Situated on the Thu Bon River, the property allows guests to experience a less explored region of Vietnam. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries this former spice trading hub was a fusion of cultural influences from various Chinese provinces and Japanese, Dutch and Indian settlers. These elements are still heavily reflected in the local architecture, carpentry, ceramics, woodcarvings, textiles and cuisine.
Hoi An is known for its preserved colonial architecture. The ancient designs are most evident in the Minh An Ward, where the famous relics in Hoi An are gathered. The buildings in this area were made with traditional materials such as brick and wood, have intricate wood carvings, yin-yang roof tiles covered with moss and plants, and are no more than two stories high. The architectural significance of Hoi An was recognized by UNESCO in 1999 when the town was officially listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Anantara offers guests a chance to delve deeper into the rich culture of the area by taking Vietnamese cooking, language, painting and lantern making classes, as well as organizing day trips to the area’s cultural landmarks.
The resort has four restaurants specializing in Vietnamese and Western cuisine: Lanterns, the main dining space, the colonial style Heritage Bar, Riverside Cafe, and Reflections, the poolside bar. Lanterns has a Wine Guru on hand to recommend parings. Ananatara’s Dining by Design allows guests to create menus with a personal chef; guests can enjoy these meals at choice locations around the property, including a poolside pavilion with an exquisite river outlook, or while cruising along the Thu Bon River.
The Anantara Spa has one double and three individual treatment rooms, along with an outdoor pavilion for manicure and pedicure treatments. A treatment is the Journey to Far East. It begins with a footbath ritual infused with aromatic Vietnamese herbs, followed by the Essence of Life signature massage which uses a special combination of seven massage techniques from the East and West.
The resort comprises two- and three-story colonial-style buildings with French, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese references. There are 93 guest rooms and suites, all with a split-level layout. Each room features an upper bedroom and bathroom, leading to a lower lounge that opens onto a porch with day beds and garden or river views. The property also features spaces for business events or special occasions.
Anantara, taken from the Sanskrit word meaning “without end”, shas resorts and spas throughout Asia and the Middle East, including properties in the seaside town of Hua Hin and on Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, and in the Golden Triangle area of northern Thailand.