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Sof­i­tel blends French art-de-vivre with the

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Dis­cern­ing trav­el­ers who ex­pect beauty, qual­ity, and ex­cel­lence in their stays should look to Sof­i­tel Ho­tels & Re­sorts. Promis­ing con­tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion, each ad­dress is dis­tinc­tive, with its own per­son­al­ized ser­vice, stylish in­te­ri­ors, and in­spired gas­tron­omy. Across South­east Asia, Sof­i­tel of­fers a touch of the ex­otic in ex­quis­ite lo­ca­tions that de­liver gra­cious hospi­tal­ity and glamor with a re­gional twist.

Sof­i­tel Luang Pra­bang re­flects the time­less ap­peal of its tran­quil des­ti­na­tion. Sit­u­ated in the UN­ESCO- listed Old Town, this cen­tury- old for­mer gover­nor’s man­sion com­plete with for­ti­fied walls and watch­tow­ers has been re­stored and given new life as a lux­ury ho­tel. The 25 suites are shrines of old- world grandeur with tow­er­ing ceil­ings, hand- carved poster bed frames, and ex­quis­ite Lao arte­facts, along­side their own pri­vate gar­dens with an over­sized bath­tub or pool. At Gover­nor’s Grill steak­house restau­rant, tra­di­tional Lao cui­sine and de­li­cious Western fare are served in a sa­fari tent over­look­ing the botan­i­cal gar­den. A land­mark of the Viet­namese cap­i­tal since 1901, Sof­i­tel Le­gend Metropole Hanoi has long been a pre­ferred meet­ing place for play­wrights, am­bas­sadors, and heads of state. Its rich char­ac­ter and ro­man­tic charm are ap­par­ent in the 364 rooms, di­vided be­tween the his­toric Metropole Wing – which once hosted fa­mous guests and vis­i­tors like Gra­ham Greene, Char­lie Chap­lin, and Som­er­set Maugham – and the more con­tem­po­rary Opera Wing. Din­ing is an­other high­light, thanks to Le Beaulieau’s ex­trav­a­gant Sun­day brunch with live vi­o­lin per­for­mances and the Viet­namese spe­cial­ties at Spices Gar­den.

Lo­cated in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Sof­i­tel Saigon Plaza has 186 rooms and suites blend­ing mod­ern de­sign with a clas­sic- chic ap­pear­ance, plus a rooftop swim­ming pool that af­fords panoramic views of the sur­round­ing cityscape. Down­stairs, L’Olivier serves up tra­di­tional French and fu­sion dishes, whereas Boudoir Lounge is the place for cock­tails and Parisian- style af­ter­noon tea. Don’t miss Mezz, a bright, high- ceilinged buf­fet restau­rant with a mouth- wa­ter­ing va­ri­ety of in­ter­na­tional dishes and Asian spe­cial­ties along­side im­ported prod­ucts from France. Sof­i­tel Phnom Penh Phokeethra is a top choice for trav­el­ers in the Cam­bo­dian cap­i­tal. Rooms and suites here have been de­signed with hard­wood floors and colo­nial-in­flu­enced aes­thet­ics, and guests can work up an ap­petite at Pho­kee­tra Sports Club’s state- of- the- art gym, squash and ten­nis courts, and pool, then in­dulge in an ar­ray of sub­lime din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. La Coupole prides it­self on tan­ta­liz­ing in­ter­na­tional buf­fets and Cham­pagne brunches, while the spe­cialty restau­rants are ideal for Ja­panese, Chi­nese, and Ital­ian de­lights.

A sanc­tu­ary of colo­nial el­e­gance, Sof­i­tel Angkor Phokeethra Golf &

Spa Re­sort is set in lush gar­dens sur­round­ing a swim­ming pool just a few min­utes’ drive from the tem­ples of Angkor. Serene guest rooms re­flect French so­phis­ti­ca­tion, while SoSPA by L’Oc­c­i­tane of­fers clas­sic Kh­mer mas­sages, herbal body scrubs, and Ayurvedic oil treat­ments in pri­vate suites. Gour­mands will de­light in moon­lit meals at Royal Court, the fla­vors of Asia and Europe at The Ci­tadel, and re­fined French fare in Mouhout’s Dream. Phokeethra Coun­try Club, Cam­bo­dia’s first cham­pi­onship golf course, boasts im­mac­u­late fair­ways built around the 11th- cen­tury Roluh Bridge. Over in Myan­mar, Sof­i­tel Inle Lake

Myat Min Ho­tel is nes­tled be­tween the rice fields and float­ing gar­dens of the coun­try’s most pic­turesque lake. Au­then­tic lo­cal style meets the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and mod­ern de­signs in the 101 suites, while com­mu­nal fa­cil­i­ties in­clude two restau­rants dish­ing up in­no­va­tive cui­sine, two bars, a fit­ness and well­ness cen­ter, plus an in­fin­ity pool with un­for­get­table views of Inle Lake. And with pri­vate boat ex­cur­sions al­low­ing guests to ex­plore their scenic sur­round­ings, the prop­erty is ideal for cou­ples seek­ing a ro­man­tic yet ad­ven­tur­ous hol­i­day.

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ACROSS SOUTH­EAST ASIA, SOF­I­TEL OF­FERS A TOUCH OF THE EX­OTIC IN EX­QUIS­ITE LO­CA­TIONS THAT DE­LIVER GRA­CIOUS HOSPI­TAL­ITY AND GLAMOR WITH A RE­GIONAL TWIST.

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Clock­wise from this photo: Mezz restau­rant at Sof­i­tel Saigon Plaza; Sof­i­tel Le­gend Metropole Hanoi’s Gra­ham Greene suite; pool­side drinks at Sof­i­tel Luang Pra­bang; a Ju­nior suite at the newly opened Sof­i­tel on Myan­mar’s Inle Lake; a chef at Sof­i­tel Phnom Penh Phokeethra.

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