Imagine days spent exploring a delightful haven of narrow streets, colonial architecture, traditional handicrafts, a vibrant art scene and romantic café culture. Offering it all, the historic port town and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An is a treasure trove of cultural and gourmet experiences. Edging the Thu Bon River and minutes away from the heart of the old town, Anantara Hoi An Resort is the perfect base from which to discover Vietnam’s living museum on foot or bike.
Cycling past lush rice paddies and down the lovingly preserved ancient streets, find your way to the white sandy shore of An Bang Beach edged by casuarina trees and boasting year-round warm water. On the way back, pay a visit to one of Hoi An’s many renowned tailors for a bespoke garment that will fit you like a glove and won’t break the bank. Explore Vietnam’s more off-the-beaten track sights with an exhilarating range of open jeep countryside tours. In the afternoon, get away from it all with quiet pool time in the idyllic garden courtyard, a nourishing spa treatment, or drink to a spectacular river panorama from the Riverside Café’s waterfront terrace, cooled by the river breeze.
From the delightful street food on your doorstep, to Anantara’s signature Dining by Design experience in a private poolside pavilion, make Hoi An’s world-famous cuisine part of your vacation. After a sunset river cruise aboard the resort’s own boat, plan the next day’s adventures or simply unwind on your private porch with comfortable daybeds and soothing views of the river or lush tropical garden.
To satisfy your cultural cravings, a variety of activities ranging from language classes and lantern making, to painting and cooking workshops, can be arranged by the resort’s experienced team. For the most immersive experience, visit Hoi An during the monthly Full Moon Lantern Festival, when the ancient town switches off all lights, closes to motorised traffic and transforms into an ambient enclave of candlelit coloured lanterns, street food delights, folkloric performances and temple ceremonies. Stay longer and venture further afield to discover Vietnam’s magnificent natural beauty and ancient cultural sites.
Anantara Hoi An Resort: +84-510/391-4555; hoi-an.anantara.com