Amidst a landscape of swaying coconut palms, in a paradise where the sea meets the sand dunes, Anantara is entering truly exotic new territory with the opening of its first Vietnamese property in the autumn of 2011.
Creating a luxurious new gateway to the distinctive cultural charms of southeastern Vietnam, as well as a breathtaking first glimpse of refined coastal life in a much celebrated beach destination, Anantara Mui ne Resort & Spa will welcome discerning travelers by harnessing the very spirit of this exciting locale. This will be combined with Anantara’s revered Asian hospitality and a range of signature spa, dining and discovery journeys.
Located 198 kilometers northeast of Ho Chi Minh City on the South East Coast of Vietnam, next to the town of Phan Thiet in the province of Binh Thuan, Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa is named after Mui Ne fishing village, in which it occupies an enviable central shoreline position and is surrounded by the village’s famously long and beautiful beaches, stunning mountains and desert-like sand dunes.
Mui Ne’s natural charms are enhanced by an ideal beach climate, being attractively warm and dry for the most part of the year with an average temperature of 29 degress Celsius and promising the lowest annual rainfall of the entire country. Accompanying winds coming in from the ocean transform the heat into a pleasant breeze and generate optimum conditions for kite surfing and windsurfing, as well as refreshing beach time.
Immersed in this alluring tropical scene, guests of Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa will take further inspiration from a fresh water lagoon and tropical gardens which will highlight an expansive swimming pool, while the resort’s traditional Vietnamese architecture will proudly embrace 89 rooms, suites and pool villas designed in contemporary harmony with local culture.
Guests will have a choice of a wide range of rooms and suites ranging from 42 square metres to the Presidential Suite of 178 square metres which offers different lagoon, pool and beach perspectives. In addition, 20 Pool Villas, ranging from 92 to 128 square metres, will boast a private lounge, open-air bathroom, private swimming pool, and spectacular outlook of the gardens, lagoon, pool or beachfront.
Food and beverage outlets marry the resort’s magnificent views and tropical setting with local delicacies and international flair.
Banqueting, event and meeting facilities include five conference rooms for up to 250 participants, as well as exceptional al fresco reception locations. Leisure time unfolds in a host of relaxing and rejuvenating pastimes, with amenities including a spa offering a wealth of health, beauty and wellness treatments, a stunning beach swimming pool, a fitness centre with modern gym equipment in a picturesque garden setting, a reading lounge providing books, magazines, CDs and DVDs.
Guests can look forward to experiencing an invigorating range of water sport activities or improving their swing at a nearby golf course, as well as delving into local culture and history with local points of interest including Mui Ne’s fishing village, port and sand dunes, Hon Rom Red Canyon, Lotus Lake, Dragon Fruit Farm, the Poshanu Cham Tower, Ta Ku Mountain, the Fairy Stream, and Water Tower, and Ke Ga Lighthouse.
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Luxury hotel group Centara Hotels & Resorts have opened the Chen Sea Resort & Spa Phu Quoc, the first Boutique Collection resort in Vietnam of its kind. Room prices start from US$139 per night.
Located on the beach of the Phu Quoc Island, the resort’s 12 pools and spa villas are all constructed from the timber of houses from the Vietnamese port city of Hoi An. The building blocks of the former houses were shipped to the island of Phu Quoc and rebuilt as luxury holiday accommodation.
With 36 villas, the resort is intimate and features a spa, ocean-facing swimming pool and tennis courts. Each villa has its own private terrace and views of the ocean.
Guests have two dining and drinking options. Il Ristorante, right at the seafront, serves Mediterranean cuisine and reflects Phu Quoc’s fishing heritage with a selection of fresh seafood dishes. For drinking the Ghe Lounge Bar offers a wide variety of international cocktails and beverages.
Celebrating its proximity to the coastline, the resort offers a number of water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling and diving. The resort also has a 22ft sailing boat and speedboats available for exploring the coastline.
Phu Quoc is home to the Phu Quoc National Park, which covers 70% of the island and is well known for its outstanding natural beauty and bio-diversity. The park has a variety of species of plants and coral reefs as well as streams. Other natural attractions of Phu Quoc include a pearl farm, Cau temple and a number of white sandy beaches.
See the best phu quoc hotels, please check out the website http://Vietnamhotels.net!
(Source: CNN traveller)
Poster of the 4th Traditional Craft Villages Festival 2011, to take place in the ancient capital of Hue from April 30 to May 3.
Traditional foods will be the highlight of the fourth Traditional Craft Villages Festival 2011, themed “Vietnamese Kitchen in Hue’s Garden” and will be held in the ancient capital of Hue from April 30 to May 3.
