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8 Nguyen Duc Thuan, Ba Ria, Vung Tau, Con Dao, Vietnam
15 August 2016
눉Con Dao is a holiday destination for wealthy Vietnamese people but it is ten or so years behind the more visited areas of Vietnam, in terms of training in hospitality for Western tourists. This is part of its charm, and it will undoubtedly be developed hugely in years to come. Hotel provisions must also be flown onto the island. Resort staff were not all as fluent in English as they need to be, and this mattered in particular at the Reception Desk. However, one key female member of staff was great in helping us to book an onward bus journey on the mainland. A couple of additions to the restaurant buffet breakfast would be appreciated (wider range of cereal with fresh dairy milk, whole meal bread for toasting). It would be nice to be able to borrow snorkelling equipment from the hotel, and for the hotel to be aware that Western visitors have heard there is fantastic diving and snorkelling around the island. Staff at Reception should also be able to recommend good places to eat, some Western-orientated, like Bar200 and Infiniti, but more Vietnamese. The MAJOR downside to the Resort is the Karaoke Club on the other side of the road at the back of the hotel - right opposite our room in fact. It is a big shock the first time it starts up. It does stop at around 10 but the atmosphere would be hugely improved if it were relocated!
눇The garden and beach at Con Dao are just beautiful. We had read mixed reviews about the Resort but were very impressed by its quality. Our room did not have a sea view, unfortunately, but it was large and well-equipped. A leaking pipe in the shower room was fixed as soon as staff were informed. We rate this resort highly as a place to unwind and enjoy some breathtaking tropical scenery.
8 July 2016
눉Not really recommendable for Westerners. In theory, this is the 2nd best resort on the island, however, it appears to be poorly managed and overpriced for what you get. Unlike most of the other bigger hotels, this hotel has the privilege of direct beach access, however, the beach is simply a rubbish dump (mostly rubbish that gets washed ashore). No one even seems to understand that rubbish on the beach might turn off tourists. Just for good measure the hotel provides rotten, broken and rusty deck chairs on the beach (and also by the pool). The beach could be almost enjoyable, if they paid someone a few dollars a day to clean it in the morning and in the afternoon, if they provided a few decent beach chairs with nice sun umbrellas. There is a good size trampoline in the garden, which could be nice for kids. Unfortunately it is broken and also left there to rot. The breakfast caters to Asians (fried rice and noodles). There is a basic egg station. The baguette they served was the bread from the day before. People will smoke in the restaurant. Cigarette buds on the floor or terrace will not get cleaned up. The tables in the restaurant only get a quick wipe with a dirty piece of cloth. Upon requesting to have the food remains cleaned from the table before we sat down, the staff just wiped them on the chairs instead. The rooms (even though deluxe) are basic and noisy. The airco sounded like someone was using a lawnmower on the balcony. We could hear families through the walls screaming and slamming doors. Apparently this used to be a workers union hostel. Staff are fairly unmotivated and customer service is not considered important. We will return to Con Dao. Will probably stay at the place next door. It has decent bungalows and is cheaper, however, it has no pool and the beach is even dirtier.
눇Airport pickup/drop off service, who spoke English and was friendly, worked well.
7 August 2016
눉I tried the food but it wasn't to my taste. Instead, I went to Bar 200 (in town) - they do great western style food.
눇Quiet room with great views. Very clean. Staff were nice, although communication was difficult at times.
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