Sofitel Saigon Plaza celebrates 25th anniversary

October 12, 2023 | 11:56
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Sofitel Saigon Plaza is delighted to commemorate a significant milestone this October with the celebration of its 25th anniversary. Over a quarter of a century, the hotel has drawn inspiration from local Vietnamese culture and traditions while embracing life with a French zest.

On October 5, Sofitel Saigon Plaza hosted an enchanting anniversary dinner in its opulent Diamond Hall, attracting the presence of Maud Bailly, CEO of Sofitel.

Sofitel Saigon Plaza celebrates 25th anniversary

At this extraordinary soirée, the hotel had the privilege of hosting esteemed guests, ranging from international diplomats and government officials to renowned celebrities, CEOs of prominent corporations, and dedicated Heartists – Accor team members – who have passionately served Sofitel Saigon Plaza for over two decades.

The honoured guests were invited to enjoy a sumptuous six-course dinner crafted by chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants in Asia and France and others from the big screen. The exquisite evening was topped off with spectacular performances blending these two cultures.

To mark the occasion, Heartists, who have been with the property since its opening, were highlighted and recognised for their exceptional commitment and remarkable work.

Bailly commented, "Over these two and a half decades, we have not only celebrated the excellence of Sofitel, but also the enchanting partnership between Ho Chi Minh City's vibrant spirit and the elegance of French heritage. This celebration embodies the essence of our vision, where the rich traditions of the city meet the sophistication of French savoir-faire, creating a world of endless delight and unforgettable moments."

Mario Mendis, general manager of Sofitel Saigon Plaza added, "It is a privilege to be part of an establishment that has redefined luxury, elegance, and service in Ho Chi Minh City. Our gratitude goes to our valued guests, passionate team, and partners who have shown unwavering support throughout this journey. This anniversary pays tribute to our past and reaffirms our dedication to offering unforgettable experiences to our guests into the future."

The festivities provided a delightful array of culinary experiences, including immersive cooking classes, exclusive lunches and dinners, and an unforgettable brunch featuring renowned chefs.

The lineup included Sébastien Voelker (French pastry chef), Truc Dinh (Vietnamese chef), Shozo Tsuruhara (Japanese chef), Victor Savall (Spanish pastry chef), Sakal Phoeung (French-Cambodian chef), Keiko Nagae (French-Japanese pastry chef), Vuong Vo (Vietnamese chef), Adrien Guenzi (French chef), and Thierry Renou (French chef from a Michelin-starred restaurant).

Founded almost 60 years ago, Sofitel was the first French luxury hotel brand to develop an international network of hotels and resorts. Each of the establishments now artfully blends the French art-de-vivre with the essence of the local destination, offering chic design, the best of the culinary arts, and an exceptional personalised service.

The 25th anniversary was an illustration of the cultural link between France and Vietnam, exemplifying the symbolism of the Sofitel logo, which signifies the seamless blending of French and local cultures.

Since its establishment in 1998, Sofitel Saigon Plaza has consistently delivered a 5-star luxury experience marked by heartfelt service and hospitality excellence in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Globally acclaimed throughout the decades, it has welcomed dignitaries and political figures, including the former French President François Hollande and the US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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