentiveness and informativeness. Because of his suggestion, we experienced one of our happiest days at a local diving center located in the lovely little city of Hoi An. Unlike many resorts, Sontra is a quiet and tranquil place for those who enjoy such an atmosphere.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2011

Our family of 4 stayed two nights in the middle of our 2 weeks touring in Vietnam specifically to give our kids (6 & 7 yo) a bit of "time out" and that is exactly what we got.
We booked a Ocean View villa which has the living room, dinning room & kitchen downstairs and the bedrooms upstairs. The Villas are spacious & come with a plunge pool which our kids loved. The Ocean front villas have the living room upstairs & the bedrooms downstairs and come with a bigger plunge pool.
The resort has one restaurant with a pool and a small private beach next to it. We ate at this restaurant for all our meals and the food was quite yummy. Price wise most meals ranged from US$5 - $8 with the most expensive thing on the menu US$15. Breakfast was included in the room rate.
There is also a Spa on site which was offering 50% off deals to in-house guest (did not use). Bikes available free to use & free wifi.
The resort is located about 15 mins away from Danang and lies between the mountains (National Park) and the ocean. There is not much else around it - a few restaurants on the beach which you could walk along the road to (we were told only open during the day). We knew the resort was isolated so we brought supplies with us (drinks & snacks).
The kids wanted to have a go on the Vietnamese style round boat so a staff member kindly took them & hubby out for a half hour site seeing paddle.
The resort has 26 Villas and only 3 were occupied when we were there so it was super quiet (just what we were looking for). The other options we looked out for our two days of chilling were on the beach strip between Danang & Hoi An but we were very glad we stayed where we did. When we left Sontra & travelled to Hoi An, the whole beach area was one big construction site after another (new beach resorts).
We almost did not at Son Tra due to difficulties in trying to contact them. We had seen on wotif.com that the were villas available and decided to try to contact them directly. The Son Tra contact email listed on the Swiss-Belhotel site bounced back to us several times, the Swiss Bel online booking system was not working so I contacted the resort directly by phone to book. Since our return I see that Son Tra resort now has its own website (www.sontra.com.vn) and there is no longer any info about it on the Swiss-Belhotel website!
If you are looking for a quiet relaxing holiday with a very spacious Villa then Son Tra Resort is perfect

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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1 Thank Louned
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Sydney
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Reviewed January 5, 2011

Imagine a place away from the crazy hussle and bussle of asia, direct beachfront villas- they are massive!!, your own pool, million dollar views, nice genuine staff.....all for around $140/night (Wotif). This place is special and for some reason just has not 'taken off'.

The restaurant was quiet and directly overlooked the beach, staff were attentive, the food could be inconsistent. Happy hour cocktails were good. Our kids loved the staff in this place, they were so kind and happy to play with them.

We stayed 4 nights, but will come back and stay longer. It is quiet, and a good 20min cab trip to Da Nang, but thats the best bit about it!. And for us, a holiday villa right on the beach is priceless with the kids!....no spending an hour packing up to go somewhere- just walk out your back door!. For action and amusement you can't go past Nha Trang, but for some quality family quiet time- this is the place!.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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Changchun, China
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Reviewed November 2, 2010

It's often hard to get a true grasp of what a hotel or resort has to offer just from the reviews and pictures online, so we did not know what to expect until we stayed here ourselves. If you like your own private ocean or beachside villa, if you like friendly staff and great service, if you like cleanliness and modern facilities, then you should give this resort a try. If you want to wake up to the sound of ocean waves crashing on the beach right outside of your private villa or swim in your own private pool, then give this resort a try. They offer a spa, a small beach side (outdoor) restaurant with bar, a fitness center (which was under renovation and not available when we visited), and little amenities like room service, washing and pressing of clothes, yoga classes on the beach, private car or taxi service, private or group tours, satellite TV and high speed wireless internet, and weather-pending water activities. It is a quiet, tranquil place to stay away from the busy mainstream city and hotels, but still close enough to easily drive to shopping and tourist attractions which were between 10 and 20 minutes drive depending on where you want to go. We truly enjoyed our stay at this resort and look forward to our return visit next year.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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3 Thank tjhatt
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San Jose, CA
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2010

We stayed at the Swiss-Belhotel Son Tra Resort & Villas for a few days on our honeymoon and it was absolute bliss!!! While the villa we stayed at was a little bit worn (as is expected for anything beach side because of the salt water), and the shower had poor drainage, the views, service, and architecture made it all well worth it! They were very sweet and spread rose petals on the bed and in the shower/jacuzzi to celebrate our anniversary and gave us complimentary fruit. We arrived late into the evening, but they stayed up and gave us a wonderful tour of our villa, and were eager to please.

