10 Must-check in Hotels When you visit Vietnam

10 Must-check in Hotels When you visit Vietnam

Here are 10 best hotels in Vietnam accoridng to Telegraph UK:

 

1. Park Hyatt Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

Rate : 9/10 

This luxurious, colonial-inspired grande dame sits right at the historic heart of Ho Chi Minh City, with contemporary comforts including a world-class spa. The hotel was a base for the US military during the war and DJ Adrian Cronauer made his daily broadcast from it, made famous in the film Good Morning, Vietnam.

LOCATION

A 25-minute drive from the airport and a 10-minute walk to District 1’s most iconic landmarks, including the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace, the high-end shops and galleries of Nguyen Hue and Dong Khoi streets, restaurants and cafés.

STYLE & CHARACTER

The elegant lobby is filled with giant vases of fragrant flowers, while light floods the Park Lounge, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and glittering chandeliers. The work of local artisans, original paintings – such as The Royal Lady dating from the 19th century – and antiques, including painted lacquer chests, are a nod to the city’s history. Bespoke handwoven carpets feature birds, thought to bring good luck.

SERVICE & FACILITIES

The staff are friendly, attentive and effortlessly efficient, with a concierge on hand to make restaurant and shopping recommendations. The large outdoor pool sits in the middle of landscaped gardens, where you can lounge in a cabana or dine al fresco. The award-winning Xuan Spa is inspired by the riches of the Mekong Delta, offering all kinds of pampering treatments, from an all-natural Vietnamese papaya body polish to massages with lotus essential oils. There’s also a 24/7 fitness centre.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Wi-Fi

ROOMS

Neutral-toned rooms are light and bright, channelling the old-world charms of colonial Saigon, with polished wooden floors, louvre windows, ceiling fans and embroidered silk cushions, while hi-tech additions include Bose Bluetooth speakers, iPads and a Nespresso coffee maker. Plush king-sized beds are covered in crisp white linens, and sparkling white marble bathrooms come with tubs and separate rain showers. Park Deluxe rooms have their own private terrace with direct access to the pool and the extra-spacious Park Suites have their own separate living area.

FOOD & DRINK

Signature restaurant Square 1 serves up a gourmet mix of Vietnamese – including clay pot dishes and fresh, wok-fried lobster – and French-influenced dishes from its five show kitchens. An expansive buffet breakfast is served at the all-day Opera – from fresh fruit to pastries from the in-house boutique, and Vietnamese and international classics – with an Italian menu at lunch and dinner. Snacks are served in the Park Lounge, followed by afternoon tea of Vietnamese-inspired savouries and delicate French pastries, which morphs into cocktails and live piano music every evening. The bar boasts a 1,500-bottle wine cellar, while 2 Lam Son attracts a glamorous crowd with its signature martinis and live DJs.

VALUE FOR MONEY (Rate: 8/10)

Double rooms from $319 (£240) in low season; and from $405 (£304) in high. Breakfast $35 (£26); half price for children aged six-12 years; freee for under-sixes. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

There are lifts and three adapted rooms.

Family-friendly?

Interconnecting rooms and babysitters are available on request. Cots are free of charge; extra beds for ages 12 years and up are charged at $56 (£42).

 
 Address: 2 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

 

Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai (Hoi An, Vietnam)

9/10 Telegraph expert rating

Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai manages to feel both intimate and impressive at once. With 100 villas sprinkled along the beach, two atmospheric restaurants, three inviting swimming pools, and a gorgeous spa, there’s a huge range of highly-personalised things to see and do.

LOCATION (9/10)

Just 15 minutes’ from the pretty town of Hoi An and fronted by nearly 25 miles of powdery, platinum-white sands sweeping all the way to Danang, the Nai Ham’s location is inspiring. Wander along the shore and see local fishermen hauling nets into bamboo boats or head into Hoi An for a cultural hit (the hotel operates a complimentary shuttle five times a day). The nearest international airport, Danang, is a 30-minute drive from the hotel.

STYLE & CHARACTER (9/10)

Previously known as The Nam Hai and long regarded as one of the finest hotels in Vietnam, this sultry seaside resort joined the Four Seasons hotel group at the end of 2016. Stepping into the open-air lobby which overlooks the cobalt-blue South China Sea will have you picking your jaw up off the floor. Grey stone, pagoda-style roofs, palm-trees strung with jewel-coloured lanterns and reflective pools celebrate traditional Vietnamese temple architecture. The surrounding tropical foliage is tended by 100 gardeners.  

SERVICE & facilities

Aside from the incredible beach, there are no less than three glittering swimming pools to choose from; pick your spot, lie back and enjoy the sunglass cleaning service, cold towels and ice-cream which are delivered to your lounger periodically.

If you prefer to stay active, there are plenty of complimentary activities to choose from, including sunrise power walking, beach tai chi, stability yoga and rice field cycling, as well as a number of paid explorations of the local area. Or you could try out the tennis, badminton and squash courts, the well-equipped watersports centre or the splendid Heart of the Earth Spa, which offers restorative massages and facials to help thwart jet lag and sunburn.

As you would expect from the Four Seasons, the staff are superb.

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Fitness centre
  • Kids’ club
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi

ROOMS (8/10)

Most villas offer views over the South China sea and all are decorated in a sensuous, contemporary Asian style; peaked roofs, dark wood floors, soothing colours and textures, and plush outdoor spaces where you can lie on oversized loungers and be lulled to sleep by the ocean. They are generously proportioned, some have swimming pools, others sunken bathtubs, while family villas come with additional dens to comfortably tuck two kids into.

Food & drink (9/10)

There are two outstanding restaurants; Café Nam Hai offering Western and Indian dishes – the cinnamon smoked lamb was divine – and lantern-lit Vietnamese restaurant La Sen – here, I recommend the sweet-juicy suckling pig.

One of the most enjoyable eating experiences, though, has to be preparing and cooking your own meal with the hotel’s Cooking Academy; the day starts with an early morning water buffalo ride through rice fields and ends with a tableful of crispy prawn pancakes, sizzling pork skewers and peppery salads.

Breakfast is worth rolling out of bed for; a majestic spread of tropical fruits, fragrant Vietnamese broths, cheese and charcuterie, truffle-soaked eggs and freshly-baked breads and pastries.

Value for money (8/10)

Double rooms from US$675 (£537), b&b, year-round. Breakfast, Wi-Fi and a wide range of recreational activities are included in the rate.

Access for guests with disabilities?

No.

Family-friendly?

Very welcome. Children are provided with mini-bathrobes, bucket and spades and cuddly toys; under fives can also eat for free with their parents. The action-packed Chuon Chuon Kids’ Club (open from 9am until 6pm) also serves up free snacks throughout the day. In addition, there’s a family pool and babysitting can be arranged for £6 per hour.

 Block Ha My Dong B, Dien Duong Ward, Dien Ban Town, Hoi An, Vietnam

0084 91 200 31 00fourseasons.com

Hôtel des Arts Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 
9/10 Telegraph expert rating

This art-filled boutique is a stunning blend of French colonial and contemporary Vietnam, with world-class dining, an award-winning spa and topped with a rooftop pool and buzzy bar, at the heart of the country’s most cosmopolitan city.

Location ( 8/10)

A 30-minute drive from the airport and a 10-minute walk to restaurants, shops and key sights, such as the Saigon Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum

Style & character (9/10)

The building itself is a work of art with its smooth lines and sensuous curves, before you step through the enormous wooden doors and into the gorgeous triple-height lobby. Designed on Feng Shui principles, it sets the tone with acres of marble, floor-to-ceiling windows, statement lighting, sumptuous fabrics and huge vases of flowers. The female staff wear beautiful silk ao dai, the traditional Vietnamese dress, and the hotel is a showcase for the owner’s gallery-worthy collection of paintings and antiques.

Service & facilities (9/10)

Service is effortlessly efficient and friendly. The concierge is a wealth of information on what to do and where to eat nearby, but take time to relax in the art-filled library and lounge around the glass-walled saltwater pool on the 24th floor. It comes with
stunning views over the city and after dark the lounge bar attracts a trendy crowd, with DJs spinning tropical house. Le Spa des Artistes blends Asian and European techniques, and guests arriving early or leaving late can use the showers.

Rooms (9/10)

Rooms and suites are light-filled and elegant, with gleaming rosewood parquet, white walls, dark-wood furniture handcrafted by local artisans and taupe soft furnishings. Vast, feather-soft beds are clad in crisp white Egyptian cotton and a wafty white linen curtain separates the sparkling marble bathrooms – where my Executive Studio Suite had a decadent red, claw-foot tub with a view over the city, Lanvin lotions and potions and a separate dressing area. All rooms have international plug sockets, a Nespresso machine and a television in an ornate gilt frame.

Food & drink (8/10)

The all-day dining Saigon Kitchen takes its inspiration from an Asian street food market, but the expansive breakfast buffet ranges from French patisserie and a full English to pho and dim sum. The buffet lunch serves up Western and Pan-Asian favourites, while dinner is à la carte, with a seafood extravaganza at weekends.

