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Resorts boast original offerings

Released at: 08:47, 20/10/2018

Resorts boast original offerings

Photo: VET Magazine

The opening of luxurious beach resorts is making Vietnam a more attractive destination but innovation is key.

by Ngoc Lan

Vietnam was honored as “Asia’s Leading Destination” at the 25th annual World Tourism Awards (WTA) in September and more and more tourists are discovering its incredible stunning beaches through resorts that impress with their remote luxury, with each pulling out all stops to provide the most luxurious beach resort experience possible. This also means the luxurious resort segment is becoming more competitive, requiring they find their own strengths to attract tourists.

Distinctly attractive

The 42-ha Amanoi Ninh Thuan Resort is a contemporary beachside resort embraced by the 29,000-ha Nui Chua National Park and overlooking Vinh Hy Bay on Vietnam’s dramatic south-central coast. The resort invites guests to experience one of its individual wellness immersions, a spa retreat designed to promote profound change. For example, the Movement,

Mindfulness & Stress Control Immersion are aligned with energetic harmonization while spa treatments focus on clearing stress, promoting circulation, and enhancing immune and lymphatic functioning to leave you feeling rejuvenated. The Meditation, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and yoga complement therapies encourage inner healing (such as Reiki and Craniosacral Therapy), cleansing (exfoliation), and the calming of the central nervous system through massage.

The unveiling of its two Spa Houses marked a milestone for Amanoi. They are similar in design and offer the same exclusive spa experience, with a Jacuzzi, a cold plunge pool, a steam room, an ice fountain, a relaxation deck, an outdoor dining area, and one or two guest pavilions. Thuy Lien Spa House is set on a lotus-covered lake with a contemporary hammam and double treatment room, while An Son Spa House overlooks the National Park in complete seclusion with an Aman banya. 

The resort has been named Best Resort Spa by a number of prestigious organizations, including at the World Spa & Wellness Awards. “Amanoi became a destination in itself due to activities developed as a wellness destination,” General Manager Mr. Nicolas Pillet told VET. “We are confident that Amanoi has its own uniqueness and competitive advantage to stand as one of the best luxury resorts in Vietnam.” 

Some 500 km north of Ninh Thuan, Furama Resort Danang is a five-star culinary beach resort in central Da Nang city and promises to be Vietnam’s first resort of its kind. It opened Danaksara restaurant in August, making the resort a gourmet destination for all traditional food culture seekers, with a nostalgic ambience that recalls historical memories of the country embraced in diversified traditional cuisine from Da Nang and central Vietnam.

Viewing the beach, the “The Fan” steakhouse blends the cultural aspects of the Champa Dynasty with an old Vietnamese atmosphere, providing a variety of delicious steaks from Japan, Australia and US, along with a wide selection of sauces pieced together by its chef. 

In September, Furama Resort Danang was named “Favored Hotel of 2017” by Japanese tourism agency JALPAK. The resort was one of five in Asia to pick up an award. General Manager Mr. Matthias Wiesmann told local media that the resort exchanges cuisine programs between Vietnamese and Japanese chefs. “The resort is one of the largest importers in central Vietnam of Kobe beef from Japan,” he added.

As the first five-star resort on Vietnam’s islands, Six Senses Con Dao stretches along 1.6 km of beachfront with 50 villas (119 rooms). Its concern in overall tourism development is sustainability; how to preserve the living environment of the destination and the local community. “We believe that Vietnam has untapped tourism potential, but uncontrolled development will lead to the destruction of natural resources for our own and future generations,” Mr. Arnel Salvador, General Manager of Six Senses Con Dao Resort, told VET

Guests will recognize the absence of plastic at the resort, with lemongrass straws in use, as well as recycled used towels in flowerpots and a staff car park bounded by used glass bottles. To avoid the transportation of bottled water and the connected carbon dioxide emissions as well plastic waste, they also built their own Crystal Water plant. This provides clinically pure, demineralized drinking water. The Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City determines the quality, safety and potability of Crystal Water once a month.

While some resorts have focused on cuisine and others have developed spa services to attract tourists, Six Senses Con Dao aims to develop products and services in environmental protection, which is considered a strength in creating a difference and attracting guests. “Located on one of the best-looking beaches in Vietnam, Six Senses Con Dao attracts tourists with its close-to-nature villas,” Mr. Salvador said. 

In addition to Amanoi, Furama and Six Senses, other famous names such as Banyan Tree have also turned once idle land into beautiful lush green properties, with the $2-billion Laguna Lang Co Resort in central Thua Thien Hue province, while InterContinental® Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort stands out from the crowd with a combination of luxury and unique natural beauty. The Mia Nha Trang Resort, Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, and Premier Village Phu Quoc Resort and others are also famous and attract tourists.

Shining lights

With long stretches of white sandy beaches and a tropical climate, the opening of luxury beach resorts has contributed significantly to putting Vietnam among the top resort paradises in Asia. A report from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released recently noted that the country is ranked seventh on a list of the world’s Top 20 fastest-growing travel destinations. “Vietnam is an emerging destination and no doubt it will become one of the most visited places in the region in the near future,” said Mr. Pillet from Amanoi. “I believe the country has many strong points in attracting visitors, thanks to its developing economy, natural beauty with over 3,000 km of coastline, diverse culture and heritages, and amazingly warm and kind people.” 

The country welcomed over 10.4 million foreign visitors in the first eight months of this year, up 22.8 per cent against the same period last year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO). On January 16, 2017, the Politburo issued Resolution No. 08-NQ/TW on developing tourism into a spearhead economic sector. By 2020, the industry is expected to attract 17-20 million international visitors and cater to 82 million domestic tourists, accounting for over 10 per cent of GDP, with total tourism revenue reaching $35 billion. 

The opening of many hotels and resorts with the large brands makes the tourism market more exciting. “We aren’t concerned too much about the competition because each and every property has its own strengths and weaknesses,” Mr. Salvador believes. Meanwhile, Mr. Jean-Francois Brun, General Manager of Premier Village Phu Quoc Resort, pointed out that Vietnam has seen the third-highest economic growth in the world this year, at over 7 per cent, and is the fifth fastest-growing global travel market in the world, so “competition” simply offers a better balance for all guests. “I think it is positive and commensurate with the enormous potential this country possesses,” he added.

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