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VILLA SÔNG SAIGON

THE LEADING BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN HO CHI MINH CITY


By Gilles Malaisé



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




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

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


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 Chef Kevin Marchetti, and much kindness from part of the enthusiastic waiters. Yet a young chef, Kevin knows all the tricks from the elder Michelin-star mentors he has been meeting since he was a teenager. We had our lunch in a totally full restaurant. Patrons are quite young, yuppie style, with a lot of smart ladies in their victorious 30s. Gastronomic is much patronized by women in Saigon: they particularly enjoy French and Italian cuisines, and know wine better than anybody. We met the same category of gourmets like at Le Corso, a new and select French fine dining table, where we had our dinner the next day.  Quality food for quality people!

We couldn’t miss signature dishes, like the light and elegant “Crispy Duck Spring Roll”, with yummy Apple Compote, refreshing Green Mango Salad and oriental Five-Spice Sauce: a delicacy, at only USD 10. The Same price more or less for the luscious “Prawn & Truffle Mousse”: the Gac Fruit-Sesame Oil marinated and poached Prawn are presented with Green Asparagus and savory, so refined Five-Spice poached Quail Egg.


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

 

Traditional Vietnamese gourmets won’t miss goose or duck liver. Tailored made for them, Kevin’s “Trio of Foie Gras” is a best seller (at USD 35), with Liver Seared on Roasted Mango Pillow,  Ballotine with Black Sesame and Passion Fruit Gelée, and Parfait on Ginger Bread and Lavender-Pepper Tuile. This is called a real treat. Like the royal “Pillow of French Pigeon Breast” (USD 59), richly stuffed with Foie Gras and Spinach on Zucchini-Carrot Mat, Sautéed Baby Potatoes and Seasonal Veggies, Cacao Sauce. Escoffier is not far…

In Asia, a chic restaurant has imported beef on the menu. At Bistro Sông Vie, it comes under the most sophisticated form, with the signature “Australian Beef Strudel”, Spicy Popcorn, Honey Glazed Vegetable Pearls and Bok Choy, Ginger-Pepper Sauce. Or the noticeable “Australian Wagyu Beef Ravioli”, Grilled Mushroom, Sautéed Carrot and Green Asparagus, Beetroot Puree, Port Wine Sauce. Both at an astonishingly reasonable USD 22.

As a dessert, we liked the “Chocolate Fondant”, stuffed with Orange Compote, Baileys Ice Cream, Cream Caramel with Coconut and Lemongrass. Kevin wants to share his passion for ice-cream. He alternatively proposes a so-French “Parfait Honey-Cointreau” Marinated Orange Wedges and Exotic Fruit Pearls, Meringue. Most of the desserts cost around USD 8.

We paired this exquisite lunch with house wine, which was good value for money, indeed, at USD 7 by the glass. “L’Arbre Blanc Rouge” is a solid alliance of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which might seem a little bit rustic if consumed in a temperate climate, yet perfect in a tropical country. “L’Arbre Blanc White” tasted young and refreshing, and ideally paired the prawns.

Five stars to Kevin! A modest, enthusiastic modern chef, with a strong classic influence, in one of the top 10 best restaurants in Saigon.

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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