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Classical & sophisticated

Released at: 21:51, 29/10/2017

Classical & sophisticated

Photos: Mercure Ba Na Hills French Village

Mercure Ba Na Hills French Village is one of the most unique destinations Vietnam has to offer, with the entire premises created to resemble classical European architecture.

by Linh San

The holiday of Jule M and her family, from Boston, Massachusetts, to Mercure French Village Ba Na Hills last month was spectacular, as they arrived during the typhoon “Dorksuri” but made it safely to the village. “We took a forty-minute cable car ride up several mountains during a typhoon and the staff made us feel safe and comfortable in every way,” she wrote on Tripadvisor. “They went far out of their way the following morning to reroute our travel due to canceled flights and the storm. They arranged travel and accommodation for different folks going in different directions and got us an excellent driver, hotels, and new flights.” 

According to Ms. Julien Pechey, General Manager at Mercure French Village Ba Na Hills, during Doksuri, 89 people, including eight department heads and herself, stayed in the village overnight to assist with the difficult time and take care of safety, as they are committed to maintaining hospitality values at all times in any situation. 

“Outstanding customer service and attitude from every staff person we met at Mercure French Village Ba Na Hills!,” Jule M wrote. 

The village is the first AccorHotels property set on breath-taking Ba Na Hills, 1,480 meters above sea level and officially opened in April last year. 

The village is a 30-minute drive from the central coastal city of Da Nang and offers travelers a multitude of memorable touches, including unique French architecture and spectacular views of Da Nang and the surrounding mountains from the cable car, which has earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. 

The idea of building the French Village was based on the true story of Pigneau de Behaine, a French missionary who had great success helping Nguyen Anh, who later became the emperor of Vietnam under the name Gia Long. de Behaine was born in France in 1741 and began to journey regularly in France when he was 17 years old. He kept a sketchbook of drawings and notes on his trips, which he would carry throughout his life.

To satisfy his passion for travelling around the world, he joined the Paris Foreign Missions Society and was assigned to go to Vietnam. In December 1787, he left France and came to Vietnam with aid. Nguyen Anh, with the help of de Behaine, was able to gain the throne and took the name Gia Long.

Many years later, Emperor Gia Long gave de Behaine a special gift; a new French village located in the hills of Da Nang. The village was built from drawings found in de Behaine’s sketches, so the village was like a miniature painting of a French medieval village in the middle of Vietnam. de Behaine then spent the rest of his life in Vietnam. 

The hotel is an authentic French village with French-style castle designs and architecture surrounded by an entertainment hub and a boutique mall. The hotel’s 494 bedrooms are tastefully furnished with classical and sophisticated elements. The rooms blend views of stunning French architecture along with Ba Na Hills. Free high-speed wi-fi is available throughout the premises.  The hotel’s rooms and suites are in six categories: Standard, Deluxe, Executive Suite, Family Suite, and Royal Suite, with modern European designs and beautiful mountain views. 

Mercure Bana Hills French Village offers a variety of food and beverages at seven outlets. The fine-dining La Crique restaurant offers a vast selection of international buffet choices and a la carte dishes, and guests can also select their own fresh ingredients to be prepared in the kitchen just the way they prefer. Authentic Vietnamese cuisine can be found at Le Table, while La Taverne serves a selection of beverages and snacks with live music performances. Its restaurants and bars all offer a selection of international cuisine from around the world.

It also offers a wealth of recreational activities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, a spa offering pampering facial and massage treatments, and an indoor four-season pool.

Additionally, a great new high-quality golf course at the foot of the mountains is sure to delight guests who enjoy the game. And while riding in the cable car, above unspoiled forests with streams cascading down the hill, the view of the coastline is fantastic. 

Mercure Bana Hills French Village is the fourth Mercure property in Vietnam, following the successful openings of Mercure Hanoi La Gare, Mercure Hoi An, and Grand Mercure Da Nang. 

Mercure is the mid-scale, non-standardized brand of AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, with 3,800 hotels and 180,000 employees in 92 countries. Mercure hotels share common quality standards and are driven by passionate hoteliers. Whether located in major city centers, by the seaside, or in mountain ranges, each establishment offers an authentic experience for both business and leisure travelers. The Mercure network spans 732 hotels in 55 countries around the globe, representing a real alternative to standardized or independent hotels and combining the power of an international network with professional and digital expertise.

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