Now that the country has relaxed arrival rules for international travelers, visitors are starting to return.
The hospitality industry is also starting to come back.
Although Covid has suspended the construction or opening of many hotels, there is now a wide range of new or recently reopened properties to choose from.
From the historic and atmospheric capital of Hanoi in the north, to the sunny tropical beaches of Phú Quốc in the south, here are eight places to rest in a range of prices and styles.
Regent Phú Quốc
Regent Phú Quốc is located on Long Beach and offers 176 suites and 126 villas in a peaceful tropical setting overlooking the ocean and resort lagoons. They range in size from intimate “ultra villas” to one-bedroom to seven-bedroom, meaning everyone from couples to large extended families and friends can relax in style.
For dining, choose from six restaurants and bars, including Rice Market, which celebrates local southern Vietnamese cuisine; Oku which joins Japan and France in a tribute to wagyu beef; or the cheeky-named Fu Bar for gin-based cocktails around a poolside terrace.
Wink Hotel Downtown Saigon
Wink Hotel is within walking distance of attractions such as Book Street and Saigon Zoo.
Wink Hotel Downtown Saigon
Opened in 2021, Wink Hotel Saigon targets a young local Vietnamese population for whom authenticity is paramount.
The affordable luxury offering means that while the hotel’s rooms can admittedly be ‘space-saving’, no expense has been spared inside.
Designed by a Paris-based agency, they feature luxury mattresses, fine linens and power showers.
Wink honors Vietnam’s famous street food culture in the form of “Wink Carts” for easy breakfasts and lunches, while guests are guaranteed a 24-hour stay no matter what time of day. check-in, unlimited à la carte breakfast and free passes to a co-working space.
Maia Resort Quy Nhon
Vietnam’s southern coastal resort town of Quy Nhơn may be unfamiliar to international travelers, but that’s set to change with the opening of places like Maia Resort, a destination particularly keen to attract foodies.
The 94-villa property sits on a beautiful, wide and long sandy beach, where colorful local fishing boats float in Phuong Mai Bay. They bring a take that the resort’s chefs at Vi Restaurant transform into excellent interpretations of local dishes, as well as comfort food from around the world.
Wellness is another big game at the stylish, sun-drenched Vela Spa, with its own pool, while guests can choose packages that include treatments instead of breakfast or lunch.
Anantara Quy Nhon Villas
Anantara Quy Nhon has a spa with a tea room and three cliffside treatment pavilions.
Anantara Quy Nhon Villas
Privacy is top of mind at Anantara Quy Nhơn Villas, as the resort offers just 26 stylish one- and two-bedroom villas spread over seven acres of tropical gardens. All overlook the white sand beach and the emerald waves beyond.
Their signature restaurant is Sea.Fire.Salt, where Chef Wayan oversees menus celebrating seafood cooked over open fires, while a swim-up bar whips up cocktails in front of you and an “in-room deli.” means you’re never far from a bite.
The peaceful surrounding Bình Định Province inspires an impressive selection of cultural experiences, from ancient pagodas to the remarkable Champa Towers that dot the landscape and date back to the 12th century. They even offer a hat weaving workshop, where customers can see how Non La conical hats are made by hand.
Capella Hanoi’s design is inspired by the Roaring Twenties.
That’s because the property is adjacent to Hanoi’s magnificent early 20th-century Opera House, meaning Bensley designed the flamboyant suites to reflect and reveal the stories of artists, singers and composers. In doing so, more than a thousand opera and art pieces now adorn the building in the city’s prestigious Hoàn Kiếm district.
Even the hotel’s restaurants follow the theme, with the signature Backstage restaurant and a lounge called Diva’s Lounge featuring glamorous tableware, decor, and costumes.
Capella Culturists serve as guides for guests to ensure they get the most out of the hotel and the city, including immersive experiences featuring sites such as the Jade Mound Temple and the French quarter.
Azerai Ke Ga Bay
Located 180 km (112 miles) east of Ho Chi Minh City, the Azerai Ke Ga Bay resort is a popular destination for weekend getaways. The secluded beachfront property is idyllically located on a white-sand beach that stretches five kilometers, overlooking Ke Ga Island and its French colonial-era lighthouse.
Only 46 minimalist suites and private pool suites overlook the tropical gardens or the ocean. If you can get away from them, their Azerai spa on the ocean offers 10 private treatment rooms, hydrotherapy, beauty studio, gym and more, while there are four pools to do lengths.
Once you’ve worked, three dining options allow you to indulge in local and global cuisine with a particular emphasis on seafood.
Alma Resort Cam Ranh
Alma Resort is located in the booming area of Cam Ranh, near Dalat.
Cam Ranh is another emerging city on Vietnam’s central coast that is quickly becoming a popular hub for domestic and international travelers. The sprawling Alma resort sits amid 30 acres and offers a wide array of amenities for guests staying in its 580 suites and pavilions, all of which face Long Beach.
No less than twelve swimming pools, a 70-seat cinema, a science museum, karaoke rooms and a water park are just some of the ways to enjoy your vacation.
On the food side, 14 food outlets range from Japanese to Italian, specializing in homemade noodles and fried chicken. But each accommodation is also equipped with a kitchen, in case you want to prepare your own meal with groceries from the on-site supermarket.
Radisson Hotel Danang
The road to get there is dotted with hotels, including the Radisson Hotel Danang on My Khe Beach with 182 rooms and suites offering city, peninsula and sea views.
On the 21st floor, a terrace bar adjoins a spectacular infinity pool for Instagram moments at sunset, while there’s also a telescope for would-be stargazers to peer into the sky. A 300-person ballroom can also accommodate weddings, meetings and events.