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Review of Dalat Edensee Resort & Spa

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Dalat Edensee Resort & Spa
Ranked #17 of 73 Hotels in Da Lat
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Calm Calm Calm. Lovely mountain air and surroudnigns”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

The Edensee resort
I was lucky to stay in this beautful hotel on two occasions in January.
The situation is phenomenal, right by an enormous man made lake with barely anything in sight other than the lake, and pine tree covered rolling hills. There is a small resort on the opposite side of the lake which does not intrude.
The hotel itself is a short ride from Dalat, about $7 - $8 in a taxi if you cannot catch one of the shuttle buses run by the hotel. BTW the shuttle bus driver is great and he will take you within reason to any destination in and around Dalat, not just to the market.
The first time I stayed was on 1 January and I arrived on the (very) early morning flight from Saigon. New Year there with the streets completely packed by revelers on motorbikes and choking exhaust fumes was something else. But the contrast arriving in Dalat which is around 5000 feet above sea level could not have been greater. Wonderful cool fresh morning air, the city is called the City of Eternal Spring due to the lovely contrasting climate from Saigon. The City itself was a hill station in the colonial era and there is still a strong French influence in the villas in certain parts of town. It looked a little bit like Le Touqet Paris Plage in parts !
The main building of the hotel is rather palatial and exremely comfortable and well appointed. The staff were welcoming and friendl y throughout my stay. I often stay in hotels and form a good first impression and then find that on a return visit something is lacking. On this occasion I found the reverse and even though suffering from a broken arm on my second stay, found the hotel even better and the staff even friendlier. They were kind and did not seem to mind me playing the piano in the large reception area in spite of the broken arm ! There is a well equipped business centre.
On the second visit there had been a muddle with Agoda.com booking and the cheaper room we had booked for three days was fully occupied as a result of a large conference taking place. Instead of making a fuss the staff sensibly and calmly upgraded us to a palatial suite and we though we had died and gone to heaven. The bath for two cushions at each end was quite something LOL.
We went out and about during the day but found this a delightlfully calm quite place in which to enjoy the countryside and lake. There was quite a lot of bird life and it would be a great place for “twitchers”.
We ate in the room each evening and the staff kindly organised for the normal restaurant dinner menu a la carte to be brough to the room. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced by western standards. The rooms have gas fires to keep them warm as it is cool at night in January.
There is an indoor swimming pool and this was a spectacular arrangment of pools of different depths and sizes and felt like something out of a James Bond movie ! This was connected to the spa, which we did not use.
There was a hotel shop with lovely local goods, especially embroidered silk items which would make great presents for people back at home.
So really no complaint about the hotel whatsoever. Charming smiling staff for whom nothing was really too much trouble. I would stay here again without hesitation and it is tremendous value for money. I would not be put off by the distance from Dalat. It is a very pretty drive into the town along the lake side and certainly calm and quiet in contrast to the inevitable motorbike hubub of Dalat itself.
Turning to activities in and around Dalat….
The town has a wonderful market and due to the climate the area is famous for flowers, fruit, vegetables of every conceivable variety and coffee. I think there are also vinyards but did not see them. Upstairs in the market there is a traditional Asian style eating area and we ate our lunches there very well and very cheaply. (and quite deliciously too)
There is a silk shop where you can see the local ladies embrodering spectacular silk screens and all manner of goods are available. Lots of present opportuities. I cannot remember the name. Dalat itself has a large lake in the centre of town and this adds an attractive feature. The place does not feel oppressive and as it is set on a series of rolling hills it feels very open and airy.
Around Dalat itself there are many potential activities. We went on a trip that was well organised by the hotel with a safe driver and good English speaking guide to the Elephant Waterfalls, about 30 km to the west of the town. This took us through spectacular countryside and before reaching the falls we stopped at a coffee plantation where we drank coffee that had recently been growing on the plants around us. You can see the acitivy of drying and shelling the beans under the warm sun.
The falls themselves are amazing though stout shoes are needed and it would be a diifficult walk down for a child under the age of 7 or 8. However the treck down is worth it and there are wonderful views back up the valley to the falls through the mist or spray that is thrown up by the water.
On our return to the hotel we went via an old fashioned silk factory where we saw the workers using old equipment to unravel the silk from the cocoons, washing it and then even weaving into cloth. I had always assimed the thread was dyed before weaving but in fact it is weaved then dyed.
We also went to a cricket farm where we saw the stages of development of the crickets before they are harvested for cooking. We tried some and they were quite crunchy ! An added entertainment at the cricket farm was the domesticated family pig wandered round the dining area and kitchen hoping for scraps of cricket for those who could not stand the taste ! Much fun.
All or these activities would be great for kids over the age of about 7-8.
There is a golf course for those who cannot withdraw. Fishing for those who cannot withdraw and trekking and mountain biking for those wanting more exercise.
There is a bit of an ex pat community in Dalat and a friendly network.
It is a popular place for the Vietnamese to visit in the summer months and apparently a well known honeymoon resort.
Rather than doing the standard route up the east coast of Vietnam I would strongly recommend Dalat as an contast to beach side of things at some point in a two to three week trip to Vietnam. One can also fly direct from Hanoi. Having travelled quite extensively in Vietnam I would strongly recommend a trip to Dalat and to the Edensee. In a time budget I would assign three times as much time to Dalat as to Saigon, but then I prefer small places and fresh air. Saigon did not get great points from me and I woud not go again.
Finally unless you want to break the journey at Cat Tien national park, which I am told is great, I would recommend you fly to Dalat. It takes 35 minutes as opposed to 8 hours in bus. The airline is cheap and efficient and flown mainly by western pilots. It is a 25 minute ride from the airport to Dalat and the main road is good and the airport efficent and tiny.
Well done Edensee. I hope your enterprise is a success.

