Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh, The Far North, Vietnam
At a Glance
Surrounded by beautiful limestone karst scenery yet just 2 hours from Vietnam's capital, Hanoi
Easily the most comfortable accommodation in the area with spacious rooms, a pool and a spa
It sits in an area with scenery comparable to Halong Bay, yet without the crowds
A good option for families with a spacious duplex room
Arrive there by road and boat to enjoy the most amazing scenery and tiny villages dotted along the way
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best time to visit Northern Vietnam is from February to April and September to November avoiding the heat and the rain. The official peak season in Vietnam is from September to April as these months see the least rain. December to February are the cooler months. May to September is the rainy season with the most rain failing in July and August and typhoons are possible.
To start planning your vacation to Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
Emeralda Resort is a comfortable retreat just two hours from Hanoi. It provides a fantastic base for exploring this beautiful region that is often compared to Halong Bay, with towering limestone mountains and scenic rivers and lakes.
Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh sits on the edge of Van Long Natural Reserve just outside of Ninh Binh town, which is a two-hour drive from Hanoi. The spacious rooms are spread peacefully through sprawling grounds.
The rooms sit within nine clusters, some of which have their own swimming pool and a BBQ area. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, taking inspiration from Northern Delta architecture; think terracotta tiles, wooden beds and crisp white sheets.
At the heart of the property you will find the indoor and outdoor pools, pool bar and the Organics restaurant, which serves dishes with fresh vegetables and herbs sourced from the local area. You'll also find a spa with the option of daily Tai Chi and yoga. The resort's other restaurant, Sen, is located by the reception area and serves breakfast and Vietnamese cuisine throughout the day.
Emeralda is perfectly located for visiting the Van Long Nature Reserve and is ideal for those wishing to walk and cycle through exquisite scenery whilst having somewhere very comfortable to come back to at the end of the day.
There are 172 rooms in total that sit within 9 clusters. The Superior Rooms are light and airy with big bath tubs and separate showers. The Deluxe Rooms are even larger and feature a private terrace and garden views. These rooms also have spacious bathrooms, with indoor and outdoor showers, and a free-standing bathtub. The Duplex Rooms are open plan two-storeys and are perfect for families, as these have a double and a twin room, with a shared bathroom downstairs.
This is a good option for families, with duplex rooms, a good pool, including a shallow children's area and lots of adventurous activities nearby. There is a kids play area in the resort, but it is not supervised.
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The traditional houses form into 'clusters' which make up the resorts accommodation. With the lead-in room category (superior) being 40mqs you are blessed wit a lot of space. Also as they have great connecting options and duplex family rooms (67msq) which makes it perfect for families! There's also an amazing kids club, opens 9-6, which even has a full on ball pit which the children can enjoy whilst you are getting pampered in the spa. It's also one of the only resorts in the area which has a great indoor pool which they heat in the winter. The resort, although big, has the facilities to back it up!
Half Day Tour of Dich Long Cave & Pagoda
Dich Long is a complex of pagodas and caves, tucked away on one of the dramatic lime stone mountains in Ninh Binh province. Spend some time exploring the area, fascinating for both its history and scenery.
Half Day Tour of Dinh & Le Dynasty Temples
Due to its mountainous scenery acting as a barrier against invaders, Ninh Binh was once the capital province of Vietnam. Whilst little remains of the ancient capital city of Hoa Lu, two small but intricate temples stand on the site.
Pu Luong Trekking from Mai Chau
From Mai Chau, head deeper into rural Vietnam and onto to Pu Luong. Known for its remote hill tribes, luminous paddy fields and traditional villages you'll trek 6km (3.7miles) through glorious scenery, stopping at villages along the way.
Tam Coc Boat Trip
Tam Coc is an area within Ninh Binh Province, often referred to as 'Halong Bay on Land'. A local rower will take you on a leisurely two-hour boat trip along the Ngo Dong River, which winds its way between dramatic limestone karsts.
Van Long Boat Trip
Set off from Van Long wharf for a two-hour sampan boat trip through picturesque scenery. With your local rower, wind your way along the river and admire the dramatic limestone mountains towering above you, and keep an eye out for wildlife.
Hanoi, Sapa, Ninh Binh, Mai Chau
from $2900 pp 10 nights
- The most remote areas are unsuitable May – September due to heavy rain. At other times of year, the weather in Sapa can be unpredictable and much cooler than the lower altitudes. You will need to pack waterproofs, sweatshirts, sensible boots, t-shirts and sun cream as the weather can change swiftly without warning.
- Sapa is the beautiful mountain town north of Hanoi, famous for its terraced rice paddy fields. Growing more and more popular each year, we recommend combining Sapa with the lesser known areas of Ninh Binh and Mai Chau for the best hiking trails and most authentic experience.
- Ninh Binh is a province west of Hanoi with dramatic limestone scenery, a great alternative to going to Halong Bay.
Location & directions
Ninh Binh, The Far North, Vietnam
Emeralda Resort is located just outside of Ninh Binh on the edge of the Van Long Reserve, approximately 2 hours from Hanoi.
How to get there
Emeralda is located approximately 2 hours from Hanoi by car. Hanoi has an international airport with an 11 hour direct flight from London.