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These Exotic Reopenings Should Get You Through to the Weekend

June 5, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

Can’t stop dreaming about Mozambique. Can’t stop dreaming about Mozambique. Can’t stop dreaming about Mozambique…

Hot on the heels of the delicious Anantara Medjumbe Island and the Avani Pemba Beach is the &Beyond Benguerra Island, which reopened June 1 after an extensive rebuild and refurb.

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Tick Off That UNESCO Bucket List at La Residence in Vietnam

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  Site Where: Hue, Vietnam
May 22, 2015 at 10:38 AM | by | ()

Another week, another cultural hotel experience. Today it’s over to La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue is upping the ante with a pretty incredible package that ticks off five UNESCO-rated sites off your bucket list.

Sounds good? There’s just one drawback: the $2500 price tag. But it is for five nights.

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The Reverie Saigon Is a Vietnamese Dream

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  Site Where: 22-36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, 57-69F Dong Khoi Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, District 1
January 2, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

Just in time for the New Year! It’s another Times Square hotel, but not Manhattan; this one is in Ho Chi Minh City, aka Saigon. The Reverie Saigon – the latest addition to the Leading Hotels of the World group – will open February 1.

It’s part of the modern Times Square building in District 1, taking over the 27th-39th floors of the building, and has 286 rooms. Don’t expect traditional Vietnam looks, though – it’s been designed by four Italians, who’ve lent it an opulent, almost Venetian feel. Rooms look very different from each other – you can go from an over the top frilly headboard and gilt mirror combo (above)…

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Killer View: Cruising Through Halong Bay on the Emeraude

July 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM | by | ()

When making your way through the affordable luxury of Vietnam's capital, don't miss out on the opportunity to scoot out to Halong Bay, or the "Bay of Descending Dragons." It's about a three-hour car ride to the east of Hanoi, heralded for its remarkable scenery of 2,000 islands that rise up from its waters.

There are literally hundreds of boats willing to take tourists out for a sail, some for the day and others overnight. While many are known for scamming tourists with high rates and low returns, we had a great experience upon the Emeraude, known for its tasty cuisine, friendly staff, and cozy confines.

Rooms aboard the Emeraude were recently renovated and feature hardwood floors, surprisingly spacious and tiled bathrooms, air conditioning, and beds that would put you to sleep even without the gentle rocking of the boat. There are three suites available if you're traveling with a family, but regardless of which you end up in, the major highlight, of course, is the killer views you get from anywhere onboard while you cruise the beautiful bay.

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Is This Hotel in Hanoi the Best Bang for Your Buck in the World?

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  Site Where: 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
July 10, 2014 at 11:07 AM | by | ()

Yesterday, we showed you how much value there is to be had at budget hotels in Hanoi, taking an inside look at what $39 a night will get you in Vietnam's capital. But that story begs a different question: If you can get that for $39 a night, what does a "normal" hotel rate by Western standards get you?

We wondered the same thing, and so we searched out the most luxurious hotels in town to find out and after a stay at the five-star Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, we're thinking we have stumbled upon a contender for the best bang for your buck...in the world.

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This is What You Get For $39 a Night in Hanoi

Where: 6 Hàng Bút, Hanoi , Vietnam
July 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | ()

When it comes to the price of lodging, it doesn't get much cheaper than Hanoi, especially if you're a backpacker and are doing the hostel thing You can find shared rooms for as low as a few dollars a night, and rates for private rooms around the city start in the teens and usually include a free breakfast.

On our recent trip to Vietnam's capital, we "splurged" on a "high-end" budget hotel called the Art Trendy Hotel, located in the heart of the Old Quarter, renting a room for $39 a night. In the States, that kind of money won't get you very far, barely enough for a room at the Motel 6. But in Hanoi, $39 a night went a long way. The name might need work, but the Art Trendy delivered big bang for the buck.

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Amano’i at Vinh Hy Bay Vietnam Will Open In September

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  Site Where: Vinh Hy Bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam
August 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | ()

By the end of the summer, Aman Resorts will be crossing off another hotel opening of its to-do list for this year: Amano’i, its brand new resort on scenic Vinh Hy Bay in Vietnam will have the first lucky guests jumping in that gorgee-ous infinity pool on September 1.

Combining the usual Aman (Sanskrit for ‘peace’) and no’i (‘place’ in Vietnamese), Amano’i sits on the coast northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. There are just 31 pavilions and five villas, with arrival happening at a central pavilion on the hilltop, offering in-your-face views of the coastline.

