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Tuesday 15 March 2022

High-rise hotel set to further impact Halong Bay


Halong Bay in Vietnam is one of the most spectacularly beautiful stretches of water on the planet. 

is a UNESCO World Heritage site that features thousands of dramatic limestone karsts and uninhabited islands in various shapes and sizes.

Some critics felt pre-Covid that the many cruise boats in the waters were starting to destroy the region's charm - and cause major environmental damage. Now a high-rise hotel may be set to cause further dissent. 

A press release I received today announced that WorldHotels will expand its portfolio in Vietnam with the launch of a brand-new Elite collection hotel in Halong. 

It promises a "magnificent backdrop of nature, offering views of the horizon that embraces the natural wonder of Halong Bay".

All well and good - except the images attached show the proposed hotel is a high-rise monstrosity (below). 

Surely the Vietnamese authorities should be encouraging appropriate low-rise, low-impact developments rather than one that looks like a city centre property? 

Expected to open its doors in the first quarter of 2023, MW Luxury Halong is described as "an elegant and iconic lifestyle hotel with world-class architecture and sophisticated interior design".

How something can be an icon before it has even been built is a moot point - PR excess may be to blame. . 

The hotel will offer an infinity pool offering "panoramic bay views" and a spa and fitness centre. 

It is situated in the centre of Halong, a relatively small city where it will be unmissable. For all the wrong reasons. 

Progress, apparently. 

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