As the fourth wave of the coronavirus worsens in many localities, resulting in lockdowns and travel restrictions, five-star hotels across Vietnam are nearly empty. Although room prices have been reduced by up to 60 percent, current occupancy rates remain below 10 percent. Without income, five-star hotels were forced to offer luxury services to local tourists to stay afloat.
The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi offers a culinary world tour called “Tour du Monde”, with dishes combining flavors typical of Morocco, the Middle East, America, the Mediterranean, Europe, Cuba and Asia from the South East.
Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi. Photo courtesy of the hotel.
Until September, diners can choose from a fixed six-course menu at Le Beaulieu restaurant inside the hotel, or try a seven-course à la carte menu or afternoon tea at the Club Bar.
The hotel now offers free home meal delivery for minimum orders of 1.5 million VND ($ 65). Its menu includes high-end dishes like Wagyu ribs and seared Scottish salmon with a variety of wines.
The five-star Azerai La Residence in Hue, a popular tourist town in central Vietnam, offers a river excursion along the iconic Huong (Perfume) River on a 17-meter-long vessel that can accommodate 12 people at a time.
A one-hour river cruise combined with afternoon tea costs 290,000 VND per person or 490,000 VND for two.
Additionally, a 60-minute sunset cruise with craft cocktails costs VND 340,000 VND per person, while a 120-minute tour costing VND 580,000 takes diners to explore the beauty of the Perfume River. and Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest in Vietnam. , before enjoying a European-Vietnamese dinner.
A river cruise along the Perfume River via Thien Mu Pagoda, a popular tourist destination in Hue. Photo courtesy of Azerai La Residence.
Azerai La Residence in Can Tho Town has also launched a River Tour, allowing locals to enjoy the sunset over the Hau River while exploring the natural beauty of the Mekong Delta.
Cam Ranh Resort Water Park
The Splash Water Park at Alma Resort Cam Ranh in central Khanh Hoa province attracts many local families who come to relax on weekends. The 6,000 square meter water park, overlooking Long Beach on the Cam Ranh Peninsula, has a system of pools and slides for children. Inside, there are also two American-style food trucks serving a variety of snacks.
The children’s water slide inside Splash Water Park at Alma Resort Cam Ranh, Khanh Hoa province. Photo courtesy of the station.
The park is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, free for guests staying at the resort. Residents wishing to have fun in the park must pay 160,000 VND per adult and 100,000 VND per child.