The city of Hoi An has multiple personalities, in a good way. The old town area is full of charm, with its historic buildings, landmarks and lantern-lit walking streets. But it’s easy to forget that this busy place is also very close to the beach.
By staying at Sunrise Resort, you get to experience all that Hoi An has to offer. Even though you’re on vacation, it’s worth setting an alarm so you can wake up to a stunning sunrise over the East Vietnam Sea. Afterward, enjoy a generous buffet breakfast with local and international specialties. Later in the morning, you could go for a swim in one of the inviting pools or even challenge someone to a friendly game of tennis.
In the afternoon, take advantage of the resort’s free shuttle to old town, where you can explore, shop, have lunch at an excellent restaurant in town and of course—people-watch. Then, when you’ve had enough of the crowds, head back to Sunrise for a relaxing poolside happy hour at The Lounge or fresh-caught seafood dinner at Sao Bien Restaurant.
Feeling adventurous? The Sunrise Resort is situated perfectly for a day trip to nearby Cham Island, where you can go snorkeling or scuba diving. For a cultural experience, consider an early morning trip to My Son Holy Land, a UNESCO heritage site and former religious capital. The resort also offers plenty of opportunities to relax with services from the Body Works Spa, books from their library or complimentary yoga and tai chi classes.
Traveling with a family or a larger group? The Sunrise Resort offers a variety of connecting rooms, so it’s easy to book a block of rooms. If you stay in the main building, be sure to request an ocean-facing room or Sunrise Suite. Of course, if you choose to stay in one of the villas at Sunrise, you may never feel the need to venture into town. The villas are well-appointed, extremely private, and offer unobscured views of the ocean.
When you think of Vietnam, you may think of its complicated history, fields of terraced rice paddies, and the fresh, flavorful food. But the country hasn’t had much of a reputation as a tropical island paradise. Ever so slowly, that’s changing because of the jewel that is Phu Quoc island, located in the Gulf of Thailand and a short flight away from the mainland.
Traveling in Vietnam can be a bit hectic. But once you step onto the grounds of the impeccable Salinda Resort, the feeling shifts. The location is prime, along Phu Quoc’s Long Beach, an 8-km stretch of sand on the west side of the island. Yes, it’s a gorgeous, serene, postcard worthy beach and an impeccably kept property. But what makes the Salinda Resort so special is the staff —- a group of warm, attentive, always-there-for-you people who will absolutely make your stay the best it can be. Your only job is to relax, and staff members will happily go out of their way to make sure you’re getting it done.
You can stay in the main hotel building or in a villa. Honeymooners, take note: not only do the villas offer a high level of privacy, but each one is designed with unusual materials (we were mesmerized by the abalone wall décor) and incredible attention to detail. This is what luxury is about. If you stay in the hotel, choose a room overlooking the sea with a private balcony.
Waking up at Salinda is pure joy. And when you see their included breakfast offering, your feeling of peacefulness will be replaced with sheer awe. There are hundreds of delicacies to choose from, and the quality far surpasses our expectations for even a five-star resort. After breakfast, you could busy yourself with a tour of the island’s offerings, but you may just want to stay and soak in the sun.
In addition to the pool and private beach area, there’s also a cigar bar, a karaoke club with private rooms, a fitness center, and spa specializing in Thai body treatments. The kids club is an appealing option for a family-friendly getaway. For dinner, try Casa Italia for authentic handmade pastas.
The incredible level of service, the premium location and the impressive level of attention to detail make Salinda Resort an incredible choice. If Vietnam wasn’t on your “must-visit” list, it should be now.
As you’re careening up the Saigon River from Bach Dang pier in Villa Song Saigon’s private boat, you aren’t entirely sure what to expect. The city seems to disappear as you wind around the corners, anticipation increases as you see the spectacular villas that dot the river front. 15 minutes into the trip, you begin to slow down and the beautiful hotel shows itself.
From the second you step on the pier, you can tell you’re in for a unique, luxury hotel experience.
Villa Song Saigon was originally the private residence of a wealthy banker, but about 10 years ago it was converted into a luxury hotel. After a two year renovation and restoration project, the hotel opened in December 2013, and the result has been one of the most unexpected surprises of our recent trip to Ho Chi Minh City. The French colonial style building is home to 23 rooms, each individually decorated with local Vietnamese artworks.
Villa Song Saigon is unique in that most people enter through the river side, so the hotel is set up to accommodate that.
Upon being greeted at reception you’re handed a refreshing glass of fresh juice that sets the tone for the rest of the day. Passing through the lobby on the opposite side you’ll find the immaculate 30 metre salt water pool, where we spent many a pleasant hour.
It was the perfect place to unwind after the frantic, hustle and bustle of downtown Saigon.
The food produced by the new Luxembourgian chef at the Villa is some of the best I’ve had in Ho Chi Minh, and the prices are extremely reasonable for the quality and exclusivity of the resort. You can dine in the air conditioned restaurant or in the garden area as you watch the river flow by. An all-day breakfast is included so not matter how late you sleep, you won’t miss out. We can recommend the eggs Benedict and the French toast!
Our Villa Room was extremely well appointed, and made us feel right at home, as we had the best night’s sleep of the trip in the oversized king bed. The drinks selection in the minibar is entirely complimentary, a nice touch.
The concierge was more than happy to set up spa treatments in their wonderful spa, and even inquired about a round of golf for me at a nearby course.
This hotel is perfect for a couple looking for an oasis in the midst of one of the busiest cities in the world. It’s a short boat ride back to the centre of town (or about 25 minutes by taxi). There are six departures to and from the city with the last returning at 6pm. As long as you’re not on a strict timeline, I would choose Villa Song hands down over most of the other highly rated hotels in the area.
If you’ve ever wondered how it would feel to be treated like royalty in Vietnam for a few days, look no further than Villa Song Saigon.