Four Seasons The Nam Hai

Hoi An, Hue - Danang - Nha Trang, Vietnam
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Four Seasons The Nam Hai

Hoi An, Hue - Danang - Nha Trang, Vietnam

Super-cool designer villas on the palm-fringed sands of Ha My beach, near Hoi An

Super-cool designer villas on the palm-fringed sands of Ha My beach, near Hoi An

OK, we don't normally include chain resorts. And you need a seriously healthy bank account to check in here. But. But. These wildly swanky villas are such blissful temples of contemporary cool, and the location on the silky sands of Ha My Beach is such a slice of paradise, that we're making a double exception here. It started life as a thoroughbred design hotel, a fact that's abundantly clear within seconds of arrival: the view from reception shows a half-kilometre avenue of swimming pools and reflecting ponds tumbling down to the sea. Restaurants and a bar overlook it all, and a line of high palm trees flank the last pool like a platoon of soldiers standing to attention.

Summon a porter and you'll be whisked off to your wonderland villa. Some have their own pools, all open onto a horseshoe of sand that runs down to the East Sea. Inside you find effortless elegance: showers in private gardens, deep eggshell baths, super-cool tented beds on raised platforms, a wall of glass that opens onto a private terrace. Hoi An and My Son are both close, so try as hard as you can to prise yourself away. There’s a spa that appears to be floating in the water, too.


  • The villas are the last word in shipwreck chic
  • The infinity swimming pool overlooking the ocean is hard to beat, as are the private pools belonging to each Pool Villa
  • Hoi An (a quaint town with world-class tailoring and a beautiful French quarter) and My Son (the former capital of the Champa Kingdom) are divine. Both are UNESCO sites
  • There's 1 km of private beach on your doorstep
  • Terrific facilities for kids, excellent kids club


  • People tend to cocoon themselves in their villas; this isn’t the most social place
  • You're 10km from Hoi An, but there’s a free shuttle bus to help you get there
  • The rainy season overlaps with Christmas
  • It's shockingly expensive but if you can afford it, you won't regret it
World Favourite Family Hideaway

    Best rooms for families

    All of the 1-bed villas are large enough for 2 adults and 1 child; if you've got more than 1 child, book any of the 2-5 bed villas. All have bathtubs and 1 sofabed per bedroom, as well as a baby cot. Family Villas have a separate kids room with a sofa bed, desk, gaming console, board games and TV

    Parents should know...

    There are some steps and the main pools aren't fenced. Pool Villas come with a fenced pool. Staff can help if you need e.g. nappies, baby food and beach toys (there isn't a shop nearby). There is a mobile phone signal everywhere on property
  • Cots and baby bedding
  • Night light
  • Complimentary baby and kids' toiletries
  • Strollers
  • High chairs
  • Bottle warming and bottle sterilisers
  • Baby monitors
  • Baby carriers
  • Baby baths
  • Car seats
  • Pool toys

Some equipment may need to be requested in advance

Babysitting available by arrangement. See [rates:VN003:Rates]

A huge garden house has been converted into an air-conditioned kids activity club with a timetable of supervised inventive activities for those aged 4-6 and 7-12 daily from 0900-1800. These include: arts and crafts such as making birthday cards and sand paintings, painting conical hats, working with clay, making Hoi An lantern and silk flowers; boardgames and toys including Scrabble, Lego, puzzles, Twister and Connect Four; treasure hunts; games like tug of war, hide & seek, musical chairs and limbo; and sports including badminton, yoga and basketball. Each age group also gets the opportunity to learn Vietnamese. There's a sand area and wading pool too

Food is available all day and the main restaurant has a special kids menu

  • Three swimming pools
  • Junior Cooking Academy teaching rice paper rolling, cookie- and biscuit-making, chocolate-making
  • Complimentary Teen Club and games room (billiards, ping pong and foosball)
  • Sports complex with tennis, basketball and badminton courts
  • Family ritual involving massage, bathing and crystal sound immersion in The Heart of the Earth Spa
  • Children's DVDs
  • Cycling in the rice field
  • Toys and books for children aged 4-12
  • Seasonal activities could include buffalo cart tours, kite-making and -flying
  • Taxi boat around the river streets
  • Snorkel around the Cham Islands
  • Play on the beach
  • Explore the limestone hills and caves
  • Visit temples and the pretty old town of Hoi An

Great for...

