We booked 5 nights here by email from the website - which asks you for credit card info without confirming room availability. When we arrived without the reservation printout they had no record, made no effort to take names for the booking and inflated the price by $20 per night.
It is a beautiful place to stay though, and despite arriving mid-August it was almost eerily deserted, which meant we had the two pools mostly to ourselves.
The rooms are fine, one cockroach found on check in but scared off. The whole place has a strangely Soviet air, it seems to have been put up in a hurry and then not maintained - marks on the wall, broken waterslides, damaged balcony railings, and by night rather badly lit. We thought it might be a venue for government sponsored family holidays as the only other guests apart from a few Westerners were only Vietnamese families.
The restaurant served strange but quite nice Western ideas with Vietnamese ingredients, for about $6 a plate which isn't bad but pricey by local standards. The town us 2 minutes' walk down the hill for fresh seafood. Buffet breakfast was pretty rubbish given the quality if local ingredients - the pastries were defrosted which is a shame when the island has a perfectly good bakery
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charmingly and isolated lie on Catba Island – a spectacular natural wonder,Catba Island Resort and Spa honors to offer you the memorable and meaningful holidays… Furniture in the 165 rooms are made of wood create luxury & warmth, offering a comprehensive range of guest facilities and services, all with individual bay view balconies, 4 star amenities, multi-channel TV, and a mini bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catba Island Resort And Spa
- Catba Island Hotel Halong Bay