Pacific Place Courtyard, 83B Ly Thuong Kiet St., Hoan Kiem Dist.
Guests escape from the busy city into a haven of peace, that begins at the foyer of Halia with a grand crystal chandelier dropped from the high ceiling. On the ground floor guests linger over drinks and tapas at the bar, while dinner is enjoyed at the upper-level in a refined modern space boasting plush leather-bound chairs and original artworks.
In keeping with Halia's garden setting tradition, outdoor dining is provided by a glass enclosure that overlooks a green courtyard. Ginger flowers surround the diner as sounds from the streets are muted to a mere whisper by the high-ceilinged glass house.
Monday afternoons: Free coffee/tea
Typical price per person: VND300,000 and up.
Specialties: Black pepper soft shell crab, shrimp satay salad with ginger flower dressing, rack of lamb with Javanese spices, paper bag-wrapped Alaskan cod, chocolate torte, and frozen ginger nougat parfait.
IN PHAN THIET
KP5, Mui Ne, Phan Thiet
Tel: (062) 3 849 849
The Pandanus Resort is offering a gourmet getaway weekend promotion for only US$159.00++ for two people (twin share).
The package includes two nights' accommodation in a superior room (check-in either Friday or Saturday), daily breakfast buffet, and a Saturday evening poolside barbecue buffet with an extensive selection of Vietnamese and international entrées, a variety of salads, pastas, desserts and fresh barbecued seafood.
Guests can also use the tennis and badminton courts, bicycles, the game room, fitness center, wifi, and the largest swimming pool in the province.
The promotion is valid until October 31, 2011.
IN HO CHI MINH CITY
Equinox Fitness & Leisure Center
3rd floor, Hotel Equatorial, 242 Tran Binh Trong St., Dist. 5
Tel. (08) 3 839 7777
Open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ultimate spa and yoga experience
A one-day spa at the award winning Equinox Fitness & Leisure Center will embark you on a journey that will engage all your senses to the ultimate spa experience - indulging in a facial, body massage, manicure and pedicure. Your journey will begin with a 60-minute facial treatment using Le Club Des Professionels, Promat's famous product line from France that is specialized to each skin type. The masseuse will gently massage your face with the product, raising your blood circulation, lifting up the muscles, and releasing stress, which will leave you with healthier and more radiant looking facial skin.
Azial spa products from France are made purely from natural and active ingredients with synergic blends of therapeutic-grade essential oils and are available in 12 choices. The natural extract choices available that will awake your senses include: awakening, calming, comforting, energizing, and relaxing. In addition, you are welcome to unlimited use of our relaxing facilities, like the sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi and outdoor swimming pool.
The one-day spa package is priced at only VND1,280,000 with herbal tea and fruit provided upon arrival. Yoga class is only VND1,097,000 for members and VND1,386,000 for non-members.
3rd floor Caravelle Hotel
19 Lam Son Square, Dist. 1
Tel: (08) 3823 4999
Tapas every Friday in September
Make time to reconnect with friends and reward yourself at the end of a long work week. Reflections Restaurant's Martini Bar is inviting customers to kick back with their favorite martini and tapas-style finger food every Friday evening in September.
Customers can snack on tasty tidbits selected to accompany the bar's signature martinis. Chicken strips with chili dip and garlic shrimp are on the warm bites menu, while cold bites include rabbit terrine with pickles, and Parma ham on crispy nut and apricot slice. Drop in for Friday's Martinis and Small Bites Nights on September 9, 16, 23 and 30.
The price for tapas dishes start at VND21,000++.
Pendolasco-Italian Garden Restaurant
87 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Dist. 1
Tel: (08) 3 821 8181
Fax: (08) 3 914 4994
The oldest Italian restaurant in HCMC has an Italian cook, a classic garden and traditional barbecue.
Lobby Lounge, ground floor Caravelle Hotel
19 Lam Son Square, Dist. 1
Let them eat brioche
The lighter-than-air French pastry is back in fashion at the Caravelle Hotel this month.
From September 12-18, warm "˜pain perdu' brioche is available a la carte in the hotel's lounge. The buttery, French-toasted brioche will be served eight ways, including with sautéed apples and vanilla bean sauce Anglaise, with warm cherry stew and macadamia nut ice cream, and with fresh tropical fruits.
Sample delectable, pan-fried versions of the dessert, named from the notorious quote from Marie Antoinette, at VND118,000++/ person.