Bag a velvet sofa for an indulgent high tea in the ground-floor Café des Beaux Arts, to the strains of a grand piano. Super-cool Japanese firm Super Potato designed the seductively lit, wood-panelled Social Club on the 23rd floor, with a creative menu from top chef Anne-Cécile Degenne of sharing plates and top-notch steak and seafood. Then head up to the rooftop bar for a bespoke cocktail – Saigon by Night mixes up basil-infused vodka, mango and Sauvignon Blanc.

Value for money (9/10)

Double rooms from $144 (£110) in low season; and from $172 (£131) in high. Breakfast $18 (£14). Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Lifts and one adapted room.

Family-friendly?

Interconnecting rooms are available, and cots free of charge.

 76 – 78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Dist.3 70000 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

00 84 28 3989 8888hoteldesartssaigon.com

Silk Path Boutique Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam
8/10 Telegraph expert rating

This wallet-friendly boutique hotel in Hanoi’s atmospheric Old Quarter offers stylish rooms and a five-star service. It comes with an unbeatable location opposite the serene Hoan Kiem Lake and some of the best views in the city from its rooftop bar.

Location (9/10)

It’s a 40-minute drive from the airport and a 10-minute walk to the Old Quarter’s shops, restaurants and sights. Its hard-to-beat location on the lake’s edge means there’s no traffic – or the incessant honk of scooter horns – at weekends.

Style & character (8/10)

The tall, skinny building used to be an apartment block and is typical of Old Quarter architecture, where space is at a premium. Not to be confused with its larger sibling the Silk Path Hotel, this intimate boutique channels French colonial style: gently whirring ceiling fans, gleaming marble, Tiffany-esque stained glass and public spaces filled with vases of fresh, fragrant flowers. At weekends, join the locals power-walking and jogging around the lake, or just sit on a bench and people-watch.

Service & facilities (8/10)

The warm and friendly staff offers a personal service, going out of their way to help with any questions about the city or onward travel. The concierge is on hand to book tours and restaurants, and the reception staff will store any excess luggage while you travel. The ninth-floor roof terrace has been turned into a bar with sweeping views over the city.

  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms (8/10)

The 33 spacious rooms and suites come with lake or city views and are tastefully decked out in neutral tones, with polished wooden floors, bright white walls and dark-wood furniture. Beds are clad in soft white linens and there’s a choice of foam and feather pillows. There are tea and coffee making facilities and a good choice of English-speaking television channels, including Netflix for subscribers. And – healthier than the usual pillow chocolate – you get a piece of fruit at turn-down.

The marble bathrooms are compact but spotlessly clean; suites come with a bath, the rest have a powerful, walk-in shower. 

Food & drink (8/10)

The hotel’s small Restaurant La Cour offers all-day dining. The expansive breakfast menu means you can go local with steamed rice rolls or pho bo (beef noodle soup) or opt for pastries or eggs-to-order. At dinner, you can go for traditional Vietnamese, pan-Asian or international fare, such as pizzas. Leave room for a sinfully delicious dessert of deep-fried spring rolls, filled with chocolate and dusted with cinnamon.

The rooftop bar has plenty of lounging space; try the cocktail of the month – perhaps a mango or pineapple daiquiri.

Value for money (9/10)

Standard rooms from $70 (£55) in low season; and from $85 (£67) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

There’s a lift but no specially adapted rooms.

Family-friendly?

Cots are free of charge, and up to two extra beds are available at a charge of $25 (£20) for six-year-olds and up. Babysitters can be booked through reception.

 21 Hang Khay Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam.

00 84 4 3938 5555hangkhay.silkpathhotel.com

Le Méridien Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 
8 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

Le Méridien is a comfortable, design-minded hotel for discerning travellers. It is conveniently close to the city’s attractions, which are just a short drive (or 20-minute walk) away; the hotel’s five chic bars and restaurants will certainly tempt guests into lingering a little longer.

Location (8/10)

Le Meridien Saigon is situated along a bank of the Saigon River, in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 – which means it’s really central to the business district and close to many tourist attractions in the city. It’ll take about 15 minutes to walk to the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, Opera House and the Reunification Palace, as well as malls like Takashimaya and the Vincom Centre.

Style & character (8/10)

The hotel celebrates art and local artists, which gives it a boutiquey feel, despite the large number of rooms. At the waiting area for each lift, artists have created their impressions of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) so every floor offers a different, creative view of the city. Almost every room offers a real-time view of the city too, because the glass-enclosed hotel is currently the tallest building in the area. On entering the hotel guests are welcomed by a vast, two-storey space that’s dominated by silver columns, a marble floor and a chandelier of thousands of glass bubbles that floats from the ceiling; quirky accents like the red high-backed chairs in the lobby are peppered throughout the hotel. Overall, think sleek and contemporary, with a funky twist.

Service & facilities (8/10)

A stylish and comfortable hotel for leisure travellers, with a wonderful ocean-themed spa that offers treatments designed to restore balance to the body. The signature offering is a four-hand massage, where the experience is enhanced by music, lights and aromatherapy oils. There is also an indoor swimming pool and a small, well-equipped fitness centre. The hotel’s business centre has a range of office amenities, and there are six venues that range from ballrooms to boardrooms, all of which have the latest audio-visual technology. There are five restaurants on the property, and the Club Lounge has a very comfortable meeting area and library, and offers teas, cocktails and canapés at different times in the day.

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms (8/10)

The standard rooms follow a palette of mostly greys and whites, and have a modern design element to them. The wall behind the bed is a graphic representation of the layout of HCMC, with the hotel’s location noted along the river. The custom-designed carpet picks up on some elements from this artwork, as does a masala-coloured reclining couch. There are ample plug sockets in the rooms – perfect for those travelling with many gadgets – as well as a comfortably large desk space. The bathroom is separated from the room by a glass wall (with blinds). It features a large bath tub as well as a rain shower.

Food & drink (8/10)

There are five dining options at Le Meridien. Latest Recipe is where the buffet breakfast is served – choices here are vast, and include everything from croissants and fresh breads to eggs (any style), hash browns, cheese platters, pho and sushi. Bamboo Chic is a contemporary fusion restaurant, offering a mix of Cantonese and Japanese cuisine (and gorgeous views across the city); Latitude 10 is a daytime coffee bar, night-time cocktail bar. Explore Bistro, located at the pool near the spa, offers healthy and detoxing food and drinks. There’s also a grab-and-go coffee shop and bakery. 

Value for money (8/10)

Double rooms from $170 (£132)  in low season; and from $330 (£256) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Not suitable.

Family-friendly?

No kids’ club, but children are welcome to stay in the hotel. Children under the age of 11 stay free of charge if they share a room with their parents and sleep on a roll-away bed. The additional charge for an extra bed is from 750,000 Vietnamese Dong (£25) a night. Baby cots are complimentary. 

 3C Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, VN-SG, Vietnam.

00 84 286 263 6688lemeridiensaigon.com

Anantara Mui Né

Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, Vietnam
8 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

This plush resort is perfect for families and couples alike. It has intimate cabins set in a tropical garden behind a white-sand beach lapped by gentle-waves, a sumptuous spa, huge pool and wealth of activities.

Location

7 / 10

Mũi Né fishing village sits on a sandy cape backed by rolling dunes. A long beach, with a one-street strip of hotels, stretches south. The Anantara sits at its far end – in the quietest area and next to the best strip of sand. The nearest international airport is Ho Chi Minh City, four hours south. The railway station (15 minutes away at Phan Thiet) connects to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and a string of cities in between.

Style & character

9 / 10

The Anantara strives to be a resort you won’t want to leave. By day it’s a great spot to soak up the sun or build sandcastles on the beach (with occasional cooling dips in the bathwater-calm turquoise sea), or lounge on the poolside sundecks paperback in hand. By night the resort is intimate and romantic. Night flowers open in the garden, wafting scents of frangipani and jasmine over the lambent pool and shoreline bar. Low lighting ensures your attention is on the stars, the moonlight and the lantern-lit fishing boats bobbing offshore.

Service & facilities

8 / 10

Staff are attentive, cater to every whim and miraculously seem to know the first names of every guest. The hotel aims to offer all you might need – with a fitness centre, meeting and wedding facilities, cooking classes, a children’s club and a tour desk offering tours around Mũi Né (to temples, dunes and national parks) and watersports in front of the resort. The spa is one of the best in Vietnam, with a suite of treatment rooms (some of which have private steam rooms and whirlpool baths) and a range of aromatic rubs, herb-infused soaks and massage treatments.

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Fitness centre
  • Kids’ club
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Wi-Fi
8 / 10

Spacious rooms sit in the low-rise main resort building and in terracotta-roofed villas dotted around the garden. All come in dark-polished wood and cream, with luxurious Egyptian cotton on the beds, piles of pillows and daubs of colour from orange counterpanes and scatter-cushions. Generous bathrooms have whirlpool tubs and showers. Villas have private plunge-pools, dining rooms and one or two bedrooms. The largest houses up to six adults and two children.

