Experience 1920s Da Lat Today at the Ana Villas Resort

Available in : Vietnamese

October 24, 2020


The old-French charm of Da Lat is still alive and well, and some resorts are highlighting the city’s history as a vacation hub to craft experiences that take you back in time.

The Ana Villas Resort recreates the French vacation town ambience of Da Lat 100 years ago and offers quirky French Colonial Villas nestled ideally on the slopes of the city’s rural uplands, aiming to take you back to bygone years and times forgotten, when days were spent in walking along grassy hills or dozing in front of a crackling fireplace.







The villas were built from 1920 by the French residing in Vietnam looking to get away from the hustle and bustle and the heat of Saigon for the more continental climate of Da Lat, called also at the time “The city of eternal spring” or “The city of a thousand pines”.







Indeed, Da Lat was at the last century one of the most chic altitude resorts in the Far East, welcoming the French wealthy classes of Saigon who built there sumptuous villas recalling the styles at the time in vogue in the metropolis: Savoyard chalets, Art Deco residences, Basque, Norman or Alsatian houses, French churches …








The original 15 mansions by Ana Villas Resort were designed by influential architect Paul Veysseyre in the 1920’s and ‘30’s (who also made the residence of Emperor Bao Dai in Da Lat), are surrounded by large gardens, clearly spaced from each other to ensure their inhabitants the necessary privacy, while having an exceptional view of the valleys, forests and the lake.







If you’re looking for fine dining and a romantic restaurant experience, “Le Petit Restaurant,” located in one of the French colonial houses of the resort, has maintained a classic Art Deco style, while adding its own unique Cochinchine elements.







The Ana Villas Resort also offers a swimming pool and “La Cochinchine Spa” where treatments are inspired by traditional Vietnam, France, Cham and Hindu influences. 







Today, Da Lat has not lost any of its tourist appeal. Its cool climate, its gentle way of life and its architectural heritage make it an ideal destination for a cultural or romantic weekend. Take a look and let nostalgia take over to inspire your next city escape.

To learn more about Ana Villas Resort and for accommodation and tour bookings, visit their website or FB Page.


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