Alba Wellness offers true Onsen experience

Alba Wellness offers true Onsen experience

If you have chance to visit Japan and soak in one of numerous natural hot springs that scatter throughout this country, you must understand the enjoyment of being alone in the nature, with nothing coming between you and the sunrise, sunset or dark night skies dotted with countless twinkling stars. At Alba Wellness Resort, we offer you an unusual opportunity to get truly close to the nature.

Alba Wellness Resort was built on the very birthplace of a legendary natural hot spring. Old people living in remote villages alongside the foot of Truong Son chain often talked about a “holy water” source that rose from the depth of rocky mountain. This “holy water” was extremely hot at its emergence and locals believed it was the “God’s warmth”. Farmers from distant areas went over forests and mountains to carry this “holy water” back home for illness treatment, together with medicine leaves. By drinking this “holy water”, they thought they were protected by the God. In 1928, this “holy water” was officially discovered by famous French doctor Albert Sallet, who studied about thermo-mineral spring sources in South Vietnam. Later, this natural hot spring was named Alba by owners of Alba Hospitality who had decided to invest on this land.

Alba natural hot spring is considered a precious treasure of Alba Wellness Resort. Analysis taken by French geologist Henri Fontaine in 1957 showed that Alba was a balanced mineral water, containing Calcium, Bicarbonate, Magnesium and other nutrition that is good for health and beauty. Other scientific evidence by geologists from Czech and Vietnam has also proven that Alba hot spring can be compared with some famous thermal mineral water sources in Europe, such as Vichy in France.

Using this “holy water” as its core, Alba Wellness Resort is proud to have 2,000m2 Onsen & Spa centre, which was designed in minimalist style with a sense of warmth and elegance. There are separate spaces for men and women, with a wide range of Onsen baths and facilities both in-house and outdoor such as Alba mineral water bath, silk bath, jet bath, garden mineral water bath, cold bath, sauna and steam bath. With specific health benefits, these baths complement each other to create a unique 7-step Onsen journey. You can start it with any bath of your choice, but don’t forget to end it in the open-air bath set in our traditional Japanese garden. Be at one with nature, you can enjoy the serenity of the outdoors whilst soaking in hot mineral water. It helps warming you to the bone and making your skin so smooth.

At Alba Wellness Resort, you can take Onsen bath in early morning, before breakfast or in late evening to ensure a good sleep at night. But it is also great to dip in our open air hot mineral water during the day to feel the scent and the sound of the forest, or simply enjoy it in our glass room to see the nature through the window. A glass of Alba mineral water or cold hibiscus tea will be served after your bath because we believe it will be perfect for your health.

“Soaking in secluded Alba hot spring that is surrounded by nature, I feel like I’m in a Japanese ryokan”, said a guest of Alba Wellness Resort.

In Hue, central Vietnam, we are building our unique Onsen culture to provide you relaxing and therapeutic experiences. Don’t await a return to Japan to take Onsen bath, you can enjoy it here at Alba Wellness Resort.

Break your daily routine at Alba Wellness Resort

Break your daily routine at Alba Wellness Resort

Sometimes, the daily routine makes you feel tired and you want to escape it for a while. Just pack your luggage and go to Alba Wellness Resort. Here, everyone can find their way to keep things fresh, to reproduce energy and to live life to the fullest.

Located 30km in the North of Hue city, at the foot of Truong Son mountain and right on the birthplace of a natural hot spring, Alba Wellness Resort is a tranquil land cradled by lush garden, tropical forest, hot and cold streams and a local lifestyle rich in Hue’s traditions. The pleasant environment invites you to leave the world behind and enjoy life as you like.

You can spend a day full of wellness activities such as yoga, meditation, Onsen baths, spa and other body exercises. Wake up early in your room, you should choose between bathing in hot spring water and stepping into the yoga studio for morning exercise. Alba Wellness Resort has the first ever Onsen & Spa centre in Vietnam, with a wide range of Onsen baths and facilities in separate spaces for men and women. Let the hot water warm you to the bone, relax your muscles, nourish your body tissue and make your skin so smooth while enjoying beautiful nature. Following Onsen baths, pamper yourself with a unique spa experience featuring a combination of therapeutic skills, quiet music and aromatherapy. Mori restaurant, located in Onsen & Spa area is an ideal spot to relax during your wellness journey. Order some Japanese vegetarian snacks and light dishes, using ingredients at the peak of their freshness and flavor in Alba organic farm, they are not only delicious but very good for your health. The rest of the day is time for leisurely practices: meditation in the serenity of Zen garden; stroll along bamboo paths or short walk in the forest…

You can start your day with a cycling tour to discover the local landscape and culture. Riding through a maze of rice paddies, you will enjoy the sun glinting seductively off the field, reminding you how beautiful Vietnam truly is. Stop for breakfast at a countryside market that opens only few hours in the early morning, you will encounter interesting local vendors and taste their delightful dishes. The tour will bring you through ancient villages which date back to 400 years, through cathedrals and pagodas, through romantic rivers and peaceful gardens… If you are lucky enough, you will meet the monk at the temple nearby the resort and listen to his stories about the local lifestyle and history. The tour ends at noon time and a lunch at Madame Chau restaurant with Hue’s delicacies will be a wonderful experience.

