Luxury Family Holidays Handpicked for Parents

Hoi An

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Vietnam is fast becoming much more easily accessible and, with lots of luxury family hotels amidst authentic, relatively unravaged natural surroundings, there is more reason than ever to pack up your bags and head there with the family. Hoi An, in particular, has a huge amount of pull. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the local restaurants offer Vietnamese specialties alongside classic American breakfasts, tour touts are happy to take you anywhere you desire, and tailors will whip you up a suit or a skirt in less than a day. Consider Hoi An and you’ll be met by gorgeous Vietnamese shop fronts draped in weighty, bright bougainvillea, conical hats and silk lanterns galore.

Fusion Maia Resort entrance

Fusion Maia Resort

Fusion Maia is Asia's first resort with all-inclusive spa treatments so you can truly indulge in daily pampering.

Vietnamese culture meets the coast at the relatively new and very luxurious Fusion Maia Resort. With 87 pool villas set amongst palm-tree dotted gardens, an infinity pool that licks the sparkly South China Sea, gorgeous food and free WiFi throughout, it’s heaven on earth. What’s more, Fusion Maia is Asia's first...

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Vinh Hung Emerald Resort

Located a short distance from the old town of Hoi An, the Vinh Hung Emerald Resort is a fantastic family-friendly option just outside the hustle and bustle of things.

Set right on the banks of the romantic Thu Bon River, the Vinh Hung Emerald Resort is just ten minutes outside the ancient town of Hoi An. With 52 gorgeous rooms, all with free WIFI, a spa and fitness center, a 20-metre swimming pool by the river and plenty of room for kids to run and play in the surrounding grounds,...

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The Nam Hai interior

The Nam Hai

The luxurious design of the Nam Hai Hoi An is inspired by 2,500 years of national history.

A five-star stunner, The Nam Hai has memorable interior design and breathtaking architecture. Based on ancient Feng Shui philosophy intertwined with wind and water motifs, this is a truly unique space. The luxurious touches of this hotel are spread over 35 hectares of tropical gardens along the pristine shoreline of...

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Boutique Hoi An Resort

Boutique Hoi An Resort has stunning ocean views and sits amongst lush green gardens.

The five-star Boutique Hoi An Resort boasts 82 villas, many of which face the sea. An oceanfront swimming pool and large terraces, complete with comfortable family day beds, offer the ultimate spot for relaxing with a cocktail or freshly squeezed mango juice. Authentic Vietnamese cuisine and hospitality will wow you...

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Mermaid Restaurant

2 Ð Tran Phu, Hoi An

As one of the first Hoi An eateries, Mermaid Restaurant is always packed with a mixture of local families and intrigued tourists convinced by the restaurant’s queues on busy weekends. Staff are friendly, efficient and most speak excellent English. A menu of Hoi An specialties keeps things interesting and kids will love the fried spring rolls or Hoi An pancakes. Grown-ups will adore the pretty and very tasty banana flower salad, which bulges with healthy, local vegetables. Read the little ones the short stories behind each dish, (all printed on the menu,) especially the mermaid tale, which gave the restaurant its name.

The Cargo Club

107 D Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An

A good range of Vietnamese, western and vegetarian dishes are served up here at this cute and welcoming restaurant in the hub of ancient Hoi An. Sit outside at the tables on the street, where children will be more than entertained by the balloon sellers walking the streets. Children are more than welcome inside The Cargo Club, too. Service is extremely polite and professional, most staff speak English, and the patisserie and boulangerie selections seem to impress everyone. Try the red tuna encrusted with sesame seeds, or a pan au chocolate.

Morning Glory

106 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Hoi An

One of the most popular family friendly restaurants in Hoi An, Morning Glory will have you coming back time and again. Offering what is essentially glammed-up street food, the owners do their best to encourage visitors to try what they might not do from a street food stall. All food is cooked in the centre of the open plan restaurant in a fashion that mimics a street stall. Kids will love watching the staff busily preparing food right in front of them. Don’t miss the prawns in coconut, the crab wontons or the pork belly. If you really love what you see you can even try their cooking class.

Red Bridge Cooking School

Red Bridge Cooking School is great for a day of family fun, and is really the most exciting way to learn about Vietnamese cuisine. Take a relaxing 4 km cruise down the river on a boat, visit the market to collect local ingredients and then get cooking with your fellow classmates. Learn rice paper making and food decorating, or how to make pho (rice-noodle soup). All cooking students are given copies of the recipes to take home and can cool down in the 20-metre swimming pool on site. There are both half-day and full-day courses on offer.

The Japanese Covered Bridge

A local favorite and a must-see in Hoi An, the construction of this beautiful bridge stretching over the river was started in the Year of the Monkey (1593) and finished in the Year of the Dog (1595). (Monkey and dog sculptures are visible at either end). This bridge is particularly beautiful at night when the lanterns are shining all over it and both locals and tourists gather at the riverside to light candles and browse the various market stalls. If you’re there on the 14th of any month, you’ll see even more lanterns than usual as it is the Vietnamese version on a Full Moon party.

My Son Holy Land

To get to My Son you can book places on a bus from anywhere in town, or ask your concierge to arrange a private tour. The site is of historic importance as it was once a holy city for the Cham, although these days its crumbling orange buildings covered in moss make for some great Tomb Raider-style photo opportunities with the kids. Much of the My Son complex is inaccessible or destroyed (look for the bomb craters that dent the grass) but it’s an interesting peak into Vietnam’s ancient history for all ages.


For emergencies in Vietnam dial 113 for the police, 115 for a medical emergency and 114 for fire. Hoi An, in general, is a very safe town for travellers and it’s rare for things like bag snatching and other petty crime to occur here. Hoi An Hospital

 (Tel: 861 356) and Da Nang Hospital 
(Tel: 0511 821 480) offer emergency and medical services, as well as surgery.

When to go

April and May are the best times to visit Hoi An. The China seas are at their calmest from May to July so boating and swimming is far safer then. In spite of its tropical location, Hoi An experiences a wet winter monsoon from October to March when rains can put a serious dampener on plans, but this means it can be cooler at night during this period. The summer monsoon from April to September ushers in some hot and breezy weather, while the city can get fairly flooded in October and November typhoons.


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