Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa in Vietnam – Mountain Resort

Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa in Vietnam

 

Nestled high in the Hoang Lien Son mountains of North Western Vietnam is the hillside town of Sapa.  Sapa overlooks the Muong Hoa Valley with its terraced rice fields.  No doubt you have seen the images of Sapa and the rice terraces in every promotional photograph or video of Vietnam.  In this case, the lens does not lie! This area is one of outstanding beauty.

Sapa is also the capital of the district known as Sa Pa in the Lao Cai province.

We were invited to experience the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa by Victoria Hotels from the TMG Group, the largest privately-owned travel and hospitality group based in Vietnam.

Our unique travel experience commenced when we were collected at our hotel in Hanoi and transported to the Hanoi Railway Station at 120 Le Duan Street in the Hoan Kiem district by their private luxury shuttle bus. Our 8-hour overnight journey to Lao Cai was on the stylish, Indochina-inspired Victoria Express Train. We felt that we were travelling back in time when luxury carriages plied many of the routes throughout Asia and Europe.  As we awoke from our slumbers, the sun was starting to rise and the countryside and its people were starting their day and going about their chores.

On arrival at Lao Cai, there is a further 1-hour journey by shuttle bus to Sapa town. We travelled up through the mountains with mist drifting down over the terraced rice fields.  Experiencing the early morning in this way was a magical start to a fascinating day ahead.

Map of Sapa Showing the Victoria Sapa Resort

Map showing the location of Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa in Vietnam

Location of the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

 

YouTube of Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

Youtube video of Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

Check-In Experience

Reception at the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

Reception at the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

What a delightful check-in experience provided by Cherry Trang on Reception as we arrived a little blurry eyed from the early start that morning. We were able to check in early before heading into the Ta Van Restaurant for our buffet breakfast.

Breakfast

Pastries at the breakfast buffet at the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

We loved the local traditional colourful weaving adorning the pastry section at breakfast

The Ta Van Restaurant with its central fireplace for those cold wintery evenings has spectacular mountain views.  The Breakfast Buffet was extensive, offering:

  • fresh fruit including dragon fruit and passionfruit
  • cereals and yoghurts
  • cheese board
  • Vietnamese hot breakfast options
  • Western hot breakfast options
  • Egg station where you can choose from fried, poached or omelettes
  • pastry section that included croissants, pain au chocolat, bread and sweet pastries including doughnuts
  • fresh fruit juices, as well as tea and coffee, are available
Ta Van Restaurant

Ta Van Restaurant with its wooden interior design and local traditional weavings enhancing the overall feeling of a mountain chalet.

The breakfast and dinner staff are extremely helpful.  They are a ‘mine-field’ of local information and love to share their knowledge with you.

 

Accommodation

The Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa offers:

  • 21 Victoria Superior Rooms
  • 52 Victoria Deluxe Rooms
  • 2 Victoria Family Suites
  • 2 Victoria Suites
The Deluxe Bedroom at the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

Our beautifully appointed Deluxe Bedroom with Balcony

Our accommodation was one of the beautifully appointed Victoria Deluxe Rooms with a balcony overlooking the hotel grounds and the mountain range in the distance that was shrouded in mist when we arrived.  The corridor leading to our room, at the back of the hotel, overlooked the Sapa Lake with its background of the mountain range that is shaped like a dragon. Sapa sits in a valley and the views are spectacular everywhere you look.

The rooms are decorated with local traditional handicrafts.  Each room comes with a:

  • Ceiling fan
  • Electric heater
  • TV
  • Mini-bar
  • Safe deposit box
  • coffee and tea making facilities

The bathroom is well-appointed complete with luxury toiletries.

Our bed was extremely comfortable, with high-quality linen and pillows. Two luxury towelling robes were provided.

There was a nice touch of a fruit bowl on our arrival.  Tea and coffee making facilities are also provided.

Dinner

Dinner at Tu Van Restaurant - Sea Bass with Passionfruit Sauce

Western Menu – Sea Bass with Passionfruit Sauce

A three-course dinner was included and we could choose from a Western Menu or a Vietnamese Menu.  To give you a taste of what was available that evening:

The Western Menu:

  • Wild Mushroom Soup with crispy almond and truffle oil
  • Sea bass fillet with zucchini risotto, smoked eggplant caviar and passionfruit sauce
  • Apple tart with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream

The Vietnamese Menu:

  • Sapa sturgeon soup with vegetables
  • Sauteed chicken with cashew and vegetables served with steamed rice
  • Yoghurt mousse with fresh mango

Both cuisines were excellent and the service from the staff outstanding.  We enjoyed a couple of glasses of local beer over our leisurely dinner.

The restaurant features traditional performances by H’mong and Thai minority dancers on selected evenings.

Hotel Reception Area 

Local ladies weaving

Learn how the local tribes produce their colourful handicrafts

The Hotel Reception Area leads into a lounge area with local colourful artwork depicting the local indigenous tribes.  During the day you can watch the local ladies weaving garments.  There are plenty of areas just to relax and read.  A pool table, as well as a children’s playroom,  is located near the Ta Fin Bar.

In summer you can enjoy your meals or a drink in the manicured gardens with views over Sapa and the mountains.

