reporters are always being asked for the latest hot spots to indulge in a posh holiday, and they each have their favourites. Natalie Gruzlewski has just added another to her list: the Nam Hai in Hoi An, Central Vietnam.
The Nam Hai Villas are on a 32-hectare patch of heaven on the outskirts of Hoi An. "Nam Hai" actually translates to "Heaven on Earth" and it's one of the most luxurious places to stay in the entire country.
A kilometre-long stretch of the pristine China Beach spreads along the property and Cham Islands can be seen across the sea. Harmony between architecture and nature has been achieved.
There are 60 one-bedroom villas with indoor and outdoor sitting areas, bathrooms opening to private gardens and outdoor shower. Beds are on a raised platform in the centre of the room and they are surrounded by soft mosquito netting. Some have a pool and each has landscaped gardens.
Forty pool villas have courtyard entrances leading to living and dining areas. They have a kitchen, maid's room and private pool.
There are two gourmet restaurants they specialise in international and Vietnamese cuisine, seafood and grills. The bar has a wide range of cocktails and snacks.
The Spa Center, set around a lagoon, is for relaxation and rejuvenation. There are eight private suites with individual steam room, gym, three beachfront pools, four tennis courts, a badminton and basketball court and there's a good library when you want to wind down.
If you fancy a fishing trip, put in an early wake-up call and head out with one of the local fishermen. Natalie's guide's family has been fishing in the area for generations and with tourists joining one of their tours they are helping to support the village. It's a wonderful way to learn something of local life and meet some of the villagers.
Nam Hai, 30km south of Da Nang in Vietnam.
Travel Indochina is offering four nights in a one-bedroom villa at the Nam Hai Resort for $1208 per person twin share. Club benefits and some meals are included. This price is valid until October 31, 2010.
Vietnam Airlines has flights to Da Nang.
- Melbourne $1443
- Sydney and Brisbane $1462
- Adelaide $1465
Sale and validity dates apply. Prices correct at March 25, 2010.
For further information
13/31 Market Street
Ph: 1300 888 028
Ph: 1300 365 355
Hamlet 1 Dien Duong Village
Dien Ban District
Quang Nam Province
Ph: +84 510 394 0000
Fax: +84 510 394 0999
Visas: Australian passport holders must have a valid passport and a visa is required.
Electricity: 220V at 50Hz. Three plugs are used throughout Vietnam: two flat blade; two round pins; two parallel flat pins with ground pin.
Time zone: GMT +7.
Currency: The dong.
International dialling code: +84.
It is recommended travellers to Vietnam see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there are specific vaccinations recommended. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor. For further information, visit www.smarttraveller.com.au.
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