New Year’s Resolutions at Le Méridien Saigon
It’s the beginning of a new year once again, and at the top of my new year’s resolutions list is…
1. TREAT YOURSELF RIGHT
After a jam packed festive season full of heart warming love, loads of belly aching laughter, copious amounts of champagne, and plenty of dancing into the wee hours of the morning, my spirit is happy but I’m looking and feeling a little worse for wear. To help recharge and gear myself for a positive start to the year ahead there is only one perfect solution that comes to mind. A well deserved staycation.
Arriving to the enormous lobby of Le Méridien Saigon located in the heart of District 1, I am graciously offered to skip the check-in queues and shown directly up to the Le Méridien Club Lounge on the 22nd floor. Here you can complete your check-in process and sip on a freshly pulled coffee whilst taking in the soaring birds eye views of Saigon’s vibrant city skyline. Sink yourself into the plush white leather lounge seating and take your time to wind down and enjoy some quiet time as the accommodating staff arrange for your luggage to be brought directly up to your room.
“ The Le Méridien Club Lounge has a tranquil ambience that instantly puts my mind at ease. The generous floor space is flooded with natural light and giant pink lily buds in full glorious bloom are proudly displayed at each table. The word ‘heavenly’ comes to mind. As I look down upon the Saigon traffic from high above I feel worlds apart from the turbulent rush of the city. I take a deep breath and any thoughts of deadlines and neverending to-do lists melts away into calm serenity. ”
Special privileges and access to the Le Méridien Club Lounge is granted to guests who book any Club Room or Suite at Le Méridien Saigon (Grande Suite, Executive Suite, or Presidential Suite). Enter the Club Lounge from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm to enjoy the full bar setup with complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Buffet breakfast is also served from 6:30 am - 10:30 am in the Club Lounge for those who prefer to enjoy their morning meal in a slightly more exclusive environment.
Every morning I look at myself in the mirror, and every morning I make a mental note to myself...
“ You really need to drink more water. Try harder to stick to your skincare regime. And please find the time to get more facials! ”
I am greeted by a warm smile at Explore Spa located on the 9th floor of Le Méridien Saigon and am offered a refreshing glass of chilled lemongrass tea. I am here to indulge in a much needed facial, to rejuvenate my skin and refresh my dull complexion. The treatment rooms are an oasis in themselves and are nothing short of luxurious, with regal footbaths, pillowy massage tables, and extravagant ensuite bathrooms.
The Limitless Facial Therapy treatment is 90 minutes of euphoric escape and starts with an all over body massage that will knead out any knots or tension. The extensive facial treatment is a thorough 17-steps that will buff, cleanse, and extract any impurities, as well as soothe, balance, hydrate, and nourish your skin back to life.
Explore Spa exclusively uses a premium line of products from luxury French skincare brand Phytomer. For nearly 50 years, Phytomer has utilised marine biotechnology to harness the power of the sea and create skin care products that help you achieve natural, authentic, and vibrant beauty. Standout products are a Pure Pore Heating Mask that feels like I am being kissed by the warm sunshine on the coast of Brittany, and a 2nd Youth Wax Mask that snugly hugs the face and satisfyingly peels away to reveal skin that is bouncy and supple to the touch.
“ The next morning I look at my reflection in the mirror with delight. My skin is glowing, buttery soft, bright, and lifted. I look alive again. ”
I know that I need to be more active. I know that in times of unwavering lethargy all my bleary mind really needs is a quick blast on the treadmill to get the blood pumping. But like millions of others my problem is finding and maintaining any sense of self discipline. This year is going to be different!
There is no need to break from your fitness routine during your stay at Le Méridien Saigon. The fully equipped 24-hour Fitness Centre is located adjacent to Explore Spa and features the latest state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training machines as well as a dedicated yoga room. Hitting your new year fitness goals is made so much easier with stellar panoramic views of the magnificent Saigon River. Working up a sweat never felt so good. And when your gym session is over, take the time to wind down in the well appointed change rooms where you’ll find towels, lockers, rain showers, dry saunas, and steam rooms, where you can further sweat out any toxins leftover from the silly season.
“ I emerge from the change rooms feeling cleansed and refreshed. The receptionist gives me another beaming smile and bids me farewell. I stand straighter, taller. I feel alert and energized. My breathing is deep and steady, and my gait is lighter. I feel as if I am walking on air. ”
Hitting your fitness goals is 20% exercise ... 80% diet. And at Le Méridien Saigon all of your dietary needs (and cravings) are easily catered to. With an extensive 24-hour room service menu and expert kitchen staff that are happy to answer to any restrictions, you won't ever need to leave the hotel when in need of a satisfying and nourishing meal.
