The Anantara Hoi An Resort (formerly the Life Heritage Resort) is a charming, peaceful French colonial style hotel overlooking the Thu Bon River.
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
The Four Seasons Resort Nam Hai was the first of its kind in Vietnam - a sophisticated, minimalist resort with an understated contemporary style. The hotel features 60 one-bedroom villas and a further 40 pool villas, each with views across the East Vietnam Sea and nearby Cham Islands.
Central Vietnam is known for having some of the country’s best beaches and the Nam Hai is arguably on the best stretch of golden sand. From the vaulted reception pavilion to the tiered infinity pools that overlook the beach, it’s a hotel that’s set out to impress. Just a short drive from Hoi An, it’s ideal if you’re looking to combine a beach stay with some exploration.
Resort amenities include gourmet restaurants, gym, spa and extensive recreational facilities. If you choose to simply relax by the pool, the staff will be in attendance immediately to lay down your towel and offer you a drink.
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The 100 villas are designed in an understated, contemporary style, with split-level interiors and wooden platforms. All the villas occupy their own area of the landscaped gardens, and feature large bedrooms and living spaces and luxurious bathrooms, as well as all the in-room facilities you would expect from such a hotel.
In the two, three, four and five-bed villas, the bedrooms are set in separate bedroom pavilions, so while these are ideal for couples and friends sharing, they may not be suitable for families with small children.
Please note that the rooms have an oriental design with the bed situated on a raised plinth in the centre of the room. At night, or in low lighting this can present a bit of a hazard as there are a number of different levels throughout the room. We advise all guests to please take care.
Also, for twin rooms the hotel only offers 'Hollywood twin' bed set up (two twin mattresses together on the raised bed platform).
The cobbled paths between villas and the restaurant and reception are dimly lit at night and the surfaces are uneven. The hotel offers buggy transfers on request and we recommend making use of this service particularly if you are unsteady on your feet or are visually impaired. Torches are also provided in all rooms.
The resort is located on Ha My beach, a long sweep of blonde sand. There are a few other well-spaced resorts set along the beach which you can walk to, although due to some clever landscaping, the hotel feels quite secluded. The historic town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is only a ten-minute drive away and has plenty to discover should you want to explore along with a good range of shops, bars and restaurants.
Food and drink
The main restaurant, La Sen, offers a huge buffet breakfast and a fusion of international and Asian cuisines for dinner. Guests may choose to sit inside or outside, where you can enjoy the views over the water gardens and ocean.
A second restaurant, Café Nam Hai, is set next to the pool serving pizza, fresh fish and Vietnamese comfort food for lunch and contemporary Vietnamese dishes for dinner.
There are also two bars, one by the main restaurant and one on the beach with sea views, gentle lounge tunes and a relaxed atmosphere.
The pool villas are ideal for those with young children, as they can play freely in the villa's private grounds without disturbing other guests, and the villa staff are always on hand to help. There's a children's pool, but it does have some very deep areas and several sharp corners, making it unsuitable for very young children.
There's also a Kids' Activity Villa where children aged 4-12 can try some traditional Vietnamese activities, such as making conical hats and traditional lanterns, as well as the usual sports and board games. Children can also enjoy time in the hotel's garden, caring for the plants and picking local herbs and organic vegetables. Activities are divided into two age groups: 4-6 and 7-12.
A babysitting service is available for a charge.
Facilities and activities
The resort offers a variety of facilities including a library, a business hub and spa. The Nam Hai Cooking academy offers daily lessons, including some aimed at children. For the more active there is also a gym, three infinity pools, four tennis courts, a badminton court, table tennis and a half-size basketball court.
A variety of water sports are available including waterskiing and wakeboarding. Kayaks and sailboats are provided on a complimentary basis.
Located right on the beachfront, there’s 1 km (0.6 miles) of sand to walk along. Please be aware however that the sea is often rough with strong currents. There may not always be lifeguards present or a red flag system in operation. You are advised to check with hotel staff before swimming.
We recommend exploring Hoi An, a World-Heritage Site. After strolling the cobbled streets admiring the 17th-century architecture, merchant houses and river-side shops, it’s an ideal place to stay on for dinner.
If you’d like to head further afield, there are plenty of scenic and historic sites nearby, including the Marble Mountains, My Son and Hue. The hotel will be happy to help you arrange excursions.
The Four Seasons Resort Nam Hai receives excellent feedback from clients seeking a luxurious, exclusive property. It’s ideal if you’re looking for a peaceful, relaxing beach stay, with opportunities to get out and explore.
It’s worth noting that the resort is set on a large site, there are many steps and uneven areas throughout the property and it is quite dimly lit at night. Therefore this may not be the best choice of hotel for you if you have any mobility difficulties or are visually impaired.
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The hotel is small with few facilities, but this is part of its charm and something that attracts our clients back there year after year. No other hotel in Vietnam has as much character and history.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the farm. On arrival you will meet the farmers and enjoy tea before donning traditional Vietnamese clothing (a conical hat and overalls) to prepare for getting into the paddy field.
pick up your bikes and begin a leisurely ride through the beautiful countryside with your guide, stopping for photographs and refreshments as you please.
Hoi An's main sights of interest are all within the UNESCO protected area adjacent to the river and your guide will escort you around the narrow winding streets on foot as cars are not allowed.
My Son is Vietnam’s most important Cham site. The Cham civilization dominated the area that is now south Vietnam for many centuries before being crushed by the Vietnamese.
Explore a fishing village and learn about the fishermen and their daily lives.