The Sofitel Saigon Plaza Celebrates its 25th Anniversary with an Abundance of Joie de Vivre

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Sofitel Saigon Plaza is delighted to commemorate a significant milestone this October with the celebration of its 25th anniversary. Drawing inspiration from local Vietnamese culture and traditions while embracing life with a French zest is what the hotel successfully stands for a quarter century. 

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. Globally acclaimed through the decades, Sofitel Saigon Plaza has welcomed dignitaries and political figures, from the former French President Francois Hollande to the US Secretary of State John Kerry.  

On October 5th 2023, Sofitel Saigon Plaza hosted an enchanting Anniversary Dinner at its opulent Diamond Hall in presence of Mrs Maud Bailly, CEO of Sofitel. 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 Gala was fabulously curated, designed and produced by American PR and Event guru Tracie May-Wagner, former Fashion Editor of Splash Magazines Worldwide, and longtime friend to our publication.

Painting curation by world-renowned French artist Jérôme Peschard, and bar by Mortlach Whisky

The honoured guests were invited to enjoy a sumptuous six-course dinner crafted by Michelin-star and celebrity chefs from Asia and France. This exquisite evening was topped off with spectacular performances blending these two cultures. To mark the occasion, Heartists whom are within the property since the opening have been highlighted and recognized for their exceptional commitment and remarkable work.  

Michelin Star Chef Thierry Renou of le Patio, with event co-emcee Micka Chu

FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” season 3 champion, dancer & choreographer Sabra Johnson

Sabra Johnson with Eva Dance Troupe VN

Performances by circus troupe Phoung Nam Art Theater Vietnam

Co-event emcee, his Excellency Ambassador Lesly Benoit of Haiti, singing with Jazztown band

“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 culinary arts, and exceptional personalized service. The 25th anniversary was truly 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. Over these two and a half decades, we have not only celebrated the excellence of Sofitel but also the enchanting partnership of Saigon’s vibrant spirit with the elegance of French heritage. At Sofitel, we want to inspire people to celebrate life and its beauties with joy, impertinence, and, most of all, pleasure! This celebration embodies the essence of our vision, where the rich traditions of Saigon meet the sophistication of French savoir-faire, creating a world of endless delight and unforgettable moments”, commented Maud Bailly, CEO of Sofitel.

Maud Bailly, CEO of the Sofitel, M Gallery & Emblems Worldwide

 “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 been unwavering supports in this journey. This anniversary not only pay tribute to our past but also reaffirms our dedication to offer unforgettable experiences to our guests in the future”, said Mr. Mario Mendis, General Manager of Sofitel Saigon Plaza. 

(From L) Daniël Stork, Dutch Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Mario Mendis, Sofitel Saigon Plaza General Manager and event guests

Team Sofitel Saigon Plaza


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