Avana Retreat opens hidden spring lagoon

The Vietnam property creates a secluded swimming experience in nature

It’s rare to find a secret swimming hole that hasn’t already attracted a crowd. Rarer still is that secluded spot having all the creature comforts you may want, while still enjoying the solitude. Avana Retreat has one such place.

Carved by nature and masked by dense foliage, the Hidden Spring Lagoon is nature’s take on the private plunge pool. The rugged rim is 6 x 3.5 meters and is filled with natural spring water fed by a small waterfall. The spring water here is crisp and refreshing.

The new property, set amid the terraced rice fields and jungled mountainside, created this intimate space for guests to enjoy the natural wonder, while not negatively impacting the landscape.

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“It was important to us that we not affect the flow from the main waterfall at the heart of our resort,” said Mr. Vu Huy, founder of Avana Retreat. “We discovered this beautiful natural pool at the lower part of the flow and built around it to give our guests the chance to connect with nature without impacting it.”       

The new Hidden Spring Lagoon space was recently launched and features two sunbeds, a changing room area, and towels are available post-dip. A small bar has been set up so guests can order drinks.

For those who prefer to enjoy the backdrop without getting wet, the property has launched private dining experiences. Guests have the choice of two menus, The Night Breeze or Lagoon Chill. Both are multi-course meals for a maximum of 12 guests. The fine dining menu consists of dishes like Japanese scallops and duck breast with mushroom truffle. The experience in the evening is a candle-lit affair and guests will have the lagoon to themselves. Prices start at VND 4,500,000++ per person.

An afternoon tea service is also available. Options range from the standard set at VND 600,000++ per person to the indulgent champagne and caviar afternoon tea for VND 2,200,000++ per guest. The delectable menu features sweet treats like macaroons and pannacotta as well as savory items, such as fresh tiger prawn spring rolls.

Avana Retreat is a 15-hectare resort in Vietnam’s Mai Chau Province, a 3.5-hour drive from Hanoi. The 36-villa property features a spacious, indigenous design, a spa, a yoga studio built on a stream, and a stunning private waterfall, which inspired the entire development when discovered by the founders a decade ago.

The Hidden Spring Lagoon is open to guests only from 11 am – 5 pm, with no advance bookings required for a swim or a drink. Dining experiences require advanced reservations. For more information, visit

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