Topas Ecolodge, Sa Pa, Lào Cai
A stay at Topas Ecolodge will ensure you end every day feeling as mesmerised as when you woke up: perched atop a hill surrounded by mountains and rolling valleys dotted with tiny villages, the views couldn’t paint a more idyllic picture of rural Vietnam. You’ll also be putting money back into the pockets of locals, since this hotel employs regional indigenous people and funds their education with a portion of the profits. As you’d expect from any ecolodge, electricity usage is kept to a minimum, leftover food is fed to livestock, and all recyclable waste is duly recycled.
All this doesn’t come at the expense of comfort: all 25 chalet-style bungalows, built using local white granite, include everything you’d expect from a four-star hotel, despite the lodge’s remoteness (it takes about 45 minutes to drive to Sapa, the nearest town). Think infinity pool, herbal baths and massages that will untie your hiking-induced knots in no time. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would know – he stayed here in 2011.