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Dessole Beach Resort - Mui Ne
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Reviewed 13 January 2011

We stayed here for four nights over New Year's. Got a good deal on the room - 70 USD, and the facility was quite nice overall. Great beach, clean, new... Biggest problem was service. There are like two people that speak decent English. Getting anything beyond pointing at a menu is virtually impossible. Breakfast ends at 9:30 ... I never made it ... not going to get up before ten on holiday. Another rather annoying problem is a lack of beach chairs ... the Russian crowd comes down at 8 am and 'reserves' everything with a book or towel ... Hotel restaurant and bar are ridiculously overpriced. The fitness center doesn't exist. Its a few pieces of used equipment, manufactured circa 1980. WiFi kind of works, but only sometimes.

On balance, you could do a lot worse, and for the money this is a good value. However there are definitely some minuses.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Bema007
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Reviewed 12 January 2011

We had booked into the Grace Resort months ago but there was a problem and our reservation didn't eventuate. Our Vietnamese agent did well to find us a last minute alternative at the Sea Lion resort, although not at all a boutique hotel as the Sea Lion has 235 rooms. The two pool areas are great, with pool bar and snacks and lovely staff. The majority of guests seems to be dour Russians who add little to the holiday atmosphere. The rooms were spacious, clean and quite well-appointed, the food OK, and the cocktails excellent and great value.
All in all, a great location on the beach as long as you don't mind being out of town - a plus after the bustle of Saigon for us.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank pearler
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Reviewed 31 December 2010

The beach is great. The sun seems to shine everyday and it makes it all worth it. Moreover the staff at the resort are so nice, honest and so eager to help out. The staff work so hard to keep the resort clean and proper.

I have read a few of the reviews here and I must say that this resort gives you so much value for money your head spins. It is a bargain! And it includes very kind and serviceminded staff that are really willing to help out. It is a four star resort and they provide so much more than requires for a fourstar level. You get what you pay for and a bit more at the Sealion resort.

We ate at the resort and the foodprices are a steal, a bargain. Not very good though in comparison to "real" vietnamese food. But we went almost everyday to Phan Thiet hunting for Bun Bo and other delicacies. We got the nicest and kindest taxidrivers everytime. We used the laundry service, also a bargain, efficient. Roomservice was no fuss but took a bit long to arrive. The breakfast buffet was vast considering the price of the room.

Everything at this resort is a bargain, the staff is lovely and serviceminded.

The downsides are the guests. Every sign and menu in Mui Ne is written i cyrillic letters. Resortguests hogging around the buffet like they never seen food before or thinks that a famine soon will arrive. Guests screaming in an abusive way and jerking around the nice vietnamese staff. Guests being angry because of the pricing of services. It was astonishing considering the all over cheap prices at the resort and Mui Ne. Sex tourists also (majorily) takes the fun away.These are severe downsides that we never encountered before but this is our first time at a fourstar resort.

If you are used to fivestar resorts you´d probably want to stay there in my opinion.

We will not go back to the Sealion resort or Mui Ne again because of the tourists coming there. It is a pitty that Mui Ne seems so abused, and overly exploited.

We had a nice time thanks to the helpful and kind staff at the Sealion resort!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank sjgrn
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Reviewed 10 January 2010

No doubt you (like we) do your research about a place to avoid relying only on a resort's own photos & info. We did before going to SLResort and still we ended up badly surprised:
- Lighting in the rooms (Premium Family Beachfront) so dim you can't read unless it's daytime
- No "wifi throughout whole resort" as appears in their literature. In reception lobby yes but not in the room.
- Breakfast 2 star at best (poor taste, variety, presentation). Good for those hoping to lose a few pounds during their trip. Felt like it was merely just to feed you. Fine for a hostel but not for nearly 200/night.
- No dresser/bureau in room to place clothing. Only a closet with hangers and their room safe.
- Staff's level of English below average. If you needed help with a topic not directly related to resort/guest you'd be a bit stuck.
- Requests for a few minor things (the door lock is stuck; can you leave a dustpan & brush in the room; etc) ended up long drawn-out affairs some without resolution.
- The general condition/running of the resort was to us a bit on the cheap side. Insufficient numbers of lounge chairs, many in disrepair; broken tile pieces strewn around the steps at the beach entrance (some under the sand!); one coffee carafe and 1 egg/soup chef for 100 guests at breakfast; shower head wouldn't stay held in the hook, causing it to drop which meant no 2-handed showers; batteries in the remote needed replacing and then the next day same for the room safe.

Of course for some these things don't matter but then if not, why stay at a pricey resort when you could pay 1/5th at a local guest house whose standard is somewhat similar? SLR is rated 4 star, but by the Vietnamese government. Having travelled 3 decades on 5 continents this is a 3-star place. If we go again, we'd try another of the many many places in Mui Ne. Not that that's any guarantee, but SLR was not a WYSIWYG.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank BrianandElla
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Reviewed 29 January 2009

Paying perhaps the most expensive price on the coast for a simple room (175$/night) we were faced such problem as toilet's smell. Something wrong with the toilet in our room and noone can fix it or offer us another room. Every day we are calling to reception and explain our problem. Sometimes maintaince guy come, have a look and leave muttering The staff look friendly but absolutely unefficient. Non speking english in general.

Don't you want to feel yourself sleeping in public WC?

There is also dishonest attitude when it comes to pricing. 3 different receptionist tell us different prices per night. Everyone want to have their comission.

Strongly not recommended!

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Slava K
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