Not on the beach
River Beach Resort is the last large hotel/resort on Cua Dai road before hitting the sand when coming from Hoi An.
It’s located just across the road from Cua Dai beach’s public section. Unfortunately this section of the beach is suffering from coastal erosion and as of December 2015, it is an unsightly mess of sandbags, bamboo, metal sheet piles and all other last hope measures used to prevent the remaining bit of beach from disappearing. This is a huge loss for the resort, since its proximity to the beach was one of the big reasons you’d want to stay here.
However, the only waterfront the hotel sees is the river, which it faces on one side. It has a reasonably sized pool at its centre, with a three-storey building around it, all of which is surrounded by tropical greenery. Rooms are simply furnished and a little dated, with white sheets on firm mattresses, bedside lamps and gleaming wood floors, although the one we saw smelt a little damp. All rooms look out onto the garden or the river but it's worth upgrading to a Super Deluxe room for a river view. All are kitted out with air-con, TV and fridge. Though comfortable, it lacks the comfort and luxury of its neighbouring resorts. The one thing that really did stand out was the lack of privacy, especially on the adjoining balconies, where no effort has been made to achieve a private space.
Another little minor gripe is that the hotel shares its pool with another cheaper hotel nearby which means the pool area is quite often noisy and packed. If you do want a bit of beach, you’ll have to look for the few remaining empty plots of sand. Alternatively, you can travel eight kilometres up the coast to unaffected An Bang beach.
Cua Dai’s decline has certainly negatively affected River Beach and not only have rates dropped, we were offered a 20% discount on the spot without even asking. Online booking also show bigger discounts, so it's worth doing a quick internet search.
By Cindy Fan
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.