5 Relaxing Retreats to Escape the Daily Grind

Are you looking for a tranquil escape this March? We've got you covered with 5 idyllic destinations to unwind and relax!

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Are you in need of a relaxing getaway after a busy period? In today’s article, we suggest some destinations for you to unwind, from resorts and cafes to glamping, bars, and delicious eateries. Discover them now!

1 Amaya Retreat – A Serene Escape

Amaya Retreat – A Peaceful Haven

Quality Rating: 4.8/5 (Google Rating)

Address: Lam Truong Village, Minh Phu Commune, Soc Son District, Hanoi

Price Range: VND 1,800,000 – 2,500,000/person/night

Opening Hours: All Day

Phone Number: 0984798565 

Website: Amaya Retreat

Facebook: AMAYA Retreat

Pros: Luxurious and modern, diverse services, a range of accommodation options to suit different needs

Cons: Room rates are relatively high compared to average prices; located far from the city center, which may be inconvenient for those wishing to visit other tourist spots

Tucked away in the majestic nature, Amaya Retreat is like a fairytale painting with a total area of 10 hectares in Lam Truong Village, Minh Phu Commune, Soc Son District, about 40km from the center of Hanoi.

The resort boasts 9 cozy bungalows and 14 bedrooms, as well as a luxurious wooden suite villa with a private pool. All accommodations are designed in a refined European architectural style.

Standing out amidst the serene landscape are rustic wooden houses nestled under the lush green pine forest, offering a sense of tranquility and peace. A visit to Amaya Retreat on the weekends will allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, immerse yourself in nature, and enjoy a quiet retreat to recharge your energy.

Here, you can indulge in a myriad of experiences such as enjoying unique cuisine, relaxing at the spa, practicing yoga and meditation, or simply taking a dip in the all-season pool. Amaya Retreat promises to be an ideal destination for those seeking peace and serenity.

2 Phê La – A Nostalgic Café Experience

Phê La – A Nostalgic Café Experience

Café Rating: 3.7/5 (Google Rating)

Address: 19A Ngoc Ha, Doi Can Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

Price Range: VND 11,000 – 60,000

Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:45

Phone Number: 0911802252 

Website: Phê La

Facebook: Phê La

Delivery: Available (Shopee Food)

Menu: Milk tea, blended drinks, coffee, fruit tea, oolong matcha, and more

Signature Dish: Oolong Jasmine Milk Tea (VND 54,000)

Pros: Reputable brand, chill ambiance, delicious drinks

Cons: Long waiting times during peak hours

Phê La Ngoc Ha offers a unique handcrafted brewing experience, the first of its kind in Hanoi, located right next to the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Drawing inspiration from old Hanoi, Phê La presents a lush green space filled with flowers, leaves, and fresh vegetables, seamlessly blended with traditional values. Rustic materials such as bamboo and straw, along with images of flower-selling carts and newsstands, create a distinctive charm for the café.

3 Lạc Glamping – Lakeside Glamping Adventure

Lạc Glamping – Lakeside Glamping Adventure

Quality Rating: 4.4/5 (Google Rating)

Address: 1460/2 Provincial Road 767, Ap 1, Ma Da Commune, Vinh An Town, Vinh Cuu District, Dong Nai Province 

Price Range: VND 1,4000,000 – 1,600,000/person

Opening Hours: 06:00 – 22:00

Phone Number: 0345893003 

Facebook: LẠC Glamping 

Pros: Well-equipped tents; rental fee includes breakfast and BBQ dinner

Cons: Tents get booked up quickly, so advance reservation is recommended

Lạc Glamping offers a luxurious camping experience by the romantic Tri An Lake with a variety of tents to cater to different needs, whether you’re traveling solo, with friends, or family.

The safari-style lakeside tents feature relaxing wooden floors and stunning lake views, complete with modern amenities. The spacious two-story tents are perfect for families or large groups, while the charming lotus-shaped tents nestled among fruit trees offer a private lawn and bonfire area. The Mongolian-style grass tents are centrally located for easy access, and the family tents are elegant and spacious, resembling miniature palaces. All tents are equipped with air conditioning and sunshades for added comfort.

Beyond the cozy bonfire dinners and breathtaking sunsets over the lake, Lạc Glamping offers a plethora of entertaining activities, including outdoor and tent movie screenings, fishing, cycling, archery, SUP boarding, off-roading in the conservation area, and trekking/hiking in the forest.

4 Sip999.izakaya – A Hidden Bar Gem

Sip999.izakaya – A Hidden Bar Gem

Restaurant Rating: 4.8/5 (Google Rating)

Address: 66 Pham Ngoc Thach, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Price Range: VND 100,000 – 500,000

Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 (Usually crowded at 22:00)

Phone Number: 0907287241

Facebook: Sip999 izakaya

Delivery: Not available

Menu: Yakitori, Kushikatsu, Okonomiyaki, Gyoza, Edamame, beer, sake, shochu, Umeshu, wine, cocktails, fruit juices, soft drinks

Signature Drinks: Sapporo Draft Beer, Dassai 23, Choya Extra Dry, Choya Umeshu

Pros: Fragrant drinks, delicious food, cozy atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable bartenders

Cons: None reported

On a small alley off Pham Ngoc Thach Street, a seemingly ordinary liquor shelf holds a secret. Gently push it aside, and a hidden door will reveal itself, leading you to Sip999.izakaya – a surprising sanctuary.

Sip999.izakaya offers a unique blend of izakaya, a traditional Japanese sake bar, and Western-style cocktails. Patrons can indulge in delicious Japanese dishes like grilled skewers, fried snacks, sushi, and sashimi, paired with fine sake. While the space is not expansive, it exudes a cozy and comfortable ambiance. Soft lighting, soothing music, and subtle aromas from the dishes create the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing evening. Sip999.izakaya is a must-visit for those seeking hidden bar gems and wishing to explore the fusion of Japanese cuisine and Western cocktails.

5 Xôi Mềm – A Creative Comfort Food Haven

Xôi Mềm – A Creative Comfort Food Haven

Restaurant Rating: 4.5/5 (Google Rating)

Address: 25/17/1, Cuu Long, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City 

Price Range: VND 11,000 – 60,000

Opening Hours: 07:00 – 21:00 (Usually crowded at 10:00)

Phone Number: 0985227002 

Facebook: Mềm 

Delivery: Available (Shopee Food)

Menu: Xoi xeo, xoi cha bong, xoi thit kho, xoi trung kho, and more

Signature Dish: Xoi Xeo (Sticky Rice with Fried Shallots)

Pros: Spacious and aesthetically pleasing ambiance

Cons: Long waiting times during peak hours

Xôi Mềm, once a small shop in Cuu Long Alley, has now expanded into a larger space in the adjacent building. It is not only a destination for sticky rice lovers but also a creative hub for the artistically inclined.

Their menu offers a taste of traditional Northern sticky rice dishes, including xoi xeo (sticky rice with fried shallots), xoi bap (sticky rice with corn), banh gio (steamed rice cakes), and banh mi thit xien (meat skewers with bread). You can also enjoy a range of unique drinks, from tea and coffee to creative blends, while relaxing with friends.

Xôi Mềm also serves as a creative sanctuary, hosting workshops on crafts, canvas painting, and sculpture painting. In the future, they plan to organize more exciting activities and rooftop music nights, making it a must-visit destination for Saigon’s youth.

These are our suggestions for relaxing getaways and dining experiences to unwind and recharge. Start planning your escape today and embrace a stress-free and fulfilling life!

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