Since Doi Moi reform period started in 1986, Vietnam has shifted from a highly centralized planned-economy to a mixed-economy that uses both directive and indicative planning. Over that period, the economy has experienced rapid growth.
Vietnam has become a leading agricultural exporter, and served as an attractive destination for foreign investment in Southeast Asia. In the recent years, Vietnam's economy relies largely on foreign direct investment to attract the capital from overseas to support its continual economic rigorousness.
In that positive economic picture, the service provided at luxury hotels and resorts across the country goes way beyond the expectations of a five-star accommodation, taking the concept to new heights to luxury travels in Vietnam. There’s never been a better time to travel Vietnam in style.
Luxury Travel in Hanoi
A luxury travel in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, should always cover both the French quarter and the Old Quarter. As because of its oriental and colonial history, the two areas have distinctly different atmospheres, making Hanoi a charming city with layers of different culture.
Outdoor Swimming Pool & Bamboo Bar, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
While the Old Quarter is known for its daily life, shops and best street foods, the French quarter is highlighted with tree-line boulevards, French houses and the city’s top hotel – the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.
Located few steps away from the Opera House, the hotel has kept its colonial style since 1901 and that make the area a centerpiece surrounded by charming French colonial.
In addition to the five-star facilities including an open-air pool and spa, the hotel recently uncovered a former bomb shelter. An hour tour of the shelter is now provided for the Sofitel guests, alongside you will find records of famous occupants including American folk singer Joan Baez, who stayed at the Metropole during the Christmas bombings in 1972.
Take a Seaplane to Halong Bay
The emerald waters and towering limestone islands of Halong Bay are best to explore by a wooden junk, an overnight charter on a small junk boat is the best experience during the dry season between October and January.
Small Traditional Wooden Boat, Halong Bay
While most classic junk features some 15 cabins or more, there are few small boats designed for either four or six people with all the comfort on board. The smaller size of the boat allowing it to be very flexible on its cruising route, it can take you to hidden coves that most other can’t.
Aboard your charter boat at noon, then head out to the center of the Tonkin Gulf to explore the islands, hop on and off at floating village and limestone cave as well as a beach. All meals are served while you are on board, a morning Tai Chi on deck is a great morning experience. You will then return to the dock around 10h30.
To get to Halong Bay from Hanoi, you can either choose to drive a four-hour journey or take a 45-minutes ride on a seaplane. A seaplane ride to Halong Bay is an experience that very few people get to have, looking down and seeing thousands of limestone islands rising up from the bay.
Halong Bay View From Seaplane
Enjoy fabulous aerial views over the countryside, take in the beauty of the region from a bird’s eye view before landing on an island in Halong.
Luxury Travel in Central Vietnam
Just an hour flight from the capital Hanoi, the central Vietnam features two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the old cities of Hue and Hoi An.
Hue used to be the capital of Vietnam between 1802 and 1945, this imperial city is now characterized by the mausoleums of the last dynasty, giving the city a sense of the feudal history.
For your accommodation, the La Residence Hue Hotel is recommended. The property lies along the banks of the Perfume River and overlooks the Imperial Citadel, home to the past Emperors. The hotel was once home to a French Colonial governor and has since been remodeled with art deco in mind.
Perfume River View From La Residence Hue Hotel
Hoi An is a lovely ancient town, which was an old fishing port receiving many Japanese and European trading boats. The whole town has been nicely restored and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it has become a popular destination for its combination of coast and culture. Hoi An is also home to some of the top tailors in Vietnam, dresses and suits are made from high-quality fabrics and completed at an unbelievable speed.
Spend two or three days in Hoi An when you are on vacation in Vietnam, for luxury and relaxation I would suggest the Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai on the coast. The hotel is known as one of the best beach destinations in Vietnam. There are spa treatments, and especially you can have an in-villa dining courtesy of a private chef.
Swimming Pool at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
Luxury in Nha Trang
Nha Trang is a coastal resort city in southern Vietnam, which is known for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands. Surrounded by hills on the coast of the Nui Chua National Park, the high-end resort Amanoi overlooks pristine Vinh Hy Bay and the Vietnam’s East Sea.
The Amanoi, Nha Trang
This Aman’s brand is made up of a collection of bungalows scattered across the hillside, luxury details extend to cliff-top swimming pool that reminds you of the natural decadence of the location itself.
Luxury Travel in Saigon
Though most of the city was destroyed by the war, there are still many things to see in Saigon. A visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the War Remnant Museum and the Reunification Palace will unveil the special history of this now-call Ho Chi Minh City.
The Park Hyatt at the Lam Son Square is my recommendation for luxury hotel in Saigon, aside of the great location allowing you to access the markets and restaurants on foot, the hotel also features all the classic five-star facilities, including spa treatments, and an eco-friendly stance, which means all information is on iPads in the rooms.
Suite, Park Hyatt
Luxury on Con Dao Islands
Finally, staying on the Con Dao Islands is a very different experience to other destinations of Vietnam. Located off the southern coast of Vietnam, Con Dao Islands offer a true sustainable luxury and rare experience not found anywhere else in the country.
Con Dao is an archipelago made up of 16 islands, its main Island Con Son (aka Con Lon or big island) is just an hour flight from Ho Chi Minh City. This isolated archipelago is home to extensive coral reefs, sandy beaches, marine life, and sublimely turquoise-azure sea. It is an ideal destination for honeymooners, leisure travelers, and adventure lovers.
Beach Front Villa, Six Senses Con Dao
On the Con Son Island, the Six Senses Con Dao dominates its beautiful and sandy beach. Featuring fifty pool villas that run along the beach, sizes of each are great for two to eight people.