Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s more luxurious destinations. With it’s picturesque old town, beautiful coastline, numerous spas and abundance of tailors offering high-quality handmade suits, this is a fabulous town to spend a little time unwinding and escaping from Vietnam’s crazier northern and southern cities.
So, last week, that’s exactly what we did – with a little help from the simply divine Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa! Private beach, gorgeous on-site spa, three bars and a fleet of gorgeous vintage vehicles, it all sounds a bit too good to be true, but the incredible four star Victoria Resort was wonderfully real.
Unfortunately for us, so was the rainy season in central Vietnam, which put on a spectacular show of torrential rain and roaring wind that threatened to dampen our trip slightly. Thankfully, the Victoria Resort was the ideal place to wait out the bad weather in sumptuous surroundings.
Situated about ten minutes drive from the old town centre of Hoi An, Victoria Resort makes the most of this gorgeous strip of coastline with it’s own private beach. It’s worth the sacrifice of being a tiny bit out of town, as there are complementary shuttle buses running to and from the centre all day and the beach area is much quieter than Hoi An itself. Plus, it’s always better to keep the beaches in walking distance and drive into town. Or, if the bus isn’t your thing, the resort offer numerous tours of the area including their signature tour in a vintage cream-and-red motorbike and sidecar, which is just as glamorous as it sounds.
We arrived underwater, but the ever-attentive staff escorted us from the cab to the lobby with big, complementary umbrellas (these were to be found ready and waiting at every doorway throughout our stay), and then from the check in desk to our room, where we were pleasantly gobsmacked by a beautiful garden view suite. Simple but tasteful décor in airy cream gave the illusion of a nicer day, trimmed with elegant dark wooden furnishings, splashes of vivid orange, and subtle Asian influences like the pictures, the silk kimonos in the bathroom, and the beautiful porcelain tea set. This Asian influence is to be found in all the rooms throughout the resort, my favourite being the Japanese themed Junior Suite, which came complete with a low Japanese style table and an outdoor shower set in a private courtyard which echoed a zen garden.
Our room was lacking on the outdoor shower front, but it made up for it with spaciousness (at 34m² it’s one of the biggest rooms we’ve stayed in), with the beautiful – and huge – bathroom dominated by a long stone dressing table, and with an enormous, sumptuously soft four poster bed. It may be billed as a garden view room, but we even had a small view of the sea from our covered private balcony. Luxury is the name of the game at Victoria Resort, and they’ve pulled out all the stops to create an experience which is fabulously indulgent and perfectly relaxing.
After checking in and drying off in the comfort of our gorgeous room, we made a beeline for the best place in the world to shelter from the rain; the spa. Tempted in by a fabulous “buy one, get one free” offer on full body massages, we booked treatments, but not before we’d made sure to thoroughly test out all the spa’s features. Excepting, of course, the gym, which looked fantastic and well furnished, with various machines and equipment, but which couldn’t tempt me away from the exquisite comfort of the spa. We had the jacuzzi, saunas and steam bath to ourselves, and spent well over an hour unwinding and sweating out all the city pollution we’d been soaking up in Vietnam, before heading off for our treatments. These – begun and ended with delicious complementary fruit teas designed to first relax, then revive, our senses – were sheer bliss. Preferring a firmer massage, I opted for a Balinese style treatment which, with medium pressure and a combination of stretching, acupressure and stroking, was perfect for my knotted up neck, while Sam took a gentle Swedish massage for an hour of dreamy relaxation. The staff were incredible; well-trained, adept and fantastically polite, making sure we were as comfortable as possible and that we really enjoyed our afternoon of indulgence.
In fact, staff throughout the Victoria Resort were wonderful. Particularly Anh, the receptionist when we arrived, who was really sweet and so attentive that she completely made our stay. All the staff were impeccably well mannered and so welcoming, with everyone, right down to the gardeners, greeting us with a friendly smile wherever we went.
Dinner at the L’Annam Restaurant was particularly formal and extravagantly luxurious. I loved the Lion Dance show, put on by young boys from a local martial arts school, which also included a short display of fighting from two boys who were as cute as they were agile. There’s a schedule of entertainment and events all week, which is a nice touch and turns dinnertime into something a little bit more special. Feeling adventurous, I opted for the daily special, ostrich stroganoff, which was really tasty and deliciously flavoured, while Sam’s steak came cooked to perfection along with potato rosti and seasonal vegetables. It being an evening for indulgence, we couldn’t resist sampling the cocktails, as well; settling back with creamy pina coladas to watch the show.
At breakfast the next morning, the food was even better, with a fab mixture of traditional Asian foods – like the classic Vietnamese Pho – along with western staples like bacon, sausages, eggs cooked to order, and delicious pastries. Plus there was a huge array of fresh juices and delicious tropical fruits. Everything was incredible and the staff were as attentive as ever, ensuring my coffee cup never emptied.
Our one night at Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa was a total knock out in terms of luxury, extravagance and sheer indulgence. Vietnam is a fantastic place for couples to treat themselves and spend a few days unwinding together, and we really made the most of our time at the resort, in spite of the terrible weather. In nicer conditions, this would be an even better place to stay, perfect for a few days making the most of peaceful Hoi An and the beautiful coastline. The ideal place to unwind and indulge yourself!
Victoria Hoi An Resort and Spa – Tell +84 510 3927 040 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An Town, Quang Nam, Vietnam
NB – The large images were kindly provided by Victoria Hotels to show what the resort looks like in pleasant weather. Small images are by me.