Taiwan’s East Rift Valley (between Hualien & Taitung, along East Coast Highway No. 9) is famed for geological activity & hotsprings spas. The hot springs resort and spa region extends from Liyu Lake, through Fuyuan Forest, to the mineral springs resorts in Rueisuei & Hongye, and after crossing the Tropic of Cancer, continues on to Yuli and Antong. But 2 km off the standard spa-tour-route is a secret place called New Life Spring Resort (Nu-An-Hu). Proprietors, Marlena & Leo, after years in Australia, returned to design Aussie-style wooden bungalows & Japanese pools, creating a singular sanctuary; a secret Taiwan hot springs resort with garden villas, private suites, a quaint hostel-style B&B, and an alfresco café serving spring water cappuccino, tea and Chinese treats.