This place is amazing. The rooms, gardens, views, food, and above all the staff are amazing. I'm happy to have found it and sad I wasn't there loger than one night. There's not much to do, but if you're looking for Vietnamese hospitality with a touch of French luxury, go here.
Villa Song Saigon: "Wonderful and Relaxing Boutique Hotel. Luxury of a bygone era"
"French Colonial Property (in District 2) overlooking the Saigon River .... immaculate ... superb !!! Everything about VILLA SONG was superb, including it's location ... so close to the city BUT far enough away, allowing you to fit into the groove of trendy District 2's ever-changing residential area)
Friendly staff and very very helpful. Courtesy river transport to and from the city. Grounds magnificent. Pool sparkling. Rooms in keeping with French Colonial theme ... so relaxing ... rain or shine.
Breakfast delicious and fine dining at restaurant ... superb.
Anything they could do to help you enjoy your stay ... they did.
Would go back in a heartbeat !!!!"
We spent one night at Villa Song - it was a real treat. The place is beautiful, it feels generous with a free boat shuttle and minibar. The pool is a secluded gem in the garden. Watching the world go by overlooking the Saigon River is hard to beat and even harder while sipping coconut milk from a fresh coconut. We would have stayed longer but it was fully booked. The area is where all the international schools and the expat community live so it is not the place to pop out for local colour or street food but you can access those by taking the boat shuttle into town.
"The Blue Mansion has been restored beautifully and it felt like a privilege to stay there. The rooms were beautiful, I slept in an adjoining room to my daughters which worked out perfectly. The little extras were thoughtful and enhanced the experience.
Breakfast was fabulous. The staff were warm friendly and helpful, and their knowledge of Georgetown very useful. Would definitely recommend this beautiful hotel. Stayed April 2017, traveled with family"
The River Resort: "Peaceful Retreat facing the Mekong"
"Only 30mn from Pakse airport... right on the Mekong with a small island in the river in front of the resort. Huge land with trees, their own rice fields and gardens all around. It's a refill of oxygen to stay there.
Excellent staff and friendly service under the supervision of Ton, the GM.
I recommend to wake up early and admire the sunrise on the mekong from your balcony. Great restaurant also, with very generous portions Definitely recommended for people looking for a quiet and green environment and who enjoying activities in nature: walks, bike, boat trips..."
Locavore: "AMA…wait for it…ZING"
"I have reached 50 years old and I can honestly say that this was the best meal I’ve had in my life full of travel and restaurants all over the world.
I walked in on my way back from the Monkey Forest, hot and tired, just intending to grab a quick bite and drink. I’m not sure why but I was offered the tasting menu - I said yes, unaware of the price but ready for an adventure.
I ordered 5 courses between the regular and vegetarian choices. To my surprise, 7 beautifully presented amuse bouche courses came first - each exciting and delicious.
Then a new chef came out with each course to explain it to me. Exceptional service! And the tastes made my mouth soooo happy.
To my surprise there were 2 more amuse bouche dishes before dessert arrived.
After almost 2 hours, I thought it would never end and I wanted it to never end!!!
The last surprise was an entire flight of chocolates and jasmine tea.
All of the food was meticulously prepared and incredibly delicious.
Lunch cost about $90 CND, which is the priciest lunch I’ve ever had but WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOCAVORE
Make a reservation!!!"
Sea Dance was a romantic place to stay for our 5 nights in Koh Samui. It's about a 7 minute drive from Chaweng but the property itself is tucked away from the main road and major downtown areas. We enjoyed the cooking class, the friendly staff, the free kayaking, the swing on the beach, our private pool and the main resort pool, beautiful ocean views, and live music on 2 of our 5 nights there! The staff are all very friendly and professional.
Locavore: "European Cuisines using Indonesian Ingredients"
"I was so glad to be able to secure a table this time in only 4 weeks notice. My friends & I were really impressed with Locavore because it always tries to use fresh local produce from Bali and other parts of Indonesia.The menu is very ingredients driven, meaning that it is always updated according to what's available fresh in the market. Service was attentive but perhaps waitresses need more training in story telling skills about origins of ingredients, in what conditions they grow or how special the food was prepared. Those things adds up to the overal dining experience. Locavore offers lunch & dinner tasting menu of 5 or 7 courses with a choice of vegetarian (herbivore) or non-vegetarian (locavore). Although they come in really small portion, you will end up full with line up of snacks, amuse Bouche and pre/post-desserts. Definitely worth visiting. Reservation is compulsory to avoid disappointment."
Locavore: "Bouche amused"
Truly delicious, innovative, and in the number of surprise courses they keep bringing you, surprisingly good value.
"We just returned from a four night stay at the Inle Princess Resort. What a treat! This resort, which sits on the northeast corner of Inle Lake, is locally designed, owned and run. And it shows, from the local crafts that are made on site to the quiet efficiency and welcome of the staff. We arrived via Heho airport by road (about 60-90 minutes and ~$50 US). The road entrance is modest, giving no clue of what lies behind the low key security gate. The grounds are spectacularly but sympathetically landscaped, with stands of bamboo framing lotus filled lagoons. The rooms are absolutely unique in design. You might want to avoid the Mountain rooms only because they are a bit smaller with less spectacular views. Any of the other rooms will exceed your expectations.
The dining is lakeside, serving a mix of excellent local and Thai style fare and goreng. The views from the restaurant patio are tranquil, with boats approaching the jetty required to row (almost always Inle leg oar style) with engines off. The pool is otherworldly. We spent a good deal of our time exploring the lake. One of the lessons we learned was that the locally sourced goods in the crafts shop at the Inle Princess are not only superior quality but are priced very fairly.
I am lucky to travel widely. The spa is the finest with the kindest and most skillful (Shan) therapists I have encountered. The setting alone will draw you out of your highly strung world.
A couple of words of caution to high maintenance travelers. The hot water can run out quickly, so shower efficiently (many rooms have private outdoor showers). And service (e.g. by the pool) can be slower than you will find at Four Seasons. They just don't rush. The food and drinks are wonderful. So relax and enjoy.
There is simply nowhere remotely like the Inle Princess. If you are looking for a slice of Myanmarese heaven on earth, this is it. If you are looking for chain resort style service, stay somewhere else."