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VILLA SÔNG SAIGON

THE LEADING BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN HO CHI MINH CITY




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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. 


villa song saigon best luxury boutique hotel riverside in central ho chi minh city vietnam

 
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.


villa song saigon best luxury boutique hotel riverside in central ho chi minh city vietnam

 
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. 


villa song saigon best luxury boutique hotel riverside in central ho chi minh city vietnam

 
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 song saigon best luxury boutique hotel riverside in central ho chi minh city vietnam
 

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.


VILLA SÔNG:
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
E-MAIL: info@villasong.com




GASTRONOMY AT VILLA SÔNG

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Do 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.

Jeremy knows all the tricks from the Michelin-star chefs, alternating his inventive dishes with entertaining specialties from the French terroir which starred chefs don't serve anymore in their asepticised restaurants, transformed into culinary laboratories.  Two years spent in the “Académie Culinaire de Toulouse” made him a specialist for “Duck à l'Orange” (a signature dish), and “Pan-Fried Duck Foie Gras”: like melting in the mouth, with Pineapple, and a subtle Piña Colada Sauce, nicely paired with one flute of “De Bortoli DB Sparling Brut, New South Wales, Australia”. A refreshing, “bistro” wine, matching the tropical climate. It has some pleasant acidity, counterbalancing the sweetness of the liver. It also paired well the rich, creamy, aromatic “Seafood Bouillabaisse”, with mussel, clam, oyster, and gambas. Served with “Garlic Croutons”, like in Marseille.


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The 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.

We ended this top notch dinner in style, with “Flambéed Norwegian Omelette”, accompanied with the best strawberries in all Asia (from Dalat), and one glass of Cointreau: our favorite French liquor matched so well this classic and classy dessert.

Thumbs up to Chef Jeremy Choo indeed! He is, with his colleague Le Nhat Dong (Côte d'Azur), the most authentic French chef with Asian origin in Saigon. C'est formidable!

We had our dinner in a relatively full restaurant. Patrons are Westerners expats living in D2, young local yuppies, and a lot of smart executive ladies. Gastronomic is much patronized by women in Saigon: they particularly enjoy French cuisine, and know wine better than anybody. We met the same category of gourmets like at Le Corto, a new and select French fine dining table, where we had our dinner the next day.  Quality food for quality people!

Dress code casual.

Open for Breakfast: 6.00am – 10.30am. Lunch / Dinner: 11.30am – 10.00pm


BISTRO SÔNG VIE:
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
E-MAIL: info@villasong.com


 

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