Whale Island 30th December 2007 to 2nd January 2008
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We decided to splurge on Whale Island for new year and were lucky enough to receive an Xmas gift to cover much of the cost, so it was pretty much a guilt free pleasure. The deal included the transfer to and from Nha Trang which takes about two hours depending on the death wish of your driver. Our pick up was spot on time, maybe even a few minutes early which caught us off guard!! We picked up four others at another hotel then it was off on a very pleasant trip through the always beautiful Vietnamese countryside. Paddy fields, farmers, wandering animals and the crazy sights you see on the roads never get dull. We arrived at the dock then had a 15 minute boat transfer to Whale Island itself and it was a little bit rough so Steph was slightly on edge.
We were shown to our room and we were both instantly struck by how much it reminded us of our honeymoon accomodation in Zanzibar which brought back some wonderful memories for us. The only problem was the weather which was windy and overcast and threatening a bit of rain which we were quite okay with at first as we both have some sunburn to recover from, but when we were told that it was due to last for several days it was a bit disappointing.
The resort is lovely; the rooms are spread across a sandy bay, some are right on the front, others including ours, are set back and are in very well tended and pretty gardens.
On our second day we decided to embark on a trek around the Island on what they describe as a 'well worn path', not so sure about that one. It was totally beuatiful at first with hundreds of colourful butterflies of all shapes and sizes and we got to visit a different beach and climb up to a rock outcrop at the top of a hill, but as for the well worn path.
The food at the resort was great with one exception and sadly that was New Years Eve. We were told there was a special buffet at 7.30 in the evening which we tucked into thinking it would give us plenty of time to let the food go down and the booze to take effect ready for new year. Unfortunately the buffet was the starter and then there was a sit down but not until 10pm!! Of course by that time we were totally full and really didn't feel like eating.
True to form the weather continued to be windy, overcast with the odd bit of rain but we made the most of our kick back time and sped through a couple of books, played lots of backgammon and generally gazed at each other lovingly the whole time in what is a totally romantic and beautiful setting and felt like a mini second honeymoon.