VIET­NAM

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BANYAN TREE LANG˘ CÔ

Nes­tled in a unique cres­cent bay framed by a three-kilo­me­tre beach in cen­tral Viet­nam, this re­sort aims to in­stantly re­ju­ve­nate your phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual well-be­ing. With 32 awe-in­spir­ing la­goon pool vil­las and 17 beach pool vil­las that in­te­grate clay-tiled pitched roofs, open court­yards, and wood rafter ceil­ings, the in­te­rior also boasts beau­ti­ful paint­ings, pot­tery, and fur­ni­ture with tra­di­tional Viet­namese mo­tifs such as the lo­tus, lac­quer, and silk em­broi­dery. Guests can also take to an award-win­ning spa or 18-hole cham­pion golf course. For the ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time, head to the nearby moun­tains and UNESCO World Her­itage Sites such as the Hue and Hoi An cities. Cu Du Vil­lage, Loc Vinh Com­mune, Phu Loc Dis­trict, Thua Thien Hue Prov­ince. Tel: +84 54 3695 888. www.banyantree.com

MAI­SON D’HANOI BOU­TIQUE HO­TEL

Just a stone’s throw from Hanoi’s beloved old quar­ter (which is al­ways filled with at­trac­tive hand­i­craft shops, silk traders, oil paint­ing gal­leries as well as tra­di­tional pubs and restau­rants), this trendy bou­tique ho­tel’s Asian Art Deco façade is truly at­ten­tion-grab­bing. In­side, 42 fab­u­lous gue­strooms and el­e­gant suites come to­gether in a com­pelling mod­ern clas­sic-meets-tra­di­tional Viet­namese style that is highly evoca­tive, pro­vid­ing the guests with a charm­ing glimpse of Hanoi’s il­lus­tri­ous French colo­nial past. Think em­bossed wall­pa­pers and carved screens, fresh flow­ers and lush bed­ding of dis­tinc­tive Viet­namese pat­terns, with now-pre­req­ui­site iPhone mu­sic docks for that mil­len­nial touch. 49 Lãn Ông, Hàng Đào, Hoan Kiem Dis­trict, Hanoi. Tel: +84 4 3923 4999. www.hanova­ho­tel.com

HO­TEL DE L’OPERA

This ho­tel is any­thing but un­der­stated. Its strik­ing French mod­ern style cov­ers the en­tire plush sur­round­ings here, in­clud­ing the 107 gue­strooms re­mark­able for their teal and pur­ple swirl mo­tifs seen on the walls, deep pink fur­ni­ture, and bath­rooms adorned with kalei­do­scopic mo­saics, among oth­ers. Else­where, the Café Lautrec, named af­ter leg­endary painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, pos­sesses a strong joie de vivre; and the el­e­gant La Fée Verte Bar – orig­i­nally an ab­sinthe’s old nick­name – is sought-af­ter for its wide va­ri­ety of ab­sinthes, of course. 29 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem Dis­trict, Hanoi. Tel: +84 4 6282 5555. www.hotelde­l­opera.com

IN­TER­CON­TI­NEN­TAL DANANG SUN PENIN­SULA RE­SORT

Perched atop the myth­i­cal Mon­key Moun­tain in Son Tra Penin­sula, the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Danang Sun Penin­sula is clev­erly di­vided into four dif­fer­ent lev­els – ‘Heaven’, ‘Sky’, ‘Earth’ and ‘Sea’ – all linked by a fu­nic­u­lar train climb­ing its way through the pris­tine forested slopes. Check into one of the 197 rooms, suites, pent­houses or vil­las built with bal­conies that jut out from the moun­tain­sides, prof­fer­ing dra­matic views of ver­dant land­scapes and the nearby seas. The re­sort’s ac­claimed Citron Restau­rant also has pri­vate din­ing booths – sus­pended 100 me­tres above sea level – where you can en­joy both the mag­nif­i­cent sun­set and sump­tu­ous lo­cal fare served here. Bai Bac, Son Tra Penin­sula, Danang. Tel: + 84 (0) 511 393 8888. www.danang.in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal.com or e-mail reser­va­tions@ic­danang.com

. Banyan Tree Lang˘ Cô

In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Danang Sun Penin­sula Re­sort

In­side the La­goon Villa. at Banyan Tree Lang˘ Cô

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