Vietnam Luxury Hotels
Below are a sampling of he finest luxury hotels best resorts in Vietnam to whet your appetite. Most important, Vietnam's climate is far more specific than other parts of Asia, such as Thailand, and there are definite times of the year for enjoying beach resorts—contact us for details.
Metropole | Hanoi
A French colonial hotel dating back to 1901, not many hotels can claim the provenance of the Metropole, which during the French colonial-era and for a century after, still remains the premier hotel in all of Indochina for ambassadors, statesmen and writers (with a few suites named after them, including Graham Greene and Charlie Chaplin).
The Metropole features an ideal location only a block off Hoan Kiem Lake in the verdant Embassy quarter within walking distance of many sites, including the Old Quarter.
Following extensive renovations in the early 1990s and late 2010, including a surprising uncovering of a forgotten war-era bomb shelter, visitors today can enjoy the charm of an impeccably restored turn-of-the-century hotel in the heart of the capital. All 363 rooms and suites, both in the original Metropole wing and the new Opera wing, provide extensive international services and facilities befitting Vietnam's first officially accredited five-star hotel.
There aretwo wings in the Metropole—the Historical Metropole Wing is from another era, literally, but has been upgraded with modern amenities while retaining its dark woods and Colonial prints, while the newer Opera Wing dazzles with its art-nouveau style. Both wings have a lobby, although the historic Metropole wing is where guests will want to spend time, with comfy sofas and papers, two restaurants and a wine bar within sight.
Iron Chef Vietnam
Los Angeles top chef Neal Fraser of Grace and Redbird Restaurant fame has lead several Iron Chef tours with Indochina Travel in Vietnam which features three nights at the Metropole (at right with Metropole Executive Chef André Bosia.
Our unprecedented culinary cycling adventure features pedaling through the scenic country roads along Vietnam's central and southern coast and into the central highlands while sampling Vietnam's diverse and distinctive cuisine in each region. There are few places that provide for a culinary adventure on par with Vietnam. This trip will highlight the distinctive cuisines of each region with a mix of activities, including hands-on cooking, kitchen and market visits.
La Residence | Hue
A Sofitel M Gallery property is a refurbished, rustic Art Deco hotel housed within the former colonial governor's mansion that spread over five acres on the banks of the Perfume River. The property languished for more than a quarter of a century as a run down government hotel but the former colonial mansion has been restored to its past elegance and grandeur with two newer additional wings
Many of the 122 rooms and suites offer fine views of the river looking over to the Royal Citadel. La Residence offer good Vietnamese cuisine in a city lacking for the most part, a spacious garden area with a massive saltwater pool overlooking Hue's ancient Citadel, plus spa, gym and tennis. The spa is one of the finest in the country with Thai masseuses.
Many of our past travelers have expected more from this hotel and although it is Hue's finest, it is an unremarkable if aged property and La Residence should not be considered comparable to the Metropole or other luxury hotels in the region such as the Raffles.
Note: This Accor Sofitel property is not related to the Orient Express' La Residence in Siem Reap and Luang Prabang.
The Nam Hai | Hoi An
Indochina's premier beach resort and Four Season's new acquisition. During better weather, the Nam Hai and Song Saa off Southern Cambodia offer sumptuous alternatives to traveling further south to the crowded Thai islands.
The Nam Hai's beach remains largely empty, even during the high season and massive infinity pool (one of the most dramatic resort swimming pools in the world) provides a refreshing dip.
Spacious, the Nam Hai offers seclusion yet a very rare location for a resort, a mere 20 minutes away from a UNESCO World Heritage site, Hoi An, and its cultural riches. Contact us for the best time to visit and activities around the area.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay | Nha Trang
A luxury Robinson Crusoe experience not far off the coast of Nha Trang, Vietnam's premier beach destination (though keep your eye on Phu Quoc Island in the years ahead). The eco-paradise features austere bungalaows with plunge pools, steps away from the ocean. All bungalows are served by a private butler and golf cart, recalling memories of Fantasy Island. Guests navigate the shoreline and private island by foot and bicycle.
When to visit? With beach destination stretched over 1,200 miles of coastline and islands, there are certainly optimal periods to visit Hoi An, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and other beach destinations in Vietnam. Contact us for when and where to go.
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