You can simply enjoy the “art of doing nothing” at Alba Wellness Resort. Throughout the day, you are wandering along bamboo paths, sipping a cup of tea in Mizu café and basking in the sun’s rays under beautiful blue sky on the recliners surrounding the pool.

Whatever your choice, at Alba Wellness Resort, you will feel a sense of relief to rebalance your body, spirit and mind.

Vietnam’s first authentic onsen resort doesn’t disappoint

Vietnam’s first authentic onsen resort doesn’t disappoint

By Thúy Hằng

Japan has uncountable specialities that make the country awesome and unique. The ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ is known for sushi, sumo, samurai, and onsen, which means natural hot spring and the bathing facilities and resorts situated around them. As a country of active volcanoes, Japan has thousands of onsens scattered across the country. No stay in Japan is complete without going to an onsen.

However, you may need to loosen your purse-strings before you can dip into the hot spring. Alongside money for travel and accommodation, you have to spend about five to six hours sitting on a plane to get to Japan.

Luckily though, the amazingly relaxing and therapeutic experience of onsen is now available in Việt Nam.

Located 30km north of Huế City, the newly opened Alba Wellness Resort is nestled in a tranquil land cradled by tropical forest, hot and cold streams and a local lifestyle rich in Huế traditions.

Built on the birthplace of a natural hot spring sourced from the depth of Trường Sơn mountain range, Alba Wellness Resort is an oasis of calm. The resort’s design features a combination of Japanese and Vietnamese architecture with rural landscape such as wooden gates, bamboo paths and red bridges over streams.

From Hà Nội, I arrived at the property last week, on a cold and rainy day. “Damn weather,” I thought, without knowing that the drizzle would enhance my experience at this getaway resort.

Boasting a natural hot spring, a precious gift of nature scattering around the property, Alba Wellness Resort offers Việt Nam’s first authentic onsen and spa centre, where I enjoyed a seven-step contemporary Japanese bath.

Although I had experience with traditional onsen in Japan, where nudity is required, I was as a bit hesitant to strip off and bathe in front of other ladies. (There are separate spaces for men and women.) My embarrassment vanished quickly after I got into the ‘silk bath’ pool, which had thousands of small bubbles that I used to cover my skin.

There is a wide range of onsen baths and facilities both in-house and outdoor such as mineral water bath, silk bath, jet bath, garden mineral water bath, cold bath, sauna and steam bath. Relax your muscles, and let the hot water warm you, nourish your body tissue and make your skin smooth. With different health benefits, the baths complement each other to create a unique seven-step onsen journey.

You can start in any bath, but don’t forget to end in the open-air bath set in a traditional Japanese garden. Here, at one with nature, under the curtain of rain and letting the cold rain drops hit on my face, for the first time in my life, I enjoyed to the fullest the seduction of the contrast between coldness and warmness. That is when I realised that I was blessed with the rain.

Following the relaxation of the onsen, I pampered myself with a 30-minute massage at the spa centre, where I enjoyed a combination of therapeutic skills, quiet music and aromatherapy.

Surrounded by lakes, gardens and tranquil bamboo paths, Alba Wellness Resort is divided into two separate areas: Alba Inn and Alba Village. While Alba Inn is designed with a sense of contemporary Japanese style, Alba Village evokes the rustic beauty of Vietnamese countryside with cottage roofs, bamboo fences and vegetable gardens.

In the tranquil ambience of the resort, I took part in mind and body exercises such as yoga and meditation. I was lucky enough to be able to attend a breathing class conducted by ‘breathing master’ and yoga teacher Dominique Lonchant. The class helped attendees discover the immense power and benefits of proper breathing. A Hong Kong man, who was among the attendees, told me that the class “opened his eyes”.

Keen on discovering the surroundings, I registered to join a ‘Discovery Journey’ to learn about local lifestyles through a cycling tour to visit nearby countryside markets, temples and pagodas and old villages.

However, it was raining most of the time during my stay at the resort so the tour was unavailable. Instead, during a short moment when the sun peaked out from the heavy and grey clouds, I walked to an organic farm, where I met farmers to learn about their work and their plants.

A farmer invited me to try a special tea made of 10 different kinds of forest leaves picked by the farmers. The taste of the tea is so unique that none of the tea I tried before can compare, especially when you drank amid nature, next to a vast green field and imposing mountain range.

Wishing to experience something more risky, I also tried the Alba zipline. The 560m-long zipline is the longest in Southeast Asia. The feeling when I was flying like an arrow above the tree tops, over the streams and lakes, was amazing.

