LEADING BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN HO CHI MINH CITY
Ideally located along the Saigon River, in the clean, quiet and upper-class residential District 2, a short and memorable 15 minutes complimentary speedboat cruise to the District 1 tourist / business / shopping attractions, Villa Sông competes the number one ranking in Tripadvisor with the five-star luxury The Rêverie, and comes before superlative palace-hotels like Park Hyatt Saigon and Caravelle!
A challenging 23 rooms boutique hotel with a serene ambiance, this posh, immaculate mansion owned by a group of investors from Singapore accommodates tourists (the place is ideal for a honeymoon) and businessmen (no traffic to the city center thanks to the boat). Usually welcomed in person by Yega, the courteous Malaysian general-manager, or by the exquisite, multilingual Miss Thuy, always princely pampered by one of the best-trained staff in Vietnam, lots of the guests made Villa Sông their home away from home in Saigon forever.
The kind of hotel where you like to come back, it has relatively small but amazingly cushy rooms: so well-appointed and quiet, with supremely smooth beds, dashing design, and brilliant bathrooms. It would be hard to describe their distinguished interior, as no two rooms are the same. Ours was a delightful “Sanctuary River Room”, ideally located on the 2nd floor, with a dreamy view of the Mekong. In this category, equivalent to a superior deluxe room in a chain hotel, the size varies quite a lot between 32 till 48 sq.m. Those who like space should, therefore, inquire in advance to book in the largest available room. We liked very much the complimentary WiFi, minibar, and Nespresso Machine. Another good mark for the elegant, high-tech Apple TV.
Looking for more volume and style? Then straightly book in a 71 sq.m “Villa Suite”, with a pleasant balcony and parlor. The gracious four-poster bed would particularly seduce those on a romantic stay. That category of room is equipped with a bathtub and a separate rain shower. The largest room in Villa Sông (105 sq.m) is the “Imperial Suite”. Glamorous, it has 2 balconies with river view and pool view.
Swimming in the cool salt-water pool allows an interesting perspective on the French neo-colonial design of the white villa, totally refurbished in 2013, and on the lush gardens planted with palms along the sleepy banks of the most dynamic river in Asia. The powerful, comfortable shuttle-boat can be hired for short excursions. Do like us, book it just for one hour, and discover the hidden parks, with piers and yachts, of the most secret and sumptuous villas in Saigon, housing politicians, movie stars, and tycoons. Those sanctuaries of capitalism alternate with temples and modest fishermen houses. District 2 is indeed worth the incursion: it has excellent restaurants, like the almost homonymous La Villa, regarded by expats and Saigonese alike as one of the top ten French restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. It is located five minutes from the hotel by taxi.
Villa Sông is a member of the prestigious Secret Retreats collection of boutique hotels, intimate inns and camps, beautifully designed full service villas, exquisite restaurants and exotic cruises.
197/2 Nguyen Van Huong Street
Thao Dien Ward, District 2,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
PHONE: +84-8-3744 6090, +84-8-3744 6091
GASTRONOMY AT VILLA SÔNG
not neglect the in-house restaurant, Bistro
Sông Vie: the gastronomic experience along the river is to die for.
From the extravagant à la carte breakfast, till the candlelit dinner,
we have experienced a technical perfection by the recently appointed
Singaporean Chef Jeremy Choo, and much kindness from part of the
enthusiastic waiters. The owner of the best Thai restaurant in
Singapore, Jeremy is a disciple of Pierre Gagnaire. An
expert in French gastronomy, importer of French wine in Singapore, he
impressed us by selecting the most appropriate wine, pairing a
succulent French cuisine. Making Bistro Song Vi a top five best French
restaurants in Saigon. In this part of District 2, only La
Villa can compete, indeed.
Asian elite loves steaks. A delicacy in that region of the planet;
especially when imported from bio-farms overseas. Chef Jeremy's
“Premium Sirloin Steak” is totally unique, with “Valrhona 66% Cocoa”
chocolate sauce. Odd? Not at all. Escoffier invented the recipe more
than one century ago. Cocoa is a spice, and it matches well some meats
like beef, “Coq Au Vin”, or “Rabbit Stew”. It was accompanied with
organic vegetables from the cool gardens of Dalat:
the most fragrant baby carrots and mushrooms. Have it with one glass of
“McGuigan Estate Shiraz 2011, South Australia” (for its note of
chocolate, over blackcurrants and further red fruits). Those liking
more sophistication and a glamorous note should rather order “Château
du Vieux Parc Corbière, 2012, Guy Panis, Languedoc-Roussillon”. Produce
of the French terroir, made in oak barrels, this is an elegant, complex
wine, with a beautiful balance of red berry fruit and oak on the palate.
Dress code casual.
for Breakfast: 6.00am – 10.30am. Lunch / Dinner: 11.30am – 10.00pm
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