The Caravelle's Opera Suite overlooks historic Lam Son Square and the Saigon Opera House. // (c) 2013 Caravelle Hotel
Two of Ho Chi Minh City's cultural heavyweights have teamed up to offer a travel package aimed at opera lovers. The 115-year-old Saigon Opera House is the centerpiece of a new luxury holiday from the Caravelle Hotel. The three-night Opera Nights package will place guests in the Caravelle's 387-square-foot Opera Suite overlooking historic Lam Son Square and the Saigon Opera House. Built in 1897 under the direction of architect Ferret Eugene, the ornate facade of the 800-seat Saigon Opera House was designed to mimic France's Petit Palais.
The package includes an evening performance of the critically acclaimed cultural show, "Hon Viet" (Soul of Vietnam.) Staged twice monthly at the Saigon Opera House, "Hon Viet" weaves hundreds of years of history into an hour-long production featuring traditional music and dancing from Vietnam's three regions. The show is designed to offer insight into Vietnamese culture, depicting scenes as diverse as the Legend of the Trung Sisters, the life of city sidewalk vendors and ethnic bamboo dancing.
Before attending "Hon Viet," the couple will dine off any of three new L'Opera menus in the Caravelle's fine-dining restaurant Reflections.
Additional highlights of Opera Nights are a 150-minute Relaxation Spa Package for two at the Caravelle's newly-opened wellness sanctuary, Kara Salon & Spa, as well as full Opera Suite benefits such as complimentary cocktails, canapes and all-day refreshments at the hotel's 9th-floor Signature Lounge.
Daily breakfast buffets, taxes and service charges are included in the offer, priced at $2,237. Running from January until May 2013, Opera Nights is available for three-night stays covering the 14th or 23rd of each month.