For my second trip to Vietnam I really wanted to go to a resort. We didn’t go to one on my first trip and I really regretted it. For this trip, I made it a point to find a resort to go to for a couple of days. I was debating between doing something unique or going to a known resort property. I went with unique and picked the Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa.
One of the biggest dings against this property is that it’s not easily accessible. We were coming from Hoi An and Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa was about 90km away. The best way to get to the hotel is from Hue. Unfortunately, Hoi An was in the opposite direction. The hotel was willing to send a driver to pick us up for $75. Gasp! Luckily, I found a Kien from Hoi An on the Go Transfer who I used for airport transfers as well. He charged us $43 and he was awesome!
The biggest decision with Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa was whether to get a bungalow on the water or get a villa with a private pool. After studying the photos, I went with the private pool. I liked the way the room looked better. And check out this pool!
I booked Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa thru Expedia for a $155 a night plus taxes. A few days later, when I went back to Expedia to look at check in times, the price had dropped to $129. That was a significant price jump. The hotel didn’t allow cancellations but Expedia worked with me to help me get my price adjusted. They don’t normally do this but if you’re nice and the hotel willing to work with them, it can be done.
We wanted to enjoy every minute of our time there so got there as soon as check in was allowed. I have to say, as soon as we turned into the drive of the resort, you feel a sense of peace and calm. Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa is a large property so once we were checked in, a buggy (imagine a large golf cart) took us to our villa.
I have to say, pictures don’t convey how amazing the room was. I should have taken a video.
The room was huge and the bed was extremely comfortable. I loved closing the netting at night and feeling like a Queen.
The entrance is behind the bed and there’s a wardrobe on both sides of the entrance. The mini-bar was also there and we were provided with bottles of free water while we were there.
We didn’t really get to enjoy this room (did you see the bed?) but we did enjoy the fruit that they left for us on both days.
Honestly, I didn’t even realize there was a second room when I booked it. Arran used it as his closet.
OK, the bathroom was another selling point for me. After our midnight swim in our pool, we took a bath to warm up. FYI, the tub takes a long time to fill so start running the water way before you want to take a bath. Well worth it tho.
The bathroom was larger than some of the places I’ve lived in. The toilet was in a separate room and large as well. Off of the bathroom there was an outdoor shower. You know I had to try it out. They had shampoo and conditioner sitting out there for your use.
I loved the free toiletries that were included with the room. You so know I loaded all of it into my luggage when I left. I did leave the tray. 🙂
The hardest part about staying at Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa was leaving the bed. It was so comfortable.
And this is the view outside of our window.
But drag ourselves out of our room we did. Mainly because we needed food. You know that’s what is going to get me moving. They do provide room service for a nominal fee but we decided to head out to the restaurant and enjoy some of the serenity around us.
The way the resort is laid out, there is a sense of privacy for each villa. Due to the size, when you want to go anywhere you can call a buggy, which will show up in less than 5 minutes or you can grab one of the bikes that are all over the property.
Arran wanted to ride the bikes there. Why did I listen to him? I think the last time I was on a bike was when I was in the Netherlands and it wasn’t pretty and over 10 years ago. After riding in a circle in a kayak with me, for some reason, Arran didn’t want to ride the tandem bikes provided. The bikes were very short, too short even for me. I tried to ride it but it was hurting my knees. Turns out, we were riding the kiddie bikes. Luckily, the next bike rack we came across had adult sized bikes (who knew I was too tall for a kiddie bike) and it was much easier on my knees.
I made Arran ride in front of me since I was so wobbly and when any other biker or buggy came along I would have to pull over because I was so stressed. We eventually made it to dinner. The main complaint in my research was the food. It was expensive for Vietnam and not that great but not as bad as I was expecting. We sat on the balcony the first night and the bugs had a field day. I recommend eating inside and letting the fans keep the bugs away.
We missed breakfast the next day so we decided to ride our bikes and find somewhere local to eat. There isn’t a large city near us but they did have some places where the locals ate. It was nerve racking riding on the side of the road and when we were going uphill I did have to get off and push my bike but it was worth it. The food was great and it was cheap! We ordered extra fish, it was so good!
There is an amazing sense of serenity riding along the water. We decided to wander around and explore. The view and the calmness was amazing.
Due to the fact the area outside of the resort is so rural, Arran really stands out. A group of school girls across the street yelled hi to him. He waved. I let him know he needs to speak so that they can hear his accent. They didn’t care about me, I look like one of them, LOL. Watching the little kids get excited every time he said hi back to them was so cute.
I wore shorts while we wandered around the country side. Big mistake. My thighs were chafed for weeks after this! My bike riding got a little better. Still not great, Arran insisted on riding behind me because he could go slower but I wasn’t going faster so he got to watch me wobble all over the rode but at least I never fell down.
Going to dinner that night, I let Arran know there wasn’t anymore biking in the near future!
Because we had our own pool hadn’t made it to the main pool so after breakfast we wandered over to check it out. OMG, it was gorgeous. I was a little sad we didn’t get to spend any time lounging next to the pool so we laid there for a few a half hour before we had to go pack.
If you are looking for a place that has lots to do and is action packed, Vedana is not for you. While they do offer kayaking and free yoga, there’s not really a lot to do. Now if you’re looking for the ultimate in relaxation, I highly recommend Vedana. 2 days is not enough tho. I would say you should stay for a minimum of 3 days. I can’t wait to go back.
Arran did want me to point out that the welcome booklet says that we could play chess at the main part of the resort and when we went to play, they didn’t have it.
Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa
zone 1, phu loc town
phu loc district
And in case there wasn’t enough photos for you, here’s a video I took on our ride back from the restaurant.