How to Live the Luxe Life like a Saigon Beauty Blogger
Who hasn’t felt a twinge of envy while scrolling through Instagram and coming across the perfectly poised pics of a professional beauty blogger? Even if you don’t have the skills to apply liquid eyeliner without it looking like war paint, it’s hard not to covet those lucky few who actually get paid to play with makeup, pamper themselves at all the best spas, and sip cocktails while reeling in thousands of likes.
While most of us will never make a career out of always having our eyebrows on fleek, we can still #liveourbestlife with the right tips. Every good beauty blogger knows that a few well-placed selfies at the hottest addresses in town can go a long way towards creating some guilt-free jealousy amongst your followers.
In Ho Chi Minh City, the number one address to experience the treatment de luxe is Hôtel des Arts Saigon by MGallery, in District 3. The iconic 5-star boutique hotel is always packed with Saigon’s sparkling crowd who are drawn to the glamorous surroundings, gourmet cuisine and epic sunset views from the 24th floor Social Club Rooftop Bar.
The road to social media fame rarely happens overnight. It might take years of daily posting, photo filtering, and hashtag branding before you even pass 1000 likes. However, every goal is achieved one day at a time, so why not start off your new career in style? Follow along as we spend one day learning the Art de Vivre at Hôtel des Arts Saigon.
Late morning, saunter through the swooping entrance of Hôtel des Arts Saigon into the sunlit lobby. Behind the stately wooden desks, reminiscent of a swanky presidential bureau, receptionists are waiting to check you into your Executive Studio Suite.
The doors open to a spacious room showcasing the best of Vietnamese craftsmanship with European flair. From the rosewood parquet to the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city, everything is all about luxurious details. See that pillowy king bed? Time to flop back on the silken sheets and click your first selfie with carefully crafted bedhead á la the original sex kitten, Brigitte Bardot.
Unpack your silks and stilettos in your private dressing room and get ready to start off your day of total indulgence with a chilled bottle of champagne. A quick call down to room service and you’ll soon have a glass of bubbly in hand to enjoy while having a long soak in the Bordeaux coloured clawfoot tub in your luxury bathroom.
Insider Tips for Pampering Packages at Hôtel des Arts Saigon
Beauty bloggers have to live an aspirational life day after day. All those spa treatments and fancy products can add up pretty quickly. Those in the know always seek out the best packages to cut costs on anything that they don’t get for free while still living large. Hôtel des Arts Saigon’s Afternoon Packages combine the art of relaxation with the joy of a good deal.
Each package includes a spa treatment at Le Spa des Artistes, afternoon tea at Café des Beaux-Arts and drinks by the pool at Social Club Rooftop. However, only the “Indulge Yourself” package starts off with lunch at Saigon Kitchen Restaurant, and after all the unwinding you’ve been doing, you must be famished.
Like an Asian street food market with a passion for gastronomy, Saigon Kitchen Restaurant is the ideal place to work on your foodie photography skills while enjoying the charm and bustle of HCMC food culture. We recommend the salmon pho for an adventure into Vietnamese cuisine with a gourmet touch.
After lunch, turn off your phone for a while and put rest and rejuvenation on the agenda at Le Spa des Artistes. Candlelight and signature scents set the mood for an hour of soothing massage followed by a mani and pedi. Choose from European or Asian treatment styles to find your ideal comfort. We personally love the hot stone massage because the warmth from the smooth stones sink deep into the muscles to clear away all the tension you may have been building up while worrying about the engagement on your social media channels.
Le Spa des Artistes treatment rooms are kitted out with a curated collection of fine art and views over the city. Top up your package with some luxury nail art. Perhaps, a French manicure with glittery golden tips to add a bit of sparkle to the upcoming shots of your fingers wrapped around the long stem of a champagne flute?
Time for Tea and Travel Lust at Café des Beaux-Arts
Afternoon just got glam. From 2:30 - 5pm, an afternoon tea like you’ve never before experienced will be served downstairs at Café des Beaux-Arts. The high tea has the theme of an international voyage between Paris and Saigon and features the best ingredients from both cities. Start with that aforementioned glass of champagne for the Parisian touch (don’t forget to take a photo!) while nibbling on amuse-bouche with a creative take on Asian cuisine. The pho tacos and tuna tartare hit just the right note of salty and spice. Savoury items are served in chic vintage suitcases to give the feeling of the 1920s jetset.
Notes from the grand piano will set the scene for high-refined fun while you stack your plate with candy-coloured macarons, dark chocolate tarts embellished with the Hotel des Arts logo and tropical fruits. Don’t forget to leave some time to peruse the extensive tea list with everything from vanilla bourbon black tea to classic green jasmine.
After a few hours back in your luxury suite shooting the video blog of your makeup and blowdry routine, emerge from the room looking like you’re ready for Saigon Fashion Week. It’s cocktail hour and the rooftop bar is calling your name. Take the elevator to the top floor where a gust of warm wind will rustle through your hair as the beats from the poolside DJ start heating up the party vibe.
Social Club Rooftop Bar is the jewel at the top of Hôtel des Arts Saigon and the hub of Ho Chi Minh City’s nightlife. Needless to say, it is the place to see and be seen. Glide amongst the glitterati to the bar and order one of Social Club’s signature cocktails. Any beauty blogger worth her mascara will head straight towards the Social Club Collection cocktails that are inspired by iconic YSL perfumes. Just as fragrant as their namesakes these sippable potions pack a punch. Try Mon Paris, a sparkling raspberry libation, if you want to invoke the spirit of a young ingenue. Or, if you’re looking to dance until sunrise, ask for the Black Opium cocktail, which involves copious amounts of Glenlivet single malt whisky and cold brew coffee.
Drink in hand, find a spot near the infinity pool and get your phone camera ready for panoramic views of Saigon at sunset. One last selfie for your fans as night hits and the glittering city skyline casts a bit of magic over everything. After all, as they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and the road to being a beauty blogger is paved with good lighting. #nofilter
Image source: Hôtel des Arts Saigon