Now offering an authentic Vietnamese experience, guests onboard the refurbished luxury level vessels, collectively known as The Au Co, will be immersed in Vietnamese culture and traditional cuisine. Following an intensive two-month renovation programme, leading Halong Bay cruise operator Bhaya Group has revealed an impressive new upscale design for its two luxury level vessels. The complete redesign of the ships’ combined 64 cabins is complemented by a host of revamped onboard facilities, including an inviting new reception area, indulgent spa, stylish restaurant, cocktail bar, a classic library and a private onboard cinema for guests.
The elegant boats are now also fully equipped to host guests on continuous two-night cruises encompassing activities such as mountain biking on Cat Ba Island and luxury dinners in Virgin Cave. Previously, The Au Co was only able to visit the more remote parts of Halong Bay for one-day excursions.
“After four years in operation, we were looking to offer our passengers something different. Following the renovation programme, we can now offer an onboard experience that captures both traditional Vietnamese and modern luxury styles.” said Bhaya Group Managing Director, Ms. Ly Thuy Huynh Nhu.
Along with a scheduled annual maintenance for all onboard safety equipment to ensure the highest safety standards, the latest upgrades focus on exclusive relaxation and entertainment for passengers. Special touches include the addition of a second bar on the sun deck and the remodeling of the Jacuzzi areas.
Prior to the refurbishments, French balconies and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors were signature features of the vessels, and these extravagant colonial touches remain; the luxurious aspect of the passenger cabins is accentuated further with the addition of plush new curtains and fine, multiple-thread count bed linen. Beyond aesthetics, complete passenger comfort is a major priority to the redesign of the boats, with key adjustments made such as relocating the exhaust pipe from the top to the rear of the vessel to minimise engine noise. Along with all the physical enhancements, guests will also be immersed in Vietnamese culture whilst on board The Au Co, with morning Tai Chi sessions, traditional dance performances in the evening and an emphasis on traditional Vietnamese cuisine.