One of Bhaya Group’s newly renovated luxury level vessels
FOLLOWING two months of renovations, Halong Bay cruise operator Bhaya Group has unveiled upgraded rooms and facilities on its two luxury-level vessels, collectively known as The Au Co.
The redesign of the ships’ 64 cabins is complemented by a revamp of onboard facilities, including a new reception area, spa, restaurant, cocktail bar, library and private cinema.
The boats are now fully-equipped to take travellers on 3D2N itineraries encompassing activities such as mountain biking on Cat Ba Island and luxury dinners in Virgin Cave. Previously, The Au Co was able to visit the more remote parts of Halong Bay for one-day excursions only.
“Every year, the twin ships undergo refurbishment lasting at least a month, but after four years in operation, we were looking to offer our passengers something different â€“ an onboard experience that captures both traditional Vietnamese and modern luxury styles,” said Bhaya Group managing director, Ly Thuy Huynh Nhu.
A cabin room
Guests can get the local experience onboard through taichi sessions, traditional dance performances in the evening and Vietnamese cuisine.
And to minimise engine noise and disturbance to passengers, the exhaust pipe has been moved from the top to the rear of the vessel.
Along with the refurbishments, the boats also underwent a scheduled annual maintenance for all onboard safety equipment.