Oct. 30, 2017
HALONG BAY, Vietnam — One of Vietnam’s leading providers of luxury hospitality services is responding to the demand for more multi-night cruise experiences on Halong Bay by fashioning a new product line out of its existing fleet. Paradise Vietnam has taken two of its four Paradise Luxury vessels and, following some significant renovations, rebranded them as Paradise Prestige boats. The reimagined wooden junks were put on the water Oct. 1 as the most sophisticated ships ever designed for the purpose of spending more than one night among the towering outcrops of Halong Bay.
Oct. 26, 2017
NEW YORK — The Reverie Saigon, a two-year-old hotel renowned for its opulent Italian aesthetics, its marble, silks and spa, has been called out as the fourth Best Hotel in the World by Condé Nast Traveler in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The recognition is the most prestigious finish for a Vietnamese hotel ever in the Condé Nast Traveler awards, which are widely hailed as one of the top two awards in the travel industry. Announced in New York on Oct. 17, Condé Nast Traveler’s 30th annual compendium is the result of a voting process that began April 1 and ended July 1, with participation by more than 300,000 readers.
Oct. 26, 2017
HANOI — As acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns’ latest documentary The Vietnam War continues to earn rave reviews around the world, one of Vietnam’s leading developers and tourism providers has drawn the curtains back on a complementary look at the Southeast Asian country’s culture. Earlier this month, Tuan Chau Hanoi JSC’s first theatrical production, The Quintessence of Tonkin, opened in a 2,500-seat amphitheater on the outskirts of Hanoi with 150 actual farmers serving as actors in a series of tales about countryside life. Six nights a week now, 100 professional performers join the amateurs on an inventive stage that sits just below the surface of a lake as the cast carries out scenes depicting everything from the rise of Vietnamese Buddhism to the complexities of the feudal education system.
Oct. 25, 2017
SINGAPORE - The New Esplanade Hotel, the successor to the storied old Esplanade hotel that fell to the wrecking ball in the early 1970s, is embarking on a renovation and repositioning that will reestablish its position as a vibrant link on Perth’s Elizabeth Quay. The hotel’s new management company, Louis T Collection, and owners H&M Capital Pty Ltd, have commissioned a diverse team of architects and designers to carry out a revitalisation of the property that will breathe new life into its interiors, enabling it to reclaim its position among Perth’s best hotels.
Oct. 23, 2017
HANOI, Vietnam — Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has named Australian Paul Smart as the hotel’s new executive chef. Prior to joining the landmark Hanoi property, Smart was the executive chef at SO Sofitel Bangkok for five years, where he was crowned winner of the Iron Chef Thailand TV program in 2012 and 2013. As the hotel’s new executive chef, Smart will oversee operations at the French restaurant, Le Beaulieu; Vietnamese restaurant, Spices Garden; Italian eatery, Angelina; and in the hotel’s three bars, Bamboo Bar, La Terasse, and at the newly revamped, Le Club. The Adelaide-native, who has worked in some of the world’s top kitchens on three continents, brings more than two decades of culinary experience to the historical property.
Oct. 19, 2017
DANANG, Vietnam - For the second time in three months, the ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ has hosted a prestigious tournament. On Oct. 15, Ba Na Hills Golf Club served as site of the 2nd Annual IMG Trophy, an 18-hole stroke-play competition that attracted 124 players from around the country. The day-long event presented by Toro also included a chance for players to demo the new Titleist 718 irons and 818 hybrids and an entertainment-filled barbecue dinner on the clubhouse terrace.
Oct. 18, 2017
INLE Lake, Myanmar – Sanctum Inle Resort, a 94-room resort situated on the banks of one of Myanmar’s most compelling destinations, the storied Inle Lake, has clinched a coveted spot in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2017. The prestigious North American magazine announced yesterday Sanctum Inle Resort was one only 50 resorts across Asia to make the cut in its “Top Resorts in Asia” category. “This is a celebration of the Best in the World,” the Conde Nast Traveler Team said. “More than 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, sharing their recent travel experiences of the world's cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, and airports - good or bad.”
Oct. 18, 2017
BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia – The Sanchaya, a remarkable 21-villa and nine-suite beachfront estate a short ferry ride from Singapore, has won a coveted spot in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2017. The prestigious North American magazine announced yesterday that The Sanchaya was one of only 50 resorts across Asia to make the cut in its “Top Resorts in Asia” category, with voters scoring the estate 97 out of 100. “This is a celebration of the Best in the World,” the Conde Nast Traveler Team said. “More than 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, sharing their recent travel experiences of the world's cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, and airports - good or bad.”
Oct. 16, 2017
CAM RANH, Vietnam – Lighting up a large Christmas tree, making gingerbread figures, visits by a gift-toting Santa Claus, sand castle building competitions and Christmas choir performances are among an array of festivities ushering in The Anam’s first season to be jolly. From December 23 until January 1, the luxurious five-star beachfront resort on Cam Ranh, that celebrated its grand opening in April this year, will host events including gala dinners, buffets and degustation menus for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, wine tasting, an artist in residence program and much more. “At The Anam on balmy Cam Ranh peninsula, where we bask in more than 300 sunny days a year, we won’t be welcoming Jack Frost but we will be celebrating a brilliant inaugural year with everything that sparkles and plenty of merry good cheer,” said The Anam’s general manager Herbert Laubichler-Pichler.
Oct. 13, 2017
HANOI — This autumn, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi transports guests to a gastronomic world where they can thrill their palates on masterful creations, designed by some of the world’s top chefs, and indulge in some of the finest wines at Les Arômes Festival 2017. Vietnam’s premier wine and food festival runs from Oct. 26 to Dec. 7 and features a slew of epicurean experiences from guest chef dinners to exclusive wine tastings and cheese degustation. Headlining this year’s event with an intimate, five-course dinner at L’Orangerie on Nov. 9 is Thierry Drapeau, chef and owner of the two Michelin-starred restaurant, La Chabotterie, in western France. Known for his cooking style called “food from Mother Earth”, Drapeau’s signature dishes are inspired by the seasonal produce of the Vendée, where he grew up.