Boathouse | 17 bedrooms | sleeps 34
Though Paradise Luxury Cruises only launched their first vessel in 2008, the foundations of the company were laid a few years ahead with the building of the bridge linking Tuan Chau Island to the main land and the ensuing possibility to bring passengers to a private pier, a service never yet proposed by cruise companies of Halong Bay.
The concept of the company came along, to offer a unique cruising experience in the World Heritage site, blending Vietnamese traditions and multi-faceted culture with the highest standards of hospitality worthy of world-class grand hotels and, thanks to visionary ideas and unequalled customer services, standing out among the four or five hundred boats sailing across the bay every day.
After four years of careful planning and cooperation with Vietnamese and Western architects, designers and consultants, Paradise Cruises launched their first boat, Paradise Luxury I, in November 2008, soon followed by Paradise Luxury II in March 2009.
The fleet expanded subsequently in 2010 and early 2011 with a new Paradise Luxury (III), a brand new generation of smaller, highly intimate and sparklingly elegant private boats, Paradise Privilege I and II, and two Paradise Explorer day boats.
In the meantime, in their constant effort to provide an ever-better quality of service and accommodate their guests in the utmost warmth and comfort, Paradise Cruises opened a luxurious Café & Lounge area a few meters away from their private marina.
A new addition to the Paradise Luxury Cruisers (IV) is to be completed by June 2011.
Paradise Cruises are furthermore currently using all their artistry to revolutionize the world of Five Star Cruising to launch in the next few months Paradise Peak, an utmost luxury vessel whose qualities go far beyond the most extravagant imaginations.
|Size||Sleeps up to 34, 17 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||To Be Advised|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Hanoi - Noi Bai International Airport Station 175 km, Nearest railway: Hanoi Railways Station, Hanoi Capital, Vietnam 180 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||17 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms of which 17 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (16), Double beds (9), Cots (5), Dining seats for 34, Lounge seats for 34|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The North Vietnam region
Northern Vietnam? it's full of culture. Historically, and to this day, it has been significantly poorer than the southern part of the country. Cultural and political differences remain strong - the language is pronounced differently in some ways, and there's definitely a more authoritarian feel in the cities.
The largest city in northern Vietnam is the capital of Hanoi, and it's the only attractive one. But there are numerous other sites, such as Ha Long Bay, the mountain resort of Sapa, and the historical battlefield of Dien Bien Phu.
Bac Ha - hilltribe markets near the Chinese border
Co To Island
Cuc Phuong National Park
Dien Bien Phu - site of the French defeat in 1954
Dong Dang - on the border with China
Ha Long Bay - a world-famous natural wonder
Sapa - popular site for visiting indigenous tribes
Tam Coc - Ha Long Bay-like karst scenery along the river
Bac Giang - Pristine natural forest with ecotourism stays and visits
"Ha Long" means "Bay of Descending Dragons" (Chinese: ???; Xiàlóngw?n), though prior to the 19th century this name was not recorded in any document or archive. When mentioning the present-day Quang Ninh Sea or Ha Long Bay, old historical books often referred to them by the names of An Bang, Luc Thuy or Van Don. Not until the late 19th century did the name of Ha Long Bay appear on a French Marine Map. The Hai Phong News, a French newspaper of the time, had an article, Dragon appears on Ha Long Bay, reporting the following story: In 1898 a sub-lieutenant named Lagredin, captaining the Avalanse reported seeing a huge sea snake on Ha Long Bay. This was also witnessed by many of the crews. Thus emerged the European image of the Asian dragon. Whether this appearance of a strange animal looking like a dragon resulted the name of Ha Long Bay is not known.
The Ha Long Bay archipelago is made up of 1969 islands, both settled and uninhabited. These can be accessed from various ports, though in the special case of Cat Ba you can also arrive either by car, motorbike or bus (via Haiphong) or combined bus/boat (from Hanoi via Halong City).
This unique UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular place for tourists and it is good to know that large parts of Ha Long Bay are officially protected from development. The islands vary greatly in size and shape as well as structure.
Visitors might want to allow a few days to explore this magical bay as its attractions are extremely numerous.
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10 Apr 2014
We had a great time on Luxury 1 with Jimmy and his staff. I am a vegetarian and they made me special meals and really looked after us. The boat is showing its age but the room was fine with a small pr… More
22 Mar 2014
"Good for cruising in a VIP way"
You want to cruise in a VIP way? Then go ahead and book one of the suites in this boat. You want to live a thorough experience of a natural wonder called "Halong Bay"?. Then this boat is not… More
16 Mar 2014
"The nicest of the boats we saw on Halong Bay."
The boat was everything we had hoped it would be, very comfortable with good food. We had booked a two night stay as we had been advised that we would get away from other boats to more remote parts o… More
8 Mar 2014
"Excellent all round"
We booked the two day, one night cruise and we were not disappointed. After a four hour transfer from Hanoi to Halong, we were greeted by the friendly check-in staff for Paradise Cruises. We were ushe… More
25 Feb 2014
There are a lot of boats on the water at Halong Bay. Many of them look very dodgy. Not so the Paradise fleet. Our boat was terrific.The boat was very comfortable, well-appointed, clean and in good con… More
9 Feb 2014
We booked through our hotel in Hanoi and requested the most luxurious of cruises for Halong Bay. We were not disappointed. We did a 2 day one night cruise which had the following itinerary:Picked up … More
7 Dec 2013
"Best way to enjoy Halong Bay"
We , a couple in mid-20s, travelled to Hanoi in August and we tried to book for the terrace suite on Paradise Luxury Cruise to Halong Bay for 2 nights cruise. Due to stormy weather in days prior to ou… More
1 Dec 2013
We stayed for 3D2N on the Paradise Peak which is an amazing boat. We loved Halong Bay, but the boat just made our experience unforgettable. The excursions were planned nicely so we did not have to wai… More
30 Oct 2013
"An experience of paradise"
An amazing cruise!This month of october I visited Halong Bay with Paradise Cruises I was in the boat number QN6688 managed by Christopher Balestra and everything was just fantastic! Since I came onbo… More
22 Oct 2013
"A must do trip!"
A truly fantastic trip. Travelled with children of 13 and 10 years old who loved the experience too. We travelled by car from Hanoi which is a long journey of 3.5 hours with a bit of crazy driving bu… More
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