On a shoestring budget and a pre-paid cash passport, Vietnam is any traveller’s best friend. Hostels, backpackers and budget-friendly residence tend to dominate the market for the adventurous and brave who don’t mind a thin, hard mattress and a TV set from the 90’s. While questionable bedding linen and freezing showers are fine for some, the rest of us prefer a resort that indulges our senses and let us float into the land of luxury. Lucky for holidaymakers, Vietnam boasts some of the world’s finest resorts; from the colonial masterpieces featuring French and Asian influences to the eco lodges with greenery as far as the eye can see. Whether you are looking for a romantic retreat, a bustling inner city boutique or a hideaway in an untouched destination, we’ve got you covered with the top five luxury resorts in Vietnam.
Sofitel Legend Metropole – Hanoi
Located a short distance from the inner precinct of Hanoi, the Sofitel Legend is ideal for those who prefer the inner happenings of the city just at their fingertips. While there are many modernised hotels around the world, there are none that have been able to blend old world charm with exquisite avant-garde features quite like the Sofitel Legend has. It’s been rated as the best in Vietnam with travellers comparing it to a five star New York hotel. Ticking all the boxes for guest services, the Sofitel Legend Metropole offers a full-service spa, an outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, and a rooftop terrace designed for patrons to bask in the flickering lights of the city. With Trang Tien Plaza, Hoan Kiem Lake, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and the Temple of Literature a mere ten minute walk, you won’t have to venture on long bus rides to see some of Vietnams most glorious sites.
Six Senses – Con Dao
If the sound of a Vietnamese tropical retreat set amongst mangroves, sea and sand sends bubbles of excitement through your body, then the Six Senses in Con Dao is right up your ally. Reviewers have claimed that the only problem with this hotel is when the time comes when you have to hastily pack your belongings and leave it. The top features are hard to pick, but when it comes down to it, you cannot go past the beachfront restaurant with exquisite ocean views; a perfect setting for romantics on a honeymoon. Say goodbye to overcrowded pools with spraying water from incessant water-bombers with your own private beach which also plays host to resident crabs and boasts stunning vistas of the neighbouring islands.
The Nam Hai – Hoi An
Planning an overseas wedding? You cannot go past this seaside resort on the iconic China Beach. Every detail of the delightful Nam Hai screams romance; from the platform beds surrounded with net canopies to the eggshell bathtubs which open up to your own private garden and outdoor rain showers – it’s enough to awaken your inner Zen. While it feels remote, you don’t have to hide out in the Nam Hai for your entire stay, explorers will relish in the colourful charms of Hoi An, a short eight kilometres inbound from your dwelling.
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By Keryn Thomson