Contributed by George Harris.
30 degrees in Vietnam.
I landed at Nội Bài International Airport in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
It is the largest airport in the north of the country, the main airport serving Hanoi, replacing the role of Gia Lam Airport. We went straight away to the lovely Banyan Tree Hotel in Lâng Co.
For me it is the perfect luxury resort with lots of dramatic landscapes and sensational sea vistas.
The nice views greet you every day, located in Lang Co this stunning all-pool villa resort is poised to be its most exclusive attraction.
A quiet fishing village of yesteryear was changed in a stunning resort and Lang Co is now home to the coast’s newest integrated resort, built on a unique crescent bay offering unparalleled exclusivity.
Banyan Tree Lang Co is the most luxurious edition of the resort and hotel collection of the Laguna Lang Co complex. Designed to attract the well-heeled and knowledgeable traveller, the five-star all-pool villa resort is a destination in itself.
Vietnam on the Indochina Peninsula lies in Southeast Asia. With nearly 100 million inhabitants it is the world’s 13th biggest country, and the eighth-most-populous Asian country.
The country is bordered by China, Laos, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the east. Most of us know Saigon but the capital city has been Hanoi since 1976.
Vietnam’s central coastline – specifically, the fringe of white sand between the World Heritage Sites of Hue and Hoi An – has long been overlooked as a holiday hotspot.
The arrival of the Banyan Tree is part of a development that will soon include eight hotels and a casino. In other words, a bit of a monster. But for now the bay’s only occupants are the Banyan Tree and its sister hotel, Angsana. The Banyan Tree has the plum spot at the head of the wide beach. The granite lobby is a space of calming pools and latticed screens; the villas have glass-walled bathrooms, plunge pools and sundowner salas. It’s all very modish and spoiling, but the hotel doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Nearby yo find the Laguna Lang Co Golf Club which has won the award for “Best Golf Course Asia Pacific” at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit.
The award covers all (new) courses and is based on course design and quality, facilities and service standards covering an area from China all the way down to Australia/New Zealand.
The Asian Golf Monthly awards every year honour excellence in the industry and is the yard stick for golf awards in the Asia Pacific region.
The judging is based on a combination of reader’s choice and a panel of industry professionals in the region.
We love it.
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Photos: Tina Engler, Jens Hoffmann.
Annex: My favourite Vietnam movie “The Lover” (Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud)
Based on the novel by Marguerite Duras, the film details a love affair in French-Indochina.