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A prominent 461-meter-high skyscraper, overlooking the Saigon River, was chosen as the home for Vinpearl Landmark 81. Every bit the showcase hotel, it’s the epitome of a prosperous and modern Ho Chi Minh City. And as Vietnam’s inaugural Autograph Collection hotel, the five-star property is setting the tone for what’s to come.

A beacon of light on the horizon

Found on the west bank of the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh district, Vinpearl Landmark 81 is surrounded by parks and amenities, with the city’s main attractions close by. It occupies the 47th to 71st floors of the building (the others comprise a lifestyle mall, an ice skating rink, a cinema, dining venues and a kids’ play centre). The skyscraper took inspiration from a local folk tale, whereby Thanh Giong, aged three, rode into battle, defended his country and defeated the enemy with just a bundle of bamboo. Like this bamboo, the building stands strong, designed as a symbol of Vietnamese national pride. Totalling 81 stories and completed in 2018, it’s visible across the city, with its peak often enveloped in the clouds.

Sanctuaries in the sky

223 bedrooms and suites begin from the 49th floor, with huge windows proffering pre-eminent views. The interior design incorporates artistic flourishes, contemporary Vietnamese motifs, a signature scent and state-of-the-art mod cons. Up on the 68th floor is a 488-square-meter Presidential Suite, while the 71st-floor club lounge (the highest of its kind in the country) serves this and the rest of the higher-category rooms.

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The Oriental Pearl and The Cloud

The Oriental Pearl is the hotel’s main restaurant, elevating the city’s cuisine at a sky-high level, with far-reaching views. Buffet dinners are served from Thursday to Sunday, with Vietnamese specialities such as wagyu beef pho, alongside re-imagined takes on international classics. Then there’s The Cloud, where Vietnamese coffee, crafted chocolates and other artisan delicacies are served by day, and cocktails, fine wines and organic vintages are offered after dark.

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The Akoya pearl

This traditional national symbol of elegance and beauty has served as the muse for Akoya Spa, the Vinpearl Landmark 81’s wellness centre. Therapies are carried out in ten treatment rooms where Asian wisdom with modern medical science informs the practices. There’s also a salon, sauna, steam room, a cutting edge gym and the jewel in the crown; a 120-square metre outdoor infinity pool. Additionally, the hotel boasts a grand ballroom (hosting up to 1000 guests with a separate drive-in entrance), 10 meeting rooms and three sky-high terraces on the 48th, 66th and 69th floors — including the Sky Studios, an exclusive collection of three intimate rooms and a sky terrace. A team of event planners and creative caterers with the latest technology are on hand to bring every event to life.

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