With temples, pagodas and a fun, bustling market, Hoi An is a popular stop for visitors. Located in the South Central Coast area of Vietnam, Hoi An was a popular South-East Asian trading port from the 15th to 19th century and is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There’s plenty to keep folks busy for a couple days while on tour in Vietnam, but its country-esque setting makes it the perfect spot to slow-down and recharge your batteries.
I had been in Vietnam for just a couple days when I arrived at Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa. Thanks to jet lag I hadn’t had much sleep. Travel adrenaline had kept me moving, but I was craving a good night’s sleep.
Located on Cua Dai Road, the main drag through town, the resort has 100 rooms nicely tucked in between tropical foliage. Wander the grounds and along with finding plenty of things in bloom you might also hear one of the neighbor’s roosters. (Though it’s important to mention I never heard one from inside my room.) Take time to peek behind the spa and you’ll be rewarded with a prime rice paddy view.
My teenage daughter and I stayed in a Phong Junior Suite and it was just what two weary travelers needed. Alongside a main living room area there was a full bathroom and a huge balcony overlooking the resort grounds. The separate bedroom had two beds and another full bathroom. Having two rooms allowed for flexibility when coping with two off-kilter sleep schedules.
The on-site Trails Garden Restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating with garden views. The breakfast buffet runs daily from 6am to 10am and features Vietnamese foods like pho and Western breakfast favorites like omelets. Fresh fruit, pastries, juice and coffee & tea are daily staples.
The Floating Bar serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, a light menu and attracted a good crowd during happy hour when I was visiting. The swim-up pool bar is a nice alternative to drying off when you want a drink or snack.
A complimentary shuttle to the center of Hoi An runs every two to three hours from 9am to 9pm. If the times don’t mesh with your schedule, taxis are plentiful. The ride into town takes less than 10 minutes and costs about $3. Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa also has a fleet of complimentary bikes guests can use for exploring.
The Resort organizes excursions and cooking classes with English, French and Japanese speaking guides.
Internet is complimentary and fast enough to check email and social media. The drive to the Dan Nang International Airport takes about 45 minutes depending on traffic.
Review and photos by Dana Rebmann.