Serene, affordable luxury in the heart of UNESCO-listed Hoi An

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On the banks of the Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An is a peaceful and luxurious respite from which to explore the bustling UNESCO-listed Old Town, just a five-minute walk away. The resort has an enviable riverside location and is the only hotel of its caliber near the historic site, with other comparable five-star brands choosing to set up shop along the beach between here and Da Nang. , 45 minutes by car. a way.

The look

Nestled in a picturesque setting of lush green lawns, tropical plants, palm trees, and a pond with noisily croaking frogs, Antantara is spread over several modern buildings that reflect the area’s French colonial history. The tall, two-story buildings are pastel pink in color with verandas lined with white railings to shelter from the hot Vietnamese sun. There are 93 rooms and suites, two restaurants, and a huge, unusually square-shaped pool with a bar and a small gym nearby.

Bedroom

I am in a ‘Premium River View Suite’, which is located on the first floor of the building closest to the river. The room has padded outdoor seating, hidden behind a wall of snake grass from which you can people watch along the Thu Bon. Inside, the duplex room has a single balustrade separating the living room from the bedroom. It is spacious with neutral tones, with pops of color of greens and blues on the wall with matching pillows on the L-shaped sofa and queen-size bed. Above the headboard, a large iconic print of the Ao Dai Woman in White stands out against the typical yellow buildings of the UNESCO-listed city. The well-stocked minibar contains snacks, wine, beer and soft drinks, as well as tea and coffee-making facilities. A spacious bathroom is hidden behind wooden sliding doors, designed to look like palm fronds, where you will find a mosaic shower with a sunken bathtub.

Food + Drink

A two-storey building houses the two restaurants – Lanterns on the upper level for breakfast, and on the ground floor, the Hoi An Riverside restaurant for lunch and dinner, with a huge veranda from which to observe life on the river. Dine from the veranda around cocktails flavored with fresh tropical fruits or a small but succinct wine list, while tasting dishes from the region and more widely from the country. The menu includes artistically presented dishes such as fried king crab spring rolls with Noac Cham dipping sauce; country scallops grilled in garlic butter; and a banana flower salad with prawns. Breakfast is tiny pastries and fresh bread, a cereal station, tropical fruits, pots of yogurt, or for something more local, pho, savory rice cakes with soy sauces, as well as western-influenced iced teas and kombuchas, and decent coffee.

Exit + About

Getting to and from the Old Town is easy; it’s a five-minute walk from the lobby and there are also bikes you can use to travel further (the beach, for example). Vietnam’s Uber Grab-like app is also handy for traveling further afield (it can get a bit hot for biking in this area). The hotel also offers experiences such as a one-hour boat trip along the river (which saves you the hassle of negotiating with vendors by the river) – the trip includes finger food and snacks. drinks. You can also take one of the best street food tours in the country with Hoi An Street Food (eathoian@gmail.com). Their local guide not only had an impressive knowledge of cooking, but he knew each vendor so well that he was able to assemble some of the dishes himself while they were busy. It would be extremely difficult to replicate this experience independently and I was very impressed with each of the dishes – especially as they were tailored to my picky (pescetarian) palate.

The verdict

For serene luxury in the heart of Hoi An, Anantara is hard to beat.

The essentials

1 Pham Hong Thai Street, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam; Rooms from $269 a night; anantara.com/en/hoi-an

Our score out of five

4.5

Underline

Its stylish rooms are divine, but there’s nothing quite like being able to walk home from the scorching heat of Hoi An to your accommodation and head straight for the pool.

Low light

I found the sunken tub/shower combination in the bathroom to be difficult to get in and out of.

The writer was a guest of Anantara

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