STREET FOOD SE­CRETS

The her­itage town of Hoi An is a true gas­tro­nomic par­adise

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

The Viet­namese equiv­a­lent of burg­ers is

stuffed baguette sand­wiches. Some peo­ple get pretty ob­sessed with track­ing down the best

in Viet­nam and those in the know say that Hoi An’s Madam Khanh, also known as the Bánh Mi Queen, makes the coun­try’s finest.

From top: The gor­geous view from one of the sprawl­ing pri­vate res­i­dence vil­las; the bed­room in one of the res­i­dences

there are sin­gu­lar flashes of colour; bright yel­low, lime and scar­let play bril­liantly off the two-tone theme.

The prop­erty is si­t­u­ated on the side of a steep hill that leads to the beach. Learn­ing from ex­pe­ri­ence, Bens­ley cre­ated four lev­els upon which all of the re­sort’s build­ings would stand—and named them Sea, Earth, Sky and Heaven. This clever de­vice al­lows for the in­clu­sion of what is one of the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal’s most idio­syn­cratic fea­tures: a fu­nic­u­lar ca­ble car that runs from the hill­top Heaven level all the way down to the Sea. The twin ca­ble cars pro­vide guests with a quick and charm­ing way to move be­tween the four lev­els.

In ad­di­tion to its strik­ing vis­ual ap­pear­ance, a few other fea­tures dis­tin­guish the re­sort: the fine-din­ing restau­rant La Mai­son 1888, op­er­ated by French culi­nary mas­ter Pierre Gag­naire (see op­po­site page); the Harnn Her­itage Spa; and the three pri­vate res­i­dences that oc­cupy a se­cluded part of the es­tate. The de­sign of the spa’s treat­ment rooms and vil­las ref­er­ences the dome-shaped Quon­set huts used as air­craft hangars and bar­racks dur­ing the war. The top rec­om­men­da­tion here is the Dong Y treat­ment, dur­ing which you re­cline on warm Danang mar­ble said to pos­sess ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties.

The pri­vate res­i­dences come in two- and three-room ver­sions, but the word “room” is mis­lead­ing; they’re ac­tu­ally self-con­tained apart­ments, thus mak­ing each one am­ple for en­tire fam­i­lies or groups of friends. As to be ex­pected, the res­i­dences come with ded­i­cated but­lers. Ser­vice is an area where the re­sort is per­haps most strik­ing—it’s ex­cel­lent and on a par with the hard­ware, which as many sea­soned trav­ellers know, is not al­ways the case in bur­geon­ing hotspots like Danang.

per­fect par­adise

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