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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Spacious villas

    Top-notch food

    The tailors of Hoi An

  • Kids will love

    Kids’ activity villa

    The three pools

    Beach to play on

  • Don’t expect

    Fenced-off pools

    Extra beds at no cost

    Baby monitors


Sitting pretty on Vietnam’s most beautiful beach, between the heritage hubs of Hoi An and Hué, The Nam Hai offers families coastal kicks and cultural highs in equal measure. A blissful spa, spacious villas, delicious dining and a trio of pools will wow guests of all sizes.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Nam Hai with us:

A private lantern-making class for the family; giant cookies and milk for the kids on arrival day; a bottle of sparkling wine for the grown-ups

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at The Nam Hai

Extended stay offer: three-to-five nights Long-stay offer: 20% off stays of six nights or more


‘At the Nam Hai, frazzled parents can top up their tans poolside and sip something fruity while their little ones collect shells and build sandcastles on China Beach, rummage for herbs and vegetables in the kitchen gardens or make lanterns and hats inside.’

Smith & Family


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The Nam Hai – Hoi An – Vietnam

Need To Know


100 villas, including 60 one-bedroom villas and 40 pool villas (each with one to five bedrooms).


12, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm, unless rooms become free earlier.


Double rooms from £504.28 ($613), including tax at 15.5 per cent.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast (US$28 for adults; US$14 for under-12s). Children Baby cots are free; extra beds cost US$35 a night. You can also convert the sofa into a bed (US$60 in a villa; US$120 in a pool villa).


Guests staying in any of the Pool Villas enjoy Club Benefits, including free airport and local town transfers, butler service, free minibar items, daily breakfast, in-room afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks and snacks.

Please note

span>From 1 August to 20 December 2016, the Nam Hai will be undergoing renovations to upgrade many of their facilities. The public areas undergoing improvements include the port-cochère (throughout August), the library (August through mid-October), the reception area (dates to be confirmed), the beach restaurant (October through mid-December) and the open lounge (September through November). The villas will be renovated in four phases, and construction work will take place on a new beach bar and kids club.While efforts will be made to limit the amount of noise and disruption during the renovation, there will still be significant impact to guest experience at the resort.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, health centre, yoga pavilion, kids' activity villa, kids club, playground, tennis courts, table tennis, badminton, basketball machine, library, free WiFi throughout. 

In your room

Flatscreen cable TV, Bose sound system, multimedia player with preloaded movies, iPod dock, minibar, espresso machine, Panpuri bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All the villas are spacious and child-friendly, with sofas that can be transformed into extra beds for under-12s (an extra charge applies). They're pretty easy on the eye, too, thanks to romantic net-canopied platform beds flanked by divans and freestanding eggshell-lacquered baths that open up to private gardens and outdoor rain showers. Families with older kids will love the spacious Two-Bedroom Pool Villas, which have sleeping pavilions, lavish bathrooms, a secluded garden and alfresco rain shower. You’ll also have a kitchen, maid’s room and swimming pool at your disposal. If it's instant access to China Beach that you're after, opt for a Beachfront Villa.


There’s no dedicated kids’ pool but the temperature-controlled upper pool is ideal for little ones: it’s open to children every day from 7am to 6pm. Dropping down a level, there’s a long, narrow lap pool for over-15s. Down by the sea, the Olympic infinity pool is an adults-only R&R haven. A lifeguard is present at all three pools from 7am to 6pm.


Eight treatment rooms float above a koi fish-filled lagoon at the Spa at the Nam Hai, designed by architect Reda Amalou. Each room features an open-air relaxation deck complete with a deep soak tub and cushioned day-bed big enough for two. Mr and Mrs Smith and over-16s can enjoy warm stone massages, facials featuring rainforest mud and local seaweed, plus other beautifying treatments.

Book ahead

No need – just book your spa treatments, fancy dinners and babysitting upon arrival.