We had also stayed at the Furama resort, but found Swiss-Bel to have more English speaking staff who were extremely helpful and courteous without an air of condescension that we sometimes experienced at Furama. The breakfast was a little confusing (we rarely got everything that was included, but that was okay since everything was tasty regardless). Maids, maintenance, and the pool person were around repeatedly cleaning, keeping the grounds meticulous and our needs were met expediently.

The villa itself is huge for 2 people, well appointed, and beautiful. All of the views from each room were amazing, and I loved falling asleep and waking up to the view of our infinity pool fading out into the sea. There is only one full bathroom, one half bath upstairs, and an outdoor shower next to the infinity pool. The only issue we had was with the shower/jacuzzi bath, which looked discolored and had poor drainage... but otherwise the bathroom was huge and evoked a spa like sentiment.

We utilized the laundry service which was great. Had we had more time at the resort, I would have taken advantage of their half off special on spa services. The infinity pool was always perfectly heated. The wireless internet was speedy, and the air conditioning more than sufficient.

The location was a little far from town, but nothing a >$10 USD taxi ride wouldn't get you to. The ride itself up and down the mountain was spectacular since you get the view of the beautiful beach and illuminated kwan-yin statue from the mountainside... which is a wonderful experience in itself.

Overall, our experience was wonderful and I would highly recommend this resort if you are looking for some relaxation and your own bit of paradise. It is a great value for all that you get!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank yello815
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London
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123 reviews
120 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2010

Stayed 3 nights in one of the smaller beach front villas. Check-in was slow and we had to wait 25 minutes even though it was already past the published check-in time. When we arrived at the villa the maid was still cleaning and the floors were wet. On the surface the villa looked very nice but it soon became apparent that they are simply not being maintained to an acceptable standard. The door to bedroom 2 was coming off its hinges and although reported to reception, was never fixed. The ridiculous outdoor bath and shower to bedroom 1 was filthy and stained plus the pebble based shower made a fabulous home for large cockroaches (which are not what you want appearing when taking a shower) The private pool and surrounding area was dirty and in need of some TLC. The exterior woodwork and doors of the villas should have been re-stained years ago. The air conditoining to the living area was desperatley inadequate for the floor area and there should have been 2 or 3 units instead of just 1. The master bedroom, which was at the back of the villa, was very dark and dreary with no views, whilst the second was bright with superb sea views. Awoken every morning by knocking sounds on the side of the villa. The beach here is ok but nothing speacial. The power failed temporarily 5 times during our 3 days here. We found this hotel to be far too removed from Da Nang and the long taxi ride cost $8 each way. Check-out was painfully slow whilst the villa was inspected for damage and breakages. They said a beer glass was missing and that we would have to pay for it - I insisted there wasn't and upon further inspection it was found in a bedroom, 40 minutes later we departed for the airport.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Thank Billyz11
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Hamburg
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2010

located 20 min from city danag (that we have not visited due to difficult transportsituation )
Beautyfull beach with only few stretchers. very popular with locals. allready a bit run down allthough they claimed to be in preopening.
food ok, breakfirst vietnamese style
drinks and spa overpriced
hoi an beach is nicer

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Thank p.aries
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Property: Son Tra Resort & Spa
Address: Bai Nam - Bai Con, Tho Quang Ward, Sontra District, Da Nang, Vietnam (Formerly Swiss-Belhotel Son Tra)
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Location: Vietnam > Quang Nam Province > Da Nang
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Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #17 of 232 Specialty Lodging in Da Nang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Son Tra Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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Son Tra Resort & Spa is located along the crystal clear bay and private beach. Behind is the tropical misty forest mountain that adds to the place’s charm. ... more   less 
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