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Originally a hill station settled by the French in the 1920’s, Sapa lies at 1,650 metres above sea level in the Hoang Lien Mountains of north-western Vietnam and enjoys a cooler climate than most of the country.
Surrounded by magnificent scenery, including views of nearby Mount Fansipan, Indochina's highest peak, the resort is built in the style of a mountain chalet and all rooms have private balconies. Facilities include gardens, an indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, tennis court, games room with billiards table and a spa offering a variety of traditional massages and treatments.
The restaurant serves good French and Vietnamese cuisine. In the summer months you can dine on the outdoor terrace with its spectacular mountain views, while in the winter you can enjoy the rather odd experience of drinking hot red wine by the fireplace and eating cheese fondue in rural Vietnam.
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The company that owns the resort also operates a sleeper train with a dining car that runs from Hanoi to nearby Lao Cai, and is a good way to reach Sapa.