8 Characterful Hoi An Sleeps
Wanderlust Travel Magazine|November/December 2021
Get an authentic understanding of the culture and cuisine of this Vietnamese heritage favourite with these eco-friendly stays
By Claire Boobbyer

ANANTARA HOI AN RESORT

In lush gardens planted with frangipani and coconut palms, the Anantara hugs the slow-flow Thu Bon River on the fringes of Hoi An’s historic quarter. After exploring the old port town with a hotel guide, take an immersive class in local craft traditions: lantern making, painting and conical hat decoration. Anantara is gold-certified by The Green Growth 2050 Global Standard for excellence in eco and cultural sustainability; it’s free from plastic bottles, drinks come with bamboo straws, and water is supplied by an eco hi-tech system. It also raises money for local children with disabilities through the Kianh Foundation, and matches guest donations to the non-profit dollar for dollar. Journeying further? Take the new Anantara Vietage, a train carriage that’s luxurious in Indochine style, up the coast to emerging beach escape Quy Nhon. Rooms from US$199 [£144] including breakfast, plus 15% taxes; www.anantara.com/en/hoi-an

AN VILLA

This tropical garden enclave next to the Coco River is infused with local style, courtesy of Vietnamese-French architect Helena Tran Quang Man. The design celebrates pared-back living cocooned in gardens of palm, banana and coconut trees; think secret terraces in each of the six bungalows and studios, vintage chairs and handmade lanterns. After a garden-sourced vegetable lunch at onsite Mum’s Kitchen, take a cooking class, paddle the river in a fishing basket or learn palm leaf crafts. An Villa also embraces treading lightly: it’s plastic-free and co-founded Dana Connect, a charity that encourages donation of skills and time. Rooms from US$55 [£40] including breakfast; www.an-villa.com/reservation

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