(Hong Kong May 16, 2006) â€“ A range of packages for honeymoons, adventure and pampering along with unique discovery tours to the Mekong Delta and Indochinaâ€™s two premier World Heritage sites are on offer from Victoria Hotels & Resorts.
The boutique groupâ€™s package deals embrace six luxury retreats â€“ from offâ€“the-beaten-track mountain and beach spa resorts in Vietnam to a colonial-style hotel and resort in the Mekong Delta, and an elegant resort and spa at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
A â€˜World Heritage Connectionâ€™ package including both Hoi An, the historic capital of Vietnamâ€™s ancient Champa civilization, and Angkor Wat is priced from US$469 for five days and four nights â€“ staying at Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa and Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.
The â€˜Mekong Delta Experienceâ€™ priced from US$695 for seven days and six nights includes Angkor Wat along with stays at the Victoria Can Tho Resort, the first luxury colonial-style hotel in the Mekong Delta, and the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel, deep in the delta close to the Cambodian border.
â€˜Relaxation Packagesâ€™ starting at US$175 for three days and two nights include spa and massage treatments at all six resorts â€“ which also include the Victoria Sapa Resort in the remote north-west highlands of Vietnam and the Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa, at one of Vietnamâ€™s most idyllic seaside resorts 200km north of Ho Chi Minh City.
All six resorts also offer â€˜Adventure Packagesâ€™, including excursions, from US$195 for three days and two nights, plus three day / two night â€˜Honeymoon Packagesâ€™ that include romantic candle-lit dinners and excursions, from US$219.
Exploring the bustling waterways of one of the worldâ€™s greatest and most mysterious rivers are highlights of Mekong Delta visits.
Visits to the Victoria Sapa Resort in the northwest highlands also include a journey aboard the private Victoria Express Train from Hanoi.
With a passion for Indochinaâ€™s rich cultural and historical diversity, enchanting landscapes and delightful people, the groupâ€™s hotels and resorts are uniquely distinguished for their charm and locations in the most authentic and unspoiled areas of Vietnam and Cambodia.
Mr. Eric Simard, Assistant Managing Director of Victoria Hotels & Resorts, said: â€œVictoria Hotels & Resorts does not follow the crowds of mass modern-day tourism, it forges a path ahead of them.â€
About Victoria Hotels & Resorts
Victoria Sapa Resort:
In the remote northwest highlands of Vietnam, Victoria Sapa Resort is a traditional mountain chalet complete with stone-hearth fireplaces 1,650 metres above sea level in the Hoang Lien Mountains close to the Chinese border. Amid spectacular scenery beneath Vietnam’s highest peak, the 3,143-metre Mount Fansipan, the cool, pristine region is home to more than 30 colourful hill tribes â€“ with tours to their minority villages and markets a highlight of visits. The region is also emerging as an exciting new trekking destination.
Guests arrive aboard the romantic and elegant Victoria Express Train, a unique travel experience in its own right, which the group operates along a 380km railway journey from Hanoi. Overlooking the mountain village of Sapa, blending sensitively with the unspoiled environment, Victoria Sapa Resort was voted â€˜Best Hotel in the North-West Regionâ€™ in both 2004 and 2005 by The Guide, a publication of the Vietnam Economic Times.
Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa:
On a pristine white-sand beach on the outskirts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An in Central Vietnam, Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa is a warm, restful retreat replicating a traditional fishing village with small streets, water ponds and village houses with clay-tiled roofs. A highlight of any visit is exploring the ancient port, historic capital of Vietnamâ€™s ancient Champa civilization, which is also uniquely preserved as a 15th century Japanese trading post.
Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa:
At one of Vietnamâ€™s most idyllic seaside resorts, 200km north of Ho Chi Minh City, Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa is located beside a vast, palm-fringed private white sand beach on the South China Sea. With bungalows set in exotic gardens designed in the style of traditional Vietnamese country houses, it was voted â€˜Best Resort in Phan Thietâ€™ by The Guide, a publication of the Vietnam Economic Times.
The resort is close to Phan Thiet, a charming fishing village with archaeological remnants of the Cham Empire, and the beach is backed by desert-like sand dunes that are home to rare flora and fauna. Horse riding over the dunes and trails is popular with visitors, as is scuba diving and trekking 1,000 steps to the top of Ta Ku Mountain to admire a giant 49-metre reclining Buddha statue.
Victoria Can Tho Resort and Victoria Chau Doc Hotel in the Mekong Delta:
On the banks of one of the worldâ€™s greatest and most mysterious waters in Vietnamâ€™s â€˜Deep Southâ€™, Victoria Can Tho Resort opened in 1998 as the flagship of Victoria Hotels & Resorts in the Mekong Delta — and first luxury hotel in the region.
Amid bustling floating markets, a myriad of canals and vibrant green rice paddies, the splendid colonial-style hotel is set in magnificent gardens on the banks of the Hau River, one of the deltaâ€™s nine estuaries.
To experience the pulse of delta life, sunrise and sunset cruises to the local floating market aboard the resortâ€™s private traditional wooden rice barge, the Lady Hau, are a highlight of visits.
Deeper in the Mekong Delta, close to the Cambodian border in a region famed for the climax of Francis Ford Coppolaâ€™s Apocalypse Now, the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel is a grand hotel built in colonial style with low-rise French architecture opened in 1999. From this unique location beside the Bassac River at the â€˜Three River Crossingâ€™, guests can explore life deep into the delta aboard a fleet of private Victoria Speedboats.
Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap, Cambodia:
The newest jewel in the crown of the group, Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa is just 10 minutes from the World Heritage Angkor temple complex, one of the great wonders of the world. Located next to the Kingâ€™s Residence in Siem Reap, overlooking the Royal Gardens, the resort is styled gracefully in 1930s colonial style is a tranquil haven with the elegant refinement of the French â€art de vivreâ€. It is within walking distance of the Old Market and river, and 7kms from the airport.
For an online tour of Victoria Hotels & Resorts in Vietnam and Cambodia, please visit www.victoriahotels-asia.com.