  • Beach Resort
  • 100 rooms
  • Restaurants and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Babysitting
  • Creche / Kids Club
  • Car not necessary
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Tennis Court


Enormous villas are all identical. Whitewashed exteriors give way to divine interiors. They mix wood and stone to magnificent effect and each one is dominated by a raised island of luxurious excess that rises with unimpeachable elegance in the middle of the room. At the front you find your bed, an enormous sprawling sea of white linen, with views that tumble over the sitting room below, cut through a wall of glass, shoot off across white sands and land in the ocean. A swivel TV stands to your left and comes with a library of in-house movies; it is connected to a BOSE sound system that links to your very own iPod. In front of the bed, steps lead down to kingly sofas on which to loll about; huge French windows open onto shaded terraces that come complete with a couple of daybeds, beyond which padded loungers bask in the sun on a trim lawn; in short, there are plenty of opportunities for lying down.

Slip back inside and saunter through your villa and you will pass a lacquered eggshell bath embedded in your island paradise behind the bed; this is exceptionally cool and it is quite difficult to spend a night here and resist the temptation to take a long soak. However, if you do, you will find other ways to cleanse yourself in your huge, super-stylish bathroom at the back (varnished wood floors, lacquered eggshell sinks). There are rain showers in dedicated wet-rooms, but if that sounds a little cramped, slide open glass doors and find a private garden that doubles as an outside shower; the space comes complete with stone statues and abundant plants. Elsewhere, Krups coffee machines, his and her wardrobes, beach bags, bath robes, stuffed minibars and fabulous bath potions. Expect the crispest cotton, the plumpest pillows, the comfiest mattresses. Best of all, come back from dinner in the restaurant and find the entire central island wrapped up in ivory curtains. Perfect.

Now you know what to expect inside, here’s the lowdown on other matters. There are 1-bedroom Villas, Family Villas and Pool Villas. Beachfront Villas ring a horseshoe of sand that runs down to the surf. Most Pool Villas do the same, but one row is set back from the beach, with elevated views and serious privacy, while the 1-bedroom Villas are further back still. All Pool Villas have their own pool.

Pool Villas range from 1-bedroom to 5-bedroom villas. If, for example, you take a 3-bedroom Pool Villa, you will find 3 separate villas within your garden walls. One room will be slightly simpler; it comes without a raised bed and is set up to work as an office, but this only applies to 3-, 4- and 5-bedroom villas. Some are closer to the beach and others are set on the hill with spectacular views over the ocean. You also get a communal sitting room that opens onto a shaded terrace and which comes with its own flat-screen TV, a couple of sofas and a dining table. There are complimentary decanters of whisky and vodka as well as wine fridges. Pools get bigger as the number of villas increases, but all have lawned gardens with daybeds, loungers and parasols scattered around. Finally, you get private barbecues and butlers to fire them up, though room service will deliver, if that’s what you want.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Mosquito net
  • Safe box
  • WiFi


The main bar and restaurant, Cafe Nam Hai, overlook the swimming pools and are set back from the beach close to reception. They come in a clipped minimalist style with lots of glass and wood, very attractive lighting and a stylish array of cut-glass crystal globes, some suspended above water. The bar has a balcony, the restaurant a terrace.

The buffet breakfast is extensive and laid out beautifully. You’ll find freshly-squeezed juices and fruit smoothies, cereals and muesli, baguettes and croissants, pancakes and waffles, then eggs any way you want them with bacon and sausages, too.

Lá Sen, open for lunch and dinner, offers global comfort food such as wood-fired pizzas and fresh salads, sushi and sashimi, and regional favourites - such as banh vac Hoi An (Hoi An style steamed shrimp dumplings) and ca mu nuong la chuoi (grouper in banana leaf with spice paste) - designed to share during the day. At night enjoy contemporary Vietnamese fare.

Dinner at Cafe Nam Hai is more formal. Expect a blend of Indian and European cuisine, such as pan-fried duck liver with truffled leeks or tandoori prawns with marinated watermelon cubes. There's a varied vegetarian menu, too. Nayuu, added since our last visit, offers a fine-dining Japanese tasting menu that features wagyu beef and the chef's unique take on sashimi, and The Bar is open all day for refreshments.

