Vietnam is one of the most well known countries on the South China Sea, and it has a very rich cultural history. From world famous landmarks and French colonial architecture to its many beautiful rivers and beaches, Vietnam is quickly becoming a hot international vacation destination. The types of accommodation in the country range from quaint and cozy to grand and sophisticated. Vietnam's luxury properties are a true retreat where you can enjoy just about every amenity imaginable, and because it's such an affordable country to visit you can stay in incredible suites without spending a ton of money.
Here are five of the top luxury hotels in Vietnam.
1. Cham Villas
If you want to enjoy some of the best beaches and natural scenery in Vietnam, check into Cham Villas. This boutique luxury resort property contains 100 acres of beautiful gardens and tropical landscapes. Vietnam's Red Sand Dunes, Red Canyon, Cham Towers, and Ke Ga Lighthouse are exciting excursions not far from the hotel. The decor is an interesting mix of modern furnishings and well-aged pieces from the Cham period. Cham Villas' views hospitable staff and peaceful atmosphere all make it an ideal hotel for those who want to relax and feel like they're far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The rooms at Cham Villas have a number of amenities including free cable television service and WiFi, minibars, room service, and attentive concierges. Breakfast is complimentary and can be enjoyed at the hotel's on-site restaurant and bar or on a garden terrace. Cham Villas has its own private beach with loungers and large grass hut umbrellas, as well as an outdoor pool and open air spa. The massage services at the hotel include Swedish, hot stone, therapeutic oil, and sport massages, and the relaxing treatments are only made better by the lush surroundings, waters flowing nearby, and gentle music.
Room rates at Cham Villas start at $116 per night.
2. Hotel Nikko Saigon
Close to the historic Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica is Hotel Nikko Saigon, a large five-star hotel that has a wide variety of accommodations. The grounds hold a wealth of entertainment and amenities including a full fledged gym, outdoor pool, lovely spa, lounge and bar, and several dining options. Hotel Nikko Saigon's Japanese and Chinese eateries serve delicious authentic fare, while the 24 hour international buffet restaurant is perfect for guests who crave variety.
For the ultimate in luxury, Hotel Nikko Saigon offers club rooms with access to a swanky lounge complete with complimentary drinks and gourmet snacks. The property's larger suites have living areas, and there are also apartment-style suites with one to three bedrooms, dining areas, and kitchens. Free high-speed internet, coffee and tea making equipment, flat screen televisions, and minibars are standard amenities in all rooms at Hotel Nikko Saigon, as is a free breakfast. The hotel's convenient free shuttle service takes guests to and from the center of Ho Chi Minh City.
Nightly rates start at $116.
3. Villa Song Saigon
For a peaceful retreat at a smaller hotel property, consider Villa Song Saigon. This 23 room boutique hotel sits along the banks of the Saigon River and has a romantic air. Its on-site spa is the perfect place to unwind and relax, and there's also a pool, well equipped fitness center, fine dining restaurant, and a bar on the premises.
Villa Song Saigon's rooms each have their own unique decor, and no two are exactly alike. Relaxing color palettes and rich accents combine to promote the look and feel of luxury. Amenities include free WiFi, a delicious complimentary breakfast spread, in-room minibars, air conditioning, concierge and room service, and dry cleaning on request. Villa Song Saigon also has its own private pier to provide river transportation.
The hotel's nightly rate starts at $184.
4. The Reverie Saigon
The Reverie Saigon is a high rise luxury hotel that's gorgeous inside and out. The glass facade itself is impressive, and inside The Reverie Saigon lies a host of world class amenities. If your idea of a top hotel is elegance, you'll enjoy your stay there. Each room is dripping in class and comes equipped with a minibar, espresso machine, sitting area, luxe toiletries, Italian linens, flat screen televisions, and much more. Guests receive complimentary internet access, and the views of the Saigon River from the upper floors are breathtaking.
There are several dining options on site at The Reverie Saigon, including gourmet Cantonese and Italian eateries. Not only is the food at The Reverie Saigon's restaurants exquisitely prepared, the decor and atmosphere of each is truly opulent -- think jade, gold, and vermilion accents tastefully spread about a grand dining area. Elsewhere on the property's grounds are a sparkling outdoor pool, 24 hour workout center, and a spa that offers a nice selection of rejuvenating treatments and massages.
The nightly rate at The Reverie Saigon starts at $263.
5. Cinnamon Hotel Saigon
Cinnamon Hotel Saigon is located about five minutes from Ben Thanh Market, one of Vietnam's most famed marketplaces. Hoan Kiem Lake, Taodan Botanic Garden, and the architecturally stunning St. Joseph's Cathedral are also nearby. This boutique property is all about quality and the staff aims to provide a memorable experience -- their attention to detail is impeccable, and you'll be hard pressed to find more welcoming front desk receptionists anywhere else. Cinnamon Hotel Saigon's front desk operates 24 hours a day, and a multilingual concierge is also available.
The aesthetic of the rooms is refreshing, airy, balanced, and very modern. Exotic woods combine with plush linens and comfortable fabrics to create a retreat for the senses. The rooms at Cinnamon Hotel Saigon have minibars, air conditioning, free WiFi, and organic linens. A complimentary breakfast is included in all reservations, and there's also a bar and lounge on-site. To help guests discover the local area, Cinnamon Hotel Saigon offers tour packages ranging from Hanoi street food tours to Halong Bay cruises and biking excursions through Hanoi Village.
Nightly rates start at $74, which is a bargain for all of this hotel's amenities and excellent service.
Written by Garrett Parker
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