- Deluxe hotel in prime location, lovely gardens
- Great pool, spa, gym, gourmet restaurant
- Tennis, basketball, table tennis, billiards
- Boules, complimentary bike hire
La Residence is an elegant, colonial-style property located in the former royal capital city of Hue, in central Vietnam. This exclusive hotel offers 122 stylish rooms and suites, plus a wonderful saltwater swimming pool, a spa, a gym, tennis and basketball courts, an art gallery, and a boutique, all within beautiful landscaped gardens on the banks of the Perfume River overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hue’s Imperial Citadel. La Residence will appeal to travellers with a higher budget seeking a deluxe stay and select service in a prime central location.
Recently listed in Conde Nast’s Top 20 best hotels in Southern Asia, this landmark property was constructed in 1930 as a residence for the former Governor of Vietnam, and art deco architecture and fittings and colonial design influences resonate throughout. The hotel restaurant, Le Parfum, offers both indoor and alfresco dining, with a gourmet menu spanning French and Vietnamese cuisine. In-room private dining can also be arranged. Le Gouverneur bar offers light meals and refreshments, and its alfresco terrace is a great spot for a sundowner or a nightcap. Further communal areas include a library, a chic boutique, an art gallery, and a fully equipped gym. Beauty treatments and massages are available at the hotel spa, which features a Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room. Outside, the verdant gardens house a glorious saltwater pool, with light meals and refreshments available throughout the day at the adjacent pool bar. Additional facilities include tennis and basketball courts, table tennis, billiards, boules, and complimentary bicycle hire.
Accommodation comprises 122 guest rooms and suites, all tastefully appointed with art deco style fittings. Each room has a double or twin beds and a spacious ensuite bathroom, along with satellite TV, hot drink facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, and 24 hour room service. Many of the rooms boast a private balcony or terrace, with either city or river views. Room sizes range from Superior to the slightly more spacious Deluxe rooms, which include a comfortable lounge area. Seven suites are also available with significantly increased living space including study and lounge areas, and a generous balcony or terrace. Largest of all, the penthouse Resident Suite boasts an extensive veranda with panoramic views and comes with a separate lounge and bedroom, and a generous bathroom with a freestanding bathtub and separate shower.
Children are extremely welcome at La Residence. Guests under 12 years of age stay free of charge when sharing a bed with parents, with complimentary cots provided upon request. Extra beds are available, subject to additional charge. The hotel offers a number of connecting rooms, which are ideal for families and larger groups. A Kids Club is available for younger guests, and a babysitting service can be arranged.
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019