If you’re looking for a break from the chaos and noise of Saigon, there are plenty of options in nearby provinces where you can seek your escape.
However, if you’re looking for a total recharge in the midst of picturesque views, cold weather and probably one of the best spa therapies in the country, then you’ll need to check out Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort and Spa, a 5-star resort located in the centre of Dalat.
A Perfect Escape
With 17 colonial-era villas lining cobblestone roads and tranquil gardens, the resort sits on a pine hill with a stunning view of the town down the valley. With French art decor, the mountains making up the skyline in the distance, and a cool blue sky during the day which morphs into a starry night sky, the sights and sounds of Ana Mandara could pass off as a postcard image of a totally different country.
The location allows you to explore well-maintained landscapes. You can take a walk down a grassy knoll or simply explore the local culture by visiting the farms located along the nearby countryside.
Located about five kilometres away from the flagship bazaar at the city centre, the Dalat Market, you can always explore the rest of the city and try your hand at the many activities available, and at the same time, explore the culinary delights from the city.
Each of Ana Mandara’s villas are unique in their own way. With a significant structure and design, each guest will have their own unique experience and story to tell. Villa 3 is a popular choice for couples tying the knot, or renewing their vows. Villa 5 has been the location for multiple music videos by artists.
There are a total of 72 units of accommodation, each with unique designs in their own right divided into groups of living spaces: Le Petit, Villa Room, Villa Studio, Villa Suite and Bellevue Suite.
Featuring French-inspired architecture and vintage furnishings, the villa is more than just a living space, it’s also worthy of a full dedicated photo album that you will remember for ages.
The Bellevue Suite is one of Ana Mandara’s most popular offerings. Featuring a panoramic 270 degree view from the balcony, the villa also features a bathtub that sits right across an old French style fireplace to keep you warm.
Fine Dining in Style
Le Petit Restaurant is ideal for fans of fine dining, or if you’re looking for a romantic restaurant experience to share with your loved one. Once a French colonial villa, Le Petit maintains its classic art deco style while adding early Indochinese elements into its aesthetics.
Le Petit is an ideal place for family reunions, weddings, corporate parties, banquets and other social events. The restaurant also features a BBQ area, as well as a lounge and pool side.
You can also find a pool bar flanked by a splendid garden so you can enjoy your drink while soaking in the greenery next to you.
Facilities and Activities
The resort comes with a list of services available to you, from airport transfers for a non-astronomical fee, to a laundry service. There is also a business center available with free internet access should you be required to get some work done while you’re there.
If you’re looking to explore Dalat, the resort provides a tour service which you can use to explore many of its attractions. Learn more about the city’s history, culture and the story behind its architecture during this educational half-day excursion.
Other tours available include Dalat City Insight, where you get to learn more about the city’s history, and Rural Expedition, a taste of what it’s like to be in the rural areas.
Take Relaxation to The Next Level
A stay at Ana Mandara is not complete until you visit the La Cochinchine Spa, voted one of the top five spas in the country.
This spa is the only place in the city where you can to enjoy the Shirodhara treatment originating from India. Comprising of a steady flow of warm oil onto your forehead, this treatment stimulates the pituitary gland, also known as the “third eye”. Considered one of the most divine therapies in the world, prepare to recharge and awaken your body in ways you never thought possible.
What Others Say
The hotel has a 4.5 out of 5 score on TripAdvisor with most of its reviews praising the resort’s vintage aesthetics, impressive architecture and its professional, friendly and helpful staff.
The hotel scored 8.7 out of 10 on Agoda with most of its reviewers praising the comfortable experience in the rooms, beautiful facilities and the excellent service tendered by the staff.
What City Pass Guide Says
One of the only 5-star resorts in the area, Ana Mandora is highly recommended if you’re looking for a break from the city to relax, recharge and awaken your senses. With its stimulating and rich beauty, it’s also a wonderful place to plan a photoshoot and don’t forget to check out the spa.