Room Tip: So called lake side rooms do not actually have a lake side view due to extensive forestation. We lik...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2014

We stayed there for 5 nights over Christmas.

The hotel is stunning, marble foyer chandeliers and all that. The staff were attentive, nice and generally helpful. The rooms were as expected - beautiful. You couldn't ask for a more picturesque location.
....yet we were left slightly disappointed and this was due to the food.

Breakfast was ok - neither great nor poor, similar to other less well appointed hotels around Vietnam. Lunch was again, OK. The biggest let down was the dinner.

Being there on Christmas we partook in their special seasonal grill - let's just say...I've had better barbies on the back deck at home on a Saturday night. We should have know better that to eat westernised food in a Vietnamese restaurant....so we tried their Vietnamese fare for lunch one day....unfortunately it wasn't much better.

For this standard of place the food could have been and should have been way better.

If you're looking for a bit of luxury and general decadence - this is perfect...just make sure to get the bus into town and eat there.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
101 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2014

As others have noted this resort is in a beautiful lakeside location some distance from Dalat.

The main building contains the public rooms, with the bedrooms in small blocks around the grounds. Our very nice room was huge and excellently furnished, with a balcony facing the lake.

We had several good meals in the restaurant, mainly eating off the Asian menu (incidentally, cheaper than the Western menu). We did eat one soup from the Western menu, which was very nice; we also had a (rather disappointing and very expensive) sandwich from the Western menu on the night we arrived - before we had discovered that there is also an Asian menu.

Laundry is very nicely done (and considerably cheaper than at deluxe hotels in Ho Chi Minh City).

We do agree with a number of other reviewers that the free shuttle service should run more than three times each day. However, we do not feel it is fair to say this leaves you isolated, as you can easily travel at other times – though not for free! However, a private transfer to or from Dalat costs VND 250,000 (£8; US$12 approx) each for up to 7 passengers; a taxi costs less.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Prague, Czech Republic
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37 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

Very good accommodation for those who don´t like hassle of Nha Trang or the like, while indulging in some luxury. Staff is very helpful, even though make mistakes (we were given double rooms instead of booked twins, but they corrected the mistake very quickly). We had lake view rooms, which are really spacious, including a jacuzzi spa. Many services were included in the rate (tennis court, massages, swimming pool, fitness center,..). Excellent breakfast. Good heating in the room.
Even though we had upper rooms, noise from lower room was disturbing for some time, but not too much. The same applies to noise from adjacent room.

