FLC Halong Bay: Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World
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Number of Rooms649 rooms and suites, 300 villas
AmenitiesMultiple restaurants and bars / swimming pool / spa / kids’ club
Number of courses1
A lot of resort courses have water views. No other has water views like this. Stretched atop a hill along the Gulf of Tonkin, roughly 100 miles from the capital of Hanoi, this luxe destination commands a panoramic of a seascape so distinctive, it’s been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ha Long means ‘descending dragon,’ an evocative descriptor for the thousands of limestone outcrops that rise from Ha Long Bay, calling to mind the spikes of a partially submerged sea monster. The course is something of a spectacle, too, winding through verdant, pine-studded terrain with an inventive routing that features four par-3s in a five-hole stretch and water views on all 18. Unlike many resorts in Vietnam, where golf and accommodations are spread apart, with shuttles running back and forth, Halong’s course sits at the center of the action: an arresting playground, stitched amid accommodations and amenities that suit the splendor of the setting.
Halong Bay is the perfect place for a conference with a 1,500-person convention center
Heated plunge pools and assorted spa treatments make for soothing post-golf indulgences
Most visitors to Ha Long Bay see the sights from sea level. This is a rare chance to take the views in from up high.
3 things to know
Best time to goYear-round, with cooler weather in the winter, and rainier conditions in the shoulder seasons.
Best non-golf amenityLuxury yacht tours on Ha Long Bay.
Insider TipThough summer brings hot weather and frequent afternoon thundershowers, the views are often better than those in the more temperate winter, when the bay is more likely to be socked.