East meets West at luxury Indochine-style resorts

 Designed by world-renowned architects, these hotels and resorts in popular tourism hotspots straddle the harmonious beauty between traditional Vietnamese features and French aesthetics.

Designed by Bill Bensley, "the king of exotic luxury resorts" as he was dubbed by Time magazine, Hotel de la Coupole – Mgallery in Sa Pa in the northern province of Lao Cai takes inspiration from the 1920-1930 period in France.

While its evocative facade and nostalgia-tinged ambience revive the splendors of 1920s French Indochina, the vibrant colors, patterns and textures of its interiors are inspired by the hill tribes, who live all around the mountains of Sa Pa, and the lush sophistication of French haute couture.

The hotel has 249 rooms and suites that allow tourists to enjoy breathtaking views of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range and rice terraces.

From the hotel, guests will be ferried to Muong Hoa cable car station from where they can make a seven-minute trip to the Fansipan cable car station, enjoying the beauty of the Hoang Lien Son range with its rolling forests and valleys from a great height.

Each room is decorated with colorful ethnic minority motifs or paintings collected from all over the world.

Each room costs from VND2.4 million ($105.88 ) a night.

Located on Le Phung Hieu Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Capella Hanoi Hotel, inspired by French-built Hanoi Opera House, a symbol of past extravagance, opened its door last May.

The hotel was also designed by Bill Bensley to revive the heydays of the Grand Opera era in early 20th century France.

The hotel has 47 rooms and suites, each individually styled with operatic artifacts and custom portraiture that pay tribute to legendary Opera artists, composers, designers and performances.

Each room is equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and a balcony, overlooking the Hoan Kiem (Sword Lake) and other busy entertainment spots dotting the capital.

A night's stay costs from VND6.5 million ($283.31) per person.

One of the highlights of the hotel is its indoor swimming pool that resembles a paradise for opera singers to refresh themselves after exiting the stage.

The Anam resort on the coast of Cam Ranh, a beach town in the central province of Khanh Hoa, boasts a harmonious combination between classical French architecture and traditional Vietnamese design.

The resort has 77 villas and 136 rooms with large outdoor balconies or terraces, overlooking sandy beaches or bougainvillea-colored gardens.

The Anam operates three restaurants, a beach club and a bar. It offers meals ranging from traditional Vietnamese family dishes to beach barbecues or high-end menus. Guests can experience cycling, walking along the sunny beach, enjoy three outdoor swimming pools or participate in cooking classes, practice Vovinam martial arts or yoga.

Each room is fitted out with mosaic tiles, equipped with wooden furniture, and decorated with local artworks. A night stay here costs from VND3 million.
Located inside a forest at the foot of Chua Mountain in Con Dao Island, a popular resort destination in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Poulo Condor Boutique Resort & Spa is inspired by a blend of traditional Vietnamese design and French colonial heritage dating back to the early 20th century.
Here, guests can enjoy a sunny day along a two-kilometer long private beach, immerse themselves in the cool water of the outdoor mountain-facing swimming pool or relax with a spa treatment and yoga class.

The resort offers 36 rooms and villas with private pools in white and turquoise tones. The floors are covered with cement tiles inside Vietnamese-style interiors.

A night’s stay here costs from VND2.9 million.

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