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The Best Hotels in Vietnam to Welcome the ‘Year of the Dragon’ for Tet

A Refurbished Grande Dame Greets the Old Dragon

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi invites guests during Lunar New Year to discover the hotel’s newly renovated and refurbished Heritage Wing, whose fresh interiors maintain their traditional aesthetic and feel, and incorporate select original fixtures, while also introducing a considerable measure of bespoke comfort, advanced technology and vibrant color. For the Tet holidays, Metropole Hanoi is offering an exclusive stay package available from Feb. 3-17, including daily breakfast at Le Club Bar or the newly relaunched Spice Garden, in addition to a credit of VND 1 million net per room per night for in-house dining at any of the hotel’s restaurants and a 30% discount on spa treatments at Le Spa du Metropole. The offer is priced at $345++ per premium room per night. ALL members receive 5% off and Accor Plus members receive 10% off the accommodation rates.

Breathing Fire with a Leading Wellness Hotel Brand

Wellness-inspired hotel brand Fusion is ready to welcome the “Year of the Dragon,” as its luxury resorts and hotels across Vietnam unveil a host of family-fun activities from Feb. 8-14 to celebrate Tet. Properties including Fusion Resort Cam Ranh, Maia Resort Quy Nhon, Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion, Ixora Ho Tram by Fusion, Fusion Suites Saigon and Fusion Suites Vung Tau are offering numerous ways to mark the Lunar New Year in style. Highlights include lucky red envelopes (li xi), traditional lion dances, calligraphy lessons, arts and crafts classes and more. An array of culinary offerings, including special menus and more, celebrate traditional Vietnamese cuisine and flavors from around Asia and the world. An exclusive Tet stay package at Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion is priced from VND 2,325,000 per guest per night.

Filipino Bands and Fire Shows

The Anam Group’s two beachfront resorts at Cam Ranh and Mui Ne will celebrate Tet with a selection of exquisite dining, recreational, spa and entertainment experiences. Both resorts will celebrate with the likes of dragon dancing, “banh chung” glutinous rice cake making workshops, and the traditional custom of calligraphy giving, with a calligraphy master writing lucky letters on red paper for guests. The Anam Cam Ranh’s program from Feb. 8-14, 2024 is filled with festivities including Lang Viet serving “Tet Cho Que” buffet – the name meaning Tet at a village market – with free-flow soft drink and local beer on Feb. 12 from 7-9.30pm. On Feb. 13, Beach Club will stage a BBQ buffet from 6-9pm to a backdrop of live music by the Filipino band, with a fire show on the center lawn from 8pm. Following a hugely successful year since its January 11, 2023 debut, The Anam Mui Ne will host a program of Tet celebrations from Feb. 9-14, 2024 with highlights including daily spa workshops at The Anam Spa, Lang Viet’s “Vietnamese Roast Night” buffet from 6-9.30pm on Feb. 10 with traditional music, and Indochine’s “Butcher’s Cut and Sea Catch BBQ Buffet” on Feb. 11 from 6-9pm comes with free-flow soft drink, beer, and wine, and a band performing.

Tet Market and Kites Flying

Alma will usher in the Lunar New Year with a seven-day program brimming with all sorts of merriment, ranging from a Tet Village hosting traditional games and competitions to floating champagne breakfasts and buffets. From Lunar New Year’s Eve, Friday Feb. 9, until Thursday Feb. 15, 2024, Alma will stage festivities including dragon dances, calligraphy, picking lucky envelopes, kite flying, and chung cake, egg cake and ginger jam-making classes. On the first day of Tet, Saturday Feb. 10, the 30-hectare resort’s Tet celebrations will begin with dragon dancing in the lobby and Alma Garden from 8am. The lantern-adorned Tet Market at the lobby will come to life from 11am-9pm from Feb. 13 until Feb. 15 with activities and huts offering handicrafts, local products and more. A highlight will be the Tet Culinary Night Market happening from 4-9pm offering traditional Vietnamese street food. The village’s line-up of traditional activities includes picking lucky envelopes, calligraphy, and the folk dance ‘bamboo dance’, with participants tapping and sliding bamboo poles on the ground while dancers step over and in between them. Competitions to be held at the walkway between Alma Food Court and Alma Lounge include ‘beating the watermelon’ and ‘throwing cotton balls’.

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