Hoi An Anantara
The colonial-style Hoi An Anantara is Hoi An’s best in-town hotel option. Its 94 generously sized rooms mix Western touches with Eastern art. The flimsy sliding closet doors aren’t quite up to style code, but they have private outdoor porches. Second-floor rooms 201–209 have the best views of the Thu Bon River.
Hoi An’s old quarter is just a five-minute walk away. After reaching cultural overload, splash around the small infinity pool, relax with a spa session, or take a shuttle to the beach.
Hoi An also offers free Vietnamese-language instruction, silk lantern-making sessions and just in time for Saturday happy hour a cocktail-making class. Bear in mind the normally sluggish Thu Bon River can rise dramatically during the monsoon, especially in October and November, and cause enough flooding for the resort to temporarily close.
There are over 800 structures in this town, historical landmarks of such importance that the town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Formerly a Japanese and Chinese trading post, there are now great markets to discover and a picturesque river to sail down. The local craftsmen are well renowned.