A stunning setting on the banks of the Thu Bon river just outside the centre of Hoi An makes this hotel an ideal base for exploring this fascinating Unesco-listed city. Soak up the atmosphere of the historic port and colonial architecture, or relax on a blissful beach – all just a short cycle or boat trip away. Situated on Vietnam’s central coast, Hoi An is a compact resort that’s ideal for day trips to the imperial city of Hue and the Hindu temple ruins of My Son.
Open daily, the luxurious spa offers Eastern-inspired treatments that will sooth any weary traveller. Individual treatment rooms - including one double – have their own private bathtubs adorned in flower petals, and there’s an outdoor pavilion too. Among their top-end treatments are the ‘Vietnamese Four Hands Massage’, which promises a pumelling from an expert duo who use synchronised chopping techniques to knock out any niggles and melt away your tension.
Elegantly designed French-style buildings house the 93 rooms and suites of Anantara, each offering tranquil views over the river or gardens. Spacious, split-level deluxe rooms open out to a porch with sunloungers, and the European meets tropical Asian design sees use of wood and burnt orange to create a calming ambiance. Their top suite includes a bathroom with sunken tub, four-poster bed and stunning water-side views – which you enjoy from a fabulous swing-chair on the balcony.
Hoi An’s bustling market at the water’s edge sells everything from silk to saffron, but for true immersion in the local cuisine, book a cookery class with the resort’s chef. Traditional arts and crafts are on offer too, from lantern-making to painting with a skilled artist who will show you how to make delicate strokes on ricepaper. River cruises range from gourmet lunches onboard to a sunset experience; while the hotel’s wide array of excursions could see you exploring the holy Marble Mountain or the white sandy beaches of Son Tra Peninsula.
Vietnamese cooking is to the fore at Lanterns, the signature restaurant that offers superb river views from its French colonial interior. It also serves up sizzling steaks and fresh seafood, all matched by recommendations from the ‘Wine Guru’. An aperitif at the Heritage Bar is ideal for watching street life from the outdoor terrace under pretty lanterns. Snack on Vietnam’s famous meat-filled baguettes, as well as tapas and cool beers, while admiring Hoi An past in black and white photos. During the day, enjoy cool cocktails by the pool or a genteel afternoon tea at the Riverside Café.
1 Pham Hong Thai StreetHoi An TownVietnam