The festival which will be organized in three areas: Ngo Mon Square (Noon Gate), Dai Noi (Royal Palace) and at the Huong (Perfume) River bank. The biennial festival will introduce hundreds of specialty dishes from the south, Hanoi and Hue. Native bonsais plants from all across Vietnam will be showcased to plant lovers.
Some local dishes featured will be heo nuong lu (baked pork in jar), chao luon dau xanh (eel porridge cooked with green peas), oc buou hap hem (medium-sized edible snail steamed with draff) and more will be served in the southern cuisine pavilion. While enjoying these culinary treats in the pavilion, festival goers will be delighted with a performance of don ca tai tu (southern amateur music), Khmer dance and folk music.
Save some room for the northern food and recipes pavilion which will attract visitors with its offerings of Hanoi specialties and performances of ca tru (an ancient genre of chamber music featuring female vocalists, with origins in northern Vietnam) and hat xam (a type of Vietnamese folk music which was popular in the northern region of Vietnam).
For those who like to eat like a King, the food sections in Ngo Mon Square will represent culinary delights from the central area of Hue. According to officials from the Hue People’s Council, they will introduce traditional Hue dishes including vegetarian foods, royal dishes, sweet soups, and rice and cakes.
According to the organizers at Ngo Mon Square there will also be a floating food fair on Huong River in the evening, a cooking contest for children during the festival, and an exhibition of ancient cooking utensils at the Lieu Quang cultural center and Ta Vu House in Dai Noi.
In addition, the event will include street music, artistic kite performances, folk games, a human chess contest and an exhibition of ornamental tree and culinary arts along Phu Van Lau Park and Nguyen Dinh Chieu walking street. Many artisans of ornamental tree clubs throughout Vietnam will join the show.
The festival is held every two years and aims to encourage visitors to come to Thua Thien-Hue Province, and to Hue City, in particular.
See best hotels in hue at the website http://Vietnamhotels.net/.
Source: Thanh Nien
VietNamNet Bridge – With the theme “Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa: Civilized and Hospitality”, the Nha Trang Sea Festival 2011, will take place from June 11-15 in Nha Trang City. The festival will have one day event for Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago.
The sea festival will include around 50 events which will run throughout June. The most important parts will be activities to support the International Environmental Day (June 5), the International Ocean Day (June and the “Day for Truong Sa”.
The “Day for Truong Sa” is the day for mainland people to show their love to those who are living and working on Truong Sa Archipelago. Various activities will be organized on the day, such as a workshop on Truong Sa, screening films about Truong Sa, photo and painting exhibitions of Truong Sa, art performances, etc.
Khanh Hoa Province’s Chair, Le Xuan Than, confirmed that the festival will be a big and interesting event which features the characters of Nha Trang.
The Nha Trang Sea Festival has been held for four times and has become a major tourism event in Nha Trang city.
By Kinh Luan in HCMC
|The adventurous route to Mui Ne along Nui Chua National Park in Ninh Thuan Province
Beach lovers, who want to go to Mui Ne in Phan Thiet City, might not fancy being cramped in a bus from five to seven hours in horrendous traffic.
So it’s time to choose the coastal route with the trip along Long Hai-Ho Tram-Nui Chua-Lagi a must for this idyllic destination.
From Vung Tau T-junction on National Highway 1A, about 25 kilometers from HCMC, travelers will head on National Road 51 to Ba Ria Town.
From there, you face two roads, one heading to Long Hai Town and the famous Anoasis Beach Resort and Long Hai Beach Resort and Spa and the other head to Ho Tram Beach and Loc An Tourist Area. The second option will see you facing a 250 kilometer detour a whole lot longer than the normal 50 kilometer journey, but it is worth it due to the enchanting landscapes you will see on the way.
You will pass the luxurious Ho Tram Beach Resort and Spa and Loc An Ecological Tourist Area. Located along the coastal road of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Ho Tram Resort is the ideal get-away from the hustle and bustle of HCMC, showcasing authentic Vietnamese architecture, set against a backdrop of blue seas, clear skies and rich garden landscapes.
The journey gets even more exciting when it runs through Chua Mountain in Ninh Thuan Province. The mountain, covering about 30,000 hectares, is famous for its biodiversity and a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike.
|A view of the splendid Ba Dien Beach in Vinh Hy Bay Photos: Kinh Luan
Leaving Chua Mountain, you should stop by at Vinh Hy Bay nestled between two popular tourist destinations of Nha Trang City in the north and Phan Thiet-Mui Ne in the south. The bay attracts a lot of tourists but it still reserves its rural beauty with white sand beach, steep rocky mountain ranges, caves and spectacular waterfalls.
