Unwind In Saigon’s Lushest Hideaway At Villa Song Saigon

Villa Song Saigon
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Villa Song Saigon
Villa Song Saigon
Villa Song Saigon
Villa Song Saigon
Villa Song Saigon
Villa Song Saigon
Villa Song Saigon
Villa Song Saigon
Villa Song Saigon
Villa Song Saigon
Villa Song Saigon
Villa Song Saigon
Villa Song Saigon

Inside of the villa is a sophisticated haven of contemporary art.

Why we love this: Tucked away in elegant residential District 2, Villa Song Saigon may be the city’s one and only hideaway. Hidden from plain sight by dense tropical greenery, it’s an exquisite place where guests can find respite from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban hustle and high humid temperatures.

Suitable for: Couples, families, solo travelers, urban getaways, spa weekends, wedding parties.

The Story:

Anyone would assume that the colonial-style building that houses the hotel is a heritage building from Vietnam’s historic past. But the building is actually an original structure which was constructed less than ten years ago. During construction, the plan was to make the building a full-service day spa by the river. But management changed course and Villa Song became a 23-room boutique hotel instead. It’s been operating as an independent hotel with a Singaporean owner for the past seven years.

The Experience:

Given the architectural design of Villa Song, one would expect the hotel’s concept to revolve around old-fashioned colonial luxury. But everything inside the walls is a splendid shrine of contemporary art and design. Natural light floods throughout the main building, illuminating every piece of art on display. The small lobby is expertly decorated with bird cage light fixtures, antique chaise lounges and a stunning acrylic painting of native flora. Paintings by local artists depicting Vietnamese landscapes, scenes and people are front and center in Villa Song. Every original canvas is striking and will make you turn back and look twice.

Villa Song.
Villa Song. Photo: Nadia Cho

While the inside of the villa is a sophisticated haven of contemporary art, the outer courtyard is a picture-perfect scene of rustic riverside living. Guests are greeted by an al-fresco bar, where they can enjoy refreshing drinks on the patio at all times of the day. If you manage to snag one of the tables right next to the river, you can serenely watch the languid flow of the Saigon River pass you by.

Bistro Song Vie is the beautiful restaurant serving modern Vietnamese and Asian cuisine in the same space. It’s quite the popular meeting spot among fashionable locals who come for breezy lunches, tea time gossip and romantic dinners. The plates are just as pretty and refined as the setting. In true Vietnamese fashion, the menu features plenty of fresh seafood in dishes such as Pomelo Prawn Salad, Torched Scallop Carpaccio and Tiger Prawns Chili Crab Pasta. The Lemongrass Duck Confit with the delicious hints of passionfruit and coconut is to die for. The bistro also has an impressive wine list with bottles from all over Australia, Europe, South America and even South Africa. Set between the classic façade of the villa and the rustic downstream of the river, Bistro Song Vie is the perfect place to enjoy a meal or refreshment at any time of the day.

The hotel may be small but it’s endowed with a mighty swimming pool. The long, glistening pool flanked by cabanas and daybeds on is what makes Villa Song the ultimate urban hideaway. Overgrown tropical palms and flora create a lush private sanctuary while producing an air of exclusivity.

Villa Song offers free rides throughout the day to District 1 on the hotel’s speedboat. Taking them up on the ride is highly recommended, as you get to enjoy a fun, breezy ride while taking in multiple angles of Ho Chi Minh City’s massive skyline.

The Rooms:

As there are only 23 rooms in the hotel, each one is meticulously decorated to reflect the refined artistic style of Villa Song. Like the rest of the hotel, the rooms are heavenly retreats of all-white and lots of natural light. The beds are sumptuous and absolutely impossible to get out of once you’re in. A nice surprise was the large rain shower which was state-of-the-art. Bold paintings by local artists hang in each room as well, except for the Writer’s Room which is the smallest room category.

The suites are absolutely stunning and feel breezy and palatial. The suites give off more of an old-fashioned elegance with four-poster beds, black and white photos and classic upholstered furniture. All suites have idyllic river views and some even feature private balconies, where you can enjoy the river life from the comfort of your own room.


  • Free shuttle boat to District 1
  • 24-Hour gym access
  • Spa treatments for booking
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • A la carte breakfast included
Nadia Cho

Communications Associate

Nadia reps Team JST traveling the world in search of exclusive features and online via JST's social media platforms. You can find her exploring metropolitan cities or lounging on tropical beaches.

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