Centara Opens the First Boutique Collection Resort in Vietnam
Located in a beachside setting on the island of Phu Quoc, the property is built to an intimate scale with only 36 villas.
Operated under a management contract and previously known as Chen La Resort & Spa, Chen Sea Resort & Spa is Centara’s fourth property in an overseas destination.
“We are very pleased and proud to be announcing the addition of Chen Sea Resort & Spa, and we believe Vietnam holds immense tourism potential for the future,” says Gerd Steeb, president of Centara Hotels & Resorts.
“This is part of our strategy of working closely with overseas business partners to develop a strong portfolio of prime properties in overseas destinations.”
A unique feature of the resort is that the 12 large pool and spa villas were originally traditional timber houses in the Vietnamese port city of Hoi An, shipped to the island of Phu Quoc and rebuilt as luxury holiday accommodation.
“Chen Sea Resort & Spa is a superb addition to our Centara Boutique Collection brand, fitting in perfectly with the concept designed for cosmopolitan travellers who prefer a more individual style of holiday,” says Chris Bailey, senior vice president for Centara Hotels & Resorts.
“Phu Quoc is growing quickly as a premier Vietnamese beach destination, and the resort offers both seclusion and convenience, as the local airport is only 15 minutes away.”
The resort features a spa, an ocean-facing swimming pool, and tennis courts.
Mediterranean cuisine is served at the seafront Il Ristorante, with Phu Quoc’s fishing heritage reflected in the selection of fresh seafood dishes on the menu, while Ghe Lounge Bar also on the seafront offers international cocktails and drinks.
The resort has a 22ft sailing boat, along with a selection of Hobie Cats, Lasers and dinghies, and a speedboat is available for exploring the coastline. Diving trips can be arranged at the dive centre, and watersports such as windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling are all readily available.
All the villas have a private terrace with views of the ocean, and all are equipped with amenities that include LCD television, DVD player, digital safety box, mini-bar, coffee and tea maker, and Wi-Fi.
The resort is designed to host corporate meetings, conferences and workshops, with two meeting rooms that accommodate groups ranging from 10 to 100 people. Conferences, workshops and themed events packages can be arranged, and full supporting technical equipment is available.
Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s largest operator of hotels, with 37 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further nine resorts in the Maldives, Indian Himalayas, Philippines and Vietnam brings the present total to 46 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs. Centara operates 19 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand’s most luxurious and innovative spa brands, and the company’s Kids’ Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens are taken care of. Centara Hotels & Resorts also operates two state-of-the-art convention centres in Bangkok, and one in Udon Thani in northeastern Thailand.
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