Luxury hot spot
Drenched in sunny yellow and white hues, La Veranda Resort radiates French colonial style with a hint of old Caribbean.
Located at the epicentre of Long Beach, you will either see this prime location as a gift or a curse. The section of sand the resort lays claim to is surprisingly small. A private retreat this is not, and you’ll have the masses walking past your sunbed and your dinner table. If “luxury” to you means privacy and exclusivity, a resort on Long Beach is not the right place. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more luxurious and tasteful spot to stay on Long Beach – that is, perhaps, until the slew of international brands currently under construction to the south opens their doors.
La Veranda has seen a few iterations and its latest is as an Accor MGallery Hotel. That means service is international and professional, the standards high and there is attention paid to details. Rooms boast four-poster beds with stylish mosquito nets, wooden desks and retro prints on the walls plus all the usual modern amenities -- air-con, TV and WiFi. Rooms in the main building are decently sized but not huge considering what you pay; you'll get more space in the villas, especially as you get closer to the water.
Facilities include a swimming pool, spa, a gorgeous bar and two restaurants including fine-dining restaurant, The Pepper Tree. You’ll fully appreciate the name “La Veranda” as the picturesque open-air setting is an excellent spot for a sundowner. At Pepper Tree you can get your foie-gras on, or if French fare isn’t what you’re craving, there are plenty of other Western and Vietnamese dishes. Guests can also enjoy barbecues and romantic candlelit dinners on the beach, a white tablecloth experience while digging your feet into the sand.
By Cindy Fan
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.
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