Activities on Offer

Our trek through the rice terraces

Our trek through the rice terraces

There are plenty of activities available.  The Hotel has published  an extensive activities guide which includes:

  • half day tours of 3-4 hours of walking visiting the ethnic minority hill tribes
  • full day tours of 4 – 8 hours walking where you can interact with the ethnic hill tribe communities
  • half day tours visiting waterfalls or the Hoang Lien National Park
  • a day trek that includes mountains, rice fields and waterfalls
  • visits to Markets.  The markets rotate weekly and the local tribes come down from the mountains to sell their products
  • overnight treks with accommodation at the Victoria Homestay, a H’mong home nestled in the terraced rice fields of the Muong Valley
  • Trek to the top of Mount Fansipan – this is recommended for experienced trekkers available in a 1, 2 or 3-day trek
  • Mountain biking – 1/2 day and full day tours

As part of our visit, we enjoyed a half day trek to the small village of Ta Giang Phin. The area is inhabited by the Red Dao ethnic groups.

Ladies at the local market

Local ethnic groups gather to sell their products at the Sapa Market

Our next article will highlight our half day trek to the village and our visit to the local market.

To reach the town centre there are a flight of stairs at the front of the hotel.

Spa & Gym Facilities

Spa at Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

The Spa at the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

The Victoria Spa offers massages, facial and body treatments, baths and reflexology.  They have 12 massage rooms available as well as 2 hammams.

We enjoyed an invigorating 30-minute foot massage after our half day of trekking. Just perfect after our trek through the terraced rice fields.

There is an indoor heated swimming pool, a gym area, sauna, steam bath and tennis court.

Reservations

For reservations click here for their latest special packages and deal.

Hotel Details

Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

Address: Xuan Vien Street, Sapa Town, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam

T: +84 214 3871 522 | F: +84 214 3871 539

Our Impressions and our thanks

Our adventure to Sapa with Victoria Hotels and the Victoria Express has been a memorable experience for us both.  From the moment we were collected from our hotel in Hanoi and returned 3 nights later we were thoroughly pampered and well looked after by every member of staff.  Our thanks go to all at the Victoria Sapa Resort and Spa, Victoria Express and the TMG group that made our stay possible. As always our opinions are our own.

Visas for Vietnam

You may require a Visa for Vietnam.  Our article explains the process on whether you require a visa and how to obtain an e-visa online. Read more here.

 

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18 Comments

  • Summer says:

    This is such a charming resort! The buffet breakfast is definitely luxurious — a cheese board, wow! I would love to take a tour through the rice fields. Looks like there are a lot of other neat activities too. I had no idea mountain biking was popular there. The reception is lovely and it’s very cool to be able to see the locals weaving right there in the lobby.

  • The spa hotel looks very rustic, like design. The breakfast looks so interesting. Do they also cook the food in European style? The fish dish looks very delicious.

  • Eunice Tan says:

    I have always wanted to visit Sapa! The accommodation looks absolutely cozy and the breakfast sounds like a feast. Sure looks like a good place to set up base and do all the hikes you’ve mentioned.

    • Hi Eunice
      Thanks for your comments. Hope you can visit Sapa one day. The treks are great and the scenery stunning as you can imagine.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Lisa says:

    Reading this is bringing back some lovely memories of my time in Vietnam. Sadly, we didn’t make it to Sapa, as we just didn’t have time. Victoria Sapa Resort is a great choice, and with lovely breakfast and dinner options too. It’s also good they arrange activities; I love markets so would be interested to check them out.

  • Shaily says:

    Wow! What a luxurious stay at Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa! Nested in one of the most beautiful locations in Vietnam, the resort is a lovely combination of modern and tradition. I like their rustic décor and the use of warm colours. Their menu sounds and looks delicious. Great to know you can also watch the local ladies weaving garments. The complimentary fruit bowl is icing on the cake.

    • Hi Shaily
      Thanks for your comments. It was a definite wow! Such a great place to stay in such a beautiful location in Northern Vietnam.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • The Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa seems to be a perfect place to stay and relax in Northern Vietnam. What I really like is the seamless way in which local elements have been woven into the hotel with the best of modern luxury and comfort. The local activities including the treks to the famous rice terraces are also very interesting.

  • Martha says:

    As I travel, the more I love visiting spas abroad. It’s a self-pampering necessity! I love how the Victoria Sapa Resort emphasizes the importance of the local culture and educating tourists. I would love to embark on the spa’s nature walks to the rice terraces and waterfalls, but I would be most interested in visiting the local tribes. Visiting the local tribes and learning about their cultures and experiences would be such an impactful experience and a great memory. An added bonus is that the facility looks very relaxing and in pristine condition.

    • Hi Martha
      Thanks for your comments. Travel is stressful and a good spa treatment or foot massage is definitely a great way to unwind.
      The local tribes experience was very interesting and well worth investing some time to enjoy and learn about them.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • umiko says:

    Your journey to Sapa Resort from they picked you up, overnight at the Victorian Style Train, and a bus ride through a misty morning sounds like reading a beginning of a mysterious book. The resort looks really nice and I can’t believe they offered so much activities. A day trek that includes mountains, rice fields, and waterfalls sounds perfect for me.

  • We loved Sapa on our trip here a few years ago. Although the weather was terrible with torrential rain the entire time we were still able to trek and then awoke on the third day to beautiful sunshine. Hopefully we will get to return here one day as we love to holiday in Vietnam. I will definitely check this hotel out.

    • Hi Kathy
      Thanks for your comments. Hopefully you can return to Sapa and pay a visit. You may be surprised at the way it has changed over the last few years. It is still a stunning location.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

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