Six Senses to build US$40mil resort in Hanoi
Resort in Hanoi, Thailand-based resort manager Six Senses Resorts & Spas along with its local partner Khanh Hoa Trading & Investment Company said they would invest US$40mil to build a five-star resort in Dong Anh District in Hanoi Vietnam.
Named "Ana Mandara Villas at Hanoi", the resort will cover 20 hectares in the up-town commune of Van Tri and it will be designed according to the typical northern village architecture style, said a top executive of the Vietnamese company.
Le Thi Thu Ha, chairwoman of the local firm, told a press conference in Hanoi last Friday that her company had spent years seeking a favorable location in the capital city to build a high-end resort, which she believes "best introduces and promotes Vietnamese culture, architecture and tradition."
Ha told the Daily at the news conference that the time for breaking ground for the project was not yet decided as "it depends on the approval from Hanoi authorities." But the owners want to have it finished by 2010 to celebrate the 1,000th birthday anniversary of Hanoi Vietnam.
"As soon as we get the green light from the local authorities, we will go ahead with the construction," Ha said, adding construction would take two years or less.
The investors have submitted the detailed plan and design of the project to Hanoi City authorities for consideration.
Both partners said they chose Hanoi first to expand their international standard resort chain because "Hanoi is the ancient capital city of Vietnam and we do not see any high-class resorts here. Meanwhile, the high-end international tourists to Hanoi actually need such a resort," as the chairwoman put it.
Beside the Ana Mandara Villas at Hanoi, Six Senses and its Vietnamese partner also aim to build another resort called "Health Spa Resort" in Ba Vi District in Ha Tay Province nearby in the future, and several others elsewhere.
"In the next five years, we plan to build three to four luxurious resorts in Hue, Phu Quoc, Quang Ninh and Ho Chi Minh City," she said.
The two companies now jointly own and manage three resorts in Vietnam, namely Evason Ana Mandara and Evason Hideway in Nha Trang City, and Evason Ana Mandara Villas in Dalat.
Do Thu, area director of sales of Six Senses, said the occupancy rate of Evason Ana Mandara was up to 92% in 2006. The target markets of the resort are Germany, England, Australia and Japan.