Nam Hai Resort Vietnam introduces Yoga lessons with Giri Raf Timshina

The Nam Hai Resort Hoi An Vietnam offering Yoga lessons

The Nam Hai in Vietnam has
announced that it will introduce health and wellbeing with the introduction of
seasoned yoga instructor Mr. Giri Raf Timshina.

Timshina, who began his training
in Varanasi – one of the holiest cities in India – and has studied at length in
spiritually rich Kathmandu, Nepal, offers a free, hour-long class starting at 8
a.m., Monday through Saturday.

Paid classes are also available.
All classes take place at the resort’s open lounge, a spacious pavilion above
the main swimming pools and overlooking the tranquil East Sea.

“If there’s one thing that’s become clear in the 18 months I’ve
been here it’s that most of our guests live a healthy lifestyle,”
said Mr. Herbert Laubichler-Pichler, general manager of The Nam
“They like to spend time at the spa, eat
right and exercise. Giri’s classes perfectly complement our existing list of

Prior to arriving at The Nam Hai,
Timshina taught at Hotel Himalaya in Kathmandu, Hyatt Regency Kathmandu and the
Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre, in Thamel, Nepal.

Situated on 35 hectares of
landscaped tropical gardens, the Nam Hai is an all-villa property managed by
GHM featuring 60 one-bedroom villas and 40 pool villas ranging from one to five
bedrooms, each with its own infinity pool.

Signature features of The Nam Hai
include two gourmet restaurants; a tropical spa beside a lagoon; three
beachfront swimming pools; and an 18-hole, Colin Montgomerie-designed golf
course (The Montgomerie Links Vietnam).

 Sunset at the Nam Hai Resort Hoi An Vietnam


The Nam Hai Hoi An Vietnam Launches Celebrations Package




luxury hotel and resort operator GHM [General Hotels Management] is
enticing travellers to experience Vietnam’s premier 5-star resort The Nam
on famous China Beach.  The multi-award winning resort offers a
stunning beachfront location and proximity to the country’s most important
historical attractions, with a variety of holidays offering the best of this
new and exciting holiday destination.


With its
luxurious and award winning spa, gourmet cuisine and unsurpassed luxury and
opulence amid the unique culture of Central Vietnam, The Nam Hai is offering a
four-night Celebrations package for two at US$3,780.


Ideal for a
long weekend getaway to relax, recharge and renew, or for weddings, honeymoons,
anniversaries and other celebrations, the package includes four nights in an
oceanfront villa, daily breakfast and dinner-for-two with Dom Perignon
champagne, along with a three-hour Oriental Ritual spa treatment.  Valid
through 2010
, guests reserving this package also enjoy roundtrip airport
transfers to Danang International Airport and a complimentary shuttle service
to the historic ‘Silk Road’ sea port of Hoi An just minutes away.


For those
interested in the history and culture of Vietnam, an Arts & Culture’
package, including private guided tours to three nearby UNESCO World Heritage
sites, offers four nights in a Hotel Villa starting from US$3,250 or four
nights in a Pool Villa from US$4,810 with private butler service. Valid
through 2010
, guests reserving this package will also enjoy tours to the
picturesque 17th century  ‘Silk Route’ seaport of  Hoi An; My Son,
centre of the ancient Champa Kingdom; and the former Imperial City, Hue
including admission charges and guide. Also included in the package are daily
breakfast, a Vietnamese set dinner and Vietnamese massage, plus round trip
airport transfers.


The Nam Hai
is also attracting meetings organisers who are drawn to its stunning location
and choice of rooms and spaces for corporate retreats.  Ideal for small-
to medium-sized groups, the 2010 Corporate Retreat Package’ is
for a minimum booking for ten and starts at US$295 per night for a hotel
Villa, or US$595 a night in a Pool Villa, with butler service. The rate
includes daily breakfast and one set lunch or dinner, plus complimentary use of
meeting room and facilities, including refreshments.


are also treated to preferential green fees at neighbouring Montgomerie Links
18-hole Golf Course.


The Nam Hai
is just 10 minutes from Hoi An, and connected to the world via Danang
international airport, just 30 minutes away, which offers direct flights from
Singapore and Bangkok and has future plans for direct flights from Hong Kong
and other major Asian cities.


The resort
has received numerous prestigious awards and accolades since opening in 2006,
including recognition from Conde Nast Traveller UK & USA, Travel + Leisure
USA, Asia Spa, Frommer’s and Gourmet Traveller.


Somerset Danang Bay Vietnam to be managed by Ascott Limited

It has been recently announced that the rights to manage
Somerset Danang Bay Residence Vietnam has been awarded to Ascott Limited. The
residence development is located in Vietnam’s fourth Largest city Danang and the
development is part of Danang’s Blooming Tower Development.


Somerset is Vietnam’s largest international serviced
residence operator with eight properties in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City
and Danang.


The full media release can be read below:


Ascott Limited (Ascott), has been awarded a contract to
manage a serviced residence in Danang, the fourth largest city in Vietnam, by
Korea Investment & Development Co., Ltd. The latter is an established real
estate consortium that specialises in commercial and residential developments
across major cities in Vietnam.

