Location is Anantara Hoi An Resort‘s best asset: it’s right on the riverbank. The hotel is contemporary Vietnamese, in shades of mandarin and chocolate with black and white photography of old Hoi An hanging on the walls. Colonial-style Heritage Bar serves fresh-from-the-river fish and local specialties such ascao lau, a noodle and pork soup;banh bao, shrimp parcels; andbanh it, a samosa-shaped parcel of coconut wrapped in banana leaves. There’s also a French-style outdoor restaurant, a spa, swimming pool and bar.
Opening on Cua Dai beach in July is Fusion Alya Hoi An Resort. There are two huge swimming pools, but it’s all about the beach, which you can see from each of the rooms. The hotel has Vietnamese and steak restaurants, and a destination lounge bar; guests can also borrow a bike and cycle to the riverside Fusion Lounge for the same food in town.