While in Vietnam, Style’s own Paul Johnston couldn’t resist getting out of the hustle and bustle of inner Ho Chi Minh City and escaping to the beach resort of Melia Ho Tram.

Sitting in the south of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is a whirlwind of pleasant chaos amidst the smiling faces of the locals, full of must-see sights and must-taste eats. However, just a two-hour drive from formerly known Saigon is the five-star beach resort, Melia Ho Tram, and that’s where Vietnam really shines.

Touted as Ho Chi Minh’s answer to New York’s Hamptons, this go-to retreat is attracting the well-heeled for a getaway that doesn’t miss a beat. After booking into our room 17 floors up and perusing the view, the swimming pool, beach and swim-up bar summoned us. The resort houses three swimming pools with the main one right on the beach, seamlessly meeting the sand. Cocktails were the order of the day and the Vietnamese know how to shake them.

 

Known as “the place to be” in Ho Tram, we quickly moved onto the Breeza Beach Club, hosting live music, DJs and a menu of seafood and modern Vietnamese cuisine with a western touch. Melia Ho Tram is a reasonably new addition to the Vietnamese coastline housing 152 rooms in the tower with sea views and 61 magnificent villas offer private swimming pools with the very best of luxury furnishings.

 

To balance out the holiday calories we hit the modern and well-equipped fitness centre. Running on a treadmill with a view of the resort and beach makes working out a pleasure. We couldn’t resist heading to the Yhi Spa, a sanctuary dedicated to beauty and well-being. We were pampered for an hour by highly trained local masseuses who really knew how to de-stress – as holidaying is so hard!

As the sun set across the East Sea our stomachs yearned for dinner and we spent the evening at the finely decorated Muoi, translating to ‘salt’. Muoi specialises in traditional dishes with a modern twist and the intimate ambience stems from its classic interior defined by dark and earthy timber furnishings and customized mosaic floor tiles.

Nearby, you’ll find an awarded “World’s Best New Golf Course”, the Phuoc Buu Nature Reserve and Binh Chau Hot Springs. Melia Ho Tram is an exclusive destination for a romantic getaway, wedding or is fully equipped for a group conference.

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