Food & drink

8 / 10

Breakfasts are a south-east Asian smorgasbord of sweet and savoury rice dishes, noodles, soups, European pastries, yoghurts and cold meats. There’s an egg station, ample fruit and a choice of at least three tropical juices. Two restaurants offer Vietnamese and European cooking.

Value for money

9 / 10

Double rooms from £140 year-round. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Access to rooms on all floors. Most areas in the hotel are step-free.

Family-friendly?

There’s a kids’ club, family-orientated watersports and excursions, a big pool and designated family suites and villas.

Mui Ne Beach, KM10, Ham Tien Ward, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam.

00 84 62 374 1888mui-ne.anantara.com

The Reverie Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
8 out of10Telegraph expert rating

The Reverie Saigon is an extravagant new property in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Abandoning Asian influence, and adopting a largely European take on style, décor and cuisine, the hotel offers levels of luxury previously unseen in the city.

Location

9 / 10

At the centre of District 1, the financial and commercial hub of the city. Within walking distance of the Saigon Opera House, the Reunification Palace and the Vietnam History Museum, the 39-storey Times Square building overlooks the Saigon river and opens onto both the newly pedestrianised Nguyen Hue Boulevard and the luxury boutique-lined Dong Khoi Street.

Style & character

7 / 10

Versace meets Liberace. Mirrored, marbled, gilded and gold-leafed, every ceiling, wall and floor shines and sparkles. Italian lampshades appear to be wearing earrings; bedheads twinkle like glitter balls; and velvety carpets sink underfoot. Unapologetic about its aim to be the most expensive accommodation in the city, the hotel’s layer upon layer of opulence will thrill some and repel others.

Service & facilities

8 / 10

Encyclopaedic in their knowledge of the area, the staff are courteous and omnipresent. It’s impossible to wander around the property without someone popping out from behind a corner to escort guests to their destination, even if it’s just the lavatory – well-intentioned but overpowering. There is a 10-room spa across two floors, a suite of TechnoGym machines, and a sixth-floor open-air swimming pool and hot tub overlooking the city.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

9 / 10

Rooms are spacious and benefit from some of the best views of Ho Chi Minh City. King-sized beds are fitted with white Frette linen and a single silk throw across the duvet – the interiors are more muted in here than in the main hotel. Blackout blinds and electrically operated curtains turn the room into a retreat from the noise of the city below. Bathrooms are tiled with mosaics, stocked with Chopard products, and contain a Japanese-style toilet with a heated seat. This is one of few luxury hotels to provide an ironing board rather than charging guests for pressing.

Food & drink

8 / 10

The Royal Pavilion offers some of the best dim sum outside of China, in particular, a bowl-sized xiao long bao bursting with rich stock, and crisp prawn and bean curd cheung fun. R&J serves Italian food but feels like it hasn’t found its feet yet: osso bucco came with a marrowless bone and chopped chunks of veal. The all-day Café Cardinal focuses on French food with an Asian twist and should be prefixed with a cocktail at The Long bar.

Value for money

8 / 10

Deluxe rooms start from £288-£352, inclusive of breakfast. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Yes.

Family-friendly?

Not particularly. The restaurants operate a policy of no children under 12.

 22-36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

00 84 8 3823 6688thereveriesaigon.com

InterContinental Hanoi Westlake

Hanoi, Vietnam
8 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

This luxe urban resort is uniquely set on the edge of Hanoi’s largest lake. It is still within easy reach of key sights but its over-the-water pavilions make for a tranquil escape from the Old Quarter’s hustle and bustle.

Location

8 / 10

This sprawling property overlooks the serene waters of Ho Tay, or West Lake, and Vietnam’s oldest pagoda, the sixth-century Tran Quoc. The district is a mix of residential and business, with plenty of upscale boutiques and stylish restaurants. And it’s just a 10-minute drive from the Old Quarter and a 40-minute drive from the international airport.

Style & character

8 / 10

The hotel was designed to resemble an open lotus flower. The main building boasts a striking, sky-high atrium, where the focal point is an enormous crystal chandelier. Walkways – there are buggies available if you don’t want to walk – lead out to a small island that’s home to the circular Sunset Bar (the clue’s in the name) and beyond that, three two-storey pavilions with rooms built over the water. The look is contemporary but with a sense of place in colours, textures and materials, and references to Vietnamese culture, such as the decorative mini cyclos [three-wheel bicycle taxis] in the rooms.

Service & facilities

8 / 10

Service is friendly and efficient. The concierge is a wealth of information on what to do and where to eat and shop, not only in the Old City but also around the neighbourhood. In summer, the large al fresco jade-green swimming pool is perfect for cooling off in. There’s also a 24-hour gym, with steam and sauna, yoga and Zumba classes, as well as an in-room massage service. Guests booking a Club Room or Suite have access to the Club Lounge with complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails and canapés.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

8 / 10

The generously sized rooms all have private balconies, with sweeping views over the lake or the Hanoi skyline. They’re contemporary, with cream walls, dark-wood furniture and rich fabrics in warm tones, but also take their cue from traditional Vietnamese design, with wooden window shutters and bamboo lampshades. The king-sized beds have padded leather headboards and the marble bathrooms come with twin sinks, a large bathtub and a separate walk-in rain shower.

Food & drink

8 / 10

There’s are six dining options, including the all-day Café du Lac, that channels contemporary French-brasserie style, with wide-ranging breakfast buffet stations offering everything from Asian noodles to French pastries and eggs made to order. At Milan there’s pizza straight from the wood-fired oven, freshly prepared pasta dishes and daily specials such as seafood gratin; and afternoon tea in the Diplomat Lounge.

Evening-only Saigon serves classic Vietnamese with a gourmet touch, including wok-fried dishes. The indoor-outdoor Sunset Bar, reached via a torch-lit bridge, has a beautiful lakeside setting and a menu of burgers, sandwiches and barbecued meat, along with canopied day beds, perfect for sipping on a signature cocktail such as the Hanoi Breeze, with rum, lemongrass and fresh mint.

Value for money

8 / 10

Double rooms from $185 (£139) in low season; and from $230 (£173) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

There are lifts and two fully adapted rooms.

Family-friendly?

Interconnecting rooms are available at all levels, and cots and beds for under-12s are free of charge. An extra bed costs $52 (£39) otherwise, including breakfast. Babysitting is available on request, and there is a children’s room-service menu.

 1A Nghi Tam Street, Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam.

00 84 24 6270 8888hanoi.intercontinental.com

Tam Coc Garden

Ninh Binh, Vietnam 
8 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

If you’re looking for beyond-the-brochure Vietnam, this countryside idyll ringed by rice paddies and lotus ponds amid the rolling mountains of Ninh Binh, a two-hour drive south of Hanoi, is just the ticket.

Location

9 / 10

Located in watercolour-pretty Ninh Binh, south of Hanoi, the Tam Coc Garden is tucked into the crevices between lumbering limestone mountains and bright-green rice paddies. A short ride on one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles will take you to Bich Dong Pagoda, a series of atmospheric caves filled with ancient shrines. While other local attractions — Tam Coc River, Dong Thien Ha (Galaxy Caves), Van Long Nature Reserve — are all relatively easy to reach by car.    

Style & character

8 / 10

It comes as a delightful surprise to find such a stylish little abode in what is essentially the middle of nowhere. It is bursting with charm, and there are fragrant wildflowers and tropical blooms framing the pathways, intimate outdoor terraces and chic rooms which open up onto swaying rice fields. Combine that with the remote location and bucolic scenery and you’ve got the perfect recipe for calm.

Service & facilities

7 / 10

As it’s a small property, facilities are few. Although there is a lovely little swimming pool in which to cool down after trekking around the countryside. Overall, the staff were excellent: friendly housekeepers, an efficient reception desk, with just a couple of missteps in the restaurant, when the waiters just wandered aimlessly away mid-meal.   

  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

8 / 10

The 16 rooms hit the sweet spot between rustic and refined, with two-toned tiled floors, chunky stone walls, vaulted ceilings and large beds dressed with wispy nets and embroidered linens. Indoor/outdoor bathrooms have ceramic blue-glazed soaking tubs and locally-made jasmine-scented toiletries. Premium rooms also come with cosy living spaces and outdoor patios with rice-paddy-tastic views – well-worth splashing out the extra £12 to enjoy.  

Food & drink

8 / 10

Breakfast — think poached eggs, rice buns, porky pho and pineapple and ginger lassi — is served on the terrace. If you love Vietnamese food, you’ll be in your element here, with oversized bowls of banana flower and chicken salad, pork stew with lotus seeds, and carrot, mint and pawpaw spring rolls all coming in at less than £5 a portion (tomatoes, spinach, aubergines, papaya, mangoes and more come straight from the Tam Coc’s organic gardens too). Western dishes — club sandwiches, burgers, chicken wings — are also available, but were less impressive.  