The ‘Adventurous Journey’ also includes a trek through Trường Sơn forest. — VNS

Source: Vietnam News

Alba Wellness opens as the new tourism product of 2018 Hue’s Festival

Alba Wellness Resort opens as the new tourism product of 2018 Hue’s Festival

Hue, Vietnam (10th April 2018) – To satisfy the needs of travelers in terms of leisure and local culture discovery during 2018 Hue’s Festival, the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Thua Thien-Hue province has launched a new product – Alba Wellness Resort in Hue, Vietnam. Officially opened in the middle of April 2018, this resort wad designed to integrate different functions: local culture discovery, relax and health recovery in the heart of the nature and rebalance of mind, body and spirit through a series of activities such as Onsen baths, meditation, spa, yoga etc.

Located 30km in the north of Hue city, Alba Wellness Resort is nestled in a tranquil land cradled by tropical forest, hot and cold streams and a local lifestyle rich in Hue’s traditions. Built on the very birthplace of a legendary natural hot spring sourced from the depth of Truong Son mountain chain, Alba Wellness Resort is an oasis of calm where time is suspended and emotions are rejuvenated. While enjoying nature to the fullest, you will be provided untraditional forms of rest and professional services that allow you to relax, to care about your body and to reproduce energy through improved nutrition. You can choose a wellness journey to experience our contemporary Japanese baths, both in-house and outdoor, to indulge in our unique spa and massage treatments designed by our wellness experts and to take part in mind and body exercises such as yoga, meditation, sun bathing, forest bathing… If you go with your loved one or family, try a discovery journey to learn local lifestyle through cycling tours to visit nearby countryside markets, temples and pagodas, old villages dating back to 400 years…, or a walk to our organic farm to meet our farmers, work with them on the field and in the kitchen. If you love something more risky, don’t miss our adventure journey that includes a trek through Truong Son forest to meet the sunrise or sunset, and outdoor games like highwire and zipline…

“We are delighted to be able to bring our true wellness vacations concept to Hue, Vietnam”, said Alba Wellness Resort General Manager. “We have no doubt that our location, with traditional culture and natural assets, has the potential to be a wellness destination of international appeal, attracting local and foreign visitors from all over the world, whether they come to take rest, to enjoy holiday or just to break their daily routine. We promise to offer special products and services so that guests will feel at Alba Wellness Resort, each journey is unique, and each experience is different”.

Alba Wellness Resort was designed by a well-known Japanese architect, featuring a great combination of Japanese and Vietnamese architecture with rural landscape such as wooden gates, bamboo paths and red bridges over streams. The resort features 2,000m2 indoor and outdoor Onsen & Spa centre, 56 eco-friendly rooms and bungalows in harmony with nature, 3 restaurants and bars, Fitness & Yoga, Zen garden & swimming pool, meeting room & kids center, organic farm & craft village… to ensure a pleasant stay in tranquility.
Boasting Alba natural hot spring, a precious gift of nature scattering around the property, Alba Wellness Resort is proud to offer the first ever Onsen & Spa centre in Vietnam, where you can enjoy 7-step contemporary Japanese bath which is followed by the art of spa, developed by Florence Jaffre, a wellness expert who has been working with some leading luxury resorts & spas in Asia for almost 20 years.
Surrounded by lakes, gardens and tranquil bamboo paths, Alba Wellness Resort has 56 rooms and bungalows divided into two separate areas: Alba Inn and Alba Village. Alba Inn is designed with a sense of contemporary Japanese style while Alba Village evokes the rustic beauty of Vietnamese countryside with cottage roofs, bamboo fences and small vegetable gardens. All rooms and bungalows are elegantly decorated with Vietnamese traditional crafts and are fully equipped for comfort and relaxation.
Green cuisine is also an essential part of your journey at Alba Wellness Resort. From Madame Chau restaurant, Mori restaurant to Mizu café and pool bar, you will discover a unique culinary experience using organic produce provided by Alba farm. Come to enjoy the best of Hue’s cuisine that reflects the values of culture, history, traditional custom and art, together with other delicious Vietnamese and Western dishes, and healthy fruit juices at Madame Chau restaurant. A sublime dining experience not to miss!
With 1.7-hectare Alba organic farm, Alba Wellness Resort offers you the opportunity to see the farmers grow food without pesticides and to taste the fresh greens there. Different types of vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices are planted using sustainable organic farming techniques. Farm tours are designed to fit into your expectations.
Located in the heart of Alba Village, the swimming pool is the ideal spot for sunbathing, allowing you to cool off from time to time with a dip, breathing the fresh air of the green forest.
Designed by a Japanese architect with rocks and plants, pools and bridges, Zen garden is the place where you partake in meditation or simply enjoy sunset and sunrise.
Lying beneath the shadow of green trees, Alba craft village is where your family gathers around local crafts. You will meet artists and craftsmen and partake in the making process to bring home a product on your own.
Other facilities include fitness center, yoga studio, meeting room and kids center.
For more information, please visit: www.albawellness.com.

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