Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort and Spa, Ninh Binh - review by Rusty Compass
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Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort and Spa, Ninh Binh

| 30 Nov 2011


Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort and Spa, Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh, 
Gia Van Commune, Gia Vien District, Ninh Binh.
+84 303 658 333


Price guide: From around $125USD

Our rating
30 Nov 2011

Away from the main town and other tourist sights in Van Long, the newly opened Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort and Spa (formerly Ana Mandara Ninh Binh) is the only upscale option in the area.

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Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh is located around 20 minutes by car both from Ninh Binh town and the major sights of Hoa Lu, Tam Coc and Bich Dong. It’s further again from Phat Diem. Hanoi is 90 minutes to 2 hours away. 

The location has its benefits though. Nearby Van Long has its own boat trips through the mystical countryside as well as the hot springs at Kenh Ga. There’s not much happening on the restaurant front in the area so you’ll likely take most of your meals in the resort. 


Emeralda Ninh Binh is newly opened so it’s too early to take a firm view on any of its features. During our visit it was deserted.

It’s the only deluxe accommodation in the area so if you’re determined to stay in a luxurious resort, this is your only choice. It’s very well priced at present too. Take note that prices spike up on weekends as Hanoians escape the city and rooms fill.

Keep in mind that this is a new resort with finishing touches and the odd teething issue and, providing you’re happy with the location, it will be a perfectly pleasant spot for a few nights exploring Ninh Binh.

Design, Ambience and People

Some resort properties suffer from being packed on to too small a patch of land. Ana Mandara Ninh Binh may suffer the opposite problem. 172 villa style rooms are set out in mini communal clusters across sprawling grounds. Buggies are required to get around the property - especially in the searing summer heat. The upside is that each cluster has its own basic facilities including a swimming pool, in addition to the facilities of the main complex. 

Rooms are simple and tastefully done. Gardens are still coming along.
Facilities are very extensive and include one indoor and one outdoor swimming pool as well as smaller pools in each cluster of villas. There’s also a spa, gym and plenty more.

Staff are helpful, friendly but clearly still learning the ropes.

Multiple pools including indoor heated pool, spa, wifi, gym and much more.

Mark Bowyer
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