The Nam Hai Hotel in Vietnam, since opening in 2006. has put Hoi An firmly on the international luxury hotel map. Ok, so Vietnam might not smack as family-friendly but, as you know, we at kodomo.com are not afraid to fly long haul with tots and we assure you, should you brace the short term pain of jet lag, the long term gain will be immense. And this summer there are some amazing activities being arranged by this fabulous hotel with children firmly in mind. You’ll enjoy some heavy duty pampering, and they will enjoy the experience of a lifetime in a setting, dare we say it, more breathtaking than most.
The Nam Hai
The five-star Nam Hai was designed with ancient Feng Shui philosophies in mind, which is beautifully intertwined with wind and water motifs. Spread over 35 hectares of tropical gardens along the pristine shoreline of Ha My Beach, the hotel caters to your every need, redefining the idea of a “fly-and-flop” vacation. There are 60 one-bedroom villas and 40 pool villas to choose from, all with lavish bathrooms boasting outdoor rain showers, sea views and private butlers so, unless you want to, there is no need to lift a finger the whole time you’re there. Hoi An itself, just 15 minutes away in the car, is a UNESCO town and makes for wonderful exploration. The hotel’s cookery school will get you all in the spirit of Vietnamese fare in no time and, if you want some activity, there are on-site tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie just ten minutes away.
The eight floating treatment pavilions surrounded by Koi fish in the lagoon makes The Spa at The Nam Hai unbeatable in terms of tranquil relaxation and ambience. Complimentary meditation and yoga sessions are held in the open lounge most mornings, and the lowest level of the tiered pool is for adults only if you want some solitude while the kids are off partaking in their own organised activities. (The top tier, incidentally, is dedicated to families).
The hotel boasts a dedicated ‘Kids’ activity villa’ in which they can enjoy everything from Hoi An lantern making to Vietnamese lessons, conical hat painting to coconut leaf art, shell art and sand picture making, yoga, and boat racing or excursions off resort. The hotel’s herb garden is predictably beautiful and, while there, they are provided with a hat, apron and gardening tools to get stuck in themselves. (Staff are, of course, available to offer guidance on how to plant herbs and vegetables). The Kids’ Activity Villa is open seven days a week from 9am to 5.30pm and is complimentary for all guests. Divided into two age groups (4-6 and 7-12 years of age), children are entertained by English-speaking child carers. Lunch can also be ordered to the Kids’ Activity Villa at a rate $12 per child and, should you want some time out in the evening or have a young baby with you, a 24 hour babysitting service is available.
If you happen to be there on the 28th of this month, you’ll be in Vietnam in time for National Family Day. On this date, families come together to exchange stories, pray and eat. Traditional experiences such as steering a Vietnamese basket boat, learning net fishing, planting rice and even riding a buffalo happen up and down the country, including in and around Hoi An.
The Family Summer Getaway package being offered by the hotel starts at £376 per night for two adults and one child sharing a One Bedroom Villa and £571 per night for two adults and two children sharing two units of a One Bedroom Villa. Also included is breakfast, a buffalo cart tour, kite decoration and kite flying, as well as local airport transfers and a shuttle service to Hoi An. (This package is for a minimum of three nights and is valid for stays from June 1st to October 31st 2014).
For bookings call +84510 394 0000 or click here.
View our full guide to Hoi An here.