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.