Food and drink

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The Nam Hai – Hoi An – Vietnam


Spy on the sea and swimming pool or the chefs at work in the open-kitchen at the Restaurant, decorated with high ceilings and intricately carved screens. Enjoy the chef’s flavoursome fusion food and artfully presented Vietnamese dishes out on the shaded deck; by night, the dining room is low-lit for romance. The casual Beach Restaurant is perfect for lazy lunches by the pool.

Family fare

Children are welcome in both of the Nam Hai's restaurants, which serve a kids' menu at all times. High chairs are available and packed lunches can be requested. Staff will happily heat up baby milk, too. 

Hotel Bar

The Bar sits atop the restaurant; its outdoor terrace offers panoramic views over the pools. A sneaky insider trick is to order food at the bar terrace, as bar table E3 has the best views in the house. Kids are allowed at any time, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Last orders

The Restaurant is open for dinner from 6pm–10.30pm. During the day, the Beach Restaurant takes up the slack and serves lunches and light bites from 11am-5.30pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    The Beach Restaurant is best for kids – it's a relaxed, open-air space, with an array of global delicacies that will satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. Traditional Vietnamese musicians soundtrack your meal after dark.

  • Room service

    Available from 6am to 10.30pm, with a more limited night menu from 11pm to 6am. Kids’ items include chicken or fish fingers, grilled pork sausages, macaroni and cheese and pastas.


    Staff are happy to heat up milk at any hour (or whizz up some fresh vegetables into a purée for the youngest Smiths). They'll be individually packed and delivered to your villa free of charge. 


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The Nam Hai – Hoi An – Vietnam

Parent approved

‘At the Nam Hai, frazzled parents can top up their tans poolside and sip something fruity while their little ones collect shells and build sandcastles on China Beach, rummage for herbs and vegetables in the kitchen gardens or make lanterns and hats inside.’

Smith & Family

Kids Club

The free kids club is based in a huge garden house that’s been converted into an air-conditioned activity hub, with fully supervised activities for children aged 4–12. Open daily from 9am until 6pm, the club is tailored for two age groups (4–6 years and 7–12 years); entertainment includes sports, board games and traditional cultural activities, such as making paper lanterns and picking local herbs and vegetables in the hotel’s gardens. Treasure hunts, arts and crafts and free play are also part of the programme. The younger Smiths are under the watchful eye of the resort’s female English-speaking, first-aid-trained counsellors. Your little ones can have their lunch here – just let staff know in advance. The Teen Club will keep the older Smithettes entertained, with table tennis, foosball, a basketball machine and snooker all on offer. 


English-speaking babysitters are available for US$10 an hour, for a minimum of one hour; book 24 hours in advance. Between the hours of 10pm and 6am, the hourly cost rises to US$12 an hour.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Cots • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Baby monitors • Soft toys • Crayons • U-rated DVDs

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Toddler-proof toys • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• Bikes and helmets to borrow • Tennis courts • Badminton • Basketball machine • DVD library • Board games • Craft materials • Ping-pong table • Foosball table • Library


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Kids Activity - gardening

Things to do

Start with the three pools, the kids’ activity villa and the pristine sandy beach right on your doorstep. For sporty types, there are tennis courts, badminton, table tennis and even a basketball machine (yes, really). Want to slow things down a bit? Head to the fragrant spa.

Hotel activities

Expect to spend most of your time in swimwear: pristine China Beach and the hotel's three pools are heaven for sun-seekers. Foster some friendly family competition at the sports complex, complete with tennis courts and badminton. Tired adventurers can play with the hotel's on-loan toys and games, or watch a children's DVD.

Sunny days

Loll around on golden China Beach, dipping in the calm waters when the sun gets too much. Borrow bikes and helmets and wheel around the hotel's grounds or go exploring outside the hotel's territory. If you're feeling sporty, challenge one of your clan to a tennis or badminton match.

Rainy days

Stake out the cosy library, open 24/7 and resplendent with a variety of fiction and non-fiction books (including books for bairns). Computers equipped with printers are also available. 

