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Life Heritage Resort Hoi An hailed as one of Asia’s top ten resorts

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Vietnam joins ranks of Asia’s finest hotels and resorts

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Vietnam joins ranks of Asia’s finest hotels and resorts

QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:19 (GMT+7)

Conde Nast Traveler, a renowned luxury travel magazine, has placed five Vietnamese hotels and resorts atop its list of Readers’ Choice Awards.

Vietnamese resorts that made the top 20 list for best resorts in Asia included, Life Heritage Resort-Hoi An, The Nam Hai, and Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa.

The Sofitel Legend Metropole-Hanoi and the Park Hyatt-Saigon, each won top spots in the survey of the 100 top hotels in Asia.

While readers lodged three Vietnam resorts onto the list, they also sung the praises of five resorts from Bali and five resorts from Thailand.

“Both Bali and Thailand have tremendous reputations as resort destinations,” said John Blanco, the new general manager at The Nam Hai. “So, for Vietnam to make this kind of impression on readers of such a distinguished travel magazine is indeed remarkable.”

The Readers’ Choice Awards polled 25,916 responses from readers who rated resorts and hotels across these five categories: food/dining, location, overall design, rooms and service. Resort ratings were also based on activities/facilities.

According to Conde Nast, only candidates that received a required minimum number of responses were deemed eligible for an award.

None of Vietnam’s islands made the Readers’ Choice Awards. Bali and Phuket were among the top three island destinations in Asia, which makes Vietnam’s resort standings all the more impressive.

Similarly, Vietnam’s top cities failed to make the top-ten cut. Bangkok and Chiang Mai came in at number 1 and 2, while Bali’s Ubud ranked fifth.

Source: VIR


Source: QDND

Vietnam’s best hotels and resorts announced

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Vietnam’s best hotels and resorts announced

QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:15 (GMT+7)

The organising board of the World Travel Awards has recently announced the best hotels, spas and resorts in Vietnam in 2010 based on votes by global travel agencies and service providers.

According to, Avason Ana Mandara Nha Trang was voted as Vietnam’s best spa, Avason Ana Mandara Resort as the best resort while InterContinental Asiana Sai Gon was selected as the best hotel while the Sheraton Hanoi received the award of best hotels for business.

According the Awards’ organising board, as many as 183,000 travel, transport firms and tourism organisations from over 160 countries and territories took part in the 17th vote in the Asian region.

Winners of the region will be candidates at the global selection which is expected to be announced in London before the World’s Tourism Fair on the upcoming November 7th.

Source: thesaigontimes

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Golf courses, resorts, tour operator form co-op in Danang

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 11:21 am

The Vietnam Golf Coast, a partnership of golf and beach resorts in the central coastal city of Danang, was set up August 12, expected to further bolster Vietnam’s image as a rising golf destination in the region.

The founding members are Montgomerie Links Vietnam, Danang Golf Club, The Nam Hai, Life Resort Danang, and Golfasian Vietnam.

Designed by sitting European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie and opened in August 2009, Montgomerie Links Vietnam was recently ranked 7th on the list of top courses in all of Southeast Asia . 

Meanwhile, Danang Golf Club was crafted by legend Greg Norman and opened in May 2010.

The Nam Hai is a luxurious and all-villa resort located on the coastal road linking Danang with Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

                            A view of The Nam Hai

Opened in March 2010, the five-star hotel Life Resort Danang is set on five hectares fronting beautiful Bac My An Beach.

Golfasian Vietnam is a leading golf tour operator in Southeast Asia. It has been named the official tour operator of the Vietnam Golf Coast.

The tour operator has arranged more than 17,000 golf trips to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam since 2001. However, CEO Mark Siegel sees the emergence of Danang as something of a breakthrough.

“The golf offerings in Danang are new, but a variety of factors have conspired to peg Danang as the top golf destination in the country, and one of the best in all of Southeast Asia,” he said.

“For starters, I think Danang Golf Club and Montgomerie Links are the best two courses in the country. There are several excellent courses in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, but they’re all at least an hour from downtown hotels or the airports.

“The courses in Danang are just so convenient –15 minutes from the airport and literally right across the street from The Nam Hai and Life Resort Danang.

“And Danang itself is so convenient to all of Southeast Asia. When you consider all the non-golfing activities at play on the Central Coast, it’s easy to see why golfers are already flocking here.”
Jon Tomlinson, general director of Montgomerie Links, said, “We expect additional golf courses and hotels to join our cooperative in short order.”

“There are half a dozen more golf courses in various stages of construction and planning here in the Central Coast region. We don’t see them as competition. We see them as additional reasons why golfers should consider Danang for their next golf holiday,” he said.

The Vietnam Golf Coast has also launched its website at

Danang is the center of the central region. Just south of it, 20 minutes from The Nam Hai and Life Resort Danang, sits the UNESCO World Heritage city of Hoi An, with its extraordinary history, dining and shopping. To the north lies Hue, the country’s last imperial capital.

