Now that the country has relaxed arrival rules for international travelers, visitors are starting to return.
The hospitality industry is also starting to make a comeback.
Although Covid put the construction or opening of many hotels on hold, there is now a wide range of new or reopened properties to choose from.
From the historic and atmospheric capital of Hanoi in the north, to the tropical beaches of Phú Quốc in the south, here are eight places to lay your head at a range of prices and styles.
Regent Phu Quoc
Regent Phú Quốc is located in Long Beach and offers 176 suites and 126 villas in a tranquil, tropical setting overlooking the resort’s ocean and lagoons. They range in size from intimate one-bedroom suites to seven-bedroom ‘ultra villas’, meaning everyone from couples to extended families and friends can kick back in style.
In terms of food, choose from six restaurants and bars, including the Rice Market, which celebrates the local cuisine of South Vietnam; Oku joining Japan and France in a tribute to wagyu beef; or the cheekily named Fu Bar for gin-centric cocktails around a pool terrace.
Wink Hotel Saigon Center
Wink Hotel is within walking distance of attractions such as Book Street and Saigon Zoo.
Wink Hotel Saigon Center
Opening in 2021, Wink Hotel Saigon targets a new local Vietnamese demographic for whom authenticity is everything.
Offering affordable luxury means that while hotel rooms can certainly be ‘space efficient’, no expense has been spared inside.
Designed by a Paris-based agency, they feature luxurious mattresses, fine linens and a power shower.
Wink pays homage to Vietnam’s famous street food culture in the form of Wink Carts for breakfast and light lunches, while guests are guaranteed a 24-hour stay regardless of check-in time, unlimited à la carte breakfast and complimentary passes to an associate. space.
Maia Resort Quy Nhon
The southern Vietnamese resort town of Quy Nhơn may be largely unknown to international travelers, but that looks set to change with the opening of places like Maia Resort, a destination that is particularly keen to attract foodies.
The 94-villa property is located on a beautiful, long, wide sandy beach where colorful local fishing boats sail in Phuong Mai Bay. They bring a catch that the resort’s chefs at Vi Restaurant transform into exquisite renditions of local dishes as well as popular global comfort foods.
Wellness is another big play in the elegant sunlit Vela Spa, complete with its own pool, while guests can choose packages that include treatments in lieu of breakfast or lunch.
Anantara Quy Nhon Villas
Anantara Quy Nhon has a spa with a tea lounge and three cliffside treatment pavilions.
Anantara Quy Nhon Villas
Privacy is front and center at Anantara Quy Nhơn Villas as the resort offers just 26 elegant one and two bedroom villas set in seven acres of tropical gardens. All have views of the white sand beach and emerald waves beyond.
Their most popular restaurant is Sea.Fire.Salt, where Chef Wayan oversees menus that celebrate flame-cooked seafood, while a swim-up bar creates cocktails in front of you, and an “in-room deli” means that you’re never a bite away.
The tranquil surrounding province of Bình Định inspires an impressive selection of cultural experiences, from ancient temples to the magnificent Champa Towers, which dot the landscape and date back to the 12th century. They even offer a hat-weaving workshop, as guests see how Non La conical hats are handcrafted.
Capella Hanoi’s design was inspired by the roaring 20s.
That’s because the property is adjacent to Hanoi’s beautiful early 20th-century Opera House, meaning Bensley has created the grand suites to reflect and reveal the tales of artists, singers and composers. In doing so, more than a thousand pieces of opera and art memorabilia now adorn the building in the city’s prestigious Hoàn Kiếm district.
Even the hotel’s restaurants follow the theme, with the popular Backstage restaurant and a lounge called the Diva’s Lounge boasting tableware, stages and suitably seductive costumes.
Capella Culturists act as guides for guests to ensure they get the most out of the hotel and the city, including immersive experiences with landmarks including the Jade Mound Temple and the French Quarter.
Azerai Ke Ga Bay
Sitting 180 km (112 miles) east of Ho Chi Minh City, Azerai Ke Ga resort is a popular destination for weekend getaways. The secluded oceanfront property is enviably situated on a white sand beach that stretches for five kilometres, overlooking Ke Ga Island and its lighthouse dating back to French colonial times.
Only 46 minimalist suites and private pool suites overlook tropical gardens or the ocean. If you can tear yourself away from them, their oceanfront Azerai Spa offers 10 private treatment rooms, hydrotherapy, a beauty studio, gym and more, while there are four pools to get your laps in.
After work, three dining options allow you to indulge in local and global cuisine with a special focus on seafood.
Alma Resort Cam Ranh
Alma Resort is in the growing area of Cam Ranh, near Dalat.
Cam Ranh is another developing city on Vietnam’s central coast that is fast becoming a popular hub for domestic and international travelers. The sprawling Alma Resort spans 30 acres and offers a wide range of amenities to guests staying in its 580 suites and pavilions, all facing Long Beach.
No less than twelve swimming pools, a 70-seat cinema, science museum, karaoke room and water park are just some of the ways to spend your vacation.
In terms of food, 14 dining options range from Japanese to Italian, a noodle house and a fried chicken specialist. But every accommodation comes with a kitchen, in case you want to prepare your own meal with groceries from the on-site supermarket.
Radisson Danang Hotel
The road to get there is lined with hotels, including the Radisson Hotel Danang on My Khe Beach with 182 rooms and suites that overlook the city, peninsula and sea.
Up on the 21st floor, a terrace bar adjoins a dramatic infinity pool for Instagram moments at sunset, while there’s also a telescope for would-be stargazers to scan the skies. A hall with 300 people can also host weddings, meetings and events.