More than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers across the globe submitted tens of thousands of ratings and comments, sharing their travel experiences with the world’s top hotels, resorts, spas, cities, and more. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. “The results of the 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards demonstrate the travel experience our readers longed for most when they couldn’t travel and decided to do first once they could,” the US-based magazine said in announcing the list. “This year’s awards reflect the ways the world of travel has begun to welcome back guests.”
Located on a private islet on the Hau River in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and accessible only by boat, Azerai Can Tho offers seclusion and privacy on a campus that is lush with greenery and mature banyan trees.
Only three hours’ drive from Ho Chi Minh City, the resort is near the city of Can Tho, an area that is home to the world-famous Cai Rang Floating Market, the historic Binh Thuy Ancient House, and other attractions. “This recognition of Azerai Can Tho during the pandemic underscores that guests have found great comfort in our resort’s wide-open spaces, fresh islet air, and heightened focus on health and safety,” said Azerai Can Tho’s General Manager Nicolas Pillet.
This is the first time that Azerai Can Tho, which opened in 2018, has been recognized by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. The resort covers an area of more than eight hectares, with 60 rooms and five spacious pool villas that deliver residential-style accommodation offering privacy, comfort, and extra-personal service for families and groups traveling together.
Over the past year, Azerai Can Tho also introduced new monthly yoga and Pilates retreats, as the resort continued to embrace its growing reputation as one of southern Vietnam’s most unique wellness and culinary destinations. Azerai’s brand-new Pilates studio features the latest in allegro reformer equipment in a sleekly designed, well-lit space with vaulted hardwood ceilings. Retreats include posture analysis, multiple Pilates sessions on reformers, and more. Meanwhile, four- and six-day yoga retreats include dynamic hatha yoga and status asanas sessions, a river cruise, healthy meals, live cooking sessions, and more. Guests can spend their free time bicycling around the leafy islet, swimming in the resort’s pool, or playing tennis.
The 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at cntraveler.com/rca and celebrated in the November issue.
Azerai is a new story and brand of resorts offering guests simple elegance, refined design, and discreet and attentive service in places of unique beauty and cultural interest. The brand was formed by hotelier Adrian Zecha, and the name is derived from Zecha’s initials and the latter part of a Persian word, caravanserai, which references the storied old inns of the Middle East.
Azerai Can Tho is a peaceful retreat set on a lush islet in the Mekong Delta. Azerai Ke Ga Bay marks the brand’s first beach resort. And Azerai La Residence, Hue is a historic city resort overlooking the Perfume River in Vietnam’s former imperial capital.