New Luxury Resorts Open In Cambodia, Vietnam

Travellers heading to Southeast Asia for the holidays will now have 2 new additions to the many luxury resorts around the region to choose from. French hospitality operator Accor debuts the new Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra in Cambodia, while Thailand-based Six Senses Resorts & Spas will open the Six Senses Con Dao in neighbouring Vietnam tomorrow.

 

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra

Nestled against Phnom Penh’s charming old French quarter, the 201-room Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra is the first new 5-star addition since the 1990s and one of the region’s most eagerly anticipated properties. Combining classical European design with contemporary Cambodian elegance, the hotel is within walking distance to Phnom Penh landmarks such as the Royal Palace, National Museum and the waterfront cafes at Sisowath Quay.

 

More than 150 guestrooms across 7 accommodation categories overlook the Mekong River and are appointed with luxurious beds, spacious baths and wooden flooring reminiscent of the colonial establishments of old. As with the hotel’s sister properties around the world, guests can also expect modern conveniences including LCD televisions with satellite programming, high-speed internet access, voicemail telephones, in-room safes, minibars and coffee-/tea-making facilities.

 

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra offers a plethora of dining options and cuisines at its 5 restaurants led by Head Chef Phoulg Sakhal. La Coupole serves Indochinese and French dishes in reference to the city’s history, while Italian cuisine and wine can be found amidst the wood ceilings and water ponds at Do ForniFu Lu Zu, the Chinese restaurant, and Hachi, a wonderfully zen Japanese robatayaki establishment, present Asian flavours that are complemented perfectly by the hand-made chocolates and truffles at the Chocolat bake shop. 4 bars (Aqua, Club Millesime, Marco Polo and the Phokeethra Sport Bar) provide the perfect setting for relaxing and socializing.

 

Business travellers and meeting planners looking to host large-scale events in Phnom Penh will find the country’s largest ballroom at the hotel. The 1,800-square meter Phokeethra Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 2,000 delegates for a conference or 1,100 guests in a banquet setting, while the grassy lawn by the swimming pool serves as an alternate outdoor setting. State-of-the-art audio-visual technology and the business center support guests with their needs and requirements.

 

For leisure and recreation, Southeast Asia’s first So Spa awaits with its 10 treatment rooms (of which 5 are specially-designed for Khmer and Thai therapies) that transport guests to an oasis of calm as they rejuvenate with an array of treatments and massages featuring French cosmetology. There are also 2 swimming pools, 2 squash courts, 4 tennis courts and 2 fitness centers, So Fit and the Phokeethra Sports Club.

 

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra joins its sister hotel, Siem Reap’s Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, in Cambodia. For more information, visit www.sofitel.com.

 

Six Senses Con Dao

With its clear turqoise waters, white sandy beaches and dramatic mountain landscapes, Vietnam’s Con Dao archipelago provides the setting for Six Senses’ newest resort. The Six Senses Con Dao benefits from the extraordinary sense of seclusion on the island, making it an ideal place to escape, relax and be in touch with nature, yet remain accessible with daily flights from booming Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Reflecting the brand’s commitment to supporting and protecting the environment, the resort’s 50 villas were built using teak reclaimed from the Vietnamese interior and includes more than a thousand beautifully-carved antique panels. Carefully set within the natural slopes of the dunes and sheltered by green forested hills, each villa offers a private infinity pool, fantastic ocean views and ample natural ventilation, reducing air-conditioned spaces within.

 

Recreating a fishing village and local market, Vietnamese by the Market lies at the heart of the resort where local specialties from the streets are prepared over charcoal-flamed woks and wood-fired ovens, with daily cooking classes allowing guests to try their hand at preparing some of the signature dishes. Nearby is Deli’cious, with its pastries, cakes and cookies complemented by a selection of cheeses, cold cuts, leaves, vegetables and herbs, chutneys and jams. By the Beach has a daily changing menu of 15 delicately flavoured dishes from chef Richard Lee, inspired by Asian fusion and a touch of French colonial style.

 

The holistic Six Senses Spa leads the recreational facilities available at the resort and is designed with pampering and healing therapies focusing on health, relaxation, beauty, stress reduction and recuperation for the modern traveller. At the edge of the beach is the softly curving swimming pool, shaded by wild and mature mahogany trees, while an array of watersports and outdoor activities can be arranged. Not to be missed also are the guided tours through the national park to see the natural, unspoilt beauty of the archipelago and its wildlife.

 

Six Senses Con Dao is Six Senses Resorts & Spas’ second property in Vietnam, joining the Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang. For more information, visit www.sixsenses.com.

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