Homestay at Villa
Hanoi, Viet Nam
True to Journeys’ commitment to “the personal side of luxury”, Ms Loan has opened the door to her exquisite home, perched on the northeast shore of Hanoi’s West Lake in an area once known as Nghi Tam Flower Village.
In collaboration with her architect friend Grover Dear from the Hong Kong-based firm ArchAsia, Ms Loan painstakingly restored the striking 1910-built French colonial villa with perfect pitch.
Daring tradition, Ms Loan and Dear later integrated an endangered, age-old timbered mandarin house at her colonial villa in an exquisite marriage between the architectural styles of Vietnam and France.
As much a setting as a home, it is a sublime backdrop to dinner parties and events that are bound to loom large in guests’ dreamy recollections of their time in the Far East.