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Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort and Spa

Sapa, Vietnam

Surrounded by dramatic Vietnamese limestone karst scenery, Emeralda Resort is a comfortable retreat just two hours from Hanoi. It provides a fantastic base for exploring this untouched region that's often compared to Halong Bay.

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

Adventure, Couples, Family, Off the beaten track

Insider's View

Pay the small supplement to be in a 'cluster' with a pool, it's only 20€ extra per night but it tends to be a lot quieter.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort and Spa or take a look at our itineraries to The Far North


Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh sits on the edge of Van Long Natural Reserve just outside of Ninh Binh, under a two-hour drive from Hanoi. The spacious rooms are spread peacefully through sprawling grounds that are flanked by soaring limestone karsts, authentic villages and glorious paddy fields. This is quintessential Vietnam at its best and Emeralda is by far the best option in this luminous region.

The rooms sit within nine low level clusters, each home to its own swimming pool and a BBQ area. The rooms are stylish but homely, taking inspiration from Northern Delta architecture. There are spacious superior, deluxe and duplex rooms; think terracotta tiles, wooden beds, crisp white sheets and mountain views. We think they are perfectly comfortable without being overly luxurious.

At the heart of the property is Organics, a modern restaurant that 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.

Emeralda is perfectly located for access 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 tiled floors and mountain views. The Deluxe Rooms are a little larger and feature a private terrace and garden views. They also boast outdoor showers. The Duplex Rooms are two-storey apartments that are perfect for families, as these have a double and a twin room.


There are not specific facilities for children but we believe this is a good family friendly option with duplex suites, a good pool and lots of adventurous activities nearby.

Location & Directions

Sapa, Vietnam

Emeralda Resort is located just outside of Ninh Binh on the edge of the Van Long Reserve, approximately 2 hours from Hanoi.

When to go

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.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort and Spa or take a look at our itineraries to The Far North

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