Anantara Hoi An Resort A review

20 February 2019 / By travel4foodfun@gmail.com
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Anantara Hoi An Resort receives our highest recommendation for luxury accommodations in the heart of historic Hoi An, Vietnam!

The Location:

Anantara Hoi An Resort is the perfect home base to explore the lovely UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The historic old town is incredibly charming with meandering alleyways, a lively locals market, beautiful architecture, and a large variety of restaurants and cafes.  We enjoyed stepping off the lovely manicured property and directly into the town. The location is perfect for those who want to be in action, but also desire a quiet sanctuary to recharge.  Since we are now traveling with a toddler, our timeframe to sightsee is dependent upon our little guy’s sleep schedule. Luckily, we can stroll around the city and retreat quickly to our suite if the munchkin starts to get tired.  

Getting to the resort couldn’t be easier.  It is a quick 45-minute drive from Danang International Airport.  We highly recommend the resort’s car service. Our departure flight was rather early in the morning. The resort prepared delicious breakfast boxes, along with a variety of beverages for us to enjoy on our way to the airport.  Also, Tom appreciated the car’s WiFi service so he could do some last minute work online.

The Property:

The resort seamlessly blends into the picturesque backdrop of Hoi An. The building resembles a grand, colonial-style mansion. The location of the property along the banks of Hoi An’s Thu Bon River and steps away from the town’s historic center make Anantara Hoi An Resort the perfect place to stay during a visit to this lovely area of Vietnam.  

During your stay, be sure to meander around the lush and beautifully landscaped gardens.  If the weather is pleasant, take a dip in the refreshing outdoor pool.

The Rooms:

The recently renovated rooms are a pleasant surprise.  We stayed in a Deluxe River View Suite and enjoyed the location and amenities.  The ground floor suite is perfectly situated affront the tranquil Thu Bon River. Although our stay occurred at the tail end of the rainy season, there were periods with pleasant weather.  We enjoyed the outdoor terrace where we watched boats sail along the river. Inside, there is a spacious, split-level living area with the right amount of outlets to charge our devices.  The bathroom is large with plenty of counter space. We enjoyed returning to our suite at the end of the day to see fun treats left with the evening turndown service. On our last evening, we discovered a unique offering waiting for us: a do it yourself mojito tray.  The management got to know our taste, and this was the perfect way to end a fantastic stay.

Dining:

Lanterns Restaurant is home to the resort’s breakfast buffet.  We loved Vietnamese coffee and had our fill every morning.  Most luxury resorts in Asia have fantastic spreads for breakfast, and it holds here.  Asian and Western dishes are available. Since we’re in Vietnam, we always veered to the Asian offerings.  Tom enjoyed congee and delicious condiments. I loved the Vietnamese style omelet. Kai, being an Asian baby, loved the rice.  

Our favorite place for food and beverages is the newly opened Art Space.  This dining outlet offers an eclectic array of bites and drinks in a fun setting that feels like an art gallery.  During the daytime hours, Tom and I indulged in a variety of Vietnamese coffee. One must try the egg coffee that I am craving as I type this post!  It is intense, sweet, and thick (think egg cream sodas). In the evening, be sure to stop off for a handcrafted cocktail, and delicious bistro-style dishes or a wood oven baked pizza.  For a luxury property, the prices are incredibly reasonable!

Activities:

Riverboat tours are very popular in Hoi An.  Rather than hire a questionable boat in town, we recommend a cruise with Anantara on their private boat.  Unfortunately, in the evening we booked a cruise, our toddler decided to take an extra late nap, so we had to cancel as the munchkin was still sleeping.

 One activity we enjoyed doing with Kai was a pizza making class at Art Space.  Although Kai is just over a year old, he loves to taste and help with food preparation.  First, the chef showed us how to make the dough. Then came the fun part: adding the toppings.  Kai loves pepperoni, so we loaded up the crust with the spicy meat, along with sausage and some cheese. Kai helped us place the toppings onto the dough.  Then, the chef cooked the pizza. When the pizza was finished in the wood fire oven, we enjoyed the fruits of our labor. Yummy!

Anantara Hoi An has a spa with very reasonably priced treatments.  Be sure to treat yourself well when staying here.

For Children:

Although there isn’t a formal kids program, Anantara Hoi An Resort is very accommodating for guests traveling with children.  Everyone is super friendly and always greeted our munchkin with big smiles. Our little guy is learning to feed himself, so the restaurants provide him with his plastic plate and utensils.  Also, they put his drinks into cups with straws.

If you would like some adult time, the property can arrange babysitting service.

Summary and Our Tips:

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Anantara Hoi An Resort.  The luxury boutique property is the perfect place to stay when exploring the area.  When we stay at luxury properties in Asia, there is a certain level of service that we have come to know and appreciate.  This property is no different. Upon check-in, we were worried because we were nearly out of formula for our munchkin. The front desk took the can and was somehow able to track it down and purchase it for us.  They went out of the way for this unusual request! This is one example of how incredible the staff and service is here.

If you enjoy the beach, An Bang Beach is a great place to soak up the sun and hang out at local beach bars.

Hoi An has an incredible number of restaurants, bars, and cafes to try.  However, we highly recommend a trip to Danang to try some of the best food we have ever tasted (Night Food Tour in Da Nang ).  

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