Local Guide

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The Nam Hai – Hoi An – Vietnam
Smith tip

There’s a free shuttle bus to the Old Town: it leaves the hotel at 10am, 3pm, 5pm and 9pm and heads back from town at 10.30am, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 9.30pm.

Don't miss…

Snorkelling at Cham Islands, seven isles surrounded by a marine park; organised boat trips can pick you up from your hotel and speedboat you there in 25 minutes.

At the Nam Hai, you can combine sunbathing and culture, thanks to the hotel's proximity to Hoi An and its blissful beachside setting. Just eight kilometres down the road await the seductive charms of Hoi An, a Unesco-listed World Heritage Site. The twee architecture is like something out of a film set and indeed it was used for many of the most memorable scenes from The Quiet American starring Michael Caine. Wander the streets and soak up the atmosphere, spotting influences from a kaleidoscope of global traders who made their home here, including Chinese, Japanese, French, Portuguese and more. With shops and galleries, cafes and bars, it is easy to spend hours just exploring on a whim. Learn about Hoi An heritage at the Handicraft Workshop, in a centuries-old Chinese merchant’s house on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. The workshop offers family-friendly demonstrations of traditional skills such as lantern-making, embroidery and soap-stone sculpture. There’s also a performance of folk music and dancing twice a day (except Monday). Completing a trio of neighbourhood joints, Cargo Club (+84 (0) 510 391 0489; 107 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street) is a five-star patisserie at one-star prices. It doubles as a restaurant and bar where Mr Smith once bumped into Sir Mick Jagger, but that’s a story for another time. Families with older kids can hire bikes and go exploring around the surrounding rice paddies; the terrain is very flat, making it a very easy ride for most ages.

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The Nam Hai
The Nam Hai, Block Ha My Dong B, Dien Duong Ward, Dien Ban Town, Hoi An, Quang Nam Province
Hotel setting

Iconic China Beach

Getting There

The Nam Hai is located on Ha My Beach, a pristine stretch of sand on China Beach (aka Cua Dai Beach), about eight kilometres north of historic Hoi An, on the coast of Central Vietnam.


Fly into Danang International Airport, about 22 kilometres north of the Nam Hai.


Danang is a major stop on the Reunification Express ( connecting the north and south of the country, although the train will seem pretty uncivilised after the Nam Hai villas.


Self-drive is not an option, but it is possible to arrange a car with driver through a local travel agent.

Parent travel tip

For a truly stress-free arrival, the hotel can arrange your visas, a meet-and-greet service and private airport transfers (an additional cost applies). You’ll need to send them a copy of your passport, confirmed arrival dates and two passport-sized photos, but they’ll take care of the rest. A Nam Hai representative can also meet you at your arrival gate and escort you through immigration and baggage retrieval.


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The Nam Hai – Hoi An – Vietnam

Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including the Nam Hai – has been selected and approved by parents.

At the Nam Hai, frazzled parents can top up their tans poolside and sip something cold and fruity while their little ones collect shells and build sandcastles on China Beach, rummage for herbs and vegetables in the kitchen gardens or learn to make traditional lanterns and Vietnamese conical hats in the colourful kids’ activity villa. To relax parents to perfection, the hotel offers free early-morning yoga and meditation sessions; there’s also a peaceful spa that dishes out chakra-balancing massages and gemstone facials. Teens aren’t overlooked, either, thanks to the basketball machine, badminton, on-loan bikes and beachside activities organised by the Teen Club. Whatever your size, whatever your requirements for a holiday – sun, sea and spa treatments, cultural kicks, or sporty watery adventures – Nam Hai will wow you and your littlies. 

Smith & Family

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about The Nam Hai in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

WE LOVED EVERYTHING!!! I have been to may spas in my life, I do mean many. At this resort, I have participated in the best spa I have ever experienced. The food, the decor, the layout, the pool, did I mention the food; simply amazing. Service was 5 stars all the way; secretly they are definitely 6 stars!

Don’t expect

Don't expect to have a miserable time, as much as you may anticipate a day from hell, this place is pure heaven!

Rating: 10/10 stars