Au Lac Resort is part of
the much larger Tuan Chau development on an island close
to the coastline about ten kilometres from Ha Long's Bai
Chay tourist area. Construction began 2000 - in 2003 the
Au Lac was the first of several hotels to be completed.
The hotel consists of three elements, the Seaside Villas
(which includes the main reception area, restaurant and
other facilities as well as villas on the 5km artificial
beach), the Hillside Villas and the Pine Tree Villas.
The information in the tables below refer to the Seaside
Au Lac Resort.
Rooms are impressive. All have balconies, high quality
wooden furniture and block floors, and large bathrooms.
Superior bathrooms have corner baths, and deluxe
bathrooms have a spa shower and bath. Main meals can be
taken in the restaurant in the reception block, the
'Culinary Street', or in one of the restaurant 'eating
areas' nearby. Breakfast is provided in the villas.
The Hillside and Pine Hill Villas are different. These
are 1, 2, 3 or 4 bedroom self-contained villas set on a
wooded hillside, each with its own swimming pool.
They're well designed, luxurious, very Asian, and aimed
at families and friendship groups. Needless to say,
they're far from cheap.
A question mark hangs above the area between the villas
and the beach. Several more hotel buildings are under
construction there, and may limit or block the villas'
present panoramic view of the bay.
The overall impression is a curious combination of first
rate infrastructure and third rate details. The villas
are well designed and built, with upmarket decor and
fittings. The gardens are superbly landscaped with
manicured lawns, pleasant water features and tropical
flowers and trees.