- Large but peaceful resort with 2 pools
- Local artist gallery & two shops on site
- Tai chi, chakra balancing, yoga, spa
- Visits to Phong Nha caves & National Park
Set in the lush, verdant hills just outside Hue is Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort. This large yet tranquil resort is ideal for those who want to stay somewhere peaceful, while still having the city proper within easy reach. Beautifully and tastefully presented throughout and with local artists' work on display, it has a pleasantly calm character and its unspoiled surroundings make it a fantastic spot to unwind and escape from fast-paced city life. For trips to the city, the resort offers a complimentary shuttle service that runs several times a day and has to be booked in advance. Boasting two swimming pools, a spa, two shops and numerous activities both at the resort and in the surrounding area, Pilgrimage Village is a great choice for couples, groups and families.
There are no fewer than 139 rooms and villas spread out across the well tended grounds. Though the resort does have quite a high guest capacity, it has a spacious, uncrowded feel. There are seven grades of accommodation altogether, ranging from the Deluxe to the Traditional Vietnamese Pool House. All types of accommodation come with a range of convenient amenities, from air conditioning and a flat-screen TV, to tea and coffee making facilities and a minibar/refrigerator.
Breakfast is served at the Valley Restaurant, which is located by a lake, while lunch and dinner are served at Junrei Restaurant. This is the resort’s main eatery and serves popular Hue dishes and imaginatively prepared Vietnamese fusion cuisine. For drinks, there’s the stylish Slope Lounge with its soothing live piano music, the Peanut Bar with its lush surroundings and the intimate Candle Bar.
Complimentary classes in tai chi, chakra balancing and yoga are available every day. The spa has a full range of indulgent treatments available and even offers some geared towards children. There's a choice of two swimming pools: one is 50m in length and is ideal for practising lengths, while the other is more for families and children. The resort was originally a centre for arts and handicrafts; there are countless pieces on display throughout and local artists’ works are showcased in the on-site art gallery. Souvenirs and keepsakes are sold in the two dedicated shops near the resort’s entrance. Many excursions are possible, including trips to the Phong Nha caves and half-day tours of the Bach Ma National Park, which is a popular destination for wildlife and nature enthusiasts.
The resort welcomes children and has two accommodation options aimed at those travelling with younger ones: the Family Standard and the Family Deluxe. Both options offer plenty of space. Pilgrimage Village offers some activities tailored specifically for children, including learning about local crafts and traditions, hat making and cooking, plus youngsters will no doubt enjoy exploring the area with their families and splashing about in the family pool. Parents are reminded that they must keep their children under adult supervision at all times.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019