For even the most carefree travellers, mapping out your next holiday is a pleasure, pain experience. When you’ve got little ones, it’s even harder; they are an important consideration when deciding where to go and what to do. The last thing you want to deal with on your holiday is bored and difficult children.
Find your own Zen, give the kids a chance to chill, and clock-up some quality family time discovering amazing new places together with our family getaway guide to Hoi An & Da Nang
Where To Stay
There’s a vast array of high-end hotels, hostels and everything in between in Hoi An, suitable for any budget. However, finding one that provides a relaxing escape for parents, combined with the right amount of excitement for the kids, and enough crossover for you to reap the rewards of shared family adventure is frustrating and comes with the potential to lead you straight to the bottom of a bottle of Hendricks.
Got really teeny ones? Not in a hugely adventurous mood? Take a very mini-adventure to the Hyatt.
Set on its own sprawling beach, with views of the jungle-clad cliffs and islands dotting the azure sea, this luxe resort makes a laid-back escape for the whole family - offering plenty of amenities to keep everyone happy.
For kids under three there is a top-class babysitting service and for teenies to tweenies, banish cries of 'I'm bored' with Camp Hyatt, a dedicated activity centre for children offering both outdoor and indoor activities should the heat and humidity get a bit too much. For smaller appetites, the Hyatt's kids menu takes the stress out of dining - in fact, should they decide Mum and Dad are just too boring, they can take lunch with their new, more exciting friends leaving you bonus time to recuperate at the spa and reconnect over a romantic beachside meal at the Beach House restaurant or to just wallow in one of the resort's five pools.
Extras: For thrill seeking adventure off-site, staff will happily arrange a diving trip, round of golf or sight-seeing tour to nearby Marble Mountains, Hoi An or Da Nang.
Hyatt Regency Da Nang, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang
Perfect for large family groups or a bunch of vacationing family friends looking for a more personal experience than a vast resort. An Bang Beach Boutique offers both family friendly rooms in their small beach hotel with pool and several home-from-home private pads, including two on the beach in An Bang. The main hotel, is a 17 bedroom boutique beauty in Tan Thanh village, a couple of hundred meters from An Bang with direct access to the beachfront Salt Pub which has everything for every age group covered. The top floor has been converted to a family studio - perfect for large families as there is plenty of space for the kids to play - Gran and Gramps get their own (lockable) room and you can even take over the kitchen.
For those that prefer their own private rental villa, they have several houses dotted throughout An Bang village. All come with private walled gardens, a fully kitted out kitchen and are located within a stones throw of both the beach and restaurant strip.
Beach Boutique, Tan Thanh beach, Hoi An
Family bonding is at the heart of any stay at the Sunrise Resort, there is so much to do on site, it’s almost a grind to leave. Kids are well catered for: with babysitters, a great kids club and menu options to suit even the fussiest of eaters. Even better is that the resort offers a great value all-inclusive option and for kids, it’s a fraction of the cost. The two or three-bed villas are available to accommodate bulging families, and come with their own private pool and special details like x-boxes, games and pint-sized slippers and bathrobes to let your little darlings share in the full resort experience along with you.
Tip: The cheapest place to book is directly through their website (another benefit for busy parents, saving time on hunting through all the aggregate hotel sites to find the best price).
The Sunrise Hoi An Resort, Cua Dai beach, Hoi An
The Colonial Anantara's romantic positioning overlooking the lantern-strewn Thu Bon river in Hoi An's French Quarter, may lead you to believe that this resort is best left for those in the planning stages of parenthood. In truth, it's one of the most family friendly hotels in the old town (even the most basic room types can sleep three adults). On top of that, there's acres of grounds and a kids pool, with enough activities laid on daily to keep even the most demanding mini-miss from being bored. Should the ancient town get a little old, there's also a regular free transfer to the beach. Despite all this entertainment, the lack of a kid's club is worth consideration for those with kids of a certain age, but for parents who's energy for exploration exceeds that of their kids, the location and facilities couldn't be better.
Anantara Hoi An, 1, Pham Hong Thai Street, Hoi An
In the middle
For those clever enough to discount town or beach (it's really beautiful out in those rice fields), accommodation gets a little more affordable, and in a few cases like Rock Villa and Heron House, a whole lot more boutique.
We love the riverside Rock Villa most for its simplicity - it's simply made for families! It was one of the first small hotels in the area to recognise that pint-sized travellers deserved more than a pull-out bed. They result was a seven-room homestay style stay where everything revolves around kids (they even asked the local kids to provide the decorative artwork in each room). Other kid-friendly features include a pool (and enough inflatable toys to alienate an entire resort's clientele), a safe garden for kids to play and free bikes with child seats and the most child-focused staff you could wish for impromptu cooking class - hell, yes! Babysitter - just mention the words. For adults, Rock Villa's architect was rather more grown-up in his designs, creating stunning, yet practical family and inter-connecting rooms, flowing spaces and a grand exterior. worthy of a front cover photo on the latest design magazine.
Rock Villa, Cam Chau, Hoi An
We feel naughty that our first mention of Heron House is for anything other than it's sheer wow-factor - in our humble opinion it's the most beautiful house in the city, and then some. Three enormous, stylishly formed rooms, the hosts of your dreams (they even have a briliant blog to help you plan your stay), stunning rural views and glamorous grounds - with a pool, outdoor cinema and babysitter on-call.
We'd happily sell our kids for it.. But this is about family friendly stays, so instead we recommend you flash a few photos to a select group of fabulous friends, book the whole thing and treat yo'self. In the words of your hosts Van Anh and Loic - why not?
Tip: For something equally as beautiful on a smaller scale, Heron House has a younger sister property situated in An Bang village. A two-storey house that can be converted into two private pads.
Heron House, Cam Chau, Hoi An
Yes, that’s right, camping! Just outside our urban jungle there are coral reefs to snorkel, rock pools to explore and cliffs to clamber. During the summer months from April to September, the Cham Islands offer glorious greenery and beautiful beaches, perfect for a family adventure. Pitch a tent, zip up your sleeping bag and don’t forget the ghost stories.
Cham Island Divers, 88, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An