Hanoi to Saigon – 7 Places to Rest in Style
By Lee Starnes & Phuong Tran
If you’re planning a journey from the north to the south of Vietnam, there’s no shortage of advice about how to do it on the cheap. However, occasionally you might want to blow the budget for a truly memorable experience. If that’s the case, these places may end up at the top of your list.
Sapa - Topas Ecolodge
Based on ecological principles and situated on one of the most beautiful hills in the Sapa region, Topas Ecolodge actively seeks to be a minimum-impact facility. The lodge employs local people and uses local products wherever possible. The 25 individual cottages have breathtaking valley views and feel quite secluded, scattered across the hill. Share the same fabulous experience as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who visited here in 2011.
Hanoi - InterContinental Hanoi WestLake
Overlooking beautiful Ho Tay, or West Lake, The InterContinental offers some beautiful views of Hanoi’s largest lake. Their restaurant, Milan, specializes in modern Italian fare with a great wine list. Be sure to grab a cocktail in time to catch the sunset at the aptly named Sunset Bar. It is, arguably, one of the best places in Hanoi to watch the sun slip behind the horizon.
Danang - InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula
Nestled on the hillside overlooking some amazing vistas, The InterContinental in Danang really hits the mark. World-class design, beautiful integration of traditional Vietnamese culture with modern luxury amenities, and three Michelin Star Chef, Michael Roux’s stellar menu makes this a must-see place in Vietnam. Some of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches are right out your front door, so bring swimsuits and beach towels.
Hue - Ana Mandara
Next stop, Hue. The former capital of the Nguyen Dynasty’s Ana Mandara makes you forget the hustle and bustle of the city and appreciate the simple things in life. Let the world slip away while relaxing on the beach or indulge at La Cochine Spa. Either way, enjoy time slowing down and take advantage of the quiet serenity of this seaside oasis.
NhaTrang - An Lam Ninh Van Bay Villas
Continuing down the coast to Nha Trang, An Lam Ninh Van Bay is just the place to find peace and quiet. Situated across the bay from Nha Trang Beach, An Lam is the perfect place to unplug and check out. Sometimes the only things that matter are feeling the sea breeze or having a dip in the ocean. When personalized butlers and personal chefs are at your service, you really can just sit back and relax – this is how holidays are supposed to be.
Con Dao - Six Senses
Right next to a national park and marine park, this 5 star resort is all about protecting the environment. Sustainable practices paired with unparalleled natural beauty makes Six Senses Con Dao one of our favourites. If island living with all the luxury comforts is your thing (and it should be), this ticks all the boxes. Diving, rainforest exploration and easy going beach living are all just at your fingertips.
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)- An Lam Saigon River Private Residences
Welcome to Saigon, a city teeming with endless energy. Leave your busy city thoughts behind and indulge in pure nature, set your mind and body into artful balance at An Lam Spa. Located on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City on the Saigon River, An Lam Saigon River Private Residences is an enchanting and elegant luxury lifestyle boutique hotel. Completed with 75-year-old Vietnamese trees and teak-wood villa décor, An Lam Saigon River is certainly a perfect way to end your trip through Vietnam in style.