Mai Chau Eco Lodge – Mai Chau
Few destinations better capture the spirit of Vietnam than Mai Chau, a valley of incredible culture and impossible lushness. In this harmony of patchwork rice paddies, soaring mountains and unbridled forest, the ancient life of the Vietnamese continues as it always has – at a charming snail’s pace punctuated by the thrill of the harvest. The 43 rooms of Mai Chau Ecolodge are steeped upon a flower-lined hill in the village of Na Phon. Each spacious offering is synchronised with the beat of its surroundings through local wood, palm leaf and stone, all combining in the evocative design of Mai Chau’s ethnic Thai stilt houses – Luxury Bedding, Private Balcony, Wooden Bathtub, Outdoor Shower, Built from Renewable Materials, Powered by Green Energy. This luxury eco-accommodation in Mai Chau offers several avenues for your relaxation, spread across a restaurant, spa, swimming pool and two bars. Sitting atop the central reception, the Orchid Restaurant delivers local delights in both its menu and its view. Take a seat inside the burnished, wooden interior or on the wide balcony outside, as Mai Chau’s long-developed flavours match the appeal of stretching rice fields backed by a forested hill and a dramatic range of mountains. The restaurant offers set menu as well as à la carte options, covering dishes caught and grown at our doorstep. Stir-fried beef and clay pot chicken are specialties of the region, as is fish from the local rivers and delicious ethnic meals such as tom yum soup. Our garden outside provides the organic herbs and spices for everything in our restaurant. The White Thai ethnic people are always proud of their earthy and tasty cuisine. Our Mai Chau Restaurant will bring you a quintessential fusion of Vietnamese traditional food and Thai tribal food. The two-storey Mai Chau Restaurant is perched on the highest point of our Ecolodge, offering panoramic view from every angle. The ground floor of this enormous stilt house is reserved for reception hall and lobby bar. The second floor is the dining centre which can accommodate up to 120 guests. The bar is also on this floor, bringing you the finest cocktails, wines and other drinks with cosy Thai tribal interiors, cool mountain breeze and magnificent view over lush rice fields and towering limestone peaks. Few images are as iconic of Mai Chau Ecolodge as our swimming pool. Our redbrick spa welcomes up to 10 guests at a time with cool red tiles and comfortable massage beds. Local masseuses dip you into a world of soothing, tribal therapies and established local remedies, ensuring that your explorations around Mai Chau are rewarded in serene fashion. As its name suggests, the incredible vista rolling from the humble bamboo balcony of the Panorama Bar is spread wide. This is the perfect place to relax with a drink and soak in the enchantment cast by mountains and rice fields, all in the architecture of a traditional Thai stilt home.