Villa Hoa Su (hoa su means frangipani) is a small property located next to the river on Cam Thanh.
If you don’t mind the slightly out of the way location just off of Cua Dai Street, three kilometres from both Hoi An town and Cua Dai beach, it makes for a serene retreat away from the madding Hoi An crowds.
The man behind Hoa Su was involved in the building of one of Vietnam’s most exclusive resort, the Nam Hai. Now he’s copied it in miniature here, using a few of the same finishings and design details. Rooms are small but everything is well laid out, with a raised sleeping area, sofa, flatscreen TV, minibar, desk, DVD player, air-con, WiFi and a jaw-dropping outdoor bathroom, complete with enormous marble tubs and rain shower. Each villa faces a lotus-dotted moat surrounding a lounge area/restaurant housed in a classic ancient house and a modest swimming pool. It’s only big enough to float around in but seems to fit well with the location.
Hoa Su is a hideaway, an isolated and quiet spot with seven suites that are ideal as a couple’s retreat or for small groups of friends. It never feels busy. You’ll probably want to arrange a driver to take you down the dark maze of roads to town or the beach for food, so factor that into your budget. There is not much to keep children entertained for long unless they’ve got a few pals to muck around with. Rock Villa is a more kid friendly option.
Address: Thon 5, Cam Thanh Ward, Hoi An
T: (235) 393 3933;
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º21'10.74" E, 15º53'10.53" N
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Room rates: US$50 to 100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||US$50||US$50|
|Deluxe double room||US$80||US$80|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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