Value for money

8 / 10

Double rooms from US$125 (£95) in low season; rising to US$150 (£102) during the more popular months of the year. Breakfast included. The Wi-Fi wasn’t the best but it does come for free.

Access for guests with disabilities?

No. 

Family-friendly?

Yes. Children are welcome and twin rooms come with two double beds, with no extra charges for kiddies under 12 years old.

 Hai Nham Hamlet, Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Bình, Vietnam

0084 3 0249 2118tamcocgarden.com

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Nha Trang, Vietnam
8 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

Accessible only by boat, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has a secluded setting that is perfect for honeymoons – and just as well, since its bedrooms have won accolades for their romance levels. With some dramatic scenery and photogenic wooden cabins, it’s the sort of resort you’d gladly never leave.

Location

8 / 10

The hotel is arranged around its own cove, across the water from the busy, holiday-resort town of Nha Trang. From the nearest international airport (Cam Ranh), it’s a 35-kilometre drive to the Six Senses jetty; from there, a speedboat will deliver you to the hotel.

Style & character

8 / 10

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay was designed with an end goal of privacy and seclusion: the resort is spread out in a way that means you’ll seldom see other guests, except in the restaurants or by the pool. The rooms – designed as self-contained wooden villas, with a rustic, romantic decor – are tucked away in various locations along the rocky peninsula.

Service & facilities

8 / 10

The butler service on offer is excellent: a knowledgeable guide will be assigned to you on arrival, ready to talk you through the excursion options on offer each day (yoga, tai chi, boat cruises, fishing trips) and make sure your schedule fits them all (if you want it to). Hop on a buggy or bike to reach the jungle-surrounded spa for yoga classes up in the hills or treatments in bamboo huts. As well as tennis courts, there is an outdoor gym; though you’re likely to get just as fit from scaling all the resort’s precipitous steps and walkways.

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

9 / 10

Treehouse-style, thatched villas are strung along a pathway over the rocks or along the beach, with some set back in the hills. To reach the farthest Water Pool Villa is no mean feat and not for the faint-hearted. The decor is simple (it’s the landscape that does the talking), but stylish and sumptuous: rooms are hewn from wood, with big beds, large TVs and luxurious linen. Some have sea-facing bath tubs and private pools built into boulders – not that you need a pool when there’s a ladder straight down into the sea on the deck. Others have direct access to the sandy shores; or kitchens and multiple bedrooms for groups and families.  

Food & drink

7 / 10

Much of the resort’s produce is grown in the extensive kitchen gardens. Restaurants are helpfully named according to their location, making them easy to find: Dining by the Bay overlooks the water and is a popular choice due to its varied menu (dishes range from zesty Asian salads to slabs of Australian Wagyu). Dining by the Pool is the barefoot, beachside option, for casual lunches and vast calzones courtesy of the Italian chef. The most fancy is Dining by the Rocks, set high on a cliffside and offering fine-dining with South-East Asian flavours.

For special occasions, the wine cellar can be transformed into a boutique restaurant for two; and for when the walk to the communal areas seems too taxing, room service, swiftly delivered in wicker backpacks, is a welcome treat. Breakfast is an impressive array of typical Asian, American and Continental components, with a whole temperature-controlled room devoted to cheese, meats and fruit.

Value for money

7 / 10

Double rooms from £580 in low season; rising to £800 in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

There are some rooms and facilities for guests with disabilities, but be warned that many of the walkways are not wheelchair-friendly.

Family-friendly?

The rocky, hilly resort is not suited to young children; guests staying with under-12s will have to sign a waiver. Babysitting and a kids’ club are available.

 Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, 57000, Vietnam.

84 58 352 4268sixsenses.com

The Anam

Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam 
8 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

The Anam is a beautiful luxury resort that encapsulates both colonial-era charm and the relaxed atmosphere of a seaside holiday. The property has been thoughtfully designed, allowing guests ample space to unwind and enjoy the serene magic of a tropical getaway.

Location

7 / 10

Cam Ranh Bay, a 60-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City, is on the verge of becoming Vietnam’s big beach resort destination, and The Anam is among the first of many multimillion-dollar resorts to open doors along this coastline. It’s set on a long stretch of beach and flanked by the sites of what will become other five-star resorts.

When it comes to things to see and do, the Cam Ranh Bay area is not yet geared up for tourists, but the popular seaside city of Na Thrang is a half-hour drive away; you can take a day trip here to go diving or snorkelling off a nearby island, or eat at one of the many beachfront restaurants. If you’re looking for a destination from where you can explore the surrounding area, Cam Ranh Bay might not be for you, however if it’s luxury, privacy and a lovely beach holiday you’re after, this area is ideal.

Style & character

8 / 10

The design of The Anam hints at both colonial-era and traditional Vietnamese aesthetics. In many places, pillars and horizontal lines frame views across sparkling pools that are edged with bougainvilleas and palm trees (there are more than 3,000 on the property), which form part of an extensive and beautifully landscaped garden. Leafy plants grow tall against the resort’s buildings, allowing them to recede into the garden and cultivating that impression of a tropical paradise.

The interior walls of this contemporary-style resort are filled with the work of local artists and photographers; furniture is made of dark hardwood from sustainable forests, and the floors have been tastefully tiled with large mosaics. The property’s elevated hotel wing is set towards the back of the resort, and most of the 96 rooms have a sea view; in front of the hotel, the villas, restaurants, swimming pools and immaculate lawns stretch down to the beach.

Service & facilities

8 / 10

The Anam has a tranquil 10-room spa with treatments inspired by Balinese traditions and healing rituals. Guests wanting to get active can transition into the day with a complimentary early-morning beachfront yoga class, or enjoy the many watersports on offer. There is also a tennis court, badminton net, frisbees, balls, a pool table and three swimming pools to keep guests occupied. Every day two films are shown in the 3D cinema, one for children and the other for adults. The resort has three restaurants and two bars; the beachfront sports bar has a dartboard and plenty of board games – perfect for whiling away lazy holiday hours.

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Fitness centre
  • Kids’ club
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

8 / 10

The large, luxurious hotel rooms at The Anam have been cleverly designed so that almost every one has a sea view. The interiors are slick and contemporary: mosaic tiles and wood-panel floors hold the room together; the dark wood furniture is softened with white linens; and colourful soft furnishings pick up accents in the artwork on the walls, which are original and painted by Vietnamese artists.

As well as a king-sized or twin beds, every room has a sofa and balcony area, so they’re comfortable places in which to simply relax during the day. The bathrooms have a big shower as well as a tub that, once shutters are opened, is integrated into the bedroom. There is a variety of villas on the property too, most of which either have their own private pool, or open onto a large communal one.

Food & drink

8 / 10

There are three restaurants and two bars at The Anam. IndoChine, which exudes a calm colonial-era charm, offers poolside seating on shaded terraces. This is the resort’s main restaurant and where tables overflow with buffet breakfast offerings – Western, Asian, Vietnamese, continental; the selection is vast. Indochine Grill specialises in European fine dining while the more relaxed Beach Club offers a mix of Vietnamese and Asian dishes along with pizzas, sandwiches and salads.

The beachfront Sports Bar is packed with board games, magazines and, of course, a large-screen television showing sporting events, while stylish Saigon Bar offers afternoon tea, cocktails and sparkling wine, often to the backdrop of live music.

Value for money

8 / 10

Double rooms from US$200 (£154) in low season; and from US$265 (£204) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

There is one room in the hotel section that has wheelchair access and facilities.

Family-friendly?

The Anam is a fantastic resort for families, and children will stay amused in the kids’ club for hours. The sea is usually calm which, along with the fine white sand, makes for plenty of fun beach time. It is possible to hire a babysitter.

 Long Beach, Northern Peninsula Cam Ranh, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam.

00 84 583 989 498theanam.com

Phong Nha Lake House Resort

Phong Nha, Vietnam
8 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

A family-run hotel in a bucolic location on a lakeshore a few miles from the caves of Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park. It offers simple poolside rooms or more luxurious cabins, all with a view.

Location

8 / 10

The hotel manages to feel isolated while being less than five minutes’ drive from the extensive and varied caves that are increasingly making Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park a tourist-draw. All buildings overlook a large lake ringed by mountains. Phong Nha village – with its handful of shops and cafes is ten minutes’ walk away.

Style & character

8 / 10

It’s all about the views and the personable home-away-from-home feel at the Lakehouse. Cabins and the large reception and bar-restaurant overlook the water and are flooded with natural light. Cabins have balconies and the bar opens onto a broad deck – with tables for dining al fresco. Both have 180-degree lake and mountain views. There are only 16 rooms so the pool and public areas never feel crowded. Guests and the friendly owners Tony and Tham gather in the bar-restaurant at the end of the day to chat over drinks or dinner –  sharing anecdotes about Vietnam or the various Hollywood stars who have stayed at the hotel (Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park is an increasingly popular filming location).

