This place is unique. Set up as a joint venture between a visionary Danish couple and the local government, it consists of a series of rustic, straw roofed buildings ranged round the crown of a remote hillside close to Vietnam's highest mountains. Accommodation is in a series of white-painted, stone built bungalows each with its own balcony overlooking a stunning view. The main lodge building, which houses the reception, lounge, bar and dining areas is in a larger building in similar style. Furnishings are simple but solid and well designed, and there are lots of pleasant spots round the site where you can sit and take in the view.
The venture is quite an idealistic one, designed to work in harmony with the local environment by using local materials and foodstuffs and employing local people. It mostly works well - the food on each of the two nights and two mornings we ate there was really delicious, imaginatively served and presented. The main drawback is the service, which isn't up to the standard you would normally expect in accommodation of this quality. Staff try to be friendly but they seem a bit distant and lacking in confidence. We also had some housekeeping issues - for example no clothes hangers in the room (and some difficulty procuring any) and a Campari and soda which was mostly Campari and served at room temperature. But these are minor problems that should not put you off visiting if you enjoy a real mountain adventure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Bungalow stay at Topas Ecolodge is the perfect way to experience the remoteness and quiet of Northern Vietnam, its landscape, fresh air and ethnic minorities. Set deep in the spectacular Sapa valley, Topas Ecolodge has a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and across the scenic valley. As our guest you will enjoy all the comforts of a pleasant stay in an environment that is making a responsible and sustainable commitment to the nature and people of Sapa Valley. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Topas Ecolodge Sapa
- Topas Ecolodge Hotel Sapa