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Traditional Vietnamese Dress Inspires The Ho Chi Minh Sheraton's Uniform

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  Site Where: 88 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
July 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

We been to plenty of hotels around the world and it's always a pleasant surprise for hotel staff to sport a uniform that's a departure from the stuffy, black or charcoal suit. Walking into the Sheraton Towers Saigon we were warmly welcomed by, what seemed like, a crew of greeters with one in particular catching our eye--a lovely young lady dressed in a golden and bronze ao dai topped off with a matching hat.

The ao dai is a traditional silk dress worn by men and women alike, but emphasizes the way the dress ties feminine beauty to Vietnamese nationalism. Walking around the city, visitors will undoubtedly spy heaps of different dresses in a rainbow of different colors; even school girls are decked out in the silk frock. Through the years, ao dais have been tweaked and modernized with the most current design of the garment finding its roots right in Ho Chi Minh City.

The dress is so popular, Prada and Giorgio Armani have even had their hand at creating a haute couture version of the traditional article.

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Anantara Brings Über Luxury To Hoi An, Vietnam

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  Site Where: 1 Pham Hong Thai Street, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, 100000
June 13, 2013 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

The second time's a charm when it comes to what Anantara Hotels have been up to in Vietnam. To be a bit more specific, the Central Coast town of Hoi An has been pinned as the resorts newest stunner.

Let's have a look at the location before we get into the property. Hoi An is one of the Vietnam's UNESCO World Heritage sites and is best known for it's colonial architecture, traditional handicrafts, vibrant art scene and romantic café culture. The city itself calls the banks of the Thu Ban River home and truly makes it part of the charm.

Anantara takes advantage of the colonial history by staking claim to a group of French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese influenced buildings that house all of the 93 rooms and suites that feature killer river views and balcony day beds to relax in the warmth of SouthEast Asia. If hanging out in the plush digs is more your speed, each room is two-stories with an upper bedroom and bathroom, leading down to a lower lounge that opens onto it's porch. Yeah, this is luxury.

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China, Vietnam, and Jordan: Three New Aman Resorts This Year

April 12, 2013 at 11:46 AM | by | ()

Lijiang, China

When we mentioned at the beginning of the year that Aman Resorts would be opening a third property in China, very few details were available other than its location in the city of Lijiang, in the western province of Yunnan, towards the border with Myanmar (Burma).

We’ve since talked about the June opening of Aman Canal Grande in Venice, and now we have a few more details on what will be called AmanDayan, as well as word on two additional properties in Vietnam and Jordan.

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One Resort, Two Hotels: Banyan Tree and Angsana Laguna Lăng Cô Vietnam

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  Site Where: Laguna Lang Co, Cu Du, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
December 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

A Lagoon Pool Villa at Banyan Tree

We may have gotten excited when Banyan Tree arrived on Shanghai’s The Bund in October, but this wasn’t the only development the small hotel group had up its sleeve: just weeks later it opened its first property in Vietnam.

This isn’t just a simple hotel opening though: the “integrated resort community” Laguna Lăng Cô, in the Chan May region of central Vietnam, contains both a Banyan Tree and Angsana Resort. It’s not the first time Banyan Tree has pulled this off, with a similar combination already existing in Phuket, Thailand.

So what's the difference between the two resorts you ask? And what's there to do when you arrive? Read on to find out.

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So Many New Asia Hotels, So Little Time

July 18, 2012 at 5:48 PM | by | ()

As we mentioned earlier today, there's a hotel boom happening in Asia right now. There's so many to list, we're giving you a sort of Magic Mike-type news brief. A little tease, and a little unveiling. It's just a little show for now, but keep coming back and we'll keep giving you a little more...detail.

Rosewood Beijing, slated to open in summer 2013 in the business-centric Chaoyang District will be the brand’s first China property. The 279-room hotel, though in an urban location, will be filled with terraces, gardens and balconies throughout to go along with its intended residential feel. Guestrooms will be designed to look like luxury apartments, with big bathrooms, walk-in closets and even window-seats, and at 538 sq.ft., they’re said to be amongst the largest in Beijing. The hotel will have seven restaurants and lounges, an indoor swimming pool, yoga studio, and the Rosewood Sense spa with five suites designed for overnight stays.

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