For most of the world, the first weeks of January are a time to energetically gear up for the year ahead. But in Vietnam, we know better than that. Long, languorous and all-encompassing, the Tet holidays (also called the Lunar New Year) are the real punctuation at the end of the festive season. We take this chance to rest up, reconnect with family and promise ourselves we’ll exercise more in the year ahead.
Just before the start of Tet, we held our annual staff party at the hotel. We use this event as a chance to recognise the people who went above and beyond to provide authentic hospitality to our guests the year before. Since its opening, the Caravelle has been seen as an example of gracious Vietnamese hospitality. Of course, our staff are the ones who build and maintain that reputation, year after year. To get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at this year’s associates of the year and manager of the year, just look inside this newsletter.
Now that Tet is over, and we’re back from the break feeling fresh and energized, we can turn our full attention to the year ahead.
I’m no astrologer, but 2017 looks to be a big one for the Caravelle. Still, we’re starting in small ways. Our new mini banh mi station at Nineteen’s breakfast buffet brings a quintessential local experience into the hotel for everyone to enjoy. If you’ve never tried banh mi, it’s sort of like the rest of what we have planned for our guests in 2017. In other words, you’re in for a treat.
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The names of very few hotels evoke such fond, romantic images, and indeed such anticipation, as Caravelle. Its breezy sound recalls its inspiration: the Iberian caravelas, or as the French called them, caravelles; fast, light 15th-century sailing ships that explored the world in search of foreign trade, adventure and new horizons. And perhaps it’s no coincidence that Air France, which held a stake in the original building, and had its offices there since its opening, had also recently begun operating a fancy new jet airliner of the same name.
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