Based on customers’s satisfaction and recommendations, as well as his personal experiences, Pham Ha, reveals his picks for the top five new, trendy hotels and resorts in Vietnam for 2013.
Pham Ha is a CEO and founder of Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravel.com.vn), the first luxury tour operator in Indochina. Pham Ha is also a travel guru, tourism speaker, writer, consultant and a leading designer of luxury tourism industry training programs.
1. An Lam Saigon River Private Residence
Managed by Epikurean, An Lam Saigon River Private Residence is a captivating and exquisite luxury lifestyle boutique hotel. It is located on the fringe of Ho Chi Minh City, just a 15-minute boat ride from the city’s centre.
The property blends utmost privacy with serenity and exclusivity, and occupies a site of more than 6,000 square meters. The hotel comprises seven luxurious riverside villas set in vibrant tropical gardens, and offering extraordinary views of the Saigon River. The villas host a total of fifteen guest rooms, each exclusively designed and furnished with its own contemporary identity and with elegant Vietnamese touches.
Daring and dramatic, offering style, elegance, efficiency and sensational service, the focal point of the hotel are the Saigon River views, which are enjoyed from almost every room in the resort. (www.epikurean.ws/ )
2. Six Senses Con Dao
Set on the untouched island paradise of Con Dao, about 230 km from Ho Chi Minh City, Six Senses features luxurious villas with private infinity pools and unobstructed views of the East Sea.
True to Six Senses philosophy of selecting remote but accessible destinations in areas of outstanding natural beauty, Con Dao is an untouched and breathtakingly beautiful area, protected for decades as a national and marine park.
This is the first five-star resort in the archipelago and is reached by daily flights of just 45 minutes from Ho Chi Minh City. (sixsenses.com/condao)
With a passionate commitment to supporting and protecting the environment, Con Dao has been built with the very lightest ecological footprint. Elegantly designed modern accommodations offer generous personal space.
The resort offers 50 villas along a mile of sandy beach, sheltered by the green forested hills behind and with stunning vistas of the deep blue sea and the curve of the bay. Styles range from single-level to duplex and offer one, three and four bedrooms, with indoor-outdoor bathrooms. The efficient design reduces air conditioning whilst providing additional natural ventilation.
3. An Lam Villas Ninh Van Bay Nha Trang
A new property, with a total of 35 luxury villas, An Lam Ninh Van Bay Villas come in several styles providing the discerning traveller with the ideal choice of accommodation type. Every villa is open and spacious, with air-conditioned bedrooms.
The style is a blend of eco-modern with traditional Vietnamese touches and state-of-the-art technology. Details have been intelligently addressed to ensure comfort and wellbeing, from an indulgent rain-shower to a personalized in-villa bar.
And of course, there are the private plunge pools to refresh guests who may not feel like walking to the beach. (epikurean.ws/)
4. InterContinental Peninsula Danang Sun Spa
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is redefining the luxury resort experience.
Embedded in the hills of the famous Son Tra Peninsula, the resort features beachfront villas with private pools and a range of more than 20 suites.
The resort will have a wide selection of cuisine that offers both local and international delights. From the spectacular views at Citron, to unforgettable world-class dining at La Maison 1888, to a dining in the sand experience at the Barefoot Café, there is abundant variety and excitement to cater to all. (danang.intercontinental.com)
5. Banyan Tree Lang Co
Framed by a three kilometre beach and lush countryside, the 280 hectare community resides near Lang Co Bay in the Chan May region overlooking the East Sea, an area renowned for its pristine coastline, tropical jungles, rugged mountain peaks and proximity to the country’s most storied UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the ancient imperial capital of Hue, the historic town of Hoi An and the relics of My Son.
Laguna Lang Co is ideally situated to offer travellers the best of both worlds. Discover the rustic charms of nearby UNESCO World Heritage sites, and enjoy the plethora of services and facilities located at the resort, including exciting sports activities and award-winning signature spa treatments.
Banyan Tree Lang Co is built on a unique crescent bay offering privacy and unparalleled exclusivity. It is the most deluxe edition of the resort and hotel collection of the Laguna Lang Co complex. Designed and conceptualised for the sophisticated traveller, this five-star villa is primed to redefine standards of the ideal holiday destination.
Angsana Lang Co commands an unrivalled beach frontage with views of the shimmering East Sea. As part of the Laguna Lang Co integrated resort complex, the contemporary Angsana Lang Co resort features 229 stylish suites varying from 52 sqm to 179 sqm in size, and more than 100 of which come with their own private pools. (banyantree.com/en/lang_co)