Heritage Line takes wellness cruising to Vietnamese seas

Vietnamese boutique cruise operator Heritage Line has launched its first wellness-centric ship plying Lan Ha Bay in Vietnam.

The 10-suite luxury vessel Ylang features a floating spa with a full range of therapies, and onboard meditation and tai chi.

Heritage Line launches new wellness-centric luxury cruise Ylang on Lan Ha Bay in Vietnam

Occupying half of Ylang’s upper deck, the spa is comprised of three private rooms, a cosy compartment for reflexology treatments, a sauna, steam bath and a wellness studio. Treatments are conducted using organic spa products from French cosmetics brand Thalgo.

The holistic theme also extends to onboard activities such as special singing bowl meditation and early morning tai chi lessons on the upper deck of the vessel.

Guests can enjoy accommodation in suites with a private balcony, in-room lounge area and bathroom.

Andreas Schroetter, Heritage Line’s director of sales and marketing, said: “Not only is (Heritage Line’s Ylang) the first ultra-luxury vessel sailing a three-day itinerary in Lan Ha Bay, it is also one of the first ships in this destination that fully conceptualises a journey focused on wellbeing.”

She added: “Lan Ha Bay is a very special place. It’s every bit as beautiful as Halong Bay, but the peace, quiet and isolation makes it more of an exclusive and relaxing destination. That’s why we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to tailor Ylang specifically to the wellness market.”

Offshore expeditions during the Lan Ha voyage include soft hiking and cycling on Cat Ba Island, and kayaking on the emerald waters of the bay.

The ship’s onboard restaurant serves multi-course lunches and dinners featuring light Vietnamese cuisine, as well as vegetarian options and customised meals for guests with specific dietary requirements.

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