New Vietnam villas cater to 'ultra-high end'

The beachfront, all-villa Princess d'Annam Resort & Spa opened in Ke Ga, Vietnam, located 93 miles from Ho Chi Minh City. Designed by Singaporean architect Tan Hock Beng, the 57-villa property is being promoted as catering to the "ultra-high-end traveler." Rack rates begin at $465 per night.

Villas range in size from the 807-square-foot Mandarin to the 1,076-square-foot Princess and the 1,991-square-foot, two-story Empress. All have al fresco bathrooms with rainfall showerheads and sunken tubs; plasma TVs; high-speed WiFi; and 24-hour room service.

The Princess d'Annam also features a 19,375-square-foot, seaside spa and four common swimming pools.


B&R 2.0 debuts

Luxury active travel operator Butterfield & Robinson relaunched its website,

Site features tailored to new customers include descriptions of "Perfect First Trips," a "Typical Day" and "Activity Levels."

The new site also includes new tools and content geared to repeat customers; these include hotel profiles, guide schedules, sample custom-trip itineraries and customer reviews. Users can search B&R trips by destination, activity program or date.

Planned features include trip videos, press clippings and an archive of B&R's biweekly "The Slow Road" publication.

St. Tropez icon revamps

The Chateau de la Messardiere, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World in St. Tropez, France, reopened April 3 with a new, 4,850-square-foot spa; a fully restyled, heated swimming pool; and redesigned guestrooms. Rooms situated inside two towers near the pool now feature modern but Moorish-inspired decor, with flagstones and enameled lava bathrooms.

The hotel, perched amid 25 acres of hilltop pine forest and gardens, is offering new three- or six-night packages. For example, this year's spring spa package, including six nights in a superior double room, six "fitness" breakfasts, a half-hour daily massage and daily beauty treatment, is priced from about $1,760.

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