Service & facilities

9 / 10

The owners and their well-trained staff are eager to please. They are ever-present and attentive, respond to requests and questions quickly and efficiently and offer excellent insider tips on what to do and see in the national park – be you an adventure-seeking amateur speleologist or a family with toddlers. Check-ins and outs are swift. Food and drinks arrive within minutes.

  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

7 / 10

The rooms, which are clustered around the pool are simple cubes with mosquito-net-covered queen-sizes, muted colours and en-suites with showers but no tubs. If people are using the pool, they can be a little noisy during the day. The cabins,  which spread along the lakeshore 40 metres or so from the main building are both more private and more comfortable — with private balconies, splashes of colour (from red floor-rugs and blue or green silk cushions), and ample natural light from large windows. There’s a dormitory for up to 16 backpackers.

Food & drink

5 / 10

Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus feature the kind of comfort cooking you’ll find in backpacker restaurants throughout Vietnam — pancakes, spongey bread, tropical fruit, eggs and omelettes, stir-fries and soups. The bar serves minty mojitos and other cocktails and icy Vietnamese beer.

Value for money

9 / 10

Double rooms from £30 year-round, cabins from £45, both with breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Rooms around the pool area can be accessed step-free (though there is a steep slope to negotiate). Some of the cabins have stairs-only access.

Family-friendly?

There are designated family suites, a swimming pool and a pool table in the bar-restaurant.

 Khuong Ha hamlet, Hung Trach, Bo Trach, Phong Nha, Quang Binh, Phong Nha, Quảng Bình, Vietnam.

00 84 232 3675 999 phongnhalakehouse.com

Anantara Hoi An Resort

Hoi An, Vietnam
8 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

Channelling old-colonial charm and surrounded by tropical gardens, Anantara has bagged the best spot in Hoi An, set on the banks of the picturesque Thu Bon River, just a short stroll from the ancient streets and colourful architecture of arguably Vietnam’s most beguiling town.

Location

9 / 10

It’s a 45-minute drive from Danang Airport and a three-hour drive over the scenic Hai Van pass from the imperial city of Hue. Its riverside setting is just a five-minute walk from the tempting shops, markets, eateries and historic buildings of Hoi An’s Unesco-protected old quarter, and a leisurely 20-minute cycle to the beach.

Style & character

7 / 10

Designed in French colonial style with terracotta-tiled rooftops and open walkways, rooms and suites are spread over two- and three-storey pastel-coloured buildings scattered around the lush gardens. By day it’s the perfect place to escape the city hubbub, sit back and watch the ebb and flow of river life. At night, trees filled with twinkling lanterns give it a romantic air.

Service & facilities

8 / 10

The staff are friendly and efficient and there’s a host of daily activities on offer, from complimentary bicycles and yoga classes, to lantern-making and sunset cruises. The concierge can arrange a visit to the ancient My Son Sanctuary, or recommend a tailor where you can get a designer outfit whipped up for a fraction of the price.

After a hard day’s sightseeing, the square, palm-fringed pool is the perfect place to relax. Or you can learn to rustle up classic Vietnamese dishes on a Spice Spoons private cooking class. The spa also makes the most of local ingredients in treatments such as the Vietnamese Green Tea and Salt Body Scrub.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

7 / 10

Split-level rooms and suites are spacious, bright and uncluttered, decked out in neutral tones, with tiled floors and gleaming wood furniture. A few steps and a balustrade separate the living area from the bedroom, where a queen-sized bed comes clad in crisp, white linens, with silk cushions and lamp shades adding pops of colour.

The large bathrooms have mosaic-tiled showers – suites have sunken tubs – and Elemis lotions and potions. And they all have al fresco lounging space, overlooking the river or garden.

Food & drink

7 / 10

There’s no shortage of dining options. An expansive buffet breakfast is served at first-floor Lanterns, where you can linger at a river-view table over top-notch patisseries, freshly squeezed juice, cold cuts and eggs-to-order, or a steaming bowl of Vietnamese Pho.

There are light bites, such as spring rolls, salads and pizza, at the poolside Reflections bar or high tea at the Hoi An Riverside Restaurant. Here the dinner menu focuses on local dishes, such as the legendary cao lau noodles, alongside steak and seafood. It makes the perfect place for a happy hour cocktail.

Value for money

8 / 10

Double rooms from $206 (£156) in low season; and from $366 (£278) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Not suitable but the hotel is trying to improve access.

Family-friendly?

Interconnecting rooms; children under four years old stay free, extra beds for four-12 year-olds cost $30 (£23) and over-12s $55 (£42). There are activities for children and a babysitter on request.

 1 Pham Hong Thai Street, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Vietnam.

00 84 235 3914 555hoi-an.anantara.com

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam
8 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

Opened in 1901, this is one of the old colonial hotels of south-east Asia. Far from resting on its laurels, it has managed both to move with the times and retain its grandeur, combining modernity with old-school glamour, in the heart of Hanoi’s former French Quarter.

Location

8 / 10

In the heart of Hanoi’s former French Quarter, within walking distance of the Opera House, Hoan Kiem Lake and the bustling streets of the old town.

Style & character

8 / 10

That colonial look – white stucco, green shutters, ceiling fans and polished hardwood – with a Vietnamese twist of silk cushions and lanterns.

Service & facilities

9 / 10

The default language of the Vietnamese staff is French, which is rather charming, but staff are also fluent in English. Everything happens at a whisper, extremely efficiently – and the traditional white silk costumes and hats worn by female staff are gorgeous.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

8 / 10

There are 364 rooms, divided between the original hotel and the modern Opera Wing. Rooms in the latter have been individually furnished and decorated. Think dazzling white bed linen, dark hardwoods, ceiling fans and shades of white and grey on the walls. All have broadband, DVD player and flatscreen televisions.

Food & drink

7 / 10

It’s good! It’s French! There are several bars and restaurants, including an Italian steakhouse, a Vietnamese restaurant, Le Beaulieu – a fine French restaurant where Noël Coward was once partial to the coq au vin – and the less formal Le Club, which hosts live jazz nightly. A main of Australian Wagyu beef fillet in Le Beaulieu will set you back about £42; a bowl of egg noodles with seafood and coriander in Le Club costs £7.50.

Value for money

6 / 10

C’est cher – but you get what you pay for. Double rooms cost from £170; breakfast is an additional £15 per person.

 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hanoi, Vietnam.

0871 663 0625sofitel-legend-metropole-hanoi.com

Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa

Hanoi, Vietnam

8 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

This little boutique on a hectic street in the city’s frenetic old quarter is a haven in the heart of things – close to most of the main attractions yet restful, quiet and intimate. Breakfast is a treat and the hotel’s restaurant serves some of the best traditional Vietnamese cooking in the area.

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Location

8 / 10

The hotel sits right in the centre of Hanoi’s Old Quarter – close to bar-lined Ta Hien street and a five-minute stroll from local markets and craft shops. There are myriad restaurants and tourist shops on the doorstep and the temple-dotted Hoan Kiem lake is 10-minutes’ walk away.

Style & character

7 / 10

Despite the hurly-burly of the surrounding streets and the hotel’s modest size, a stay here feels restful and relaxing – thanks to a careful choice of décor (muted olives, creams and greys, luxurious beds fronted with ottomans and plenty of warm wood). Thickly glazed and draped windows shield noise from the streets and attractive mood lighting from lamps covered with Vietnamese paper lampshades adds to the intimacy.

Service & facilities

7 / 10

Staff are warm and welcoming – remembering your name and always checking all is as it should be. They offer tasteful recommendations for local shops, tours and activities and respond to requests rapidly. The hotel can organise excursions in and around Hanoi. There’s also a small spa and excellent restaurant. 

  • Laundry
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

7 / 10

Even street-facing rooms are quiet. All are decorated in soothing neutral tones and dominated by large beds covered with quality linen. There are fitted workstations and bathrooms with generous mirrors and strong showers. Most rooms have a coffee table and chairs. A handful have balconies over the street.

Food & drink

8 / 10

The breakfast buffet has plenty of tropical fruits, decent barista coffee, a choice of eggs and dishes filled with Chinese dumplings, Vietnamese stir-fry, bacon, sausages and sundry cooked vegetables. The hotel restaurant offers some of the best mid-market traditional Vietnamese cooking in the Old Quarter, with tangy noodle soups and grilled fish dishes garnished with spices and tropical herbs.

Value for money

8 / 10

Double rooms from £43 year-round, including breakfast. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Lifts are small and access to the main entrance restricted.

Family-friendly?

There’s a choice of interconnecting rooms. 

 22 Ta Hien Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam.

0084 24 3935 2485essencehanoihotel.com

La Residence Hotel & Spa

Hue, Vietnam
8 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

The former French governor’s grand 1930s residence has been restored and turned into a gorgeous boutique hotel, mixing sleek Art Deco lines and Oriental opulence. It’s set in a beautiful frangipani-scented garden on the banks of the fabled Perfumed River in imperial Vietnam’s ancient capital.

