Luxury Hideaways in Vietnam

A day of traveling will bring a basketful of learning. ~ Vietnamese Proverb.

It was so great to be back in Vietnam!  It had been eight years since our last visit, and we couldn’t wait to discover new places and return to one place we fell in love with before.  Albeit, this trip’s mission was going to be a little different than the last…

This time we wanted to see less city and more beach!  And, that we did.  In one week we packed in three of the countries most incredible luxury beach resorts, an art deco treasure in it’s ancient capital and it’s newest and most glamorous hotel in the heart of Saigon.  Below you’ll find brief bits about each of the stops, along with photos and videos.  Hope you enjoy the tour and that we’ve inspired you to visit (or return).

AMANOI

Named for the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ and noi meaning ‘place’, Amanoi is a tranquil retreat situated on a beautiful white-sand beach overlooking spectacular Vinh Hy Bay, in one of the country’s largest natural conservation areas.  Nui Chua National Park protects an area of more than 29,000 hectares of pristine coastal and marine habitats in Ninh Thuan Province, northeast of Ho Chi Minh City.

All you need to do is fly into Nha Trang and the rest is taken care of by Amanoi.  You’ll quickly get whisked away in your wifi equipped SUV for the 1.5 hour drive (the roads are a bit of mess currently, as they’re under construction) to this most “peaceful place”.

  • jaw-dropping beauty in architecture and design
  • spectacular Aman Spa and large fully equipped fitness center
  • intimate and quite, perfect for those seeking privacy and exclusivity
  • two gorgeous pools and a beach club (if your villa doesn’t have it’s own pool)
  • plenty of nature related activities in and around the resort to keep you happy

EdenFYW guests recieve these preferred amenities:
-Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
-Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests served in the restaurant
-A comp. lunch for up to two people once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
-Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

See our video:  Amanoi

SIX SENSES NINH VAN BAY

The resort is nestled in a dramatic bay that gives the feeling of an island, with impressive rock formations and overlooking the sea. A golden sand beach and towering mountains add to the sense of being intimately at one with nature. The family friendly resort presents the reality of the destination, with an architectural style incorporating traditions of Vietnam. The resort is a sanctuary for all the senses while maintaining a sustainable and Eco-friendly environment.

Not accessible by land.  You’ll fly into Da Nang, drive about 45 minutes to Six Senses’ private dock.  From there you’ll catch their speed boat for the 20 minute ride to paradise.

  • eco-luxury all the way!
  • our favorite accommodations are the beach villas and the rock villas (each with private pool)
  • several dining options, from casual to elegant and comp. scoops at the ice cream shop!
  • relaxed atmosphere is great for families or romance
  • greet reef in directly in front of the resort for snorkeling or diving

EdenFYW guests recieve these preferred amenities:
-Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
-One complimentary half-hour massage for up to two, per room
-Daily buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
-Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

See our video:  Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

THE NAM HAI

Sitting on an enviable stretch of Ha My Beach near historic Hoi An, The Nam Hai is a prestigious luxury resort catering to the savviest of travelers. Architecture and nature harmonize in a lush setting, making the most of views across the East Sea and the surrounding tropical grounds. Each villa is an immaculate escape complete with indoor and outdoor sitting areas and, in the case of the Pool Villas, a private swimming pool.

Conveniently located just 20 minutes from Da Nang airport.

  • just minutes to Hoi An, our favorite town in Vietnam
  • beautifully appointed stand alone villas
  • incredible Leading Spa, one of the best in Vietnam
  • several wonderful dining options, including the best breakfast in the country
  • impeccable service
  • large beach resort with all the luxury fixings

EdenFYW guests receive these preferred amenities:
-Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
-Daily buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
-A complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during stay
-Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

See our video:  The Nam Hai

LA RESIDENCE HUE

The best luxury option in the ancient royal capital of Hue. Set on the banks of the fabled Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel – once home to Emperors and now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Endowed with opulence, excellence and warmth, this former residence of the French Colonial Governor was painstakingly restored in 2005 and redeveloped as an exceptional design hotel. The hotel’s distinctive bowed façade, long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the 1930’s streamline moderne school of art deco architecture.

