DestinationsLan Ha Bay offers all the richness of its busier neighbour. Plus, a lot more

New small ship takes wellness to the bay

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A floating spa and onboard meditation and tai chi are among the vessel’s holistic offerings.
A floating spa and onboard meditation and tai chi are among the vessel’s holistic offerings.

HO CHI MINH CITY - Boutique cruise operator, Heritage Line is launching the first wellness focused voyage on Lan Ha Bay in Vietnam.

Lan Ha Bay is just south of the more established – and busier - tourist destination of Halong Bay and the two seascapes are virtually interchangeable.

Unlike Halong Bay, it also has the advantage of numerous white sand beaches, some of which are pit-stops on Heritage Line Ylang’s  three-day/two-night voyage, ‘Senses of Lan Ha.’

Ylang is  a new 10-suite vessel with a blend of Asian-Vietnamese design with French colonial accents. A floating spa and onboard meditation and tai chi are among its holistic  offerings.

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Ylang is a new 10-suite vessel with a blend of Asian-Vietnamese design with French colonial accents.

The ship’s suites all come with a private balcony, in-room lounge area and spacious bathroom.

Ylang’s most unique selling feature is its emphasis on wellness. The expansive spa is one of the most luxurious facilities of its kind with a full range of therapies to choose from.

The spa occupies half of Ylang’s upper deck and offers three private spa rooms, a compartment for reflexology treatments, a sauna, steam bath and a wellness studio.

Treatments are conducted using premium organic spa products from French cosmetics brand Thalgo. The holistic theme, meanwhile, also manifests in onboard activities such as special singing bowl meditation and early morning tai chi lessons on the upper deck of the vessel.

“Not only is it the first ultra-luxury vessel sailing a three-day itinerary in Lan Ha Bay, it is also one of the first ships in this destination that fully conceptualises a journey focused on wellbeing,” said Andreas Schroetter, Heritage Line’s director of sales and marketing.

“Offshore expeditions during the trip include soft hiking and cycling on Cat Ba Island and kayaking on the bay.”

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Ylang’s expansive spa is one of the most luxurious facilities of its kind.

“Lan Ha Bay is a very special place,” added Mr Schroetter. “It’s every bit as beautiful as Halong Bay, but the peace, quiet and isolation makes it more of an exclusive and relaxing destination.

“That’s why we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to tailor Ylang specifically to the wellness market.”

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