Everything about The Nam Hai oozes style and luxury; no opportunity to offer their guests a little slice of luxury has been overlooked. This multi-award winning resort has been impressing critics and guests alike since 2006 and continues to offer one of the finest 5 star hotel experiences in the world.
But what would we think of The Nam Hai experience as vegan guests?
We approached the lobby from a long and secluded driveway, driving past the well equipped, state of the art fitness centre, a ‘teen club’ for younger guests and outdoor tennis, badminton and basketball courts.
When we reached the check-in desk we began to fully appreciate the beautiful style of the resort with sweeping views over 3 infinity pools down to the ocean and beachfront. It was seriously impressive.
The Nam Hai beachfront is immaculate, we tested laying in one of the cool double hammocks and can confirm it was a lovely way to spend time at the beach.
The luxurious spa with comfortable and stylish treatment rooms is positioned around a tranquil lake filled with lotus flowers; definitely a peaceful place to enjoy a massage or beauty treatment. We tried the massage class held in the spa which was both an enjoyable and educational experience and we were really impressed with the the skill of the therapists.
There is also a large vegetable garden which not only makes for an interesting tour of the fruits, vegetables and herbs of Vietnam but also produces some of the food that guests are able to enjoy during their stay.
The Nam Hai has 100 villas from one to five bedroom, that are set among 35 acres of well manicured gardens containing swaying coconut palms, giant earthenware pots, sweet perfumed jasmine bushes and beautiful tropical flowers.
Our one bedroom villa was a great place to rest and unwind, with a garden area outside that had two large and comfortable day beds, positioned perfectly to allow hours of blissful relaxation whilst admiring the view of the East Sea and the nearby Cham Islands.
It was easy to spend hours here, listening to the breeze rush through the palms and watching the waves in the distance.
Inside, we thought our villa had a clever, open plan design that not only made great use of the space available but also created distinct areas using soft white drapes and differing heights. The kingsize, fourposter bed was really comfortable and offered an amazing sea view.
The villa had all of the facilities and amenities we’d expect of a resort of this high standard plus some little extras including a coffee machine, a mini-bar stocked with premium products as well as complementary soft drinks, (vegan) beer and water.
There was an iPod pre-loaded with a wide range of music for all tastes, hooked up to a good quality sound system and a flatscreen TV with international channels. The Wifi was strong and stable here and throughout the resort. Small additional touches like a ladies fan and stylish slippers that brought a smile to our faces.
We loved the fact that our villa had both an indoor and an outdoor shower too.
The service was exceptional from check-in to check-out. A warm, friendly welcome before our details were efficiently taken, and the necessary information about hotel facilities was passed over to us.
We especially liked that we were asked whether we had any dietary requirements at check-in so were able to explain about being vegan to the guest relations staff who made sure the relevant people knew.
Every member of staff we met seemed happy to chat with us and tell us about the resort, the local area and life in Vietnam which created a really welcoming and friendly atmosphere throughout the resort. People were really interested in our vegan lifestyle and we had some great conversations with the staff there.
Most importantly for any vegan traveller, the service we received from those who were preparing and serving our food was faultless. All questions were answered, we were made to feel very welcome and we were provided with some excellent vegan food.
The team of chefs at The Nam Hai adjusted some of the dishes on their menu to make them vegan friendly. Breakfast was a feast of vegan delights every morning, accompanied by decadent champagne cocktails and freshly brewed coffees. The Nam Hai team really know how to serve a top class luxury vegan breakfast.
We ate deliciously light and fresh pho, full of tofu instead of the usual meat.
They made a hearty vegan version of a local speciality noodle dish called cao lau meaning we didn’t miss out on a taste of the local cuisine just because we’re vegan.
There was amazing fresh fruit, a selection of delicious bread and Western breakfast options like a homemade muesli and granola (with soya milk) or a cooked breakfast that could be easily veganised, as well as traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
The rest of the food was equally impressive and varied; tasty vegan risottos full of vegetables, light vegetable pizzas (no problems removing the cheese for us) and a whole range of authentic Vietnamese dishes that we could eat.
We had dinner delivered to our villa and the quality and taste of the food was outstanding.
Sometimes it’s good to relax and enjoy the comfort of your room (especially when it’s as luxurious as The Nam Hai villas are). We’re pleased to report back that The Nam Hai room service passed The Vegan Food Quest room service test delivering us a top quality vegan meal with no mistakes.
The Vietnamese dishes were laden with top quality vegetables and rich, flavoursome sauces.
The Nam Hai is easily reached from Danang (approximately 30 km away) where international flights arrive and depart regularly. It is also within easy reach of the beautiful Ancient Town of Hoi An, which is well worth a visit to soak in the local culture and history. Hoi An is a great location for vegans to visit making The Nam Hai perfectly situated for an interesting vegan friendly day trip to Hoi An.
The Nam Hai has an activities schedule that offers guests daily Yoga and meditation classes with Giri Raj Timshina. Yoga loving guests are in for a treat with Giri’s classes and we loved discussing thoughts about more compassionate lifestyles with him after class.
Vegan guests should also make time to visit the spa at The Nam Hai as many of the products they use are vegan, giving the opportunity to pick up a few luxury cosmetic or skincare items as well as being pampered. We were so pleased to hear that these cruelty-free products are being used throughout the spa.
Bikes are available for all guests to use (including locks and helmets for those wishing to cycle outside of the resort).
There is a regular shuttle service to and from the old town in Hoi An for those wanting to explore outside the resort.
Make a reservation at The Nam Hai in Hoi An if you want to be treated to some top class vegan luxury and indulge in long, decadent vegan breakfasts.
Visit the spa for treatments using luxury vegan products and spend your time relaxing but don’t forget to give your body a workout at the excellent daily yoga class.
A stay at The Nam Hai will give you a luxury vegan escape that you won’t forget.
We were guests of The Nam Hai but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.
Telephone: +84 510 3940 000
Cost From: £420 / $630 per night (May 2015)