Just a 30-40 minute drive to the Hue airport.

  • elegant and comfortable
  • centrally located for a stay while exploring the former ancient citidel and the royal tombs scattered around the city

THE REVERIE SAIGON

The Reverie Saigon is the ultimate luxury hotel, providing a one-of-a-kind modern lifestyle by successfully combining Vietnam’s local warmth and familiar comforts of home with the luxurious pampering of a five-star hotel. The hotel offers exceptional guest rooms and spacious suites in Ho Chi Minh City with breathtaking views of the Saigon River city.

Note: We visited during a very soft opening. Despite the fact that they were just getting going, the service and amenities were spot on.  We’re just sorry we didn’t get to see the amazing spa finished… next time!

Conveniently located in the heart of the city, just 30 minutes from the international airport (depending on traffic).

  • Italian design and craftsmanship on steroids, opulent and glamorous decor everywhere
  • close to everything in the city; market, luxury shopping, opera, dining, river (for cruisers) and landmarks
  • floor to ceiling windows in all guest rooms, with great views
EdenFYW guests receive these preferred amenities:
-Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
-Daily buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests in restaurant
-$100 USD equivalent food & beverage credit
-Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Contact your Eden For Your World advisor to begin planning your visit. info@edenforyourworld.com

Photos and media are all by Eden For Your World, and are only for us to use. Thank you! #edenfyw

 

Rosewood London Calling

Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. ~ Samuel Johnson

Welcome to London, welcome to the world… We came, we walked, we shopped, we ate, we museum-ed, we pub-ed, we stayed in luxury, but, we’ll never be royals.

Samueul Johnson’s quote says it best.  London is full of life. There is so much to see and do in the city, that you’ll feel like you can never do it all. Like any big European city it has museums, cultural sites and arts, shopping, dining and local attractions that can keep you going nonstop. But, the core of the city is quite manageable in size and you can realistically walk by everything on your list quite easily.  May we just say that the we love the Victoria and Albert and British Museums. They are both so beautifully curated! They each have just enough of the empire’s amazing booty to keep you interested in visiting every one of their galleries. In London there’s a vibe and a pace that is so similar to what we find in the big cities of the U.S., but it is definitely unlike anything at home. It’s very cosmopolitan and very English at the same time. That’s what we love about it! Friendly faces and a familiar language make it easy to strike up conversations with locals and visitors alike (usually over a pint). However, getting around is not so easy.  We found the traffic to be as frustrating as it is in L.A.. So after a few private car transfers and taxi rides we opted for the Underground. It’s everywhere, it’s easy and it’s clean. Mind the gap!

You’ll enjoy the sites of course, but, you’ll also love exploring all of London’s unique neighborhoods.  Each with it’s it own vibe and energy. Visit Knightsbridge for a glimpse at some of the most gorgeous town houses and some of the haute-est cuisine in town. Check out SOHO at any time of day (or night) for non-stop action and energy.  Bloomsbury is a good respite from the fast pace, and it’s picturesque tree lined streets are just steps away from theaters and retail therapy. You know you have to see Kensington and Chelsea, it’s so London! Needless to say, there is a neighborhood for your every mood.  Just don’t forget to wave to the Queen when you pass her pad in Westminster.

Speaking of pads, London has no shortage of excellent luxury accommodations to choose from.  On this occasion we choose to stay at the beautiful Rosewood London.

Rosewood London

Hotel of the Year 2014 – Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards

Housed in a 1914 Edwardian Belle Époque building, Rosewood London is steeped in history. Its 262 guestrooms and 44 generously appointed suites, created by renowned New York-based Tony Chi and Associates, are inspired by a traditional British manor house and evoke that of a true London residence. Rooms are designed to provide a series of discoveries to surprise, please and amuse guests by doormen in tweed caps enter through wrought iron gates, into the peaceful courtyard giving a sense of arrival more akin to a private manor house than a hotel. Rosewood London embraces guests within one of London’s most historic locales. The central location, moments from Covent Garden, near an eclectic arcade of ultra-luxury boutiques on Lamb’s Conduit Street, the British Museum, Theaterland and the Royal Opera House.

