Victoria is an interesting blend: part golden age of travel, part Mediterranean village, with a few Champa statues thrown in.
Somehow it works, creating an exotic escapist resort perfect for an ocean-side getaway. The breezy high-ceilinged lobby has gorgeous details but the hotel’s age is beginning to show in some of the communal areas, and the dining room now feels a bit less 'tropical luxury' and a bit more 'state-run retirement home', but accommodation standards remain high and are split into two areas, with multiple-storey buildings at the rear of the resort and smarter duplex bungalows towards the water's edge. Some rooms are a little small, but attractively decorated with cherry-coloured wood and dramatic red accents. The higher end rooms are much more spacious, with minimalist white decor creating a calm atmosphere. Superior rooms have either a view of the river or the gardens: the former is more attractive but the latter rooms are quieter. A fairly sized rectangular swimming pool overlooks what used to be beach, now an unsightly rock retaining wall.
Like the rest of Cua Dai, coastal erosion has completely eaten away the front beach. Guests can head to a modestly sized empty patch of white sand adjacent to the property – there’s umbrellas, loungers and they clean it daily, though it certainly is missing the fun in the sun ambience of a typical beach resort. Cua Dai’s decline translates to savings and look out for online offers. If you can live without beachfront, you get a great deal for a solid four-star. They have classic Ural motorcycles with sidecars to run guests to and from town which they also provide with a driver for quite exceptional day tours, which is pretty cute and fun. The on-site restaurant is not what it once was and is expensive by Hoi An standards, but they sometimes do a great Sunday brunch with free flow sparkling wine that's worth a visit even if you are not staying.
By Cindy Fan
Last updated on 11th February, 2016.