La Veranda smells like lemongrass. It feels like the home of French aristocrats in 19th-century Vietnam. Fitting, as this Accor-managed, four-star resort on a private strip of Phu Quoc’s Duong Dung Beach was built 12 years ago by a French-Indochine family with four generations of history in Southeast Asia. The resort’s 70 rooms face west onto the Gulf of Thailand, which translates into idyllic tropical sunsets.
Everyone loves a beach holiday; cocktails and beer by the pool, swimming in the sea, sunbathing on the sand, freshly cooked seafood on the terrace. People love it so much that they fly thousands of miles for the pleasure. Yet for those of us who live in Vietnam, it’s right on our doorstep.
Secluded islands in the tropics often come stamped with the word ‘paradise’. Nowhere is that more evident than at Vietnam’s most isolated archipelago, Con Dao.
If your relaxation ambitions tend to hit a ceiling at ‘fairly typical’ experiences in ‘pretty good’ locations, Amanoi will truly blow your mind. Taking out the minor issue of whether or not you have the cash — or maybe you can afford the occasional front row seat to ‘how the other half lives’ — book now, because you’ll be investing in an experience that has absolutely nothing to do with ‘fairly typical’ or ‘pretty good’.
Humblebragging about your stay at a five-star resort can be challenging, but Niko Savvas is here to help
Joe Springer-Miller used to be well-known in Saigon — with a surname of such double-barrel uniqueness, you’re unlikely to be forgotten. A one-time corporate expat, a photographer and one of the forces behind Saigon Players, he then did what every happy-go-lucky man in the prime of his life just shouldn’t do. He fell in love.
Hue 1930. The mansion at 5 Le Loi opened as an addition to the residence of the colonial French Resident Superiore. This period was the hey-day of the Art Deco school of design. No corner of the globe was beyond the bounds of this particular movement.