The Anantara was one of the highlights of our trip.
The hotel was impeccably groomed and maintained, the service was the best and efficient we had in 3 weeks and the location was perfect.
We arrived late at night after a little scare with Vietnam Airlines. We were supposed to fly from the Haiphong airport to Da Nang in the evening with Vietnam Airlines after a few days in Ha Long Bay.
After a few hours of waiting and zero communication from the airline, we managed to understand that the flight had been cancelled and somehow, there was a bus going to Hanoi (that we had to pay for) and then a late flight from Hanoi to Da Nang.
We had no insurance that we were going to be on that flight but we did eventually make it.
We also had emailed the hotel about our late arrival with our new flight since the hotel was supposed to send a car.
It was a relief to see that the driver was there waiting for us when we landed. In fact, we felt guilty since he had been waiting for us for 4 hours. He greeted us with a smile, a couple of cold nicely scented towels and a couple of cold bottles of water.
The check-in was efficient, quick, informative about the resort and went smoothly. We were really tired and were looking forward to get to our room.
Our room was #229 on the second floor towards the back of the resort so it was quiet.
It was super cleaned, nicely furnished with an amazing bathroom. The shower was incredible and the bath products were the best we had in 3 weeks in Vietnam.
There was a few stairs between the living area and the bedroom so you have to be careful to remember that if you wake up at night.
The safe was probably the best one I had ever seen. It had an electric plug inside, meaning that you could safely charge your phone, tablet or batteries while you are not in the room. (without having to leaving it out in the open).
We loved the breakfast. The food was really good with enough choice that it wouldn't feel repetitive after 5 days: fruits, cereals, eggs, choice of coffees, juices, Asian style breakfast, pancakes (actually french crepes freshly made for you) etc...
We relaxed at the pool a couple of times and it wasn't too crowded. We also ordered lunch a few times and the food was excellent.
The grounds were well manicured and the staff was very polite. We were always acknowledged and greeted with a smile by all staff.
The first time you walk out, you will be greeted by a few laundry ladies competing for your business.
It wasn't as cheap as we thought but they did a good job. The lady on the right side of the road seems to always be faster. We also used the lady on the left and she seemed to be a bit cheaper and she also rented motorbikes if you fancy that. :)
The hotel is a bit on the outside of the action but that can be a blessing since it is more quiet. The first time I walked outside early in the morning, I had a big smile on my face. You start noticing the great architecture right away and locals are out and about doing their business.
You will be asked a few times if you want a massage but I didn't feel pestered at all.
Hoi An is peppered with great restaurants. There is so much choice.
I would recommend Ancient Faifo for Vietnamese fusion, the Morning Glory (great Vietnamese food) for lunch or diner and Miss Ly. We loved Miss Ly and went a couple of times. It was very casual with excellent Vietnamese food at a great price. We had the best fried pork spring rolls there.
For coffee, I would recommend Mia coffee which is down the hotel street with excellent coffee. We also tried the Reaching out Tea house and we loved it. Excellent coffee with surprisingly delicious little cookies. Try to visit their store as well.
Hoi An seems to be at the limit of the good weather in February and March. It was in fact, the only place where we had consistent sunshine during our 3-week journey.
We went to Hue which is just 125km North and the weather was cloudy and grey the whole time we were there.
We booked a couple of half day trips through the hotel.(just a car with a driver at around $73 US).
We went to My Son and we specifically asked to leave at 7am to avoid any potential crowd and we were so right.
It was packed with buses at around 10:30 when we left.
We enjoyed it a lot and the one hour country side drive was very nice and pleasant.
The second half day tour was Marble mountains for about 3 and half hours (around $45 for just the two of us).
The weather was unfortunately not great but we still enjoyed. There are still stairs to climb even if you take the elevator.
Don't forget the free shuttle that goes to An Bang beach. We went at 4 in the after and took a taxi back (around 4$). You can rent a day bed for 20.000 dongs for the whole day.
In conclusion, I would strongly recommend the Anantara as we would gladly return again. They seem to be inspired by Thai hospitality and they were by far the best managed hotel we saw in our trip.
- Also Known As:
- Life Heritage Hotel Hoi An
- Life Heritage Hotel
- Life Heritage Hoi An
- Life Resort Hoi
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located along the scenic Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort is a short stroll from the colorful and bustling Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Touches of French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese cultures make up the distinct ambiance and atmosphere in the resort. Awarded Best Heritage Resort in Vietnam by the Vietnam Economic Times in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Anantara Hoi An Resort is a living testament to Hoi An’s rich history. ... more less
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