By Dan Heffley

A first trip to Vietnam including the opening of Acacia Veranda

Chef LeeIn the summer 2014 issue of “Las Vegas Woman” magazine, publisher Tammy Grable and her husband Seth Grabel wrote about their great experience in Vietnam and their stay at Compass Parkview. Their overwhelmingly positive comments about the city echoes those of my co-workers that have spent time in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC, formerly Saigon) living and working at our property.

On July 3, I was excited to land in Saigon for the grand opening of Acacia Veranda dining restaurant. Located on the eighth floor of Compass Parkview, Acacia delivers a fine dining experience with a stunning 360 degree view of the HCMC skyline. The indoor/outdoor venue lends itself to an intimate dinner experience or a large social gathering where one can both appreciate the background music and still carry on a conversation

Food by Chef LeeChef Lee has successfully blended Eastern and Western cuisine into a style all his own, having prepared meals for the celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Nancy Reagan and Angelina Jolie.
The menu features American signature dishes that are the creation of Celebrity Chef Jack Lee. Born in Vietnam, Chef Lee moved to the U.S. at an early age, attending the California School of Culinary Arts and the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu program. Always creative, Chef Lee has successfully blended Eastern and Western cuisine into a style all his own, having prepared meals for the celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Nancy Reagan and Angelina Jolie.

You wouldn’t know that the restaurant had just opened. In 12 days, five events were held at the Acacia serving ex-patriots of all nationalities and locals alike. The professional staff and Chef Lee performed flawlessly whether the event was a party of 40 for a family event, or one of over 100 people, like the InterNations event held on July 4 that launched the Acacia.

InterNations caters to ex-pats worldwide, providing a common bond for those living overseas. Compass Parkview is a natural hub for groups such as InterNations.

Like many visitors, this was my first trip to Vietnam; in fact it was my first trip to Southeast Asia. I expected HCMC to be an adventure. I expected my experience at Compass Parkview to be as positive as Tammy Grabel wrote and what Compass Living aims to deliver to our guests. What I did not expect and was not prepared for was just how much I would love my experience.

Chef Lee at work in the kitchenThe Compass Parkview staff and the services provided made my stay truly a home away from home without any of the honey dos. I did not miss folding laundry, taking out the trash or any housekeeping. The rooms are spacious and well-proportioned with enough closet and storage space for a full wardrobe and more. I was there to work and the free high-speed WiFi made it easy to connect with the team in Las Vegas, Skype with my wife and do the research I needed to do. For people that are location independent, there is no better way to live.

Compass Living isn’t the only American brand in Vietnam. Starbucks, Baskin Robbins and Burger King, for example, are all within walking distance of Parkview.

Of course, no trip to Vietnam would be complete without visiting the local city park across the street from Parkview, which houses a Galaxy movie theatre and a quiet, serene place to relax.

We make it easy, just call or email us and then show up! The good life has never been so affordable. For more information, visit compassliving.com.

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