Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai is set on Vietnam’s central coast, 30 kilometres south of the city of Da Nang. The resort itself is about a ten-minute drive from the pretty Unesco-listed city of Hoi An, an atmospheric ancient trading port dating from the 15th century that was once Southeast Asia’s largest harbour and whose historic district reflects a unique mix of influences.
Both Christians and Buddhists lived here during the 17th century, and today it is a small tourist town with many pagodas, temples and former Japanese merchant houses to see, some on its original streets. The Japanese covered bridge, built in 1590, is renowned and worth a visit, as are the riverside and the quirky boutiques and restaurants on its red-lanterned streets.
The drive from the airport takes about 25 minutes, past plots of land under huge amounts of construction; this is an area that is growing at an alarmingly fast rate. Hotel after hotel and several golf resorts are being built. The next ten years will see a big change and I am certain the coastline will change dramatically. At the moment it is lined with old buildings and some derelict as well as inhabited villages, and the beaches are home to remnants of the traditional, round, bamboo-basket fishing boats, but these will rapidly disappear as the tourist industry takes over.
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai is set in beautiful landscaped gardens with more than 4,500 towering palm trees swaying gently in the sea breeze. All villas have beach views, allowing you to open your doors on to a vast expanse of beach, on which you can walk for miles. The sea was very rough during my stay in October, and even though I love swimming in the sea and am a strong swimmer, I did not risk it. I didn’t see any other guests in the sea during my stay either. However, I did, like other guests, march up and down the lovely beachfront of the property each day, which was just under a kilometre.
The property was only recently taken over by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and, gradually, the company is adding to the already excellent facilities. For a family it is a perfect place if you do not want to move around too much and like to dip in and out of local things to see and do. For me, as the final stop at the end of a busy tour around Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, it was a very welcome rest.
On the site of a former fishing village, with a temple preserved on site, the resort is designed around ancient feng shui (phong thuy) principles, the Chinese-based philosophy of harmonising surroundings with the elements and the environment. Sleek, open-sided buildings that are carefully considered and elegantly decorated are situated around beautiful tiered pools with water features. Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai is a fabulous resort with multi-roomed villas for families, a superb spa, an adorable Kids’ Club, a fully equipped gym, a wonderful cookery school, two great restaurants for everyone to enjoy and plenty of other activities. You can even get married here since the Nam Hai also offers bespoke wedding services including beach and lawn venues for up to 200 guests. Couples take note, though, I would definitely recommend visiting outside school holidays.
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