Victoria Beach Resort Phan Thiet Mui Ne Reviews
A luxurious haven at the beach front of Mui Ne Jul 17, 2013
The Victoria Beach Resort Phan Thiet is a rather small but luxurious resort hotel located a good 2 to 3 km away from the touristic center of Mui Ne. Contrary to what the name leads to believe, the resort is not in Phan Thiet but at its seaside hamlet of Mui Ne.
Upon entering the resort, the first building we encounter is the reception. All public spaces such as the reception and main restaurant, are open areas without windows, only covered by a roof.
The resort counts 57 cosy thatched roof bungalows, of which 22 have sea view. Our bungalow, the nr 10, formed a unit with nr 11. All bungalows appeared grouped per two. It's an extremely spacious bungalow, tastefully decorated with tradtitional furniture and painted in earthy tones. Everywhere are small ornaments that can also be bought in the hotel's souvenir store.
Eye for detail is everywhere. In front of the door, there's a barrel with water where you can rinse your feet before entering. Coming into the bungalow, there's a corridor leading to the sitting area on the left and the bathroom on the right.
Next to the sitting area there are the two twin beds, with mosquito nets above them. There's airco, a flatscreen TV, a well-stocked minibar and a desk with plenty of documentation and insence to repell insects. There even is a conversion plug for electrical appliances and a kettle with coffee and tea.
The bathroom is huge with an enormous corner tub, two sinks, plenty of toiletries and a hairdryer. There are fluffy bathrobes and slippers too. But the neatest thing is the patio next to the bathroom with an outdoor shower. The patio is surrounded by tall walls for maximum privacy. Apart from the al fresco shower there's a swing too!
Outside the sleeping side of the room, there's a large patio with two sunloungers.
I cannot believe this hotel only counts 4 stars. This easily merrits 5 for me. Especially if you take into account the turn down service. At night, a staff member comes in to close the blinds, lower the mosquito nets and open the beds. Left behind is a nicely rolled-up letter with a bed time story and a wooden box with 2 treats. On the first night it were brownies; on the second night plain vanilla cakes.
On the premises are two swimming pools; a landscape pool nearby the restaurant and an infinity pool nearby our bungalow. Both feature a pool bar where you can get drinks and snacks. Pool service is amazing. A pool guard guides you to your sunloungers, provides an umbrella and beach towels and pours in a glass of ice water! Top service if you ask me. The loungers they need to keep vacant for people are awesomely decorated with figures made out of towels.
Nearby the beach, there are loungers as well. Unfortunately Mui Ne does not feature a sandy beach, so swimming in the sea is not adviced.
On the premises you will also find the Victoria Spa, a professional day spa with a jacuzzi that is free of charge and a large selection of paid spa treatments to choose from. Before 1PM, there is a discount on selected treatments. I had a 1 hour Asian blend massage which was extremely professional and worth the not so cheap price.
The hotel features a main restaurant where also breakfast is served. This was without hesitation the best breakfast we encountered in all of Vietnam. The bread is freshly baked and salted. There is home made jam and an amazing selection of breakfast items. Everything imaginable is there on the buffet. Even stuff like creme brulee is for grabs!
We also ate dinner here twice. Prices for food are fairly expensive, especially for Vietnamese standarts, but the food is worth the while. There's a set menu for a reasonable price, but when you eat à la carte, there's a complimentary starter of fresh and warm rolls with a spread such as tuna salad or salsa. We twice had pasta, which was delicious and the desserts are really mouthwatering heaven!
Service is impecable except for check-out. At the resort, all bills are signed, so you still need to pay upon check-out. This can be quite an ordeal as the staff is not that fast on adding up and calculating. It takes forever to get the bill.
But all in all, this for sure is a haven of luxury where I wouldn't hesitate to stay again.
Part of the Visions of Vietnam July 2013 travel blog
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