Danang already accommodates international flights from Singapore and China’s Guangzhou, in addition to domestic connecting service from both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Shanghai Airlines will soon commence a twice-a-week charter service from its hub Shanghai.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam’s resorts win international travel awards

In Vietnam Travel on November 16, 2009 at 9:18 am

Three resorts in the Coastal Central region are on the list of “Asia’s 25 Top Resorts,” as voted for by Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

          Life Heritage Resort Hoi An

Life Heritage Resort Hoi An was placed 12th, followed by Evason Ana Mandara Six Senses Spa and Hoi An Riverside Resort & Spa.

The awards reflect the opinions of more than 25,000 readers who evaluated the resorts on a variety of criteria, including activities and facilities, food and dining, location, overall design, rooms and service.

The US-based Condé Nast Traveler is one of the world’s foremost magazines on travel and lifestyle. It specializes in luxury travel and reviews of high-end hotels, products and services, as well as rates and rankings of hotels, resorts, cruises, islands and cities worldwide from the results of its Readers’ Choice survey.

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Plush resorts push villagers into poverty

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2008 at 10:58 am

QUANG NAM — Many villagers in the central province of Quang Nam who ceded their farms on the coast to a resort in the hope of being employed there have neither jobs nor a livelihood.

This is a fate shared by many farmers who have lost their sole means of earning a living to projects that tranform rural landscapes into plush neighbourhoods but render its inhabitants vulnerable and destitute.

A 15km coastal stretch from Dien Ngoc to Dien Duong communes in Dien Ban District is lined with dozens of resort projects.

As the fancy buildings and other facilities go up, many cultivators, fishermen and craftsmen see their lives crash.

These villages have shrugged off their rural aura and present a starkly contrasting study of ex -travagant luxury and climbing penury. Posh resorts have eaten up houses, gardens, paddy fields and wharves, while nearby, the relocation site is dotted with half-built awkward flats.

Desperate times

Workers who once toiled in the fields are now crammed into coffee shops. Some sip a beverage leisurely, while others whistle to the music or play chess. But this casual scene belies the desperation that increases with every passing day that they do not have work. They are increasingly wistful for their former lifestyle.

Nguyen Thi Huong, a 59-year-old matriarch of a family of ten used to grow vegetables on an area of 1,100sq.m and rice on 2,200sq.m. The farming alternated between rice, vegetables and livestock, and the yields were sufficient for the whole family. When the wave of resorts struck, she lost her lands for around VND100 million (roughly US$60,000) in compensation and a 350sq.m plot for relocation.

Huong managed to erect a standard house for the whole family. But without their farming occupation, life has become tougher and tougher. Her three sons who are of working age were rejected by all employers because they do not have degrees. Her daughters-in-law struggle with petty trade at local markets to make ends meet. With their meagre savings spent up, the family members are in panic about their future.

Cao Van Chat, a 58-year-old fisherman for more than 40 years points to the resort-filled beach as a barrier blocking his way to the sea. The boats now have to make a detour around the resorts and arrive late at the markets, causing them to lose customers for their catch.

With off-shore fishing in decline, other related works are being dragged down. Hundreds of people engaged in seafood trade, selling fuel to fishing vessels, and selling and repairing boats are stuck with dwindling businesses. The villages have become less dynamic and more impoverished than before.

This is also the case for hundreds of households in the region. They are now embittered by a sense of redundancy. Young workers, once involved in agriculture or fishing, have left the villages to seek jobs in big cities because their chances of employment at the newly-built resorts are almost zero. The elderly cannot leave and can do nothing but stare out of their windows, day in, day out.

Le Van Khue, Deputy Chairman of the People’s Committee of Dien Duong Commune, says local authorities are preoccupied with the situation.

He names a series of resorts that have consumed the beach, like the Nam Hai, Ha My, La Vin, Sai Thanh, Viet My, Truong Son, Ben Thanh, Kinh Vinh and Quyet Thang. He admits that these projects had been expected to create jobs for those affected, bringing them a chance to improve their living standards.

This has not happened. He is disappointed that only 20 per cent of the displaced villagers have been recruited by the completed resorts – quite low compared to the enormous need. In Dien Duong Commune alone, up to 1,500 households with 13,000 people were displaced to give way to eight kilometres of resorts.

Vo Luong, Deputy Chairman of the People’s Committee of Dien Ngoc Commune, says: “The households who lost land also lost jobs. Their lives are now much tougher. They have to live on the compensation money and have become worse and worse off.”

Le Van Khue feels that the authorities need to focus their attention on helping displaced villagers settle and stabilise their lives. The most urgent task is to create jobs for farmers and workers over 40 years of age who are still capable of working, he says. —