Hoi An has some of Vietnam's very best luxury hotels - Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai and InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. We wanted to end the vacation at a five-star hotel, but no matter how hard we tried to motivate ourselves, these hotels were difficult to fit into our travel budget. Our choice instead fell on the slightly less expensive five-star local hotel Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An, a hotel that received glowing reviews and that we all came to love! So here comes a massive amount of pictures from this beautiful place, mostly so I can dream myself back 🙂
Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An is located directly on the seafront on a short stretch of Cua Dai Beach, approximately 5 kilometers from Hoi An. The hotel opened in 2012, so everything in the hotel felt new and fresh. Even though the hotel has over 200 rooms, you don't have to fear that it will feel like a rowdy all-inclusive hotel with towel waving and people at the pool. The tourists who live here seem more interested in discovering Hoi An and all the sights of the area than lying by the pool. And it's not an all-inclusive hotel. Which suited us perfectly 🙂 We understood after a while that there was some kind of "food package" that some guests had (when they ordered ice cream all the time!), but for us who were often outside the hotel, it would not have been an option in all cases.
We got a club room on the top floor with a view of the sea (and the tennis court) from our balcony. The room was very smartly furnished and felt airy and spacious. The balcony was glazed and fully furnished, including a sofa, which we appreciated in the 40-degree heat. During the winter, I can imagine that people appreciate the glazed balcony for exactly the opposite reason.
The daughter got an extra bed which was placed in the corner by the balcony. The bed was rated perfectly ok by the daughter (which is quite unusual).
There was a desk, a fridge and a kettle with tea and coffee. Fruit was replenished every day in a small basket. We didn't see any insects in the room the whole time we were here, the only animals that moved around the hotel room were geckos. Everything in the room was very white and clean.
The bathroom was fully tiled with details in stone. Full set of hygiene products and bathrobes were also available. Very clean and fresh bathroom.
The corridor outside the hotel room was open at the ends, so it was quite hot here during the hottest hours of the afternoon. However, it was compensated by a well-functioning air con in the room.
Pool and beach
The hotel has two large pools. A family pool where all ages can swim and play and a calmer infinity pool for everyone over 12 years old. Towels are distributed at the pools. Some days you had to sign up on a list when you borrowed towels, other days there was no list there.
The family pool is the most popular pool and although the sunbeds didn't run out any day when we were here, the shaded areas under the palm trees do. All places have umbrellas, but the sun moves from one side of the pool to the other during the day, so it's easier to hide from the sun's rays on one side. In the family pool, you don't even have to bring your inflatable flamingo, the hotel has giant ducks that you can borrow and splash around on. Of course, a classic water gym is held here daily.
At the infinity pool it is quieter and the places under the palm trees in the sand are not quite as popular. We always lay here by the lower pool, both because it fanned much more here (it was unreasonably hot some days) and because there was less mess and shoaling.
Cua Dai beach is heavily exposed to erosion and the hotel has solved this by protecting the sand directly in front of the hotel with substantial wave protection. It is therefore not possible to swim in the sea directly in front of the hotel, but you have to walk a few minutes to the beach in the bay right next to the hotel. This beach is not owned by the hotel, but the hotel has a lifeguard and sunbeds for all hotel guests who wish.
The beach is very clean and fine-grained and the sea is calm. The reason the beach was so nice was probably because it was cleaned and plowed by a man and his water buffaloes every morning. We didn't experience any underwater currents here during the days we swam, so the beach felt very family friendly. However, the sand was unimaginably hot during the day, so it was impossible to walk barefoot. It was almost like you would burn yourself if you happened to walk too fast in your flip flops and the sand accidentally splashed up between your toes.
At both the infinity pool and the family pool, each pair of sunbeds has its own wireless 'service button', so just press the button and the staff will come. An incredibly clever thing! We often had lunch by the pool, then all you had to do was push the button and the staff would come with cold drinks and really good and affordable Vietnamese food. There was a children's menu which was relatively extensive, so there was always something for the daughter to choose from. I can admit that it was a pizza some days for me, when it's over 40 degrees I can get such an incredible craving for salty junk food!
There were three restaurants in the hotel. The main restaurant Spice Garden (which also served breakfast), the Italian gastropub The Lounge and the beach restaurant/pool bar.
Breakfast was an extensive classic buffet with several cooking stations. All the usual things were served – large quantities of fruit, bread, eggs in different varieties, yogurt and juices. There was also a corner with vegetarian sushi rolls and a corner with Asian breakfast dishes. For those of you who like pho or Vietnamese baguettes, there was of course a cooking station for that too.
In the evening, Spice Garden was one of the better restaurants we ate at in Hoi An. Perfect service, exciting Vietnamese menu and stylish interior. The best thing we ate here was Vietnamese hot pot and some grilled shrimp in a special chili salt. Very good and not at all as expensive as you would have thought for a five-star hotel!
The beach bar was the obvious sunset watering hole. Happy hour every day means a double coconut with a straw and spoon every day. Could there be anything better than sitting in the sunset with a spoon and digging out big chunks of fresh coconut? Then, of course, there were also drinks. They went well with the sunset 🙂
In the vast majority of cases, the service at the hotel was good and friendly. However, we had to call several times for cleaning, as it was not ready when we came back from the pool at 4 o'clock. Maybe we were unusual and came back to the room when most people thought it was the nicest of the day?
Another thing about the service and facilities at the hotel that I didn't really think belonged in a five star hotel, was the ability to change and shower when you have a late flight. We had a flight in the afternoon, so we wanted to swim as long as possible. In these cases, we usually check out and then use the hotel's spa facility to freshen up and take a shower and fix our hair. Here at Sunrise, however, that possibility was not available, but the hotel suggested that we shower and change at the beach showers. These were on the ground floor below the beach restaurant, were full of sand and water on the floor and the doors were wide open and could not be locked. So it wasn't really an option for us. However, after some more discussion with the receptionist, we were allowed to keep the room for a few more hours, so we could shower and change in the room before putting on our flight gear.
So, what was the overall family rating?
We really liked this place and we are very fond of Hoi An! Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An is a really good choice in Hoi An, with a lot of five-star luxury for a reasonable price. I could go back here more times just to enjoy the food, the lovely weather and the nice surroundings. The proximity to Hoi An and all the sights was an incredible advantage. There was always something to do, which suited us perfectly.
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