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Vietnam's Largest Resort Property, Vinpearl Resort & Spa
in Nha Trang, Will be Re-branded to Sofitel

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BANGKOK, 8 February, 2005 - Accor has won the management contract for Vietnam's largest sea side resort property, Vinpearl Resort & Spa in Nha Trang, and the hotel will be re-branded to Accor's luxury hotel brand, Sofitel, during the first quarter of 2005.

Sofitel Vinpearl Resort & Spa is located on Hon Tre Island a few minutes off the coast of Nha Trang, 450km north of Ho Chi Minh City and a two-hour drive from Dalat in the central highlands. It is 30 minutes from Cam Ranh International Airport, which offers direct flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and will be linked to international air travel later in 2005.

The five-storey resort opened in December 2003 with 230 rooms and suites with an additional 270 rooms planned.  It is fronted by a private bay with a 700-metre stretch of white sand beach and features three swimming pools, including the largest in Vietnam of over 5,000sqm. 

There are also numerous sports and recreation facilities including four tennis courts, fitness centre with daily aerobics class, driving range and putting green, archery range, mountain bikes, Kid's Club, table tennis and game room with pool tables, Mah Jong and chess.

A feature of the hotel is the resort's spa and health centre. All treatments at the Qi-Vin Pearl Shiseido Salon & Spa are created and managed under strict regulations of Shiseido Japan with a distinctly Vietnamese touch. The luxurious facilities include an indoor pool.

Dining and entertainment options include three restaurants serving Vietnamese, Asian and International cuisine, and two bars.

The resort's Grand Ballroom can accommodate over 700 delegates theatre style and is divisible into two function rooms. There are also three additional meeting rooms for smaller gatherings.

Sofitel Vinpearl is an ideal base for dive and water sports enthusiasts. The hotel dive centre offers PADI diving courses and can arrange dive and snorkel trips to Nha Trang's protected marine area, which features nine islands and over 100 species of both fish and coral. Other water sports available at the hotel include jet skis, wake boarding, wind surfing, kite surfing, ocean canoeing and parasailing.

Sofitel is also the most prominent international 5-star brand in Vietnam.  Sofitel Vinpearl will be the fifth Sofitel in Vietnam, joining the legendary Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, Sofitel Plaza Hanoi, Sofitel Dalat Palace and Sofitel Plaza Saigon.

The launch of the Sofitel Vinpearl Resort & Spa is part of the largest ever expansion of the Sofitel brand in the Asia Pacific region. Some 20 Sofitels are planned or under development in Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, China and Thailand, which will extend the network of Sofitels in the Asia Pacific region to 50 hotels by the end of 2006, making Sofitel the largest network of 5-star hotels in the Asia Pacific region. 

There are over 180 Sofitel hotels and resorts globally in the world's most renowned city and resort destinations. Accor is Australia's and the Asia Pacific region's largest hotel group with 220 hotels in 15 countries. Accor operates a total of 4,000 hotels worldwide.

 
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Contact:
Nigel Harper
General Manager 
Sofitel Vinpearl Resort & Spa, 
Tel: (84-5) 859-8188
gm@vinpearlresort.com
Also See: Le Beaulieu Restaurant, like the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi Itself, Has Been Open for More than 100 Years / November 2003
Sofitel opening in Ho Chi Minh City Strengthens Accors's Dominant Position in Vietnam / Sept 1998


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