At the bay, visitors can take a boat tour on the beautiful sea, visit the forests and mountains of Nui Chua National Park, the salt production fields, or even go diving in the spectacular coral reefs and bathe in springs.
Coming to Vinh Hy Bay, tourists must stop by Ba Dien Beach, the most stunning beach in the bay.
After the wonders of life on the road, tourists will finally arrive in Mui Ne thinking that their adventure is now over, but of course it is just beginning.
Dense jungles, brooding mountains, endless waterways, towering cliffs, hairpin bends: the potential for adrenaline-fuelled adventure is limitless in Vietnam.
Whether you prefer to scale the heights of jagged peaks or plumb the depths of coral reefs, Vietnam will deliver something special. Heck, just being here is one long adventure, but these experiences will take it to a whole new level.
Kayak Halong Bay
Photo by Halongluxuryjunks
Use paddle power to explore this incredible forest of karsts that jut out of the South China Sea like stone sentinels. Kayaks go where other boats cannot, such as into hidden caves and secret lagoons, and will reveal to you the very best of the bay.
Conquer Mount Fansipan
Photo by Tuoi Tre Newspaper
OK, so it is not Mt Everest, but at 3,143m, it is the highest peak in the country. Meet some of the people on the trek before tackling the elements to arrive on the roof of Vietnam.
Motorbike through the deep north
Photo by Tieu Phong
Saddle up for the ride of a lifetime in the mountains of Vietnam’s deep north. The roads are absolute rollercoasters, the scenery is simply stunning.
Cycle the Mekong Delta
Photo by Nam Vinh
Forget about those newfangled engines and pedal through the back roads of the Mekong Delta – a patchwork of emerald greens. Stick to the roads less travelled or jump on the odd boat or two for the full Mekong experience.
Photo by Tuoi Tre Newspaper
See Vietnam from a different angle by scuba diving off its curvaceous coast. Tank up, buddy down and explore the reefs off Nha Trang. Other options are Phu Quoc Island or, the final frontier, Con Dao.
Photo by Tuoi Tre Newspaper
If all that underwater stuff sounds too deep, then float above it all with something more carefree like kitesurfing. Mui Ne is the unashamed kitesurfing capital, but the sport is (literally) taking off, up and down the coast.
Explore Vietnam’s national parks
Tourists explore Ninh Thuan national park – Photo by Phung My Trung
Vietnam’s jungle is massive – well at least in some of the protected areas. Track shy wildlife, hike to hidden waterfalls or mountain-bike down paths less travelled in one of the country’s remote national parks, such as magnificent Cat Tien.
Source: BBC/ Lonelyplanet
To many, Easter Sunday signifies the true beginning of spring and the renewal of nature and life. It is also a sacred day for the Christian faith and an occasion to celebrate with the city’s five-star hotels fighting it out for your presence on Sunday.
*Caravelle Saigon (17-19 Lam Son Square, Dist. 1, tel: 38234999)
Guests are invited to try caviar, champagne, lobster and more than twenty different desserts at the Caravelle Hotel’s buffet brunch.
Seafood is always the big pull at Nineteen Restaurant, and Easter Sunday is no exception. Consume fresh lobster, tiger prawns, soft-shell crab, clams, mussels, snails and more cooked to order.
A huge salad bar, barbeque station with rack of lamb and imported beef tenderloin, choice of soups, lengthy list of appetizers and more traditional main courses like roast turkey, duck and rabbit will also help loosen a few belts.
The price is around VND1.1 million++ per person
*Park Hyatt Saigon (2 Lam Son Square, Dist. 1, tel: 3824 1234)\
Easter Brunch will be offered in the Opera Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, with a rich buffet set throughout the open kitchen. Brunch begins with a variety of starters including seafood on ice, artichoke crust, followed by savory Easter pie, fish and meat and assorted pizza from the wood-fired oven. More than ten dessert items will also be offered to finish brunch on a sweet note.
Easter eggs made of chocolate will be on sale.
Easter brunch is priced at VND1.1 million ++ per person with a free flow of Prosecco or VND1.7 million with a free flow of Champagne.
*Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (8-15 Ton Duc Thang St., Dist. 1, tel: 3822 0033, ext. 2300)
The Renaissance is hoping to attract visitors with their alcohol choices in combination with Sunday Brunch at VND624,000++ per person or VND832,000++ per person (including a free flow of chilled vodka, wine, beer and soft drinks)
Dining Vouchers are accepted with food only. Dinning Club Members accepted. The brunch is available from noon to 3 p.m. at the Riverside Café on the hotel’s Ground Floor.
*Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers (88 Dong Khoi St., Dist. 1, tel: 3827 2828)
Celebrate Easter Sunday with brunch at Saigon Café with all your favorites. Enjoy freshly chilled seafood including crabs, prawns and scampi, rack of lamb, the Sheraton’s famous grill station and splendid selection of desserts including baklava with chocolate and almonds and puff pastry filled with custard and raspberry.
*Windsor Plaza saigon (18 An Duong Vuong St., Dist. 5, tel: 3833 6688)
On Easter Sunday, the Café Central An Dong on level 4 of the hotel will feature an Easter brunch with traditional activities for children such as an Easter egg hunt and egg decorating. Additionally, classic Easter dishes, such as roast lamb, will be available.
To celebrate in style take in a superb dinner at TOTT Bar & Restaurant on level 25.
Enjoy beauty and wellness at its best at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. Two days of spa and beauty treatments, healthy organic food with daily Yoga and Tai Chi. Perfect for quality weekend time for yourself and your beloved one.
- 2 night accommodation at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
- Welcome drink
- Welcome fruit basket
- One sparkling wine upon arrival
- Three organic meals per day
- Three 60 minute spa/salon treatments
- Morning Yoga or Tai Chi
- Complimentary snorkeling & kayaking
- Free WIFI
- Round trip airport bus n boat transfers
|Hill Top / Spa Suite Villa
|Beach Pool Villa
*Rates are subject to 10% tax and 5% service charge
1st May to June 30, 2011
Terms & Conditions:
Cancellation policy: Between 14-10 days prior to arrival will incur a 30% charge; 9 days to 5 days will incur 50% charge; 4days or no show will incur a 100% charge. Early check out or delayed check in will incur a 100% charge per the confirmed booking.
HCMC, the country’s biggest tourism center, last Saturday announced the best travel firms, hotels, travel websites, shopping venues and tourism service providers in the city.
Four businesses – Saigontourist Travel Service, Fiditourist, Ben Thanh Tourist and Vietravel – are all included in the lists of the top 10 inbound companies, 10 outbound companies and 10 domestic companies.
All these companies but Fiditourist are in the top five with the best e-commerce websites, together with Viet Media Travel and TST Tourist.
In the hotel category, there are five best five-star, five best four-star, and 10 best three-star hotels. The five-star Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers is the best hotels ho chi minh city for businessmen, and the InterContinental Asiana Saigon is the best hotel for meetings.
The top ten shopping venues include Tax Plaza, Vincom Center, Zen Plaza, Miss Aodai, Parkson, XQ Saigon, Khaisilk and PNJ jewelry shops.
Tourist parks, restaurants and transportation service firms in the city are also selected for their outstanding services.
The city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism collaborated with the HCMC Tourism Association to organize the selection joined by tourism experts, customers and media to mark HCMC Tourism Day.
The four-day HCMC Tourism Day at the September 23 Park closed on Sunday. Around 80 tourism service providers occupy 140 of the 172 booths at the seventh annual event. Around 24 other provinces and cities joined to the gathering as well.
To many people, stilt houses are just a distant memory, but Roda Nai Linh from Don Duong District in the province of Lam Dong lives in one of those unique houses, full of Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) artefacts.
The house was built more than 60 years ago by Nai Linh’s father, and still has many of the original architectural features of the Co Ho ethnic group. Sitting 2m above the ground and split into two rooms, the house faces southeast and is 60 sq.m in area.
Many of the artefacts in the house are still used in the everyday lives and customs of the Co Ho, such as decanters, gongs, wooden trays, fishing-tackle, blankets and papooses, including one that belonged to Nai Linh’s great grandmother. There is also a valuable jar more than 100 years old through which ruou can (rice wine) is drunk out of a jar through pipes.
“All of them are from my great grandmother’s era. The Co Ho people in our M’ Lon Hamlet like to look after their antiques and maintain their cultural values. I hope the next generations will continue to uphold the traditions of our people,” said Nai Linh.
Her eldest daughter has spent over VND100 million (US$4,700) restoring the rear of their house.
Nai Linh’s house attracts many tourists. It is also the venue for family gatherings and ceremonies. However, there are very few stilt houses left in Lam Dong, due to the Co Ho tradition of dividing their property when their children marry.
The Co Ho people have a long history of traditional culture, but with the development of the economy and society, many of these traditions are gradually being buried. Nai Linh realised this, and was determined to preserve the house and artefacts that were handed down to her from her father and sisters. In her efforts to preserve and promote national cultural identity through her stilt house and artefacts, Roda Nai Linh deserves to be praised.
Collected by Vietnam hotel