Pines over water at Terracotta Dalat Hotel and Resort

No 1, Vol.6, January – February 2016

Dalat, the most European-looking of all towns in the country, amazingly elegant with its French colonial architecture, cool climate and hilly terrain, gets almost impossibly, strikingly beautiful in autumn. The road snakes through the town with a riot of juicy bright greenery, endless thick groves of graceful pines and whole fields of wild marigolds at full bloom rising from the canvas of terracotta-colored clay soil with a backdrop of the still, dark-green waters of Tuyen Lam lake. Each meter of the landscape is truly spectacular and seems to be the very picture of a photographer’s heaven. Everything around looks so scenic that I almost start to dream of being driven another 50 km, but the road ends too soon and suddenly I’m at the bright new 4-star Terracotta Dalat resort where I am booked.

The lines of villas built in the best traditions of modern romantic functionalism and minimalist style with flat roofs, glass walls, spacious terraces and cubism concepts seem to be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural philosophy of naturalism, surprising in mountainous Dalat, being a locus of French colonial architecture in Vietnam. 21 villas with intriguing botanical and natural names like Cerasus, Jacaranda, Panorama and Aurora, housing 75 bedrooms, are hidden in lush pine woodlands and look truly spectacular with bright spots of flower beds masterly laid out by the gardeners. Together with the faint sounds of classical music flowing from outdoor speakers and forest birds chirping in the treetops, they are an image of serenity capable of deeply affecting those not easily impressed.
Villa interiors with 1 to 3 bedrooms are refreshingly spacious and contemporary, with high ceilings, glass panoramic walls, cozy modern design living rooms and kitchens, as well as huge and bedazzling stone verandahs to meditate on the stunning lake seen through the green veil of young pine trees. The rooms feature tasteful modern unobtrusive designs with a fine blend of hazel, beige and brown tones, harmonious combinations of wood, stone and glass bringing the prime views of the lake and pine forest to the forefront.

The Superior and Deluxe accommodations within the two wings of residential compounds follow the same open-to-nature space concept, with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, open-air passages, panoramic terraces and outdoor stairs.
Here, every detail, starting from the furnishing and interior design of resort accommodations to the architectural style, garden and resort layout, is tailored to bring its guests as close to charming nature surroundings as possible, while staying current with all modern comfort and facilities that 4-star international standards require. The vast pine park area with cobble-stoned paths, garden statues, cozy modern alcoves invite relaxed walks in pine-scented, cool air-which are priceless after the hectic mayhem of Hanoi and HCMC.
With on-spot Montagne restaurant, featuring indoor and outdoor seating areas, 400 m² Grand Ball room and two conference rooms, Terracotta resort offers a great stage set for memorable events.
The resort‘s guests are also offered to rejuvenate and recreate themselves in the large spa center with its extensive list of treatments, indoor heated pool and well-equipped gym.
An atmospheric Zen monastery, scenic Datanla waterfall and boat and pedalo pier for river journeys to Elephant Island, all being within walking distance from Terracotta Dalat resort, provide an inspiring experience of local sights, discovery and meaningful active leisure for sporty travellers.
The 8 km distance between Dalat city center and the resort is quickly covered on a shuttle bus which conveniently departs from the hotel 3 times per day.
With 240 superior and deluxe rooms in living compounds and 21 ultra-modern design villas within Terracotta Dalat Resort & spa premises, the space somehow, surprisingly, gives one a feeling of privacy and tranquility. It offers a redolent and scenic pine forest, the green slopes of the whole lake peninsula, stunning views and the mountainous air to no one else but you.n

By Nathalie Sokolovskaya; Photos provided by Terracotta Hotel & Resort
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