Nov. 14, 2017
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – Sherwood Suites, a plush apartment-only property in a prime location near the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, aims to offer travelers luxury and flexibility as it celebrates its grand opening this month. The new 20-storey property is positioning itself as a compelling new choice for travelers by offering five-star hotel service and amenities such as an outdoor covered pool, an international deli and restaurant and an expansive 24-hour gym with sauna and steam room alongside a range of self-contained luxury suites and apartments. With an opulent design aesthetic that calls to mind the stately architecture in London’s exclusive Knightsbridge area, the property features a generous total of 157 apartments. Studios weigh in at 57 square meters, one bedroom units range from 61 sqm to 81 sqm while two bedroom apartments offer between 91 sqm and 118 sqm of space.
Nov. 13, 2017
ANGUILLA — John Vasatka will take over as CEO this month for the Ani Villas’ collection of private resorts in Anguilla, Sri Lanka and Thailand, as well as a fourth property due to open later this month in the Dominican Republic. Vasatka has worked with upscale luxury hotels for nearly two decades, including 12 years as general manager at various Aman Resorts’ locations in the Caribbean, the Middle East, Sri Lanka and Thailand. His most recent position was as GM at the Malliouhana, an Auberge resort on Anguilla. He will continue to be based on the 35-square-mile British territory in the West Indies where Ani Villas first opened its doors in 2011.
Nov. 9, 2017
PHU QUOC, Vietnam - Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, with 97 pool villas stretched along a pristine stretch of tropical coastline, has opened in one of Vietnam’s top up-and-coming destinations. Located in the private bay of Vung Bau, 40 minutes from Phu Quoc’s international airport, the secluded spot borders both the ocean and the verdant banks of a neighboring river. The lush 20-hectare (50-acres) plot consists of a range of contemporary private pool villas, plus a sprawling 11,210 square-meter (120,663 square-feet) spa, two communal swimming pools (in addition to all villas having their own pool), indoor and outdoor yoga areas, and a state-of-the-art health club. Onsite there are two innovative restaurants, a pool and beach-side bar and diner, complimentary games and activities, an outdoor cinema, and a supervised kids club.
Nov. 1, 2017
HUE, Vietnam —Hotels usually leave the contents of the suitcase to the guest, but increasingly, they’re having more and more to say about what those contents look like when the guest checks out. They’re seducing guests with their own designs. They’re helping get garments made-to-measure. And they’re shepherding guests in and out of the city’s most chic boutiques. “Clothes make the man, and they make the guest, too,” said Phan Trong Minh, general manager of La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa. “It used to be that a destination’s culinary arts really elevated the experience of place. But increasingly, we’re finding that garments singular to a specific destination do, too.”
Nov. 1, 2017
DANANG, Vietnam — The only golf course in the world designed by former top-ranked player Luke Donald is the best new layout in Vietnam. That was the message delivered yesterday to Ba Na Hills Golf Club when it won ‘Best New Course 2016-2017’ at the annual Vietnam Golf Magazine Awards ceremony in Hanoi. The award, which was based on the results of an online survey and input from a panel of golf course design experts, is the third of its kind to come the club’s way in less than a year.
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.