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New boutique hotel fit for royalty

Released at: 08:18, 14/04/2015

New boutique hotel fit for royalty

Alba Spa Hotel opened in the heart of Hue with an array of elegant rooms and noble opportunities for budget-conscious guests.

by Doanh Doanh

Alba Spa Hotel was designed by French Vietnamese Architects (FVA), whose use of bamboo, granite and tile is artfully woven into a variety of spaces including the airy lobby and bright restaurant. The eight-storey urban retreat also features a spacious meeting room and will eventually offer a rooftop bar with panoramic views of Hue, the seat of power in Vietnam from 1802-1945.

In addition to spa treatments designed in collaboration with renowned spa guru Florence Jaffre (founder of famed Ytsara of Thailand), the chic, 58-room downtown escape offers a 16.5-square-meter Jacuzzi that is flanked on three sides by lush vertical gardens and partitioned into hot- and cold-water sections. "It's not your every-day spa feature," said Mr. Latheef, Alba Spa Hotel's general manager. "It's rare to find a hot-water Jacuzzi and cold plunge-pool set-up like this. Heat helps to our relax muscles and rid our bodies of toxins, while cold stimulates and invigorates. Our mission is to offer a wellness experience unlike any other, and having both (hot and cold) options underscores that."

The Jacuzzi is filled with natural mineral water that originates deep inside the Earth. Heated by volcanic magma and enriched in magnesium, calcium and phosphorus while traveling through layers under the Truong Son Mountain Range, it springs out in a natural cradle 30 kilometers north of Hue, where it is cautiously harnessed before being transported to the hotel.

The hotel also uses water -- Alba Mineral Water, in fact -- to nurture the Vietnamese plants and flowers that grow in the organic garden and to enhance the natural skin-care solutions used in the exotic spa treatments.

The hotel is owned and operated by Openasia Group, a Hong Kong-based investment firm whose business interests range from aeronautics and information technology to luxury retail and hospitality. Other properties in its portfolio include Emeraude Classic Cruises Halong Bay and The Press Club Hanoi.

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