For an unusual and very memorable luxury travel experience, cruise the stunning Halong Bay in northeast Vietnam aboard the gracious Ginger vessel from The Heritage Line.
Hạlong Bay, which was designated a World Heritage site in 1994, is known for emerald waters and thousands of rainforest-topped limestone islands. The islands rise like pillars all around and several are intriguingly shaped; Stone Dog and Teapot islets for example! Tourist have certainly found Halong Bay and even taking to the water on a cruise can be a busy experience. The Heritage Line have solved this by cruising the quieter extension of Lan Ha Bay with their ship, Ginger.
Style & Character
The Heritage Line is passionate about creating unforgettable and refined river voyages on Southeast Asia’s most fascinating waterways. As well as the Halong Bay, they also cruise the Mekong River and the Ayeyarwady & Chindwin River. With their journeys the vessels themselves are a huge part of the experience; distinctive boats, beautifully outfitted and painstakingly crafted to remake history.
The Ginger has a deeply elegant and exclusive air; warm timber floors, marble bathrooms and a design that celebrates Ming Dynasty with a contemporary finish and modern facilities.
Service & Facilities
The highlight of your time on board, apart from the amazing views of the islands past which you float, will undoubtedly be relaxing around the exclusive pool on the sun deck. Select your comfortable shaded sunbed, lie back and let your cares melt away. The pool is elevated so you don’t even have to move to enjoy those views. Another level of relaxation can be achieved at the spacious Lady Ginger Spa! There are also several lounges and an indoor bar. There’s lots to entertain guests too; take a Tai Chi class, have a steam bath, swim, kayak or join a cycling tour; and don’t miss the excellent live cooking workshops too.
This boutique vessel features just 12 spacious suites so life on board in an intimate and private experience. There is a choice of 3 suites; Junior, Signature and Regents. All are beautiful spaces with natural light and large balconies but if budget will stretch the Regents Suites are ultra-luxurious with a Jacuzzi in the bathroom and epic views.
Food & Drink
Those views continue at meal times too; you can choose to dine in the almost 360-degree bright and airy restaurant or in the beautiful outdoor alfresco dining area. Vietnamese and Western dishes are live cooked in front of you using an exquisite range of fresh ingredients. You can take breakfast in the restaurant or alfresco or even better, in the privacy of your own room; it must be the most romantic start to the day, sharing a meal while you contemplate one of the most surreal seascapes the world over.
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