Location

7 / 10

The hotel is close to many of Hue’s historic sights. It’s a 20-minute walk to the opulent Imperial Citadel, home to the last emperor’s residence, temples and palaces; a 10-minute drive to the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda; a 20-minute drive to the imposing Tu Duc Tomb, the most popular of the seven imperial tombs; and a 15-minute drive to shops and restaurants. The airport is a 20-minute drive away.

Style & character

8 / 10

Journey back to the era of Indochina at this three-storey riverside mansion; it’s retained its colonial charm with lofty ceilings, terrazzo floors, stained glass and gently whirring ceiling fans. The two new, dazzlingly white wings have captured 1930s style to perfection, with clean lines, nautical touches and expansive terraces looking out over the manicured gardens and across the river to the imperial citadel.

Service & facilities

8 / 10

Service is friendly and efficient and the multilingual front desk can organise tours to Hue’s historic sites. Get active in the gym or on the complimentary bicycles, have a game of tennis or pétanque, followed by a dip in the Hockney-blue, 30-metre saltwater pool. Visit a local market with the chef before learning to create traditional dishes.

There’s a small but well-stocked library and a lobby boutique selling stylish clothes, handicrafts and jewellery. The award-winning Art Deco-inspired La Spa offers diverse treatments, including four-handed massages, cupping and herbal saunas. And you can lounge on a sofa in the large salon, or try your hand at billiards.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Kids’ club
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

7 / 10

Of the 122 rooms and suites, 10 are in the original mansion, the remainder are spread over the two wings. They’re decorated in warm tones of gold and rich browns, with elegant Art Deco-style furniture, lamps and mirrors. Tiled bathrooms come with vintage-style pedestal sinks and bathtubs. The historic signature suites, such as the Chambre Rouge, get four-poster beds and claw-foot bathtubs. There’s a kettle and complimentary tea and coffee, and every room has a balcony or terrace.

Food & drink

8 / 10

Overlooking the river, the all-day dining Le Parfum – think Art Deco columns and crisp white linen tablecloths – is Hue’s finest restaurant. At breakfast there’s local speciality Bun Bo Hue, a tangy beef noodle soup, as well as freshly baked pastries and eggs-to-order.

The pool bar offers light bites and salads and afternoon tea can be taken in the salon. The dinner menu served on the terrace (lovely on a balmy evening) is a mix of Asian and Mediterranean flavours, perhaps roasted duck breast with a honey and ginger glaze or grilled red snapper. And Hercule Poirot wouldn’t look out of place in the lobby’s seductively lit, red-hued Le Gouverneur Bar – try their signature sweet and sour cocktails, Madame and Monsieur.

Value for money

7 / 10

Double rooms from $160 (£122) in low season; and from $200 (£152) in high. Breakfast not included, costs $25 (£19). Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

There are lifts and one room is wheelchair-adapted.

Family-friendly?

There’s a children’s club for five-12 year-olds and children’s menus. Interconnecting rooms are available, extra beds for six year-olds and up $52 (£40) per night; cots are free of charge, babysitters are available on request.

 5 Le Loi Street, Hue City, Vietnam.

00 84 23 43 83 74 75la-residence-hue.com

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

Phu Quoc, Vietnam 

8 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

This stylish five-star hotel in Phu Quoc offers a luxurious beachfront island escape in a laid-back sleepy setting and a great base from which to explore the south of Vietnam, with direct flight connections to Ho Chi Minh City, as well as to the capital Hanoi in the north of the country.

Location

7 / 10

Cradled by the crystal green waters of Emerald Bay, the sprawling beachfront resort is nestled on the sandy white powdered coast of Khem beach in Phu Quoc, the largest island in Vietnam, just off the coast of Cambodia. It is around a 20-30 minute drive (about 10 miles) from Phu Quoc International Airport and Duong Dong, the closest main local town offering a night market, restaurants and bars.

Style & character

9 / 10

Modern and elegant with a charming fairytale-like feel, the retro-themed hotel, featuring bright candy-coloured facades and a French colonial architectural style, was inspired by French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. Under the guise of “Lamarck University”, the resort – the brainchild of renowned hotel architect and interior designer Bill Bensley – was designed to be a restored historic university campus, complete with several “departments” where guestrooms and other facilities are housed.

Claimed to be the first-ever “experiential hotel” built entirely around a fictional story, its whimsical character and elaborate fake history is tastefully portrayed throughout the property (including in its striking lobby offering high ceilings, a stylish reception desk that could looks like a bar at first glance and a giant swinging sofa bed), from its all hand-painted walls, original vintage furniture and photographs of sports teams bearing the school’s logo to staff wearing throwback Twenties- and Thirties-style uniforms.  

Service & facilities

7 / 10

The hotel’s characterful spa facility has a playful Alice in Wonderland theme, featuring colourful lime green interiors with female staff wearing Alice-style dresses and a unique corridor (etched with quotes from Lewis Carroll) of offset arches meant to create the subtle illusion of falling down a rabbit hole. The relaxing treatment rooms have a cavernous feel and offer treatments using products from L’Occitane.

Guests can access a well-equipped small gym, three large outdoor pools and free classes (including a Vietnamese coffee-making class) as well as a free buggy ride service for transport within the property, operated by the friendly, welcoming and accommodating staff.

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Fitness centre
  • Kids’ club
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

8 / 10

The hotel’s 244 rooms (spread across several “academic department” buildings, each themed around various subjects from biology and zoology to architecture and fine arts) is bright, airy and spacious, each featuring a private balcony and beautiful interiors with European-style furnishings and Asian touches, including in the lofty Turquoises suites. They include four-poster beds, high ceilings, striking giant Vietnamese lantern-shaped ceiling fixtures with large tassels, floor-to-ceiling windows and an expanded terrace with a daybed, sofa and tables. The marble bathrooms come with spacious walk-in showers, tubs and toiletries from Aromatherapy.

The hotel’s presidential suite and villa (the “dean’s quarters”), which sleeps up to 21 people across seven bedrooms, also houses a 50m-long infinity pool – claimed to be the longest pool in a presidential suite in all of Asia. 

Food & drink

7 / 10

Restaurants on offer include the beachfront Tempus Fugit where a breakfast buffet is served with a large selection of international cuisine options, offering everything from pastries, fresh juices and other European fare to Vietnamese, Korean and other hot foods.

The open-air beachside Red Rum showcases fresh local seafood dishes, while French & Co cafe offers French pastries and drinks, including a creamy and sweet Vietnamese coffee, in a laid-back setting. The Department of Chemistry bar offers live music in an atmospheric beachfront setting with a circular bar featuring comfy daybeds looking out to the sea.

Value for money

7 / 10

Double rooms from $360 (£267) in low season and from $530 (£392) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

There are two adapted rooms. Most of the hotel’s public spaces, including the main entrance, reception, pools, restaurants and gym, have been made accessible.  

Family-friendly?

Yes. There is a kids’ club, while cots and play pens are offered free of charge. Children under the age of 12 stay for free, while an extra bed can be added to any room for $60 (£44).  

 tt. An Thới, An Thới, Kien Giang, Vietnam.

00 84 297 3779 999marriott.com

Villa Song Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

A charming getaway for travellers who prefer to be away from the bustle of the city, but still remain conveniently close to all it has to offer. It’s a quiet retreat along the banks of the Saigon River, set in a leafy neighbourhood among genteel villas and residences.

Location

7 / 10

Situated on a bank of the (surprisingly quiet) Saigon River, a half-hour drive from central Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). It’s in what is known as District 2, a genteel area dominated by stately multi-storey homes and villas. There is not much here in terms of tourist attractions – and that sense of peace is a big part of the hotel’s appeal – but Villa Song offers a regular, complimentary, boat shuttle into the centre of the city (which takes 15 minutes).

Style & character

8 / 10

Villa Song is a grand French-colonial style building that looks like it’s been a part of the Saigon landscape for more than 100 years but in fact  – as with most of the buildings in this area – it is less than a decade old. The 23 rooms in the boutique hotel have been individually decorated, all with that old world colonial charm; the riverside restaurant is shaded by palm trees, creating a beautiful sanctuary.

Service & facilities

7 / 10

The service at Villa Song is, as in keeping with the style of the hotel, attentive yet discreet. A large swimming pool surrounded by shaded sun-lounger pods stretches out the front of Villa Song, providing guests with a sense of calm and relaxation as soon as they step through the property’s vine-shaded entranceway. A small gym looks onto the swimming pool. The hotel’s spa has a substantial menu, offering various face and body treatments and some special packages too.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

8 / 10

Because of the architectural layout of the hotel, every room in the hotel is different and they range from the small Writer’s Room, which has a single bed and writing desk and is suited to solo travellers, to the expansive Imperial Suite, which has a king-sized four-poster bed and two balconies. All rooms have beautiful wooden floors, very tastefully decorated in colonial style and calming, neutral tones. All have a complimentary mini-bar.

