A place where old meets new, Ho Chi Minh City — formerly known as Saigon — is a compelling and surprisingly beautiful city with colonial French architecture and centuries-old temples. In between the whirring motorbikes and endless stalls selling banh mi, there are stunning urban oases that you could retreat to after a long day of exploration. Whether you’re in the mood for lounging by the river or soaking in your own private plunge pool, these five hotel hideaways have all the restorative qualities you could desire.

An Lam Saigon River

A peaceful sanctuary surrounded by nature, An Lam Saigon River is nestled on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City; a scenic, 20-minute shuttle boat ride from the city centre gets you to this quaint resort, and when you arrive you’ll find yourself in the midst of lush greenery. An Lam offers 19 spacious suites and pool villas on the Saigon River, each one adorned with thought-provoking local art and exquisite wooden antiques. Authentic Vietnamese flavours and rejuvenating spa treatments are part of the experience here, but the key selling point is the quiet setting. If you’re hoping to reconnect with nature on your trip but don’t want to stray too far from the city, this well-secluded riverside retreat is your best option.

An Lam Saigon River, 21/4 Trung Street, Vĩnh Phú, Tx. Thuận An, Bình Dương, Ho Chi Minh City, +84 274 3785 555

Park Hyatt Saigon

Park Hyatt Saigon

For those seeking a five-star urban resort experience in District 1, pick Park Hyatt Saigon. A blend of understated luxury and unique design, the property offers guests an unparalleled level of comfort, as well as top-class restaurants in the heart of the bustling city. With five dining outlets and an exclusive spa, the hotel lets you savour a lush array of Vietnamese and Western delights and a series of relaxing remedies. Inspired by elegant French colonial architecture, each of the guestrooms and suites not only boasts stunning interior design but also a curated collection of antiques, lacquerware and oil paintings. If you’d like to take a break from the bustling Saigon, you can always just sink into a sun lounger and sip on an ice-cold cocktail by the pool.

Park Hyatt Saigon, 2 Công Trường Lam Sơn, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, +84 28 3824 1234

Villa Song Saigon

Villa Song imperial-suite-luxury-suite boutique Saigon

The name Villa Song literally translates to “Villa River” in Vietnamese, and just as its name suggests, this tranquil boutique hotel is set on the banks of the Saigon River. Located in District 2, Villa Song Saigon is nestled within a cream-coloured colonial-era building. Here, no two rooms are the same, offering guests a fusion of personalised luxury and utmost comfort. At any time of day, meals can be enjoyed under the shade of frangipani trees by the calm waters, and over at the hotel spa, there’s a tasteful array of relaxing treatments including holistic massages, beauty therapies and rejuvenating rituals that recharge and reboot. If you want to explore a quieter district and wake up to lapping sounds of the river, Villa Song Saigon is the stay for you.

Villa Song Saigon, 197/2 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Ho Chi Minh City, +84 28 3744 6090

The Myst Dong Khoi

A lush oasis nestled in vibrant District 1, The Myst Dong Khoi is the newest luxury boutique hotel in the city. Designed by award-winning a21studio, The Myst’s singular design is inspired by the city’s tangled maze of avenues and alleyways. Here, the spacious, open-plan guest rooms are furnished with dark wooden floors, local antiques and objets d’art that reflect the charm of neighbourhood shophouses. The calm retreat also offers three unique dining spaces, including a rooftop bar situated next to the swimming pool and cosy cabanas. From authentic pho noodle soup in your gourmet breakfast buffet to wrought-iron rail partitions on your private balcony, The Myst Dong Khoi has thought of everything to make your experience exceptionally Saigonese.

The Myst Dong Khoi, 6-8 Ho Huan Nghiep Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, +84 28 3520 3040

Hotel des Arts Saigon

Hotel des Arts Saigon

Art lovers should book a stay at Hotel des Arts Saigon: As a part of the MGallery Collection, the five-star boutique hotel is very much like an art museum. Here, every wall and hall is adorned with the owner’s personal collection of stellar paintings and antique furnishings. Inside the guest rooms and suites, you’ll find that the walls resemble a billowing cream canvas, while bright hues fill the carpets that rest on gorgeous rosewood flooring. Of course, the elegant-chic boutique has plenty of gourmet experiences to offer as well. From a vibrant, all-day restaurant to an art café and rooftop lounge bar, you’ll get to enjoy a range of Western and Asian delights.

Hotel des Arts Saigon, 76 78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Str, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, +84 28 3989 8888