EFYW guests receive the following exclusive benefits:
-Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.
-Daily Full English Breakfast.
-$100 USD Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay.
-Early check-in/late check-out,subject to availability.

See London and the hotel in our video: Rosewood London

Dining (here’s where we ate or drank and loved it):

  • Gymkhana
  • Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill
  • Berners Tavern at The London Edition
  • China Tang at the Dorchester
  • Scarfe’s Bar at the Rosewood London

Contact your EdenFYW advisor to begin planning your visit to London: info@edenforyourworld.com

Photos and media are all by #edenfyw, therefore, are only for us to use. Thank you!

 

Paris! Paris! Paris!

Je suis sous le charme! 

Paris is magic!  Anyone who tells you different is confused!

We happened to fall upon it during the winter holidays.  It was the first time we’d been there to witness no leaves on the trees and very little of the quintessential overflow of Parisian diners being beautiful at outdoor cafes.  Not even the bitter cold (for us Californians) could stop us from walking the city day and night, all the while in awe of it’s elegance.  Yes, it was lovely.  But, it was also a bit like guiding the lily… Paris is so incredibly beautiful on it’s own, without festooned garlands down every street and big glittery bows adorning it’s grand palace facades. Nevertheless, the city was alive and gorgeous as ever.

Paris is organized, it’s distinct neighborhoods, it’s grand, it’s manageable, it’s museums, it’s boutiques, it’s cafes (we have new favorites), it’s chic, and it’s just too pretty to describe in words.  The big, luxurious, city can be can be anything you want it to be.  Whether you’re looking to eat, shop, get enlightened or just relax, it’s all there for you to discover.  Paris is comprised of twenty neighborhoods (arrondissements) that each have a particular feel.  It’s important to choose the location of your accommodations appropriately according to how you’d like to enjoy your stay.  There is definitely no shortage on variety of hotel/apartment types in the city.  We’re here to make that decision easier for you (read more about where we stayed below).  Needless to say, we’ve done our homework on the City of Light and we’ve got you covered.

About that… City of Light vs. City of Lights thing… We are on the City of Light team.  Paris was know as the “ville lumière”, which was meant to express Paris’ enlightenment in terms of the arts, culture and learning. Thought the city it lit beautifully, it’s clear that the city was and is still enlightened!

If it’s your first visit, plan on staying at least five nights.  You would kill yourself if you stayed any less.  If you’re returning or haven’t been for a while, be sure to visit the new Fondation Louis Vuitton that Frank Ghery designed and the newly reopened Picasso Museum.  Both amazing!

Oh, and Parisians like us (if you’re cool).  Anyone who tells you different is confused!

Let’s start planning your visit to the City of Light.  Sante!

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LE BRISTOL PARIS

Within walking distance of the Champs Elysées and the Louvre, the impeccable Le Bristol Paris occupies one of the city’s most elegant shopping streets, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The hotel features 188 rooms, including 92 suites, each decorated in luxurious chintz fabrics and rare antique furnishings. Guestrooms are among the largest in Paris! Le Bristol offers an air of seclusion in its peaceful garden setting. Rare for Paris, Le Bristol features a vast interior courtyard garden, the largest of its kind. Equally impressive is the hotel’s swimming pool located on the sixth floor with stunning city views.

Fun fact: On some Saturdays, the elegant Castellane salon hosts fashion high teas, featuring designer cakes (the BEST croissants in town) and the latest collections…

EFYW guests receive the following exclusive benefits:
-Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability (up to deluxe Junior suite. Higher categories are on arrival, subject to availability).
-Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests at their Bar or in our main restaurant Epicure.
-$100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay.
-Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.

