With the phenomenally successful ‘Vietnamese people travel in Vietnam’ campaign in full swing, long weekend getaways are currently all the rage. Quy Nhon is on the cusp of turning into the Riviera of south-central Vietnam and a modest weekend home in Dalat is every urbanite’s dream.
Faced with the old daily grind of office life, some city dwellers are looking for an additional dose of diversion midweek. Ideally, closer to home. A pleasant 25-minute boat ride from Saigon’s city center lies the idyllic
Nestled under the tropical foliage on the bank of the Saigon river, the resort is the epitome of barefoot luxury. Falling into the river's serene and hypnotic pull, you’ll spend your days in a state of blissful oneness with nature.
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Blending the natural and the modern, the eco-friendly resort features 19 spacious suites and villas carefully designed to feel luxurious yet not stuffy. The styles range from single-level to duplex, offering a choice of one and two bedrooms – all exquisitely romantic.
The property is very couples-oriented. You can happily hole up here for a few days without feeling any need to venture outside. Here time stands still and the team goes out of the way to create special moments for the couples taking a mini-break from the madding crowd. While the day away beneath the lime trees, luxuriate in the calm waters of a private plunge pool or join other guests for a sunset meditation session by the river.
Hidden amidst lush tropical landscaping, the spa features everything from massages and scrubs to body wraps and facials, all with scenic views of a verdant garden. The most romantic choice is undoubtedly the Couples Jacuzzi Indulgence experience where an aromatic bath is prepared in the privacy of your villa. Opt for the rejuvenating Cleopatra’s Secret featuring milk, honey, rose petals and almonds or the decadent Chocolate Dream mixing milk and chocolate.
If floating in a deliciously smelling bath tub left you feeling peckish, head to Tram’s Cookery – An Lam’s alfresco restaurant serving exquisite Vietnamese food right on the riverfront. Using organic ingredients and relying on time-honored recipes, the dishes are reimagined through modern techniques.
Midweek escape offer
The new One-day Retreat Package is available Monday through Thursday and offers complimentary use of villas and suites from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm for every VND 3.500.000 spent on dining or spa treatments. One-way boat transfer from Saigon’s Bach Dang Pier is also included.