We were sat in the early evening at a long candlelit table at the Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai, in the manicured garden of a pool villa. Tall palms swayed high above us in the cooling breeze. The sea air was scented with the mouth-watering aroma of barbecued seafood, as three private chefs cooked up a feast on an open grill; and just steps away, a bartender was busy perfecting the property’s signature cocktails.
It’s not hard to imagine how special this would be to share with someone you love. In fact, for many guests of the Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai, here in Hoi An, Vietnam, that’s precisely the case. We’ve lost count of the number of couples we’ve seen holding hands since we arrived. And why wouldn’t you? The hotel helps alot too, at night, we returned to our villa to find it lit only by candles. It was like a scene from a romantic movie. The warm, low-level glow gave the large, open-plan space a cosy, welcoming atmosphere. We took a long, open-air shower in our private patio before retiring to the luxuriously vast four-poster bed.
Our days began with a wake-up ritual of yoga in the property’s lush tropical gardens, followed by a sumptuous breakfast, either al fresco by the pool or in the charming Sea Lounge that overlooks the harbour. Other meals were taken in one of the hotel’s many restaurants, with flavours from all along the Spice Route, including Japan, Sichuan and the Middle East.
Make sure you don’t miss the spectacular, UNESCO listed site, the Cu Lao Cham Biosphere Reserve, which consists of eight islands in the South China Sea. It’s a marine and coastal wonderland that has to be seen to be believed.