Often at the end of a trip, I return home needing a real vacation. However, after a month of travel from Hanoi to Saigon, a three-day stay at the Villa Song was the ideal way to savor the Vietnam experience. The natural beauty of the surroundings is enhanced by the attention to detail in the selection of furnishings and finishes in the rooms and public spaces. I grudgingly left the domed parlor room on my art suite to enjoy meals at the waterside restaurant. Most important, however, is the air of serenity reinforced by Yega (the manager), whose inherent calm manner and desire to please made this the perfect end to a vacation.