Experience a journey out of this world in Halong Bay, venturing on the hand crafted Ylang Vietnam Cruise
Ylang, the latest member of our ship collection in Lan Ha Bay, features a splendid blend of Asian-Vietnamese design with French-Colonial accents. This ancient flair of Indochina emanates throughout the vessel with a delicate floral leitmotif inspired by local poetry and related to the four seasons of the year. Local artisans contributed to Ylang’s decoration with hand-crafted paintings and artwork using various materials and techniques. All suites are dedicated to a particular blossom which typically represents a season in Vietnam.
All this creates an inimitable sense of bliss and an exceptional abode at sea. Ylang has only ten spacious suites on two decks – each room is flooded with natural light pouring in through floor-to-ceiling panoramic doors which open onto a private balcony. What makes Ylang unique, is her expansive spa with its extensive selection of thoughtfully selected treatments. The focus on wellness lives on in the more dynamic activities such as yoga in a dedicated room, or early morning Tai Chi lessons on the upper deck.
Every journey on Ylang starts in the stunning reception lounge. Held in elegant dark wood tones with inviting rattan furniture, the reception area welcomes guests on board with its refined atmosphere and a wonderful display of Vietnamese artwork. A little boutique shop offers a chance to purchase the perfect souvenir.
The library salon is furnished with comfortable sofas and lounge chairs, as well as the walls adorned with remarkable Vietnamese historical artifacts, make Ylang’s “Indochinese Salon” a place to sit back after a day of exploring. Stop by here and enjoy some downtime or a conversation with fellow passengers whilst leafing through the latest edition of a favorite magazine or the pages of a gripping book. The spa reception at the corner of the salon offers access to a world of true bliss.
Ylang’s defining characteristic is her focus on wellness and relaxation. There is hardly a better place on this planet to let the mind and soul come to rest than the otherworldly Lan Ha Bay. A team of therapists offers a wide variety of treatments in the generous spa facilities located on the upper deck. Three private rooms, of which one is the “de-luxe chamber” containing private steam bath and shower, are flawless hideaways for couple’s and single to enjoy a large variety of spa treatments. To keep with Ylang’s wellness-inspired theme, a 26 sqm (280 sqft) room has been dedicated to yoga classes. Join our Yoga instructor in this light-flooded space for a dynamic and restorative yoga practice. Sessions are offered daily for all guests to enjoy and private classes may be booked upon request.
Ylang’s terrace deck is the epitome of spots to unwind and enjoy the outdoors while on board. The inviting pool is surrounded with comfortable sun beds shaded by large canvas sails, setting the scene for perfectly relaxing moments in one of the world’s most scenic seascapes. Aboard Ylang, guests get to enjoy the many culinary pleasures Vietnamese cuisine has to offer. The wood-paneled ceiling with its colonial style fans, the ornate carvings on the walls and the dark wood and rattan furniture evoke the glorious bygone days of Indochina and set the mood for a gourmet meal or signature drink. Ylang’s bar is a cozy place to spend a lazy afternoon or to end an eventful day. The bar is 180-degree-surrounded by glass windows, offering perfect day and nighttime views of the bay and its impressive karsts. Take a seat at the bar to talk shop with our bartender or snuggle with a glass of wine in one of the loungers for a cherished tête-à-tête with your loved one.
Arguably, one of the most noteworthy and visited sites in all of Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is located in Quang Ninh Province on the coast, about a three-hour drive east of Hanoi. The name Ha Long is derived from the ancient Vietnamese-Chinese, meaning “Descending Dragon.” It’s not hard to imagine the spiny serpent emerging from the waters when you first behold the vista of the Bay.
A more modern designation of Ha Long Bay’s core as “one of the natural wonders of the world” is a centre of a larger zone which includes Bai Tu Long Bay and Cat Ba Island and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Ha Long Bay features thousands of limestone karsts (small gum-dropped shaped mountains) that have spawned countless caves and grottoes. Some of the caves have become tourist sites, while others are places to hold private functions. The caves are lit with coloured lights that illuminate the stalactites and stalagmites turning the interiors into fantasy landscapes.
Life on the Bay is mainly relegated to the two major islands – Tuan Chau and Cat Ba (which also is home to a National Park and quaint village). Some of the floating villages scattered throughout the Bay are being closed and the residents moved on land.
Signs of human habitation have gone back tens-of-thousands of years and the Bay also offers a diverse eco system aside from the limestone mounds. It is a place where people come to enjoy sailing, kayaking, fishing, climbing or biking amongst these karst jewels. There are a number of beautiful beaches and vista points scattered amongst the over 2,000 islets that comprise Ha Long Bay.