Set amongst the dramatic landscapes of the Van Long Nature Reserve, the Emeralda has brought a touch of luxury to this rugged region. The resort offers 172 rooms spread amongst its manicured gardens and no less than three swimming pools along with a full service spa and fitness centre. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at Hotspot Restaurant, which has two private rooms with garden views. Organic Restaurant offers healthy Vietnamese, Asian and Western dishes. Private barbecues with a personal chef and romantic dinners can also be arranged.
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.