Delightful respite

“We totally enjoyed our overnight in Mekong Delta at The Island Lodge. We arrived mid-afternoon, about the hottest time of day but felt cool and relaxed as soon as we stepped off our boat. The staff was professional and very helpful in dealing with a passport/visa issue. The room was very clean, well layed out and the decor was ever so tasteful.

We were able to make last-minute arrangements for spa treatments in spite of the late time of our arrival. The grounds are well-kept and provided a delightful area to meander and relax.

Our dinner orders were taken upon arrival which, while unusual, did allow us to make a special request for extra small portions as we have small appetites. We were especially happy to be presented the requested small portions of each dish and were delighted by the wonderful meal. A special mention to the chef!

While English is not spoken fluently by everyone on staff, that only added to the charm as we recognize we speak only five words of Vietnamese. Communicating is part of the adventure of traveling. We enjoyed a short conversation with the owners who, it is clear, love what they have created and seem to want to ensure their guests have the best experience.

The only thing I found a bit less-than-perfect is the volume of the A/C unit. Normally I do not like to sleep with the A/C on but the temperatures made that impossible. Each room has its own unit which is loud enough that we were not able to enjoy the normal night sounds through the screened openings which, during our visit, consisted of thunder and socializing geckos.

I definitely recommend this property if you have the opportunity to stay in the Mekong Delta.”