Jan. 30, 2018
HANOI — In the days leading up to the Lunar Year of the Dog, Vietnam’s most storied hotel will host a festive open-air bazaar featuring more than a dozen stalls selling gourmet foods and beverages, designer clothing and luxury gifts. The five-day Tet Ha thanh (Hanoian market in Vietnamese) at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi aims to share the observances of the Vietnamese new year with locals and visitors alike. For the first time, a Vietnamese house, designed by local artist Pham Ha Hai, will be set up on the hotel’s patio, where visitors can enjoy a range of Tet holiday foods including pho, banh cuon and bun cha. Meanwhile, the hotel’s open-air courtyard will be transformed into a bustling Hanoian market. Some 15 new vendors will take part in this year’s bazaar including Vietnamese fashion designers Hoa Nguyen as well as former Miss Vietnam 2010 Ngoc Han, Liti Florist, Orfarm, Fargreen, Hellomam, C-Brewmaster beer, Three Trees jewellery, and local fine tea producers, Thuong Tra. A special Tet holiday hamper filled with delicious delicacies from L’Epicerie du Metropole will also be available for sale.
Jan. 24, 2018
Start off the Year of the Dog at one of these festive destinations: Grand Hyatt Taipei People tend to overdo it around the holidays, especially when it comes to food. At Grand Hyatt Taipei, revelers can ring in the Year of the Dog with a lavish Chinese New Year banquet complete with live entertainment and a lucky draw. The 10-course dinner in the Grand Ballroom will include a selection of auspicious Chinese delicacies ranging from steamed grouper to ‘Buddha Jumps over the Wall’ – a classic winter soup made with sea cucumber, pork tendon and black mushroom. Taipei’s largest luxury hotel will also host an indoor bazaar on Feb. 16, the first day of the Chinese New Year, featuring traditional handicrafts such as Chinese paper-cutting, block printing and calligraphy. Celebrants can also have their fortunes read while a dragon dance troupe will bring good luck to all in attendance.
Jan. 18, 2018
HO TRAM, Vietnam — The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip has retained its status as one of Golf Digest’s best golf courses in the world — only now it’s 39 places higher than it was in 2016, when the planet’s most widely-read golf publication released the follow-up to its inaugural ‘World 100 Greatest Golf Courses’ ranking. Revealed last week, the latest edition has Vietnam’s most acclaimed course at No. 35, five spots ahead of storied Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland. “It’s been an astonishing past few months,” said Sonia Huong Mai, General Manager of The Bluffs, which was hailed by Vietnam’s leading golf authorities in October and at the World Golf Awards in November. “All I can say is we’re fortunate to have an ownership group like Asian Coast Development Ltd. (ACDL), which continually provides us the resources and support necessary to make this world-class product better every day.”
Jan. 18, 2018
BANGKOK -- Sammy Carolus has been appointed general manager of Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit, set to open later this year on vibrant Sukhumvit Road. In his new role, Carolus returns to Thailand -- a place in which he has spent more than half of his 25-year professional career -- to lead Bangkok’s first Hyatt Regency branded hotel. Prior to this appointment, he was the general manager at Grand Hyatt Taipei.
Jan. 18, 2018
HANOI — The leading luxury cruise provider in Vietnam’s famed Halong Bay has launched a limited-time promotion that will end with one lucky customer thousands of dollars richer. Between now and Feb. 13, anyone who books a cruise with Paradise Cruises through its official website — paradisecruise.com — will be entered in a random draw to win $3,000. The prize is about five times the value of a standard overnight cruise with Paradise, which operates nine luxury cruise ships in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site about four hours by car from the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.
Jan. 17, 2018
CAM RANH - Fusion Resort Cam Ranh, on Vietnam’s south central coast, welcomed the new year with a new name and a new wellness concept. The all-spa inclusive resort has revamped its spa menu and is introducing a packed schedule of healthy and healing activities ranging from anti-gravity yoga and yoga for children to daily meditation and Tai Chi sessions. Four different types of yoga classes are now on offer per day (including one that’s kids only). For moms-to-be, the new spa menu details prenatal treatments that include body therapies and a lotus body polish. For men, a new Gentleman’s Facial treatment targets ingrown hairs and clogged pores.
Jan. 16, 2018
HANOI - Last month, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi played host to an exclusive, invitation-only music event that echoed the best of Parisian nightlife. More than 150 guests were immersed in an evening of music and mixology for one-night only, as Vietnam’s most storied hotel was transformed into a virtual stage for world-renowned party, La Nuit. The evening kicked off with an intimate concert starring the Queen of Vietnamese Pop, Ho Ngoc Ha. During the hour-long performance, the 33-year-old singer, model and actress was accompanied by pianist, Hoai Sa, and saxophonist, Hoang Tung. Together the trio performed 20 of Hà’s hit songs from her latest musical offering, Love Songs. Following the concert, the multi-sensory party on Dec. 8 continued into the early hours at Hanoi’s popular after-hours venue, Angelina Lounge & Bar, as DJs spun a selection of popular dance tracks. Meanwhile, the ballrooms of the French colonial property were converted into high energy nightlife venues complete with dazzling lights and stage setups.
Jan. 16, 2018
HANOI - Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has made Condé Nast Traveler's highly influential list of the best hotels in the world for 2018. Vietnam’s most storied hotel was hailed as the No. 1 Hotel in Hanoi by the editors of the prestigious US travel publication. Spanning six continents and 54 countries, the annual Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2018 recognises hotels around the world that editors and contributors of the bestselling magazine visit time and time again – and daydream about long after checkout. "This year's Gold List is a love letter to those hotels, resorts, and cruises that stay with us long after we have returned home,” wrote the editor in chief of Condé Nast Traveler, Pilar Guzmán. “We are interested in the way a place, in all of its ineffable complexity, beauty, and sometimes darkness, tugs at us and calls us back, much like human relationships do.”
Jan. 16, 2018
HANOI – Red Bean and Gourmet Corner, the signature fine dining restaurants by Elegance Hospitality Group (EHG), are stepping up to the special occasions over the coming month with bespoke packages for Valentine’s Day and Vietnamese New Year (Tet). Over the last few years Red Bean and Gourmet Corner have taken the fine dining scene in Vietnam by storm. Showcasing innovatively presented traditional Vietnamese fare as well as choice international dishes, the various Red Brand outlets – one at three of EHG’s four hotels in Hanoi (La Siesta Central Hanoi, La Siesta Trendy Hanoi and La Siesta Classic Hanoi) and one in Hoi An - have become a culinary force to be reckoned with. So too has Gourmet Corner at La Siesta Diamond Hotel and Spa Hanoi, which is consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in Hanoi. Given the pedigree of the venues, guests are sure to enjoy some memorable meals over the coming weeks as the restaurants pull out the stops to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Tet.
Jan. 3, 2018
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – A neighborhood of leafy avenues, storied palaces and pagodas, meaningful museums and some of Vietnam’s most striking colonial architecture, District 3 is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most underrated enclaves. As well as history and heritage, it is also home to some of the city’s best dining as well as a burgeoning crop of hip bars. Now, with the opening of Sherwood Suites, a plush apartment-only property already established as the district’s most prestigious hotel address, visitors have a prime base from which to uncover its treasures and sample its delights.