Best of both worlds
Anantara Hoi An (formerly the Life Resort) is a spacious resort at the northern end of Hoi An town.
Already very popular, this previously Dutch-owned property -- part of the Life Resort chain -- was taken over by the Global Hotel Alliance in 2013. They have big plans for the resort, but for now the hotel remains unchanged, having found its niche with sprawling gardens, a hidden-away pool and lovely riverside frontage. Rooms are spacious and immaculate, with private verandas, a lounge area, wooden floors and stunning bathrooms, some with sunken bathtubs. The pricey grand suites are twice the size of the junior suites, with a large living area, a sofa bed and DVD player. In the river rooms, you can see the river from the raised bed. However, though the rooms are undoubtedly plush, the resort itself seems to be a little sterile; or at least lacks some of the charm of Hoi An. If you are set on premium luxury though, this is your best in-town option. Be sure to shop around for online discounted rates as even their own internet and walk-in rates are lower than the rack rates.
By Caroline Mills
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.