Dechiu Hotel

Hoi An, Hue - Danang - Nha Trang, Vietnam
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Dechiu Hotel

Hoi An, Hue - Danang - Nha Trang, Vietnam

A stunning boutique haven on the beach by Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s most historic and picturesque port towns

A stunning boutique haven on the beach by Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s most historic and picturesque port towns

Dechiu Hotel, one block from the beach in the seaside district of Hoi An, is a serene retreat in every sense of the word. The brainchild of designer TheO Pham, the hotel eschews grandeur, preferring instead to celebrate the simpler pleasures of Vietnamese craftmanship and heritage. It’s an intimate space that blends modern aesthetics with the cultural richness of its surroundings. Corridors and communal spaces act as a showcase for the emerging talents of local photographers and artists, creating a visual tapestry that connects guests with the country's artistic heritage.

The design philosophy here emphasises emotion over extravagance. Old and broken items have been given new life, each piece finding the beauty in imperfection. Reclaimed-wood doors, carved furniture and handmade linens contribute to the hotel's commitment to sustainability and a genuine Vietnamese experience. Start your day with a farm-harvested breakfast at Gieo, the onsite vegetarian-centric café, and then stroll along to enjoyable An Bang Beach, or grab a bike and go exploring in Hoi An’s beautiful riverside Unesco-listed Old Town, packed with merchant houses, tea shops and markets. Or simply cocoon yourself in its modern monastic charms. It’s hard to leave.

Highs

  • Fantastic location – it’s on the shores of Tan Thanh Beach, while the winding alleyways of Hoi An Old Town are a cab or bike ride away
  • The nine beguiling rooms, each individually decorated, all with an understated beauty, texture and craftsmanship
  • The restaurant gets rave reviews for its vegetarian and vegan cuisine
  • The sense of calm. Hoi An itself can be quite hectic but the design and unfussy service immediately restores a sense of Zen
  • From the beautifully scented soaps to the luxurious towels, and basket lampshades made by local hill tribes, there’s real mastery in the details

Lows

  • There’s no pool, although you can relax by the koi pond, and the beach is less than a minute’s walk away
  • It’s not suitable for very young families – the minimum age is 10 years old
  • The rooms are wonderfully shaded from the often searing heat, but that does mean they can be quite dark

Best time to go

Hoi An’s climate is divided into two distinct seasons – the dry season from February to August and the wet season from September to January. If you’re not a fan of the heat, Feb-April is warm, dry and sunny and is less crowded. But for beach lovers the best time is May to August when the thermometer can reach 40º. The wet season is ideal for budget travellers but be prepared for typhoons and floods.

Our top tips

Take a boat ride on the Thu Bon River. Choose between a daytime excursion to enjoy the picturesque townscape or - even better - an evening cruise when the town is illuminated by lanterns. Many tours also offer traditional performances on board, providing an added cultural touch to your river journey.

Great for...

Beach
Cheap & Chic
City Style
Foodie
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 9 rooms
  • Restaurant & bar (open daily)
  • Over 10s only
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car not necessary
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
  • Laundry Service
Room:

Rooms

There are only nine rooms and each has been individually designed with a different interior colour scheme – ochre, indigo blue, milky white – although they all feature distressed cement floors and walls to echo the clay-built houses of the coastal countryside.

Rooms feature queen-sized beds and showers and accommodate two people – although most also have day beds or sofa beds in case guests prefer separate beds. They face either the sea or the city. The largest is the Rooftop Room, which has connecting bedrooms and sleeps four, and which also has a private terrace overlooking the sea.

The Garden Room, unsurprisingly, is sited beside the garden and has an outside meditation space. The two Architect’s Rooms have large desks and space for those who need to work, while the Terrace Room has two private terraces overlooking the ocean. Zen Rooms and the small but perfectly formed Wabi-Sabi Rooms have city views and balconies.

All rooms have air conditioning, Wi-Fi and locally produced toiletries, such as the gorgeous pomegranate and green tea soap.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The onsite Gieo restaurant has been getting stellar feedback on review sites and is becoming a mecca for those who love vegan and vegetarian cuisine (do ask about cooking classes). There’s a vegetarian breakfast with a selection of juices (watermelon and ginger, guava and lemon) and coffees, while throughout the day it offers dishes such as shimeji mushrooms with apple sauce, garlic sauteed spinach, homemade curry and papaya salad with palmyra nectar.

But Hoi An itself offers an abundance of eating options, from humble street stalls to quaint riverside eateries as well as high-end restaurants. Seafood is very much a staple here and the day’s catch is always on the menu. But also try iconic dishes such as Cao Lau (noodles, pork and rice crackers), Banh Mi (savoury baguettes), Pho and Mi Quang or white rose dumplings (rose-shaped parcels filled with everything from pork to shrimp).

The Old Town is best for authentic eateries while the waterside restaurants are more intimate and international.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian options
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Hoi An's Unesco-listed Old Town is a short cab ride away, or a gentle half hour by bike. Stroll through the narrow streets adorned with colourful lanterns and ancient houses; visit the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge and the Fujian Assembly Hall; Central Market is a sensory delight with stalls selling local crafts and mouth-watering street food
  • Pedal through rice paddies, traditional villages, and lush landscapes. Many tours offer visits to local homes, allowing you to witness traditional crafts such as mat weaving and rice paper making
  • The more active can enjoy fishing charters, scuba and snorkelling, kayaking, river rafting as well as surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing – Dechiu can assist with info and bookings
  • The less active can relax on Tan Thanh Beach, watching the fishermen, splashing by the shore (it's often wavy), strolling between cafés
  • Embark on a day trip to My Son Sanctuary, a significant archaeological site of the ancient Champa Kingdom. Marvel at the well-preserved Hindu temples and learn about the rich history of this once-thriving civilisation

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Private guided tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Windsurfing

Kids

Only children aged 10 and over are permitted at the hotel. Teenagers should enjoy the many cultural aspects to Hoi An, as well as being by the beach.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

The Rooftop Room has two queensize beds. Most of the other rooms have a day bed or sofa bed in the room so if a parent and teen are travelling together they don't need to share a bed.

Kid Friendly:

Location

Dechiu Hotel is located on the shores of Tan Thanh Beach on the edge of Hoi An, a short taxi ride away from its Unesco-listed Old Town. It's in the Quang Nam province of Southern Central Vietnam.

By Air:
Da Nang (27km) has flights from within Vietnam and SE Asia; but most European visitors fly into Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City and take an internal flight to Da Nang.

By Train:
Alternatively, if it's part of a longer trip, the Reunification Express train operates along the coast from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping in Da Nang - a journey of 16-24 hours (with the option of overnight couchettes), so best suited to those making a proper itinerary of it. See Seat 61 for more details.

From Da Nang Airport:
You can pre-book an airport transfer, or take a taxi or minivan to Hoi An (45-90 mins journey time). We don't recommend hiring a car as driving in Vietnam is not always easy.

Airports:

  • Da Nang International Airport 27.0 km DAD

Other:

  • Beach 0.5 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

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