Last week, we organised a one day tour of beautiful Hue in Central Vietnam through Holidays in Vietnam, who were able to create a perfect, bespoke package which exactly suited our wants. They also managed to source us a room at one of Hue’s best hotels, a difficult feat in the high season, which was the perfect end to our stay in Hue. We stayed at the five star Best Western Premier Indochine Palace, a gorgeous hotel that was dripping with luxury, and which was far and away the best hotel we’ve experienced in Vietnam so far.
Centrally located close to the shops and restaurants of the tourist district, and within walking distance of both the Perfume River and the Imperial City, the Indochine Palace is a strikingly tall, white building dominating the Hue skyline and providing fabulous views from it’s upper floors. Inside and out, this imposing white structure, set within lush grounds of tropical gardens, really does seem like a palace; particularly in the lobby, an enormous space of marble floor and glittering chandeliers that completely took our breath away, making a very grand first impression.
Our tour guide from Indochina Private Tours sorted the check-in process for us, while we sat back with exotic fruit welcome drinks and chatted cricket with the hotel manager. The service from both the tour company and the hotel was exquisite, we were treated like VIPs for the day and felt really indulged. Staff at the Indochine Palace were welcoming and impeccably polite, creating the perfect luxurious atmosphere for us to relax in.
And relaxing was absurdly easy at this gorgeous hotel, where comfort and indulgence seem to be the number one priority. The luxuriant décor continued from the expansive lobby to our room, a deluxe double bedroom on the eighth floor where we had incredible views of the city from our large balcony. Inspired by the “subdued elegance” of a noble house, the rooms at Indochine Palace are spacious, opulent and warmly decorated, combining western and Asian elements to beautiful effect. The soft golden yellow colour scheme, complemented by dark wooden furnishings and dominated by the fabulously soft, comfortable bed, was the perfect setting for a relaxing evening in and a fantastic night’s sleep. Luxury is always in the details, and here there were some excellent touches, from the welcome fruit platter to the 42″ plasma screen, to the chic modern open-bathroom concept with frosted glass doors and dark wooden panels. Everything in the room made us feel welcome and relaxed, a peaceful haven in which to escape the bustle of Hue’s city centre.
That evening, we made the most of Hue’s lingering good weather and enjoyed the huge outdoor pool in the hotel’s back garden. The whole ground floor of the Indochine Palace is dedicated to leisure and relaxation, with a spa and sauna, gym, beauty salon, bar and billiard club, all set around the deep blue rectangular pool. Although the water was a tiny bit on the cool side for us at that time of day, we enjoyed a really pleasant swim and emerged feeling very well relaxed.
If the décor and facilities of this sumptuous hotel were all about relaxation, the food was all about indulgence. Breakfast, in particular, was a lavish affair involving the largest and most varied buffet of food I’ve ever seen. From traditional Vietnamese dishes like Pho (noodle soup) to sushi and salad, alongside standard breakfast fare like cereal, porridge, bacon, eggs cooked to order, and a huge array of pastries, cakes, pancakes and waffles. Not to mention an enormous and colourful selection of tropical fruits and juices. And this was far from a case of quantity taking precedence over quality; all the food we tried was absolutely divine and brilliantly prepared. Service in the restaurant, as all over the hotel, was pristinely formal and attentive; my coffee cup was never empty, and all the staff were so friendly and polite.
Our stay at the Indochine Palace in Hue was far too short! Just one night was never enough time to spend pampering ourselves in such a luxurious and beautiful setting, but it was the perfect way to round off our time in beautiful Hue – a city which is far more relaxed and chilled out than any others we’ve experienced in Vietnam – and our short time at the hotel was a fabulous way to recover from a hectic few days on the road.
BW Premier Indochine Palace – tel +84 (0)54 393 6666 – email email@example.com
For more details about creating a bespoke Vietnam package, speak to Holidays in Vietnam.
NB – all images except for the bedroom have been borrowed from the BW Premier Indochine Palace website.