All photos courtesy of Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81
Arriving at Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81, you will be greeted with an elevator ride to its reception on the 48th floor. The slight pressure in your ears is the first hint of this hotel’s extraordinary location. Sip fresh welcome drinks with a view of the central park and marina below. On the weekends, colourful kites soaring on top of the green grass and white yachts on the water paint a beautiful picture. Get used to this amazing view, because it will be the backdrop to your Ho Chi Minh City home for the next few days.
Choosing a room at Landmark 81 is easy. You’re guaranteed an incredible cityscape no matter which room you end up in. Of more than 200 rooms spread across 20 floors, some are built for sunset lovers, while others promise a glorious sunrise every morning. Sleek, bespoke furniture and marble floors may give the initial ‘wow’ factor, but as soon as you sink into the soft bed, you will know that comfort is what Vinpearl is really all about. Before going to bed, draw a warm bath, sprinkle in homemade lavender bath salt for some deep relaxation, and you’ll never call yourself a light sleeper again.
In the morning, leave some time to enjoy the breakfast buffet at Oriental Pearl. The restaurant is situated on the 66th floor, which boasts a 360-degree view of Ho Chi Minh City. Browse through the stations and fill up your plate from the cheese and cold cut selection, order eggs with a contemporary twist, or snack from the creative salad bar. Come dinnertime, order a bowl of the signature ‘Landmark Pho’ and see how this traditional noodle is elevated with Australian oxtail and best-in-class Wagyu beef. Add a squeeze of zesty lime juice, fresh herbs, grab your chopsticks and dig in!
After a day of exploring Ho Chi Minh City, book a bamboo therapy session with Akoya Spa or go for an evening swim at the pool on the 47th floor. Across the street is a lush riverside park where little ones can spend hours at the playground, Japanese garden, and Koi fish pond. Guests who stay in the hotel also get a discount when visiting the SkyView Observation Deck, Vietnam and Southeast Asia's highest viewpoint.
TIP: If you happen to be here around New Year's Eve, you are in for a treat: the sky will be lit up with dazzling fireworks right in front of you. You can even enjoy the show from the privacy of your room.
When it comes to sundowners, Landmark 81 has no shortage of great spots. The Far East Lounge boasts a cosy terrace where you can sway to the music and share your Vietnam adventures with friends. Blu Pearl Bar serves up tasty poolside cocktails. Every day, for that small window of about three minutes, the sun is bright red and perfectly round before disappearing in the horizon. Make sure you have a drink in hand while taking in the magical scene from this iconic skyscraper.