Food & drink

8 / 10

Breakfast is served at the Bistro Song Vie, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant. It’s a beautiful space to be: some chairs and tables line a bank of the Saigon River, and are flanked by palm trees and an immaculate lawn. Dishes include the (vegan) Big Breakfast with onion rings, scrambled tofu, grilled tomato, hash browns, mushrooms, baked beans, mini bread and caramelised banana. Homemade muesli, Mì Bò Kho Sài Gòn (braised beef with herbs served with egg noodles) and gluten-free pancakes are among the other options. At lunch and dinner time, food served at this restaurant is predominantly Asian (be sure to try the prawns), and can be paired with carefully selected wines. 

Value for money

7 / 10

Double rooms from 3,00,000 Vietnamese Dong (£102)  in low season; and from 3,811,500 Vietnamese Dong (£130) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. Free mini-bar.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Not suitable.

Family-friendly?

While the hotel has a very genteel feel to it, it does cater for families and there are rooms that have connecting doors, which would be suitable for those travelling with children.

 197/2 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam.

00 84 28 3744 6090villasong.com

Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

7 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

This tall tower with spacious, modern and business-like rooms couldn’t be better situated. Service is slick and there are impressive river views from the upper floor rooms, and the handkerchief-sized rooftop pool and bar

Location

9 / 10

Whether you’re here for business or pleasure Ho Chi Minh City hotel locations don’t get much better than this. The Liberty sits next to the river fewer than five minutes’ walk from the Bitexco tower (HCMC’s commercial hub), the city’s main pedestrian thoroughfare and the principal tourist sights.

Style & character

7 / 10

This is first and foremost a business hotel – with work-friendly rooms, crisply-dressed staff, extensive conference facilities and an expansive marble-faced lobby (with a bar-cafe and tables — for meetings over a drink or coffee). Sweeping views and the privileged location make it a good choice for other travellers.

Service & facilities

6 / 10

Drilled staff are swift to respond to requests, smile on cue and dish out available upgrades but they lack genuine warmth. Facilities are modern, comfortable and fit-for-purpose, but décor and furnishings have that boardroom-designed, business look which would be clichéd were it not so anodyne: business areas and lounges are decorated in post-Millennial muted tones and furnished with chunky faux-moleskine chairs and sofas. Only the frangipani flowers sprinkled on beds and the well-equipped spa (taking-up an entire floor, and including women-only areas) tell you that you’re in Asia. Until you look out of the windows: it’s the river-and-skyline views that set the Liberty apart.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

8 / 10

Rooms are bright and functional — with large windows and fitted light-wood desks. There’s workplace, ceiling and bedside lighting on the comfortable queen-sizes, which come with soft, high-thread-count cotton bed linen. The best rooms are above the tenth floor on the river side. These are shielded from traffic noise by their height and have sweeping views along the river through glass windows that almost stretch floor to ceiling. Glass-walled bathrooms (with toilets) are built for intimacy rather than privacy.

Food & drink

6 / 10

Generous buffet breakfasts include cakes, tropical fruit, cereals and Asian stir-fries, dumplings and soups. There’s an egg station and barista-style coffee. The hotel dining room offers a comprehensive if unimaginative please-all menu of Asian and Western dishes, but with so many restaurants within 10 minutes’ walk there’s little reason to eat here beyond immediate convenience.

Value for money

8 / 10

Double rooms from £110 year-round. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Lifts to all rooms but no lift access to the roof-top bar and pool.

Family-friendly?

There’s nothing specifically for families and no two-bedroom suites but the location, pool, restaurant and gym make this a good option for travellers with more grown-up kids.

 17 Tôn Đức Thắng, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam.

00 84 28 3827 1717odysseahotels.com

Ma Maison Boutique Hotel

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

7 out of 10 – Telegraph expert rating

Ma Maison is an elegant boutique guesthouse in a ‘real’ Saigon neighbourhood. The French-colonial building, draped in bougainvilleas, is an evocative nod to the past and a very comfortable hotel for travellers who like to always feel ‘at home’.

Location

7 / 10

Ma Maison Boutique Hotel is situated in a residential area halfway between the airport and Ho Chi Minh City centre, an easy 20-minute taxi ride from both (depending on traffic). There are no malls or tourist sights nearby so you’ll need to take a taxi to get places, but don’t let that put you off because if you’re wanting to stay in an authentic Saigonese area outside of the city centre, this is perfect.

Style & character

8 / 10

The elegant hotel is owned by seven Vietnamese siblings who grew up in the old French colonial-style building, and who converted it to a hotel eight years ago. It has been very tastefully decorated in French Provencal style, with white walls and linens, delicately decorated furniture and neutral drapes, and accents such as flowers and deep-red scatter cushions. Black-and-white photographs from around Vietnam decorate the interior walls, while the exterior walls burst with flamboyant bougainvilleas and flowering window boxes. Tall windows and French doors are fronted with wrought-iron railings, accentuating the serene Provençal atmosphere.

Service & facilities

7 / 10

The service at the hotel – from responses to enquiries enquiry to the booking and check-in process – is very attentive and guests are warmly welcomed into the 12-room hotel. The hotel provides a map of the neighbourhood and the staff takes time to orientate guests; they’re always willing to step out onto the street to point guests in the right direction. The restaurant is open for breakfasts only, but serves tea and coffee at any time. Ma Maison offers laundry and limousine services.

  • Laundry
  • Room service
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

7 / 10

The standard rooms are fairly small but, as with all rooms in the hotel, the tall windows allowing plenty of natural light in. The rooms are Provençal in style, decorated with Vietnamese photos or paintings, and comfortable with a small en-suite bathroom that’s stocked with carefully selected amenities. If you plan on spending more than a few days you might enjoy the space offered in the deluxe rooms.

Food & drink

8 / 10

The hotel’s restaurant is open for breakfast only, and the menu offers Vietnamese and Western options along with fresh fruits, juices, teas and coffees. The pho, a popular Vietnamese soup-and-noodle breakfast, is absolutely delicious – a wonderful way to begin a day in this Vietnamese city. 

Value for money

7 / 10

Double rooms from $65 (£50)  in low season; and from $80 (£62) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Not suitable.

Family-friendly?

The standard rooms are too small to accommodate an additional single bed so those travelling with small children should book a Deluxe room. The charge is an additional $25 (£19). Cots are available for children under one years-old and will fit into any of the rooms. 

 656/52 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, Ward 11, District 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam.

00 84 28 3846 0263mamaison.vn

Almanity Hoi An

Hoi An, Vietnam 

7 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

The Almanity Hoi An, formerly known as The Alma Courtyard, is in the laid-back Vietnamese town of Hoi An. It has a superb spa and offers guests one free treatment for every day that they stay.

Location

6 / 10

Hoi An is a former port on the Thu Bon River near Da Nang whose old merchants’ houses have been converted into stylish restaurants, art galleries and tailors. The Alma Courtyard lies two blocks north of the old town, a 10 to15-minute walk from the shops and restaurants clustered on the river front.

Style & character

8 / 10

Built around a rectangular swimming pool and tropical gardens, the Alma Courtyard is dedicated to wellness, boasting what it claims is the biggest spa in Vietnam, and one of the biggest in Asia. The My Chi Spa is certainly impressive – with 40 treatment rooms, a relaxation pool, sauna and steam room, gym, yoga room, beauty salon and meditation area – and the staff are highly professional, specialising in Shiatsu-type massage using bamboo rolls. But the hotel’s USP is that it offers guests a free, 90-minute “holistic spa journey” inspired by “local legends and fables” for every day that they stay (though note that the time may be inconvenient as it is allocated before you arrive). The “Breath it all in, love it all out” theme permeates the other parts of the hotel – room categories have silly names (see below), the restaurant serves determinedly healthy fare and there are free bicycles for you to ride to the beach or out into the countryside, giving the hotel the faintest air of a rehab clinic. Then again, if you’re looking to let your hair down the bars of Hoi An are just a stagger away.

Service & facilities

7 / 10

It’s a new hotel and the young staff seem fresh from hospitality classes, so eager to please they practically whip out a handkerchief when you sneeze. It can be charming or irritating, depending on your mood.

  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

8 / 10

The 145 rooms are divided into five categories: “My spirit” are split-level with no balcony; “My energy”, which have Jacuzzis or baths, are in the spa itself; “My heart” are the biggest; “My soul” are superior doubles and “My mind” are the smallest and cheapest. The crucial distinction, however, is whether they have pool or town views – always stipulate the former otherwise you may find yourself watching the sun setting over ugly waste ground. All rooms are furnished in dark woods and furniture that they claim is locally handmade. The beds are on platforms, the walls and fabrics are in soothing neutral shades and there is efficient air-con, digital TVs and free, well-functioning Wi-Fi.

Food & drink

6 / 10

Hoi An is packed with fine restaurants just 10 minutes’ walk away, so the hotel has made the sensible decision to offer limited, well-priced dining in its Four Plates restaurant (with outside tables on a poolside terrace). The name refers to the four types of cuisine on offer: Vietnamese, Japanese, Italian or grilled. Wok fried chicken is 120,000VND (about £3.75), beef tenderloin 330,000VND (£10.30). The Blue Bar, themed in blue glassware and facing the street, tries a little too hard to be the hippest bar in town but is too far from the centre of Hoi An to really catch on. It specialises in “infusions and exotic tonics”.

