Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam

Anantara Hoi An Resort, A Luxury Hotel, Vietnam

Words and photos: Monica Tindall

The Anantara experience begins at the airport with Nga: beaming from ear to ear, he awaits us at arrivals and then swiftly whisks us to the hotel car. Between our superbly clean and cushy seats, lies a treasure trove of treats: jars of candied ginger and crispy lotus seeds; juice, water, soft drinks; cold moist towels; the day’s news; an iPad; restaurant and spa menus; Wi-Fi connection; there’s even a music playlist to choose from for our journey.

Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
Anantara Airport Transfer

The attention to detail and commitment to going to the extra mile continues with our arrival to the lobby. A team of porters anticipates us and we’re greeted by name, (Nga has called ahead alerting that we’re near). Led through the garden to the reception area, we’re invited to take a seat and presented with another tray of goodies. Chilled lemon beverages, dried banana and coconut, moist towels and leafy adornment take the edge off the heat as passports are verified and check-in complete.

Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
Walkway at Anantara Hoi An Resort
Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
A Green Spot at Reception
Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
Anantara Welcome

Our Deluxe River View Suite is ready for us. The air-conditioned room provides favourable greeting and is tickled by the scent of soft aromatherapy oils. Fresh tropical fruit adorns the coffee table, and a welcome card from the general manager (written by hand) expresses a warm reception.

Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
Anantara Hoi An Resort

All 93 rooms and suites are split level opening onto a patio, furnished with a daybed and pretty views of either the river or garden courtyard. White walls and beige floors are complemented by dark wooden furniture and given a touch of vibrancy with orange cushions and lampshades.

Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
Split Level
Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam

The bathroom is large and streaming with natural light thanks to the glass bricks lining the shower, and windows overlooking a small central garden. The bathtub is fab, and so is the natural soap scented with ginger flower, bergamot and coriander. Tropical flowers dot the room, and at night bedtime stories of tales of the past are placed on our pillows.

Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam

Now settled, we set off to assuage hunger pangs, and it’s the Riverside Café set on the banks of the Thu Bon River, that first grabs our attention. A colonial building opens up to al fresco dining shaded by leafy trees. There’s a good mix of western and local dishes, and we find the food simple and fresh. Find some of our favourite dishes via this link. O’Malley’s Irish Pub and Reflections (by the pool) provide further choices for those looking for some western food and beverages. We don’t have a chance to try either this round as our days are filled with explorations of the surrounding town and area, but both seem to have a fair following.

Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
Riverside Cafe
Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
A Beverage by the River

Breakfast is served at Lanterns and offers everything you’d expect from a property of this category. Local, western, healthy, decadent – there’s something for everyone. We love our seat on the balcony overlooking the river. Rowboats leisurely pass by providing entertainment as we eat. Hubby’s happy with his eggs made to order, and I’m pleased to see lots of fresh tropical fruit, some chilled wellness beverages, and strong hot coffee.

Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
Breakfast at Anantara Hoi An Resort
Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
Coffee with a View

The charming town of Hoi An itself offers much to delight, and a magical introduction to life by the river can be found in a sunset cruise taken right from Anantara Hoi An’s waterfront. The hour long boat ride completes a circuit on the river, at first passing the busy Hoi An market and then venturing off into quieter less developed river banks, before returning to the hotel just as the last light fades day into night.

Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
Sunset River Cruise

The town itself is footsteps away from the hotel, and one straight road ensures no maps are needed (although staff are happy to give us one and highlight their favourite places). The day market, night market, bridges, architectural sites, and old town with all of its boutique shopping, relaxation opportunities, and food and beverage options begin metres from our front door. Inside the covered morning market you can find bowls of Hoi An’s best cuisine for less than a dollar a bowl. Mi Quang and Cao Lau (two typical noodle dishes) can be slurped up here, and if you’d like to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain, Bahn Mi Phuong is too just around the corner, where you can find delicious crusty baguettes stuffed with the meat and veg of your choice. Taking it up a notch, but still keeping it local, is The Hill Station, specializing in rice wine cocktails and local cheese plates – don’t miss the Dalat camembert on rice crackers – delish – is also a few minutes walk from Anantara Hoi An Resort.

