- 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 $2,284 per person
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023