The serviced residence will be named Somerset Danang Bay and will be the first
international brand of serviced residence in Danang. With this addition, Ascott
will further strengthen its position as the largest international serviced
residence owner-operator in Vietnam. It will now have more than 1,300 apartment
units in eight properties across four cities including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi
and Hai Phong.

Currently under development, Somerset Danang Bay is part of Blooming Tower
Danang, a mixed-use development that comprises two 37-storey residential towers
and a three-storey podium for commercial retail and recreational uses. It will
be one of the tallest towers in the city, providing a spectacular view of the
Danang Bay.

Located in Thuan Phuoc Ward, Hai Chau District, Somerset Danang Bay is a
five-minute drive from Danang’s Central Business District and a 15-minute drive
from the Danang International Airport, Vietnam’s third busiest airport. The
serviced residence property is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

Mr Lim Ming Yan, Chief Executive Officer
of The Ascott Limited, said,
expansion into Danang, our fourth city in Vietnam, will allow Ascott to tap on
the strong demand for serviced residences in the country. Danang has enjoyed an
exponential increase in foreign direct investments. The rapid development of
its industrial parks, export processing zone, petrochemical industry and sea
port activities has also been attracting a large number of expatriates to the
city. With the influx of foreigners, we expect demand for both long- and
short-term accommodation in Danang to soar. The new Somerset Danang Bay will
further consolidate Ascott’s leadership position in the fast growing market and
we are on track to expanding our Vietnam presence to 1,800 units by 2012.”

Mr Shin Yongkyu, President, Korea
Investment & Development Co., Ltd, said,
“We are glad to partner Ascott in launching Somerset Danang Bay.
Being the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator,
Ascott has the expertise and extensive experience in providing quality
accommodation and personalised services. Coupled with its award-winning track
record and solid reputation, we are confident that Somerset Danang Bay will do
well in attracting discerning travellers from around the world by providing
them an ideal home away fromhome.”

Danang, with its international airport, commercial sea port and north-south
land routes and railways, is the economic gateway to Central Vietnam and the
East-West Economic Corridor spanning Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. As an
indication of its trade potential, Danang was ranked first in the Vietnam
Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s provincial competitiveness index
consecutively in 2008 and 2009.

With 121 units ranging from one- to three-bedroom premier apartments which come
with ensuite kitchen and bathroom, Somerset Danang Bay will cater to leisure
and business travellers with a myriad of modern recreational and business
facilities such as a fitness centre, a swimming pool, a resident’s lounge, a
business centre anda meeting room in the property.

About The Ascott Limited

Ascott is the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator
with over 19,000 operating serviced residence units in key cities of Asia
Pacific, Europe and the Gulf region, as well as around 6,000 units which are
under development, making a total of 25,000.

The company operates three brands – Ascott, Somerset and Citadines. Its
portfolio spans 68 cities in 22 countries, 11 of which are new cities in Ascott’s
portfolio where its serviced residences are being developed.

Ascott, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited, is headquartered in
Singapore. It pioneered Asia Pacific’s first international-class serviced
residence in 1984. It also establishedthe world’s first pan-Asian serviced
residence real estate investment trust, Ascott Residence Trust, in 2006. Today,
the company boasts a 26-year industry track record and serviced residence
brands that enjoy recognition worldwide.

Recent awardsinclude DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2010 ‘Best Serviced
Residence in Asia Pacific’, TTG Travel Awards 2009 ‘Best Serviced Residence
Operator’, Business Traveller UK Awards 2009 ‘Best Serviced Apartment Company’,
Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards 2009 ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’ and
‘Best Serviced Residence in Asia Pacific’ and TTG China Travel Awards 2009
‘Best Serviced Residence Operator in China’.

Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers Wins Luxury Hotel of the Year Award

The Sheraton Saigon Hotel &
Towers has been awarded Luxury Hotel of the Year and Spa Operator of the Year
at the recent Tourism Alliance Awards.

The full media release from
Starwood can be read below:

 Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers Wins Luxury Hotel of the Year Award

Sheraton Saigon Hotel &
Towers proudly added to its long list of awards last night when it was
acknowledged in the inaugural Tourism Alliance Awards as the Luxury Hotel of
the Year and Spa Operator of the Year.

“We are of course very proud and delighted to
receive these awards”
said Dietmar Kielnhofer, General
Manager of the hotel after the Awards Ceremony.
  “The most pleasing thing however is that it gives our associates a
reason to walk a little taller in their shoes.  They can be proud of the
hotel they work for and they can feel rewarded for their hard work and effort”
he said.

These awards
occur in a very timely manner as Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers has also
just received a nomination in the World Category for the World Travel Awards,
the travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscars.

“Sheraton Saigon has received many awards but
we have never been nominated by our peers at this level”
said Mr. Kielnhofer. 
“The World Category is not something you can choose to nominate for, you must
be nominated by travel industry professionals throughout the world.  The
fact that our clients put us forward amongst a short elite list of nominees is
a great testament to the service and standard of excellence we provide and the
relationships we maintain with those to which we provide it”
he said.

The World
Travel Awards will be announced at a star studded ceremony of the travel
industry’s top players in London on 7 November.