Value for money

8 / 10

Doubles from 2,495,896VND (£78), including breakfast. Free Wi-Fi. The free daily spa treatment is a huge selling point and the food and drink are reasonably priced.

Access for guests with disabilities?

No.

Family-friendly?

No. The atmosphere is laid-back and hushed. The last thing you want is a hyperactive sprog divebombing in the swimming pool.

 326 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Tan An Ward, Hoi An, Vietnam.

 

Apricot Hotel

Hanoi, Vietnam 

7 out of10

 It took more than 10 years for the relevant government permissions and building works to be completed on Hanoi’s latest luxury hotel, which is housed in a 1920s neoclassical pile. The results are a little mixed. But the Apricot still offers reliable service, comfortable rooms and an exciting location.

Location

8 / 10

The Apricot has a peach of a location in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Directly in front is Hoan Kiem Lake, a popular leisure spot where you’ll find couples canoodling on the banks and pensioners practicing tai chi in the shade of willow trees. The streets behind are packed with shops selling elegant lacquerwares, hand-crafted ornaments, top tailoring and souvenirs – bargains galore. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the hotel from the airport by car.  

Style & character

7 / 10

First impressions are good: white-gloved doormen, lashings of marble, glittering chandeliers. But on closer inspection, the Apricot falls somewhat short of the mark with its ostentatious reproduction furniture, plastic battery-operated candelabras and carpeting so garish it could induce a seizure. More than 600 works of contemporary Asian art are scattered throughout the hotel and are a genuinely interesting addition.

Service & facilities

7 / 10

Service is pleasant and professional, if not completely polished. Amenities include a large rooftop swimming pool with wonderful views of Hoan Kiem Lake, a small fitness centre and a spa with three treatment rooms and steam and saunas facilities.

  • Fitness centre
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Steam room/hammam

Rooms

7 / 10

Of the 123 rooms, there are six different categories to opt for, from elfin boxes with courtyard views, to studio apartments with living rooms and kitchenettes, to the large Masterpiece suites overlooking the lake. All are similarly decorated with an odd mixture of fresh white walls, frumpy furniture, tassled cushions, contemporary Vietnamese art and peculiar faux-antique telephones and trinkets. That said, the rooms are new-penny clean, the beds are good quality and the showers vigorous, so you’ll certainly feel comfortable if you can look past the offbeat interior design.  

Food & drink

6 / 10

You will only be served breakfast after having presented the hostess with a ration book-like voucher – far from a five-star experience. Once approved you are free to enjoy a fairly decent spread of hot and cold dishes, breads, pastries and local fare. Atelier restaurant obliges with a large menu of Vietnamese and international dishes, although there’s not a great deal of atmosphere. Afternoon tea is served in the lobby; and drinks and snacks are available at the rooftop bar.  

Value for money

7 / 10

Double rooms from US$154 (£106), room only. Wi-Fi is free.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Yes, the property is fully accessible with a number of rooms adapted for wheelchair users.

Family-friendly?

Not particularly.

 
 136 Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam.

Moonlight Hotel Hue

Hue, Vietnam 

7 out of10 – Telegraph expert rating

 This tall tower in an enviable location – on a bend in the Perfume river in the heart of Hue – is in a great spot for experiencing the local nightlife. The hotel also boasts fabulous views from its restaurant and rooftop bar. Facilities include a small pool and spa. Service is speedy and genuinely friendly.

 

Location

7 / 10

The location could not be more convenient: the historic Forbidden Purple City is a five-minute cab ride away and the neighbouring streets brim with restaurants and bars – but note that the area can be noisy at night. The hotel’s rooms, restaurant and rooftop bar overlook the Perfume river.

Style & character

6 / 10

It’s all about the river views – especially from the upper floors. Design plays second fiddle and feels a little corporate, albeit with a few boutiquey concessions. There’s a grand marble lobby busy with bellboys, uniformed staff behind a big concierge desk and a modest suite of meeting rooms armed with computers. But though the rooms are functional, there are scatter-cushions (with bright local designs) on the beds and fresh frangipani flowers laid out on the towels.

Service & facilities

8 / 10

Staff are rapid, remember your name and show genuine interest. Facilities are excellent for a mid-sized hotel in this price range. There’s room service, a small pool, spa, kids’ club and a modest fitness centre with weights and a single running machine. The rooftop bar has views out over the river and the historic town and is a popular spot for sunset drink.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Kids’ club
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

6 / 10

All rooms come with work stations, television and complimentary slippers. There are three categories of room. Superior and Deluxe City View rooms are mostly on the lower floors and exposed to loud music – which pumps out of the various backpacker-friendly bars on the adjacent street. The Deluxe River View rooms are generously proportioned, flooded with natural light from expansive windows and overlook the Perfume River. Stay on or above the 10th floor for the best views and quietest nights. All rooms have coffee tables, large work areas and en suite bathrooms with big mirrors and powerful showers.

Food & drink

7 / 10

The buffet breakfasts offer a comprehensive spread of Asian and European dishes – dumplings and stir-fries, cereals, pastries, bacon, sausages, bread and fruit. The rooftop bar is best in the late afternoon when the sun sinks red, glinting off the river. The restaurant has a mixed European and international menu, though with plenty of choices on the doorstep and in the adjacent streets, there’s no reason to eat-in.

Value for money

8 / 10

Double rooms from £45 year-round, including breakfast. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

There are lifts to all rooms and a ramp into the main entrance.

Family-friendly?

There is a kids’ club with a small play-room and the hotel can organise baby-sitting.

 
 20 Pham Ngu Lao, Hue, Vietnam.

0084 234 3979 797moonlighthue.com

Six Senses Con Dao

Con Dao Islands, Vietnam 

7 out of10 : Telegraph expert rating

 Flung off the southern coast of Vietnam in the South China Sea, the Six Senses Con Dao makes its home on the namesake archipelago’s Con Son and has all the requisite castaway charm for an island retreat. Wooden villas, each with a private pool, line the mile-long, mountain-flanked beachfront.

Location

7 / 10

The Con Dao islands comprise the 16 landmasses that form a national and marine park, an hour’s flight from Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel is on Con Son island’s southern shore, and its villas are either on the beach or a short walk inland. It’s worth noting that the islands are not very developed and are relatively new to tourism – many potential visitors are lured instead to the more established Phu Quoc, a similar flight distance from Ho Chi Minh City – so don’t expect somewhere especially geared to international guests.

Style & character

7 / 10

Designed to imitate a traditional Vietnamese fishing village, the resort has its own replica high street, arranged around a shop, restaurant and bar – which you can prop up using the hanging pods instead of stools. Each villa is made of wood and many are duplex, with the bedroom, lounge and bathroom spread across two levels.  

Service & facilities

6 / 10

Due to the remote-island setting, the resort struggles to find experienced staff and so don’t expect things to always run smoothly (nothing deal-breaking; just your sundowners may take a while to be mixed). As with any Six Senses outpost, the spa is the highlight; this one is set in the shadows of the Lo Voi Mountains and surrounded by tropical gardens, with a yoga pavilion and outdoor treatment rooms. Stargazers can enjoy evenings in the observatory; scuba-diving, cookery classes, watersports and trips to the marine park’s turtle hatchery can also be arranged.

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

7 / 10

As the name suggests, each of the resort’s rustic 50 pool villas has its own pool, with sunloungers and a private pathway down to the sand if you’ve booked an Ocean Front one (recommended). The decor is neutral to match the wooden walls: linen sofas with bright cushions providing a little colour, hanging towel rails made of rope and billowing white mosquito nets around the vast beds. Bathrooms are spacious and impressive, with a choice of ablution locations, whether it’s the outdoor shower, the indoor bath or at either of the twin sinks.

Food & drink

7 / 10

There are three restaurants in total, as well as ‘destination dining’, should none meet your requirements for that day, to take you off grid for barbecues and picnics in any location of your choice. Up in the fishing village is Vietnamese at the Market, serving all the summer rolls, phos and Asian salads you could never eat enough of; down on the shore is By the Beach, the smartest option, where an extensive tasting menu is on offer, as well as classic international dishes, largely based around freshly caught seafood. Deli’cious is where to go for snacks and takeaways. The breakfast is varied with enough stations to try a new one over seven mornings (omelette, pancake, Asian, etc). The high street has an ice-cream store, with unlimited daily scoops for all guests.

Value for money

6 / 10

Double rooms from £480 in low season; rising to £815 in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

The resort offers wheelchair access throughout, as well as one tailored room for guests with disabilities.

Family-friendly?

This hotel is more suited to couples and honeymooners, but it does have a kids’ club and babysitting services. Activities such as arts and crafts classes, beach games and kayaking can also be arranged.

 
 Dat Doc Beach, Con Dao District, Con Son, 74000, Vietnam.

84 64 383 1222sixsenses.com

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