For those that like to keep things light and fresh, the Ginger + Lemongrass Cured Salmon with salmon roe, mixed Asian leaves, avocado, tomato, and ginger lime dressing will tantalize your taste buds and awaken your senses with its rich textures and bright flavours. And the Sweet and Sour Black Grouper and Seafood Soup with okra, cherry tomato, and Vietnamese herbs will delight the palate with an addictive tangy kick that will have you sipping to the very last drop.
For guests hoping to achieve the ‘ultimate gains’ and who prefer to feast on something a little more protein heavy, the 280g Australian Beef Rib Eye complete with your choice of sides and sauces, or the Roasted Duck Breast Salad with cabbage, carrot, red onion and peanuts can be delivered straight to your room and are sure fire ways to keep your famished muscles well fuelled.
Of course, with so many incredible dining options within the gorgeous hotel, it would be a shame to keep yourself locked inside of your room. The culinary highlight of any stay at Le Méridien Saigon is most definitely the lavish Executive Buffet Breakfast offered at Latest Recipe Restaurant on the Mezzanine level. From 6:00 am - 10:30 am start your day off on the right foot and pour yourself a tall glass of Healthy Juice made of fresh pressed pineapple, apple, spinach, and orange, or a hydrating Fresh Young Coconut Juice. Nourish your ravenous belly with a wholesome Vietnamese noodle soup complete with all the fresh herbs and condiments your palate may desire, and invigorate your metabolism with a colourful plate of fresh cut tropical fruits, or an egg white omelette made just the way you like it.
If your stay at Le Méridien Saigon is more about guilty pleasures, then we say “Go ahead!” It’s important to remember to be kind to yourself and indulge in the naughty things once in a while. Build the perfect full English Breakfast complete with crispy hashbrowns, oven roasted vegetables, juicy sausages, delicious bacon, and luscious honey glazed ham carved straight off the bone and onto your plate. And if you’re more of a sweet tooth, Latest Recipe has you covered with an attractive selection of glistening pastries such as hazelnut chocolate brioche, strawberry danishes, freshly baked muffins, and doughnuts. You can also ask one of the skilled chefs to cook you a fresh stack of pancakes or waffles to order, and why not go crazy and top it off with a decadent scoop (or two) of housemade gelato, chocolate chips, and honeycomb toffee? We won’t tell anyone.
It’s a well known fact that a good night’s sleep does wonders for your mind and body. Sleeping deeper and longer each night aids greatly in restoring that youthful glow and helps keep those anxiety levels at bay. Research has shown that improved quality of sleep may help lower the risks of depression, heart disease, cancer, and memory loss. It improves the function of our immune systems, and may even aid in weight loss.
Stepping into the Grand Suite at Le Méridien Saigon is like stepping into heaven. A sprawling separate lounge room complete with huge L-shaped sofa and giant TV allows for the perfect opportunity to kick back and unwind with your favourite movie or that book you’ve been dying to pick up and read but never got to. The generous walk in wardrobe can easily house all of your packed staycation essentials, and the enormous black marble and glass bathroom exudes a chic, sexy luxury that will have you feeling like Hollywood royalty.
“ The large freestanding bathtub, stark white against the jet black marble, has my name written all over it. I sink myself into the hot water and immediately feel the tensions melt away. Luxurious (Malin+Goetz) toiletries in exotic scents of peppermint, cilantro, sage, and lime have incredible aromatherapy effects and puts me in a meditative state. I inhale deeply and focus on my state of mind. I slowly exhale and feel any negative energy leave my body. I open my eyes and gaze out onto the Saigon city skyline through the mammoth windows that illuminate the space. I take the time to let my body soak and recharge, and reflect on how I’m going to attack this year’s resolutions. ”
After a well deserved bath I am so ready for sleep, and the greatest feature of the Grand Suite at Le Méridien Saigon is without a doubt the bedroom. A gigantic king sized bed, complete with marshmallowy pillows that must be at least three times the size of my pillows back at home, is an absolute dream to sleep in and will have you floating on cloud nine.
And the bedroom’s corner facing aspect is the heavenly icing on the cake. The Grand Suite is blessed with tall wrap around windows providing unobstructed, panoramic views of Saigon River and the breathtaking city skyline that will make your heart skip a beat.
“ I open my eyes. It’s 5:30 am. Despite how early it is I feel incredibly well rested. My vision is clear and not blurred by exhaustion. My body feels loose and flexible and not its typical stiff self. I sit up and step out of bed with a sure-footed agility that is worlds apart from the usual zombie walk I tend to perform at this hour… I stop dead in my tracks. The view that lies before me is out of this world. I have woken up just in time to catch the sunrise and the sight is so glorious I could cry. The sky is marbled with hypnotic shades of powder blue, pastel peach, and coral. As the sun climbs higher the room becomes ablaze with the colour of deep saffron. I stare out onto the Saigon River and think to myself, how lucky I am to be standing right here in this moment, to be living in such a beautiful part of the world, to be able to treat myself to such treasured memories, memories that I will never forget. And all right here in my city... I love you Saigon. ”
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