If you're seeking idyllic tropical bliss and the kind of holiday photos that will make your Instagram followers #jealous, Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa nails the brief.
If you're seeking a romantic escape or a family-friendly getaway, Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa delivers that too.
Roughly four kilometres from Hoi An's old quarter, this French colonial-style beachfront resort embodies a traditional fishing village.
Scale the steps of the glorious entrance and you'll be graciously greeted with cold towels and a terrifically sweet welcome drink on arrival. If you're lucky, you'll hear the one word that's music to any travellers' ears: upgrade. And in my case, it was the Junior Suite. Cue the jazz band.
This covetable, sizeable suite is the stuff of holiday dreams. Junior Suites sit right on the shore – so close that you can feel the sea spray from the balcony – and have all those in-room novelties that aren't exactly necessary, but always welcomed.
A tatami-style tea room for two is a lovely inclusion, as is the deep spa tub, complete with real candles and a range of accoutrements to make your spa baths as sudsy as possible. Then there's the outdoor rainfall shower which quite frankly, deserves its own write-up.
If you're looking to save some Vietnamese dong for all those Hoi An delicacies you'll be devouring, the Victoria offers a swathe of room types to suit all budgets sprinkled through the serene gardens including river view, garden view and deluxe ocean view rooms.
Beyond your private abode is an oasis waiting to be explored. On one end, you've got access to the Victoria's own stretch of Cua Dai Beach and water-based pursuits, including sailing lessons, kayaking, windsurfing and basket boat rentals.
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The pool commands centre stage at the resort, inviting guests into its bluer-than-blue water by virtue of the surrounding day beds and picture-perfect palm trees, with Faifo Bar just steps away. A nice little bonus is the blocks of ice offered to enjoy around the pool at 1pm each day. Why, you may ask? Why not?
If aquatic pursuits aren't your jam, pass the time on dry land with a spot of tennis or a treatment at the spa – you're in for a heavenly time if the prices are any indication of what to expect. Mums and dads, a kids club is also available.
When it comes to dining, L'Annam Restaurant will keep you nourished from morning to night. The breakfast buffet serves everything from doughnuts and fruit to pho and international cheeses.
Post breakfast, L'Annam serves up an ever-changing menu specialising in seafood – all locally sourced – in both Western and Vietnamese dishes. Cham Bar and Elephant Bar round out the rest of the food and beverage venues.
From the resort, it's an easy 20-minute bike ride or shuttle (both free for guests) into town. But for something a little different, see the countryside by sidecar. A driver will take you for a spin through rice fields and the Tra Que vegetable village in the resident fleet of sidecars. It's a fun way to see the sites with plenty of photo ops along the way. Freezing cold towels are an added bonus!
There's no doubt Hoi An is hot on the traveller trail. The old town is utterly charming with its mustard-yellow facades, but with facilities like a private beach, sprawling pool and lively bars, it can be hard to leave your resort.
The Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa is well worth the splurge – especially that Junior Suite!