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A Bowl of Noodles for Less Than a Dollar
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The Hill Station – Good for Rice Wine Cocktails and Local Cheese Platters
Anthony Bourdain Bahn Mi Phuong
Bahn Mi at Bahn Mi Phuong

And, when we’ve had enough exploration, we retire for a dip in the pool, a cocktail on a lounger and a session in The Spa. I hear some of you saying, “Why spa in the hotel and not cheaply on the street?” The adage, “You get what you pay for,” is ever so true when it comes to spa experiences. A superbly clean environment, well-trained therapists, expertly curated menu, high quality products and all of the little extras (tea, fruit, individual consultations, lockers, bathrobes and so on) come with a session at Anantara Hoi An Resort’s Spa. A variety of massages, facials, beauty treatments, wraps and scrubs compose the menu. We both test out a massage: hubby takes the Muscle De-stress Massage, and I choose the Aromatic Bliss Massage. The former is with stronger pressure, using deep long strokes to really dig the knots out of muscles. The latter works with medium force and pressure points to ease tension and promote relaxation. Bliss!

Review of Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
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The Spa, Anantara Hoi An Resort

Attention to detail, serene environment, convenient location and an all round good feel – Anantara Hoi An Resort is a superb choice of stay when visiting the enchanting city of Hoi An.

Reasons to visit: lovely riverside views; all room are split level and open up to furnished patios; gentle kind service; excellent location – walking distance to all the sights.

Anantara Hoi An Resort
1 Pham Hong Thai Street
Hoi An City, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
+84 510 3914 555

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  1. They do have some really nice places in Vietnam. Love the colonial architecture. Noodles look good and I’ve never tried Bahn Mi before. Bet I would love it since I like generously stuffed sandwiches.

    • I have a feeling you’d like lots of the food here Arthur. We’ve been to both the north and the south, and I have to say as a tourist, Hoi An is much more pleasant in getting around. With direct flights with Air Asia from KL, it makes an easy getaway too.

  2. Very French Colonial architecture and tres bon cuisine.
    Obviously missed the war zone of that war?
    I suspect this hotel is in the north – the Hanoi airport
    being access for KL visitors?
    El Colin Cordobes who is VERY busy trying to select the winner
    of a certain HORSE race and I don’t mean that unbelievable “nag race”
    in the USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hoi An is roughly half way between Han Oi and Ho Chi Min. It has its own international airport, Da Nang, and Air Asia flies directly from Kuala Lumpur (about 2 1/2 hours) making it a very convenient getaway. The lovely thing about Hoi An is that the old town is closed to traffic. Pedestrians only. Sure makes for much less stress when out and about seeing the sights. Good luck with your selections. As I recall from last year… I’m not taking any ‘top picks’ from you! 😉

    • Oh yea of LITTLE FAITH.
      El Colin “Tipping Supremo” Cordobes

  3. Excellent location! Love those Vietnamese Banh Mi, happy to have found a few decent ones here in Penang

  4. Firstly, Nga looks like a friendly guy with a winning disposition! And I absolutely love the ambiance at this place, both inside and out. The bathroom looks clean, is modern, stylish and spacious, not cluttered, perfect setting for relaxation. I love the split level, too! I actually live in a split level apartment…the upper level is where my bedroom and bathroom are located, and I have a ‘sunken’ living room, if you will, four steps down, and this is also where the kitchen is as well. It is spacious and comfortable, just the way I like it.

    The sunset river cruise…wow, I find this very appealing. Sunset/dusk is my favourite time of day and I love the water, a perfect setting for relaxation and/or romance. Last but certainly not least, I love the Riverside Cafe with the French doors…and the architecture and colours are very appealing and soothing. Yes, I could definitely see myself enjoying a great time here! 🙂

    • Linda, the bathroom was wonderful – so large, with lots of natural light. The bathtub was especially nice. The split level is a great concept I think. I do wonder though what is underneath the split? Could it be used for storage? Dusk and dawn are my favourite times of day too – being on the water at that time is especially enticing.

    • Hi Monica, well, I rent the basement of a house, so there is nothing except the ground underneath the split in this case. I am not normally fond of basements, but this place is indeed the exception. 🙂

  5. How lovely is this colonial setting. I love the Anantara welcome picture, I associate it with relaxation and taking care of… And
    I would love to go on that romantic cruise with my sweatheart 🙂

    P.S. Here we are enjoying our last days of holidays, called Potatoes Holiday.

    I wish you a tip top tastic day 🙂

  6. Another beautiful place☺ The walkway is a beauty, and breakfast looks quite delightful ♥

  7. Clementine Bell

    What a lovely place to stay by the river. Looks so relaxing.

  8. Thanks for this review. I stayed here with my husband early March because of your recommendation. Lovely.

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