Luxury Explorer


A kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, aromatic flavours and rich culture


The French colonial period left a permanent mark on Vietnam's architecture and cuisine, with graceful buildings and baguette stalls in every town. Yet there is always a unique Vietnamese twist on proceedings.

It is exactly this combination of European sophisticted elegance and South-East Asian exoticism that makes Vietnam such a beguiling travel destination for luxury explorers and why it is one of our top tips for 2018.

As you would expect from a long s-shaped country straddling the South China Sea for 3,260 kms, excluding its islands, Vietnam is blessed with more than its fare share of idyllic beaches, but it also offers undulating mountains, lush tropical jungle and the verdant Mekong Delta, which is a fascinating place to visit, as well as being an agricultural miracle.

New for 2018 is Azerai in Can Tho, which is the perfect base for exploring the Mekong Delta, its myriad of waterways and the floating markets of Can Tho, Vietnam's fourth largest city. This is a true island resort, only accessible by boat and an oasis of calm on its own 8 acre islet on the Hau River.

For the last word in Vietnamese luxury, check-in to Amanoi, a tranquil 5-star retreat overlooking the azure waters of Vinh Hy Bay and a stone's throw from beautiful Nui Chua National Park.

During February we will be visiting and reviewing Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Six Senses on the island of Con Dao and another exciting project in Hue. All in all, we forecast that Vietnam will make its mark on luxury explorers during 2018!