See Paris and the hotel in our video:  Le Bristol

PLAZA ATHENEE PARIS

Practically synonymous with Paris, Hôtel Plaza Athénée brims with all the elegance one would expect of a classic hotel situated between the Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower. Located on the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, at the crossroads of fashion, entertainment and business, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée represents a delicate balance of refinement and luxury.The lobby is a vision in “Plaza red,” terra cotta, gold and bronze — accents you’ll discover in your room as well. Each of the 148 guestrooms and 46 suites offers windows that open to the Eiffel Tower, Avenue Montaigne, La Cour Jardin, the inner courtyard or the rooftops of Paris. See and be seen in one of several acclaimed dining options, including Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée.

Fun fact: As part of Paris’ citywide bicycle program, called Vélib, the hotel provides complimentary bikes with shopping totes for guests’ use.

EFYW guests receive the following exclusive benefits:
-Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests.
-Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.
-85 EUR Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay.
-Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.

See Paris and the hotel in our video:  Plaza Athenee

Photos and media are all by #edenfyw, therefore, are only for us to use.  Merci!

 

Buenos Aires – Argentina

What’s new Buenos Aires? I’m new, I wanna say I’m just a little stuck on you.  ~ Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice

It had been ten years since we had visited the city and our return reminded us why we fell in love with this city once before. 

It’s easy to get “stuck on” this gorgeous city. It may be the second largest metropolitan area in South America, but it’s definitely number one in style.  Wherever you look there is beauty.  B.A.’s architecture, it’s monuments, it’s people, it’s parks and even it’s shrines to her fallen are gorgeous.  Each of the districts of the city have there own unique flavor and charm.  In each you’ll find treasures, weather it be food or fabulous shopping finds (and there are a plethora of both for everyone’s tastes).  Then there is the food and wine… how much can one person eat and drink in a day?  The answer is – a lot!  Fine dining is abound, but, even the whole in the wall empanada place has amazing wine to accompany it’s beautifully wrapped meaty treats.  Currently, the major bonus is the value.  As visitors to Argentina, the dollar goes a long way.  You’re bags will be full of goodies to bring home, your bellies full of food and your pockets will be surprisingly happy too.

Unfortunately, today Argentina’s economy is broken.  It’s seems to be a eight to ten year pattern there.  There are some noticeable signs around town.  There is a bit more graffiti on the walls of certain neighborhoods, though some of the graffiti is actually art and pretty fantastic.  The difficult times have also brought a rise in petty crime.   Everybody seems to be talking about it in Argentina and abroad.  However, we felt safe and comfortable getting around by car and on foot.  We were cautious, but never worried.  The key in safety anywhere in the world is knowing yourself and your surroundings and most importantly not looking like a target. 

Buenos Aires is one of those cities where you get home and tell all your friends “I’m moving there!”  Go see it for yourself and discover why.  If you’ve already been, maybe it’s time for your return.  You’re different and so is the city. 

Here is how we spent our four full days in B.A. Enjoy the travel video:  Buenos Aires. 

Stay: Enjoy special EFYW perks when booking any of the 5* hotels below.

Do:  Visit the neighborhoods…

  • Recoleta:  Chick and boutique.  World class luxury and du jour to do’s everywhere.  The architecture is particularly grand here.  Don’t miss the cemetery or museums!
  • Palermo:  It’s like Melrose, but better!  Colorful and trendy.  Hipsters and hippies unite.
  • San Telmo:  Antiques galore.  Cobblestone streets, cafes and finds everywhere you look.
  • Puerto Madero:  Last time we were in B.A. there was no reason to come to this neighborhood. Things have changed.  The young, wealthy and in vogue have taken over and they’ve declared it the place to be.  Design, fashion and cocktails are here.  Cheers!

Eat & Drink:

  • Puerto Cerrados – A variety of closed door restaurants in private homes.
  • Arumburu BIS
  • Heirbabuena
  • Sucre
  • La Parolaccia – Casa Tua Palermo
  • Floreria Atlantico
  • El Sanjuanino
  • La Brigada

Shop: 

  • If you’re good, well tell you.

Let’s start planning your visit to Buenos Aires and beyond!  www.edenforyourworld.com

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