There is a full in-villa dining menu (breakfast from 6am-midday; lunch and dinner from 11am-10.30pm). Goats' cheese salad, wok-fried chicken and chocolate mousse or a plate of cheese can all be brought to you. There's also the option to have a private beach barbecue for 2, a romantic candlelit affair in which you'll have your own private chef and a daybed for post-dinner relaxing.

To eat out, pop into Hoi An, which has a number of popular old-town restaurants, cafes and bars, where you eat, drink and make merry in attractive courtyards or on river terraces. Mick Jagger once stopped for a bite at Mango Rooms, where excellent food has won itself a big reputation. The Hai Scout Café offers good Vietnamese food (if you’re impressed, return for cookery classes that start at the market, return to the kitchen and finish in the dining room); the restaurant supports the WWF. If you want to eat by the river drop into Restaurant 96, where the food is as good as the view.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee maker
  • Kids' meals
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian options


  • Chill out by your private pool, one of the 3 (yes, 3) other swimming pools or bag yourself a spot of secluded sand on the private beach
  • Treat yourself in the sumptuous spa which offers an extensive range of holistic-based health and beauty treatments, with an emphasis on healing through aromatherapy, Ayurveda and herbalism, from Bali, India and Tibet
  • A sports complex offers badminton, tennis, a basketball court, a fitness centre, a sauna and a steam room
  • Go snorkelling or diving at the beautiful Cham Islands, which the hotel overlooks. Reception can arrange
  • Take the free shuttle into Hoi An and wander the very pretty old-town streets, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll find Chinese temples, a Japanese bridge, grand French colonial houses and traditional Vietnamese homes. There’s a market, too, and lots of lovely cafés
  • Catch a taxi boat through the river streets and discover yet more handicraft shops selling woodwork and silk products (the traditional Vietnamese lanterns are gorgeous)
  • Get some clothes made: Hoi An is a hot-spot for tailoring, and the prices are rock-bottom. Bring a suit and ask them to copy it or flick through the piles of design books for inspiration. They'll whip you up incredible imitations of YSL, Prada and Gucci for a fraction of the price
  • Don’t miss the much-ignored Museum of the Revolution. It’s above the rather dull Hoi An Cultural Museum and is full of fascinating propaganda art
  • Catch a tuk-tuk to My Son, another World Heritage site. This religious sanctuary was the capital of the Champa Kingdom, which flourished between the 4th and 13th centuries. A spectacular setting in a lush valley adds to the drama. My Son is one of the most important cultural legacies of Vietnam’s past
  • Visit the Marble Mountains, 18km to the north and on the road to Da Nang. You’ll find five forested limestone hills, which you can climb for the views or explore for their mysterious caves, which house elaborate altars

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Well being

Best Time to go

The best time to go is between March and August, with the sunniest months being May to July.The rainy season falls between September and January, the wettest months are November and December. The coolest months are December and January.

Our Top Tips

It’s really not worth coming for a single night. The hotels lends itself well to total relaxation, so we'd suggest holing up here for 3-4 nights.
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Four Seasons The Nam Hai is situated on Ha My Beach. It is 30km south of Da Nang and 10km north of Hoi An.

By Air:
Da Nang (30km) is served by regular flights from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Nha Trang, Ban Me Thout, Pleiku and Quy Nhon.
If you're coming from Europe, you'll probably fly into Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. From these airports you can either transfer onto an internal flight or travel overland if you're planning a longer trip. For routes from the rest of Europe, please click on the links below.

From the Airport
Hotel transfers are the only practical way to arrive as the taxis are unreliable - see Rates for more details.

By Train:
The Reunification Express runs along the coast and offers services from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, stopping in Da Nang. There is also a scenic rail travel journey that runs several times a day from Hue to Da Nang. See Seat 61 for more details. The hotel can pick you up from the train station in Da Nang.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to Vietnam and getting around


  • Da Nang 30.0 km DAD
  • Ho Chi Minh, Tan Son Nhat International 600.0 km SGN


  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 10.0 km
  • Restaurant 10.0 km

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