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Ocean Beach Resort
Ranked #43 of 71 Hotels in Halong Bay
Reviewed 29 December 2009

During a three day trip, which we booked at Ocean Tours (the owner of this resort) in Hanoi, we spend two nights in this little ‘Bounty resort’, having a great time. Though the rooms look simple from the outside we were surprised by their nice-looking furniture, the electric blanket, the nice bathroom and the rocking chair. There’s hot water in the shower but be on time as it takes a while before there’s enough water heated again. There isn’t a lot to do, other than relax on the beach or kajak, on the little island of Cat Ong, just outside Cat Ba, but you can arrange some well-organized tours and there’s a free boat going to Cat Ba. The atmosphere at the resort is very relaxed, there’s a nice hang-out area, the beach is attractive and the food is great. I would definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Pepper1978
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Reviewed 14 December 2009

We stayed here at the Ocean Beach Resort for three nights as part of our honeymoon to Vietnam. It is truely beautiful and a real delight after the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and the cities. The resort is literally just a few huts on the beach with a lovely communal area with bar, pool table, restuarant and relaxing chairs. The beach is clean, and untouched with just a few shade umbrellas and sun beds. Kayaks are available free of charge.

The rooms are clean and beautifully presented with everything made from bamboo and natural materials. Each bungalow has two rooms and being only a thin wall between the two it can be noisy if you get snoring people in the next romm - so take ear plugs! Also the hot water is timed at certain parts of the day and it doesn't last long when it's on, so quick showers are needed. But that is all forgotten when you can fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the sea.

The restuarant is good, proabably one of the best in the area (Cat Ba town isn't great for authentic food). Breakfast is fantastic with lots of choice. The daily boat leaves the Cat Ong Beach resort island at 9am anbd returns at 4pm but if you miss these then water taxis are available from Cat Ba town.

This hotel is a little more expensive than others in the area but it's miles apart from the others so it's clear why. The staff are lovely and the manager is fantastic and so helpful. If you want to treat yourself to a comfortable beach hut experience on the peace and quiet of a private island, this is the place to go.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Helen78
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Reviewed 30 November 2009

The resort is on Cat Ong island, across the water from Cat Ba downtown, just a short boat hop away. There is nothing on the beach apart from the 7 bungalows (each having 2/3 rooms) and the commons. Besides sunbathing and eating, the thing to do is to go on the water: canoeing, going to see the sunset on the other side of the island, going to fish, to visit the bay...

The personnel is young, courteous and efficient. Regarding food, we were disappointed by the soups (too much pepper) and by the dishes where the meat is wrapped in leaves, but not by the fruit juices and especially the barbecue dinner on the beach was exceptionnal (but the BBQ itself should probably be rebuild a few meters away). The bamboo huts integrate very well in the landscape.

The location is gorgeous. Being East means that the beach is on the mountain's shadow already at 15PM in winter. The management of the environment is where you see the difference between a $50/night resort (like Ocean Beach) and a $150/night luxury Club Med : the garbage dump can be seen (or worse, smelt) when walking from the pier to the common, the diesel generator can be heard. We would expect an island resort to be more "green": use solar energy, high efficiency appliances, conserve water, sort wastes...

Overall, this is a really good finding. Beachlife is so much better than sleeping in a small downtown hotel !

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank minh_ha_duong
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Reviewed 9 July 2009

This hotel is for me the best hotel in Ha Long Bay, but still need improvement on followings:
- room cleaning service
- service in restaurant really needs more training
- vietnamese food is far away from authentic

Positive:
- very nice lobby design
- nice room

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled on business
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Thank MacHope
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Reviewed 18 January 2009

We booked this hotel through a broker and when we arrived on Christmas Eve they had not received the booking! I was really worried due to us being on honeymoon and with the christmas period but the manager was great and managed to sort out a bungalow for us.

With regard to the rooms. They are fantastic and rustic but each bungalow is split into two so can be lacking privacy! But the resort is well managed, staff are friendly and the beach is fantastic.

The staff had arrived a christmas party which was really entertaining - a seafood BBQ, little christmas presents, christmas karaoke, etc. The food was fab!

We would highly recommend this resort for a great relaxing retreat away from everything. We loved it!

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Becky8206
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Reviewed 19 December 2008

I have no idea why the previous reviewer should consider the hotel responsible for a needle on the beach. I have children too and that's unfortunate but until the day people stop dumping stuff in the ocean then things will always wash up.

While I was there staff cleaned the beach carefully every morning and the place was spotless.

Bungalows are simple yet lovely, Thai-style places made from bamboo.

Food was served on the beach at dinnertime. Breakfast was very generous.

Overall, a great little hideway. In Vietnam you spend a lot of time in cities and it was great to be away from traffic and hassle for a couple of days.

  • Stayed: October 2008
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Thank firefly303
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Reviewed 24 July 2008

We booked & payed for 2 nights with a travel agent in Hanoi to stay here one week in advance of our visit.
Upon arrival everthing seemed OK but within an hour, while my 3 young kids were happily playing in the sea and sand, my 8 year old daughter pulled a hypodermic needle out of the sea asking what it was... packets of half used drugs were later washed ashore. Meanwhile a team of 3 men spent their entire day pulling a huge boat full of debris out of the sea in a vain attempt to catch it before it came up onto the beach.
In good faith (having booked & paid in advance) & giving 24+ hours notice that we did not want to stay (there's nothing else to do for kids there!) I was told that only 20% of our 3 rooms would be refunded. When I explained what we had found there was no apology just 'we try to keep the beach clean and the refund policy is clear to see when you book' - we NEVER saw any policy!
Despite the beach, the hotel uses corrugated metal (sharp end up) as a 'wall' around the huts which are also very dangerous.
We left and we lost our money but if it means only 1 person not going there, it'd be worth writing a review as I cannot imagine what could've happened had a child (or adult) had stood on the needle! BEWARE!
I have photo's to back up my statement (just cannot attach them) but please mail me & I can forward.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank Sarah-Handley
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Address: on Cat Ong Island, 3 miles offshore Cat Ba Town | 4hrs by boat from Halong Bay, Halong Bay 84, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Quang Ninh Province > Halong Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Halong Bay
Price Range: £36 - £50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ocean Beach Resort is located on a small private island, nestled between 2 fabulous beaches. All cottages are artfully appointed with traditional materials. ... more   less 
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Ocean Beach Hotel Halong Bay

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