- Comfortable ecolodge
- Swimming Pool
- Hiking, cycling
- Cookery classes & village visits
Nestled in the unspoiled Mau Chau Valley, this eco-friendly lodge offers enchanting views, comfortable accommodation and a fascinating insight into local ways of life. It’s just a three hour drive from Hanoi, the lively and bustling Vietnamese capital, and is an ideal place to stay for those looking for a more authentic experience. The lodge has been successfully designed to blend seamlessly into the area’s beautiful natural surroundings and the decor consists largely of natural materials which pay homage to the area’s tribal heritage.
The accommodation consists of 19 bungalows on stilts, each with its own private garden. All of the bungalows have private verandas with breath taking views, whether it’s of the mist-shrouded mountains, the beautifully manicured gardens or the expansive paddy fields. Amenities include air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary toiletries.
In keeping with the lodge’s back-to-nature concept, entertainment amenities such as televisions are not provided. It’s hoped that the absence of some of these modern-day distractions will encourage guests to 'switch off' and spend time taking advantage of the many activities on offer at the lodge and in the surrounding area. The sizable pool boasts amazing views of the towering mountains. Traditional Thai dance classes are available, as are cookery classes where guests learn about, prepare and taste many a local delicacy. There are several idyllic, verdant trails that are ideal for both hiking and cycling. Cultural visits can be arranged to several villages within easy reach so that guests can learn about the local traditions and customs. Massages are on offer from local professionals, and there are also opportunities to get hands-on and do some farming work to make a lasting contribution to the area’s development.
'The Restaurant' is set over two floors and is the highest point in the resort, affording stunning, panoramic views of the surroundings. The food is a mix of Thai tribal food and traditional Vietnamese dishes; much of it is grown in the lodge’s very own gardens. The ground floor of the restaurant functions as a bar and reception hall, while the top floor houses the restaurant proper.
Children are very welcome. Families who require more space are advised to book two interconnecting rooms. While the lodge doesn’t have any designated 'kids club', there is plenty for them to do in and around the lodge and youngsters will enjoy splashing about in the pool's shallow end. Parents are reminded to keep their children under supervision at all times.
Classic 16 day guided cultural journey through Vietnam including sailing in Ha Long, cycling in Hanoi, rural villages, and iconic beaches.
Tailor-made Classic 16 days
From $2,282 per person
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