European hotel company Kempinski debuts in Vietnam

The riverside resort will be rooted in Vietnamese culture and heritage and designed by Japanese architectural studio Kengo Kuma & Associates.

Kempinski Saigon River will have 100 guestrooms and suites,and is currently being developed in cooperation with Vietnamese property developer Ecopark Corporation.

Of the 100 keys, 90 will be guestrooms starting from 65 sqm, while 10 suites will give guests views of the Saigon River. 

The resort is situated in Dong Nai, on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, and will form part of a broader 55-hectare development that will also be home to residences, schools, a sports club and retail areas along 700 metres of riverfront, connected to Ho Chi Minh City via a 45-minute speedboat ride.

A new market

Kempinski has been present in Asia since 1992, but we are extremely proud to be now entering the exciting market of Vietnam with this truly unique hotel,” says René Nijhof, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kempinski Hotels S.A. 

“Inspired by the spectacular cultural and natural landscape of southern Vietnam, Kengo Kuma & Associates has reimagined life on the river. Together with the presence of Ecopark Corporation, we are redefining riverside luxury for a new generation of travellers who demand authenticity and heartfelt local experiences.” 

Landscaping will be completed by Bangkok-based landscape architecture and design studio PLA, with bridges, ponds and manicured gardens.

Luxury amenities

The resort will also contain a spa, a collection of dining venues, as well as a riverside bar. 

“As Europe’s oldest hotel company and one of the most respected luxury hospitality brands in the world, we are thrilled to be working with Kempinski to turn this vision into a reality, providing a new interpretation of luxury living for future generations of visitors and residents,” said Trung T. Luong, Vice Chairman of the owning company. 

Dong Nai itself is currently undergoing a major infrastructure expansion and improvement project designed to reduce travel times and foster economic growth, including improvements to the road and railway networks, improved waterways and a new airport. Currently under construction, Long Thanh International Airport will be among the largest in the world when complete, with a capacity for up to 100 million passengers per year.