Life Resorts has begun construction on its new
development among the fabled karsts of Ninh Binh in Vietnam.
A total of 32 bungalows and 42 additional rooms
are planned for the Life Wellness Resort Ninh Binh, scheduled to
open in the second quarter of 2010. The five hectare site,
comprising bungalows and hotel buildings, spa, pool, restaurant,
gardens and lotus ponds, will be buffered by 20 additional
hectares of protected land near the Thai Vi Temple.
“Ninh Binh, with its wonderful heritage as
Vietnam’s 10th Century capital and its otherworldly, limestone
landscape, is a destination sure to loom as the next great find in
Vietnam,” said Chris Duffy, general director of Life Resorts
Management Company. “At Life Resorts, we’re mindful of Vietnam’s
incredibly diverse appeal, and we’re anxious to introduce Ninh
Binh to an upscale international audience.”
The Ninh Binh resort will be the second, branded
Wellness resort in the company’s growing portfolio of owned and
managed properties. Elsewhere in Vietnam, Life has completed 70%
of the work on the prototype of its first boat for Halong Bay. The
keels of five additional boats have been laid as Life forms the
nascent fleet of the Life Heritage Resort Halong Bay.
Life Resorts is aiming for a December 2009
opening for the Life Resort Danang, a managed, 187-room property
now also under construction on Danang’s China Beach.
“By this time next year, we’ll be on the verge
of having twice as much Life-branded stock on the market,” said
Duffy. “In short, we’re about to double the size of our base.”
The company had been working on development of a
resort in Sa Pa, but, due to the current economic climate, those
plans have been put on hold indefinitely.
Like the company’s Wellness resort in Quy Nhon,
which trades on the appeal of Cham architecture, the Ninh Binh
property will echo the appeal of north-central Vietnam. The resort
has been designed to look and feel like a Vietnamese village, with
cottages, stone houses, cobbled streets and proximity to a
The bungalow rooms be around 65 square-meters in
size and feature private, individual gardens. The Life Spa will detail a full
range of massage treatments, body wraps and baths in an
inimitable, natural setting.
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