Kent Lui designs Reverie Saigon in Vietnam

The 39-story, 286-bedroom Reverie Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, soft-opened, with an official opening scheduled in September.

Designed by architect Kent Lui of Kent Lui Tactics, the hotel combines couture style with bespoke Italian design. Design elements include a ceiling installation made from individual pieces of hand-blown glass in the street-level lobby.

Each of the 286 bedrooms are furnished by Italian design houses, including Visionnaire, Provasi, Giorgetti and Colombo Stile. The rooms also have floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the city and the Saigon River. Interiors range from modern to European materials.

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Other hotel features include a Bechstein grand piano, dating from 1895, sitting in the La Scala Grand Ballroom. This was re-imagined and transformed by the Florentine company Baldi into a piece of art. Meanwhile a 10-foot tall Baldi clock in the main lobby, commissioned especially for the hotel, is made with crystals and 24-karat gold accents.

Hand-blown glass chandeliers by Venini and crystal chandeliers by VGnewtrend adorn the ceilings. The elevators have walls of stenciled steel and golden agate fossil.

The hotel is also home to 157-foot bar that can cater to up to 300 patrons at a time.

Its 12,917-square-foot, 10-room spa also has a European-inspired setting. The spa reception area is a combination of white marble, golden mosaic tiles, rose carpeting and plush leather. A curved staircase is decorated in a floral mosaic pattern designed by Sicis of Italy. In the treatment areas, bowed walls of slatted walnut line the passageways, designed to be an abstract interpretation of waves. Inside the treatment rooms, walls are clad in a cafe au lait shade of leather, and floor-to-ceiling windows allow for natural light.

There is also a swimming pool, located on an open-air deck, which has mosaic tile artistry, also by Sicis, and an underwater sound system.

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