Travel Live, July 2016: Villa La Rose A Luxurious Homestay in the Heart of Ha Noi

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The blend of French and Vietnamese cultures is harmoniously represented in their many decorative features especially the Bois Doree”­sculptures of Hanoi. However, it’s not an easy task to display them in the house, making each corner look refined and elegant. Ms. Nguyen Viet Loan - a respected Interior designer, multi-cultured citizen and polyglot - is one of the few people who can achieve that. With a background in art history, archaeology and her unconditional love for "Hanoi things, she has meticulously arranged her collection of fine objects, a table, a daybed, a pair of antique vases into the place they seem to belong for centuries. Every corner reveals something new and splendid, a fitting testimony to how stylish Vietnam can be.

Villa La Rose is set in a lush garden complex next to Villa la Residence, Ms. Loan's private home, has been renovated by the American architect Grover Dear, from Hong Kong. Under her guidance, Grover Dear kept the original division of a Vietnamese ancestral hall house with three parallel rooms.

La Residence boasts the most unique features in French and Vietnamese architectures. The first floor or main villa dates back to 1910 and the wooden timber ancestral hall-house on the second floor goes to around 1865, and has the typical architectural style of the Red River Delta ancestral hall-houses which had once belonged to a high ranking mandarin in Ha Tay who served under Emperor Thanh Thai.

 

La Residence, considered as the most beautiful villa in Vietnam, appeared on the cover page of the US Issue of Architecture Digest in January 1998

 

Located in the lush green and tropical compound of La Residence, Villa La Rose Homestay is decorated with contemporary art and spirit, yet its furniture showcases traditional elements of refined Vietnamese beauty.

The living room on the 1st floor opens up to a vast entertainment space and dining area with no partition. French glass windows allow natural light to enter from the lake front yard through the lush tropical garden with a swimming pool in the backyard.

On the second and third floor are four bedrooms, two overlooking the tropical garden and two overlooking the West Lake promenade enhanced by beautiful flame trees. One of the suites is equipped with spa facilities where you can enjoy skin care and massages with Vietnamese essential oils.

Thanks to its airy space and refined interior decoration, the villa brings guests a memorable travel experience. Those who have chosen to homestay there will never regret having made the choice of staying there instead of in a 5-star hotel.

After years of living abroad, Ms. Loan, with her great sense for aesthetics, has made Villa La Rose a beautiful home away from home in harmony with nature, offering a resort life style to the guests.

When staying in Villa La Rose, guests are offered a peaceful haven away from the bustling activities of Hanoi's busy town centre. Guests can truly enjoy a leisurely life mingled with the simple life of the Nghi Tam villagers. Ms. Loan makes it a tradition to welcome first visitors to Vietnam with delicious Vietnamese cuisine from the three regions of the country in her stunning dining room of Villa La Residence.

Moreover, visiting Villa La Residence, guests feel at ease with the warm and welcoming atmosphere of this extraordinary work of art. The Red River Delta's traditional ancestral hall-house with its ancestor's altar; a French fireplace with Asian decorative ornaments and blue and white Vietnamese plates from the 15th century on its mantel, over 2000-year ­old bronze drums, and Lalique crystal chandeliers will tell you the story of two cultures coexisting under the same roof.

There are many homestays in Hanoi but none of them is of such inspiring sophistication and convey in-depth knowledge about Vietnamese cultural aspects like Villa La Rose.

 

VILLA LA ROSE / 158-160. Tu Hoa Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi / Tel: 04 3719 7371 Website: journeys-to-the-east.com