Room Tip: Definitely book lake view, upper rooms.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank solofanua
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

We went there for a wedding in October 2013. Firstly, the view is great, but from there it was all downhill.
The staff were very unhelpful, and even small requests were a hassle for them. For example between the ceremony and reception the bride and groom were waiting in the foyer, so we ordered some cocktails. There was litterally no one else in the hotel. After half an hour I went to check on progress and they still hadn't even begun making them.
They also forced the bride to settle the bill, midway through the evening, despite the couple staying there overnight.
The location is relatively remote and I much more enjoyed our other hotel in Dalat.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ross W
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singapore
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35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

The pluses for The hotel is that the main building is awesome - full of marble and right now has the most amazing Xmas decor. the rooms - you must book a lake view one - are lovely with huge bathroom.but from what I can see from the outside , the ones to go for are the camellia suites.wifi is fast. I am typing this in my room right now with no problem and free.

Minuses- it is really a hotel where you make your own fun or just want to chill and enjoy the view. Occupancy is not high on weekdays from what I observe so it does not have a bustling vibe. For those who want to wake up to the sounds of birds chirping , pine scented clean fresh air, pet the deer at the small enclosure with 2 of the most gorgeous peacocks I have ever seen this is the place to be. If not , stay in town as the transfer from town to hotel costs us$10 per time unless you take the shuttle.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

This hotel needs to be seen to be believed. It's more like a mansion in the middle of a gigantic landowner's estate - the lobby is huge and so is the main restaurant. Everything is made of marble [or at least a really good marble replica - I don't pretend to be an expert on marble] and the decor is just stunning. We visited in December so the whole place was done up with Christmas decorations - just beautiful.

The hotel rooms themselves are villa-style, 4 rooms per villa. They're all spread out over the grounds and you'll be sent to yours when you check in via golf buggy. The rooms are very comfortable - spacious [the bathroom was the same size as the bedroom/living room] with two heaters that mimic fireplaces as Dalat is in the mountains and can get quite cold at night in December. Ours overlooked the lake [on warmer days you could sit out on the balcony and just enjoy the peace and quiet, plus the view of the lake through the pine trees] and we hardly saw any other tourists or customers there the entire weekend. It is so quiet you could believe you were in the middle of a forest - technically, you kind of are because the hotel is very far out away from the city area and the only other thing nearby is the golf resort.

The reason I gave the hotel 'average' for location is that if you're not familiar with the place [as we were] getting here can be a bit of a hassle initially. We took a sleeper bus in from Ho Chi Minh and arrived around 7am, and there were shuttle buses from the bus station that were sending people wherever they wanted to go. Not being able to speak any Vietnamese [oh and also, importantly - the hotel is known to taxi drivers and locals as 'Eden', not Edensee. Nobody knew what we were talking about at first when we told them we wanted to go to Edensee Hotel.] it was quite difficult to get the shuttle bus driver to know where we wanted to go and finally they told us that the shuttle buses don't go to the hotel. We found out why when we took a taxi in - it's really quite far away from the city. Not to worry though because there is a shuttle from the hotel to the city in and out a few times a day, and the view along the way is breathtaking. And honestly, if you're staying a few days, you don't need to go to the city. Just stay in the hotel and luxuriate :)

We booked two tours through the hotel - one for the city and the other for the countryside, and we had an excellent guide called Tommy who drove us around [he also drives the shuttle to the city]. He was so friendly and unobstrusive, pointing out things here and there but not pushing us to do or see things that we didn't want. It felt more like travelling with a friend than a local guide. I won't go into the details of the tours as this is a hotel review but please do book at least one if you have the time.

The service at the hotel was good - apart from a little snag at the start where a particular receptionist had no idea what to do because we hadn't brought our passports with us and insisted we either try to remember our passport numbers or surrender some other kind of identification for the entire duration of our stay - and the staff was very well-trained and helpful. We felt very well taken-care of.

I feel like going back to Dalat just so I can spend more time at this hotel. There is a heated indoor pool, tennis courts, a spa and numerous rooms you can spend a quiet afternoon in. There are pine trees and rose bushes everywhere as well. Probably the most beautiful hotel I've ever been to.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Helen S
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Additional Information about Dalat Edensee Resort & Spa

Property: Dalat Edensee Resort & Spa
Address: Tuyen Lam Lake, Zone VII.2, Da Lat, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Lam Dong Province > Da Lat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 73 Hotels in Da Lat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Dalat Edensee Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 112
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Resort offers 112 rooms which are set up in three distinct categories and villas. The European designed villas with all international standard amenities and equipment are situated within three different areas. Furthermore is each room category named after a flower from our local landscape.All villas are surrounded by natural landscaping; bursting with Dalat flowers and most offer a view of the beautiful Tuyen Lam Lake. ... more   less 
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