The trip to Utopia Eco Lodge was quite a bumpy 45mins ride from Sun Plaza city center. But then that's beauty of travelling, we enjoyed ourself with vast mountainous view, plentiful of Rain Terraces and bright blue sky.
The place is a quaint lovely farm stay, with a couple of modern fitted amenties - shower and toilet are besides the room. Will have to wait a few moments for hot shower but both toilet and shower are clean so start.
The Main "lobby" is a chill place to relax and watch the sky.
Owner is a friendly 30year old young guy, whom designed the place all by himself.
We had a very exlcusive dip in the natural mini waterfall , 50m away from the place. Take note that during night, the water level tends to surge and become fast.
We came 3 days ago and weather was cooling yet sunny.
As it is all-natural, take note of some mosqutoes, moths and insects. Also the dogs are vvvv friendly and always yearning to lead the way, or wanting a pat on head.
It's true what they say, to experience Sapa, you have to travel out of Sapa and this little lodge consisting of just 5 small chalets & a family bungalow, which we stayed in, will let you live & breathe Sapa. The view was superb, overloou hills and a big stream below. We stayed among villages. The room was clean & beds were comfortable. We had a bathroom attached and there was hot water, soap, towels and toothbrush. The owners served us directly and was friendly and chatted us up. They attended to our needs very quickly. I'm holding back another star because the room doesn't have a heater and the fireplace wasn't lit. The twmoery was around 10 degrees Celsius. Coming from the tropics, it was a little to cold to our liking. Also, there was no Wi-Fi. Other than that we enjoyed our stay. If you're coming in winter, do request for a heater as Sapa has been known to snow. I would still recommend to stay here.
About 10 km away from Sapa this a real gem hidden in the valleys of Ta Van. I spent two nights in a bungalow by the river. The room was super clean and comfy. Very comfortable bed! Bathrooms were clean. Really liked the food - always fresh and tasty!
Very friendly stuff :) and the owner, Adam, is a great host! He took me on a free guided tour with one of his tourist groups and showed me a breathtaking viewpoint up in the mountains.
This is definitely one of the best places to relax and recharge!
P.S. plenty of nice hiking trails around.
The place is very new. And the is far far away from the touristy crowd.
The trek to the lodge is about 500-600 mts. The view from the room is the stream which can be easily reached for a great swim too.