When I travel I generally like to experience a wide array of accommodation options, from 3 star to 5 star hotels or resorts, to Airbnbs and Bed & Breakfasts. Recently on my overseas holiday I couldn’t resist a little decadence! Little did I know that I would be relishing in a Vietnam luxury holiday.
My Luxury Escape holiday package comprised of two nights in Ho Chi Minh City and six nights in the beachside town of Hoi An located in Central Vietnam. When my husband purchased this voucher I never gave it another thought until our departure date became more imminent. Truth be known I was going to be in for a real treat because both hotels we stayed in were first class.
On our arrival into Vietnam’s southern capital, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), our driver from the hotel awaited us with a little sign bearing our names and we were whisked away into the chaotic traffic that this massive city is renowned for. We arrived at the Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City and were given a warm welcome by the receptionist staff, a cool cloth to refresh and an icy cold sweet drink.
Our room was located on one of the upper floors, affording us magic views over the hotel’s pool area and the Ho Chi Minh City skyline. A comfortable king size bed awaited us, a modern bathroom with a shower/bath, a small table and chair and all the mod cons such as free WiFi, flat screen TV with cable and a well stocked mini bar.
Our Luxury Escapes package included a lot of extra goodies such as an afternoon tea experience, a soothing foot massage, airport transfers both ways, poolside drinks and a half day guided tour of the city. Naturally we took advantage of these luxuries and also embarked on a morning guide tour of the city on our second day. After a tasty, hearty breakfast buffet at the hotel, with bellies full, we set off on our tour.
The tour took us to most of the iconic sights in Ho Chi Minh City, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, Lacquer ware Factory and the War Museum. We ended up taking some extra time at the War Museum and afterwards checked out the Central Markets in the city, eventually making our way back to the sanctuary of the Equatorial.
We awoke early on the third day to get to the airport in the Equatorial’s BMW vehicle provided with our package, with a very experienced and safe driver at the wheel, to make it in plenty of time for our flight to Danang. On arrival we got aboard the airport shuttle service provided by the next hotel, the luxurious Sunrise Premium Resort & Spa, located right on Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An. On first impressions of the resort we knew we were in for a treat! The open airy reception area looked straight out onto a large pool area surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and beyond that the golden sandy beach.
Following a warm and friendly welcome by the beautifully dressed staff and once again a cool refreshing face washer and icy cold drink, we were escorted to our room. Our deluxe room had gorgeous garden views, an enclosed balcony, a huge bathroom with separate toilet and a large shower recess with a rain shower head. Adjoining the heavenly king sized bed was an extensive desk that also doubled as an area for making tea or coffee and serving cold drinks from the fully stocked mini-bar.
The incredible facilities at the resort comprised of two glistening swimming pools including an infinity lap pool, a fully equipped gym and tennis courts, Bliss Spa, a kid’s club, daily activities, poolside bar and restaurant along with two other restaurants, shuttle service into Hoi An, free bicycle hire, tailor shop, gift shop and a clothing boutique. We really felt that there would be absolutely no reason to venture from this patch of paradise!
Our six night stay included a heap of indulgent extras like: An afternoon tea experience, welcome drinks, two free daily meals (breakfast plus either lunch or dinner), 8 x 40 minute relaxing spa treatments, shuttle service to Danang Airport, and a traditional Vietnamese cooking class. We also participated in free morning Yoga classes, but otherwise spent a lot of time lazing under a grass umbrella on a comfy sun lounge on the beach, dipping in and out of the pool.
On a couple of occasions we set off early, before the heat of the day, on the resort’s free bicycles to explore the river and area around Cua Dai Beach. Catching the shuttle bus into Hoi An Old Town on a couple of occasions was also a must do.
With its location on the Thu Bon river, the charming old town of Hoi An is a delightful place to stroll around as there are no vehicles allowed. There are many sights in town including temples, ancient houses, chapels, markets and the famous covered Japanese bridge.
If you head south over the central footbridge to An Hoi islet, the riverfront is lined with bars and restaurants that are perfect for sipping a cold beverage at the end of the day. At night the riverfront is ablaze with colourful paper lanterns that reflect light onto the river.
Our six days at the Sunrise Premium Resort & Spa went by rapidly in a haze of being pampered from head to foot in the day spa, eating delicious Vietnamese or Western cuisine in one of the three restaurants – Pool House, Spice Garden or The Lounge, or lazing around the generous sized swimming pools. With heavy hearts we had to say goodbye, but we both felt revitalised and relaxed and were ready to take on the remainder of Vietnam.
The Luxury Escapes package not only included our eight nights of five star hotel accommodation, but it included a $400 credit towards our flights. Not too shabby for a decidedly decadent and luxurious holiday in Vietnam for two people!
For more of Vietnam see Incredible Places To Visit in Vietnam – Advice From Travel Experts
Disclaimer: I was paid for this review, however all opinions expressed are my own.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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merry christmas 2017