Vinpearl Land is on Hòn Tre Island off Nha Trang City in Vietnam's south-east. It is said to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world, a tropical paradise and one of Asia's best-kept secrets. It has a one-kilometre white sand beach, backed by a range of hills and lush greenery. It enjoys around 300 days of sunshine a year with a comfortable average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius.
The five-star Sofitel Vinpearl Resort & Spa is ideal for those who like to check in and not leave the compound. It has 500 beautifully designed guest rooms, 17 suites and two presidential suites. All have balconies with rattan furniture and views of the sea or mountains.
The resort has a great choice of restaurants and bars. Lotus Café is in the lobby area. It has open kitchens so diners can watch chefs prepare meat and fish on charcoal grills, sushi and sashimi, pizzas and kebabs and Asian noodles and soup. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The air-conditioned terrace serves international cuisine between 6.30am and 11pm.
Asiana stands on a promontory overlooking the South China Sea and serves regional dishes and fresh seafood for dinner only. Guests may enjoy pre and post-dinner drinks in the bar.
Beachcomber Bar overlooks the bay and has a casual ambience and modern music.
Seaview Bar overlooks the sea and pool and has live music.
The resort pool is 5000 square metres and surrounded by beautiful lush gardens. There is a Shiseido Salon and Spa with a full range of treatments. Guests can work out at their own pace in a modern gymnasium.
Vinpearl Land has just opened a 3320 metre cable car system, the world's longest over water. Its nine pillars have the shape and structure of the Eiffel Tower (it was built by a French company) and can carry up to 1500 people an hour. The 10-minute ride makes it very simple to reach the island and the views of Nha Trang Bay are an added bonus. At night the whole thing is laser lit.
The cable car takes you to Vinpearl Amusement Park, which has a variety of indoor and outdoor games and rides, a food village and shopping street. Every night a musical fountain with laser effects entertains visitors and a 5000-seat amphitheatre with moving stage has shows and concerts.
There are loads of rides, including a swing carousel, merry-go-round, crazy bull, jet elephant, 3D and 4D movies and video games.
Sofitel Vinpearl Resort & Spa has rooms starting at $231 a double a night. Breakfast is included.
Vietnam Airlines has flights to Nha Trang.
The Spring Special fares are valid for sale until October 31, 2007, and for travel until November 30, 2007. All prices are based on 35-day tickets.
Cable car rides are around $4. They run between Phú Quý Tourism Pier to Hòn Tre Island between 8am-10pm from Monday to Friday and 9am to 10.30pm on weekends.
For more information
Ph: +84 58 598 123
Fax: +84 58 881 666
Sofitel Vinpearl Resort & Spa
Vinh Nguyen Ward
Ph: +84 58 598 188
Fax: +84 58 598 199
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