Vietnam’s Spa Sojourn
By : | April 6, 2017

The Quintessential Collection Vietnam, re-brands the Asian haven as a spa country.

Le Spa at La Residence Hue

Bali and Thailand may steal the lion’s share of attention when it comes to spa destinations in Asia, but with its uninterrupted scenic natural beauty, Vietnam is readying for a major roar as five of the country’s top luxury hotels, beach resorts and ocean cruises–each a member of the Quintessential Collection Vietnam, launch Spa-tacular Vietnam. Not only does the itinerary showcase the best of the country, traversing through Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Nha Trang and Saigon but it also allows the traveler a ten night stay in super luxe properties with ten curated 60 or 90-minute bodywork experientials as anchors to each on-site experience.

Le Spa at Metropole

Just four years after the Metropole Hanoi debuted the first spa in its 108-year history, Le Spa won recognition from Travel + Leisure as one of the five best hotel spas in the world. Last year, CNN hailed The Reverie Saigon’s new spa as one of the 10 best new hotel spas in the world. “Vietnam is the most underrated spa destination in the world,” said Franck LaFourcade, general manager of Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. “For a long time, there was no spa culture here, but there were people that cultivated the virtues of attentiveness and diligence that makes spa hospitality here rather extraordinary.”

The Spa at the Reverie, Saigon

Saigon’s The Reverie’s new ‘Serenity’ treatment is a 90-minute, deep-tissue experience emboldened by herbal packs and Ila oil. It’s more stimulating than soothing, charges the entire body and deploys heat in strategic fashion.

In Hanoi, the Metropole’s signature ‘Vietnamese Journey’ is a feel-good treatment that is often deployed post-flight to combat jet lag and ease transitions. The 90-minute experience incorporates traditional Vietnamese massage techniques, using finger and palm pressure to relieve aching limbs, improve circulation and eliminate toxins — all while lying on a warm herbal cushion.

Three hours from Hanoi, Vietnam’s luxury cruise that sails through Halong Bay, Paradise Elegance, has an intimate spa with four treatment rooms and two signature massages—Vietnamese and Hot Stone, 60-minute therapies rooted in traditional Eastern practices.

Paradise Elegance cruises through Halong Bay

Not to be left behind, The Anam celebrates its grand opening next month with a 10-treatment room spa that looks Balinese but is fueled by seasoned Vietnamese hands. The Sri Mara Spa’s ‘Foot Fetish’ bath and massage acts as an anodyne against the rigors of exploration, boosting blood circulation in the lower extremities and, in turn, the rest of the body through reflexology.  

Sri Mara at the Anam

The spa sojourn concludes in the imperial capital of Vietnam, one of La Residence Hotel & Spa’s winning treatments is a Vietnamese rice wine and ginger bath. Le Spa’s 380 sq.meter includes seven treatment rooms, as well as a jacuzzi and a herbal sauna.


For someone who began his media career as a freelance journalist, Nolan Lewis is now quite convinced that life as a media hack isn't as glamorous as it is made out to be. Over a year of living life in the fast lane, late night networking events and crazy deadlines writing for, and editing magazines later, he has added the digital media to his portfolio and is now Consulting Editor (Digital) for Eat Stay Love and Blackbook magazines.