“Off the Beaten Track” in Dalat at a Luxury Resort? Swiss Belresort Review
We know. “Off the beaten track” and “luxury resort” are an odd pair, but staying at the secluded Swiss Belresort made our Dalat trip extraordinary and unforgettable. We’ve stayed at countless hotels and resorts, and the Swiss Belresort is one of our favorites. The “normal” thing to do when visiting the Dalat region is to stay in Dalat city and then venture into the countryside to see all the waterfalls and other attractions. However, we decided to actually stay in the gorgeous countryside that we came to see.
We had just spent a few weeks in awesome but frantic urban embrace of Ho Chi Minh City. We chose the Swiss Belresort because wanted a mountain getaway that was as tranquil, secluded, and rewarding as possible. As it turned out, our experience at the Swiss Belresort was far more luxurious, relaxing and romantic than we dreamed. We would stay there again and definitely recommend it for your trip to Dalat.
Swiss Belresort Pros and Cons
THE SCENERY IS GORGEOUS AND MESMERIZING
It took us less than a second to fall in love with the beautiful setting of the Swiss Belresort. The resort is nestled in a valley and – as if that weren’t gorgeous enough – they have gardens all around the property AND an immaculate golf course which is a sight in itself. We had great views from our room. And the view from the pool and main dining area were even better. The scenery is mesmerizing, especially in the growing light of the morning. It was literally hypnotic. So many cups of coffee were wasted with us staring off into the landscape totally oblivious and immersed in the natural beauty. Suddenly, we would “wake up” to take a sip from a full cup that had gone cold. We hated wasting so much prime Vietnamese coffee, but that view was simply irresistible.
ROMANTIC PRIVATE DINNERS IN THE GARDEN
Do the math. Seclusion + Serenity + Natural Beauty + Luxury = ______________. If you answered romance, you get an A. The Swiss Belresort is charming and romantic. Some of our finest memories are our private dinners around the resort. We ate and drank and danced under the stars. The food and wine were incredible, but the service was the more amazing. We felt like royalty. These private dinners (with an ‘s’ – we had several) were totally the suggestion of the staff and came with no extra charge. And it wasn’t easy for them. It took a lot of time and effort for them to set up our private tables and serve us so far from the normal dining area. The staff were some of the best ever and we really appreciated them. They were so genuine and helpful. They took care of everything so we could relax and enjoy the romance.
WE LOVED OUR ROOMS AND SLEPT LIKE BABIES
During our stay, we stayed in 2 different rooms: a Junior suite and an Executive suite. Booth rooms were amazing and we loved them both. Each room had some advantages over the other. First, we’ll describe the features common to both rooms. Then we discuss the advantages of each.
Both rooms have a similar style and décor. They are classy but very cozy. We felt right at home. The beds in both rooms were huge and super comfortable. The whole resort is quiet and serene. We never heard a peep from outside the rooms. We slept like babies and woke up refreshed. Both rooms also have nice sitting area with a large desk, sofa, chairs, and TV. There are actually 2 TV’s in both rooms. One in the sitting area and the other faced the bed. Both rooms also have plenty of outlets, and the outlets will work with any type of plug. The voltage is 220v so be sure to only plug in dual voltage devices – or zap. They also have excellent bathrooms. There is a “rain” shower and deep soaking tub and ‘his and her’ sinks with lots of counter space.
Best of all, they have these space-age toilets. They have sensors that see you coming and open when you walk up. The toilets are self-cleaning with heated seats. And they have a remote-controlled bidet. There are a surprising number of options: warm or cold water, spray or stream, continuous or pulsating or spiraling water flow, high or low positioning, front or back positioning, and more. It’s so refreshing. Ahhhhh the luxury. It’s like a butler for your bum!
The Junior Suite
The main advantage of the Junior suite is the enclosed balcony terrace.
It’s a big terrace with a dining table and 2 loungers. The large slats enclosing the terrace ensure your privacy while allowing you to enjoy some of the beautiful scenery. The terrace is great for enjoying meals or just dessert, and absolutely perfect for sharing a bottle of wine. You’ll appreciate the privacy. The terrace is very romantic. The mountain view is partially obstructed but the fresh air scented by the gardens and the soothing sounds of the forest can really get you in the mood.
We were very happy in the Junior Suite. It wasn’t huge, but we found it spacious enough and very comfortable. Of course, we jumped at the opportunity when the manager offered us a free upgrade to the Executive suite.
The Executive Suite
There are 2 main advantages of the Executive Suite: larger more luxurious bathroom and a better view. As you expect, the Executive Suite is overall larger than the Junior Suite, but this is very apparent in the bathroom. The bathroom itself would be a nice size apartment in New York City.
The view is the real star of the Executive suite. It’s located on the corner of the building so you have different views of the beautiful property and surrounding scenery.
The Presidential Suite
We didn’t stay in the Presidential Suite but we did get a chance to check it out. It is huge. The best feature is the bar – very cool.
GREAT HOMEBASE FOR TOURS OF DALAT REGION
With its gorgeous location and many onsite luxuries, the Swiss Belresort can be a destination in itself – especially if you’re a golfer. But we used it as a home-base to explore the waterfalls and other attractions in the area. You can read the highlights of our Dalat exploration here. Often it worked out better for us than if we did the “typical thing” and stayed in Dalat City. Many of the waterfalls and other attractions of the Dalat area are rather spread out in the Vietnamese highlands. Some of the waterfalls and attractions are actually closer to the Swiss Belresort than to Dalat City. We often spent less time on the road and more time enjoying either the waterfalls or the resort. Because we began from a non-typical location, were able to visit sites on a different timetable and miss lots of the crowds.
For example, we had an extended elephant encounter on scenic Tuyen Lam Lake. It was close to the resort so we were the first ones there. There weren’t any other visitors the whole time that we were there. We were able to ride the elephant around the lake in total tranquility and had time for lots of extra photos.
We had a similar experience at Prenn Waterfall. At the Prenn, we were able to have a long visit there with almost no one around. Then, just as we were leaving the tour buses arrived and several hundred tourists swarmed the place. We can’t always beat the crowds (and we don’t always want to), but these experiences were much more special because we started from the Swiss Belresort and followed a different path on a different timetable.
And when we wanted to visit Dalat City (which is definitely worth the visit), we just took the resort’s free shuttle. It’s about 25-30 minute ride, but the ride through the highlands is very pretty and enjoyable.
All things considered, the Swiss Belresort was a convenient base for our travels in the region. We got to see and do everything we wanted AND we stayed at a luxurious 5-star resort in a gorgeous setting.
We enjoyed several couple’s massages and other awesome treatments at the Spa. The facilities are brand new and very nice. The service was great and very relaxing.
In addition to everything else we’ve said, this 5-star resort is also incredibly affordable. We couldn’t believe the value.
When we were researching the Swiss Belresort, we were actually a little suspicious of the great rates we found online. The pictures of the resort looked fantastic and the descriptions sounded even better. But we wondered if a 5-star resort could be that affordable. We took the chance, booked out room, and it turned out great.
Yes, we would be happy to stay here again. Just remember that this resort is secluded and remote. For us, that’s a big plus and a big part of its charm. If you want more action and be able to walk around town to choose from several restaurants, you might want to stay in Dalat city. Another option is to spend a few days in Dalat city and few days at the Swiss Belresort. The Swiss Belresort strikes a balance between the rustic beauty of the mountains and luxuries of modern comfort and convenience. We totally recommend the Swiss Belresort if you’re visiting Dalat.
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