Anantara Hoi An Resort
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Location, location: It's just a lazy stroll down the blossom-laced, timelessly serene streets to Hoi An's old quarter
- The resort offers Vietnamese cooking, language, painting and lantern-making classes
- Serene riverside setting
- Both Deluxe Rooms and Suites are large, split-level affairs
What To Know
- A 5.5 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Twin beds are on the slim side; opt for a Queen if you’re an athletic dreamer
- The mobility-challenged may struggle with the resort and the split-level room layout
- During monsoon season (November), Hoi An has a habit of flooding. Check ahead before checking in
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Armed with a long checklist of 16th-century design influences, the creative team behind the Anantara Hoi An has created an architectural triumph within a grand colonial-style mansion on the banks of Hoi An’s Thu Bon River. With effortlessly stylish interiors that offer an atmospheric dose of old-school charm (black-and-white photography, stone balconies), this serene spot is set in tropical gardens, with split-level rooms and shaded porches surrounding a leafy courtyard garden.
Bed and Bath
Both Deluxe Rooms and Suites are large, split-level affairs, each leading out to a porch area with daybeds overlooking either the river or the courtyard garden. The guestrooms offer a simple mix of comfortably contemporary furnishings in a largely brown/beige palette spruced up by bright orange cushions and bedside lamps. Bathrooms are plush, with mosaic tiling and an eclectic array of house brand products; the Junior Suites feature sunken baths. For larger-scale grandeur, the Anantara Suite, with its perfect position and vast four-poster bed is the pick of the bunch.
The terraces of the colonial-style Lanterns restaurant provide the perfect setting for spectacular Vietnamese table food theater and the best breakfast pho in town — made even more authentic by the backdrop of produce-laden sampans puttering along the river. For afternoon tea, the Riverside Café, a French-style patisserie, is an Art Deco masterpiece, and the Heritage Bar is the place to sink a few happy hour drinks on the lantern-lit, tree-shaded terrace. Relaxation is taken care of by the resort’s riverside pool and spa, where you can indulge in Asian-inspired treatments.
In the Area
History buffs, art lovers and shopaholics will find nirvana on every lantern-lit street corner in Hoi An. If the made-to-measure urge calls, head to Yaly for a top-notch tailor experience, then join the flash set for dinner across the river at Mango Mango or the flamboyantly fabulous Green Mango, followed by sublime cocktails at the Q-Bar. For street eats head to the market to chow down on Hoi An specialities. The coconut-milk sand of An Bang Beach is a stunning two-mile, rice paddy–flanked ride away.
How to Get There
We were looking forward to our 3 nights at the Anantara. We have been travelling from north to south Vietnam for 2 weeks and we have stayed in some great hotels en route. We have also stayed at an Anantara in Thailand before.
However, this time, disappointingly, we felt the hotel was rather tired and somehow a bit soulless.
We always ask for a quiet room when booking. However, upon arrival, we were taken to a ground floor room right by the swimming pool and next to some sort of generator. We asked to move and we were then given a room on the third floor, which suited us better. In our opinion, the rooms are rather dark and felt closed in. The location for the town centre was very good and we walked in and out of town for shopping and eating. WiFi at the hotel was intermittent and the swimming pool was nothing special for such an expensive hotel.
Breakfast service, to be honest, was average and rather slow. Used plates aren’t cleared and you have to request coffee refills. Personally, I didn’t like the coffee. The breakfast room was rather hot.
In our opinion, the hotel seemed to lack a central core. The Arts’ Space, although managed by the lovely Le is very modern and not to everyone’s taste.
It was all a bit flat, which was a shame.
This place is special for its friendly and professional staff. They all go out of their way to make your stay effortlessly comfortable. Added to which you simply stroll down the riverside and in ten minutes you are the hubbub of beautiful Hoi An center. I highly recommend you stay here. We did twice!
Anantara was my choice for 3 nights whilst touring Vietnam. I wanted to be central and by the river. The hotel is superb. 5* and we have experienced many in Asia some better than others. The room was superb. Spacious clean and so comfortable. We had an extra bed for our Grand daughter and we were not cramped in at all. The balcony with seating area was lovely. It was very quiet and peaceful. The breakfast buffet had everything you could want. We had fruit and a cake left in our room. Very nice thought. Lunch by the pool was not expensive for a 5* hotel. Pool was ok to cool off. Nothing fancy but adequate for a few days. The grounds were beautiful and well kept. The staff were delightful. Very kind thoughtful and friendly. Remembering our names as soon as we arrived. Bikes were great fun. The hotel is close to the town centre. Bare in mind as Hoi an is so popular now with tourists it can at times be so busy. But still nice to see. I would recommend and would love to return. The hotel is beautiful place.