With Vietnam lifting its travel restrictions earlier this month, many hotels and resorts are taking additional steps to ensure the safety of returning guests. One such hotel group is Anantara, who have made special arrangements to ensure that visitors’ safety is taken care of, without compromising the tranquillity of their stay.
“For our global Anantara properties, we have launched a ‘Stay with Peace of Mind’ programme,” explains Pieter van der Hoeven, who is regional general manager of Indochina for Minor Hotels, the owner of Anantara. “[The programme] builds on our hotels existing health and safety regimens to implement heightened sanitisation and hygiene measures,” added the GM.
The new programme features enhanced levels of sanitation throughout Anantara’s properties in Vietnam, using disinfectants approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in all public areas, including lobbies, fitness centres, pool areas, guest rooms and in back-of-house operations. High-frequency touch points, such as room keys, door handles, car transportation and restaurant table set-ups will also receive special attention under the new safety protocols.
The new protocols also extend to Anantara’s activities and excursions, such as the brand-new vintage railway excursion, named The Vietage. This luxury carriage takes guests on a six-hour scenic journey between Da Nang and Quy Nhon in South Central Vietnam. Officially opened on 1st July 2020, the experience is by reservation only with a three-course meal included, along with free-flow wines, local beers, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Guests staying at Anantara Hoi An, Anantara Quy Nhon Villas and Avani Quy Nhon Resort can take advantage of seamless and stylish connection between the two destinations.
“There has already been enormous interest in this new style of travel within Vietnam and bookings for July and August are already extremely strong,” says van der Hoeven. “We are extremely excited about The Vietage and look forward to providing guests with a fantastic new experience,” he added.
Vietnam has been widely praised for its effective containment of COVID-19, with just over 300 total cases and zero deaths attributed to the virus. With the country ahead of the curve in terms of international recovery, travellers are increasingly looking to Vietnam as their destination of choice in a post-pandemic travel landscape. With increased safety protocols and innovative new experiences on offer, hotels such as Anantara are ensuring that guests’ experiences will be both safe and memorable.
Established in Thailand in 2001, Anantara Resorts can now be found in 39 countries worldwide, including Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. The brand is a subsidiary of Minor Hotels; an international hotel owner, operator and investor currently operating 537 hotels throughout 55 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America.