Almanity Hoi An: Journeys for the soul

No 3, Vol.7, June - July 2015

It’s hard to find another place in Vietnam reveiling in such a vivid combination of bright and exotic local colour of the ancient and the truly Asian, with the enchanting beauty of simple rural life, peace and tranquillity as much as Hoi An does. When I walk past the sun-coloured squat houses made of clay, with old, tiled roofs covered with moss and feral flowers arranged side-by-side in tight, unbroken rows along Tran Hung Dao Boulevard, shaded with mulberry trees and bougainvillea in full bloom, the picturesque surroundings resembles decorations for old, historic movies, and the beauty of the moment being lived through is striking. Bright, new, 4-star Almanity Hoi An where I’m booked fits the town’s serene image perfectly well, both with its intriguing and evocative name and architecture. The lobby pleases the eye with noble-looking and tastefully furnished sitting areas in light hazelnut and beige tones and wide-open space. The reception lounge serves as a gateway into the resort premises, featuring as its name suggests, an impressive courtyard with 2 residential compounds with tiled roofs and carved balconies, and a spa-centre with a spectacular terraced swimming pool with a freshly-planted tropical garden at its centre.

Alma, Spanish word for ‘the soul’, chosen as the main concept of the resort’s operation, plays the keynote in the whole stay here, starting from Almanity Hoi An signature room titles - My Heart, My Mind, My Spirit and My Energy, with inspiring interior design, creative rooms and a unique collection of daily spa journeys in My Chi spa centre inclusive in the room rate.

‘My Mind Room’, where I stayed, featured tasteful modern and Asian antique-chic fusion design with the king-size bed placed on a wooden pedestal under the widespread wings of a quaint ceiling fan, inviting sitting area with cushions on the canvas of a fine ornamental tiled floor, and a very spacious balcony-patio to meditate on the blue waters in the grey stone-bottom pool with nearby atmospheric poolside dining terrace. The bathroom looked equally impressive with a bathtub by the window overlooking the courtyard and old-world inspired copper taps.

The exclusive rooms collection at Almanity Hoi An, designed with creative thought, fine taste and an expert eye for utter modern comfort put in every detail, also includes an open-air Jacuzzi on the balconies at My Heart rooms, 2 levels of My Spirit suites and lots of other exciting and non-trivial solutions with local flair in interior design for aesthetes.
The hotel interiors and exteriors are refreshingly modern, organic and pleasant to look at and to stay in, where every facility serves to provide a meaningful and authentic experience of colourful Hoi An discovery in enviable style and with epicurean chic.

Inclusive award-winning daily spa journeys at My Chi spa institution offer 90- minute-long indulgent and rejuvenating experiences for body and soul to remember with unique concepts incorporating traditional Vietnamese healing practices and natural well-being recipes with shiatsu massage and tai chi as the symbolic reference to Hoi An’s eventful history, which boasts unique multicultural infusions from the time it was a thriving seaport on the crossroads of maritime trade lanes.
My Chi Spa, which claims the title of the biggest spa in Vietnam, is definitely impressive, with grand Asian palace-style décor and dimensions, housing 40 treatment rooms, a heated indoor pool, sauna and steam room, gym, yoga room, beauty salon and meditation area. The massage masters are highly professional, specialising in Shiatsu-type massage using bamboo rolls.
Each journey is comprised of a tai chi session or quiet meditation, steam or sauna, a 50-minute signature massage ritual, and finishes with Silent Sanctuary relaxation session altogether promising revitalizing discovery for mind, body and soul through such intriguing spa rituals as Sacred Lotus, Bamboo Hero and Moon Rhythm. Non-resort guests can also discover the signature rituals and other treatments that are available in the My Chi Day Spa menu. There are also daily yoga and tai chi, based on a timetable.
Fine gastronomy and gourmet sessions at Four Plates restaurant are no less remarkable. The name refers to the four types of cuisine to choose from; Vietnamese, Japanese, Italian or grilled. The 4 elements concept also fully relates to breakfasts full of flavour and colours, served at the beautifully-designed indoor and poolside seating.
The in–house blue bottle bar, with swinging cushions, futuristic shades of blue and many shapes of bottle-inspired décor, specializes in cocktails and infusions, and completes the exquisite collection of Almanity Hoian.
Designed with creative thought and fine taste put in every detail, with an overall focus on wellness and boasting a prime location within a few minutes’ walk to atmospheric Ancient Town, Almanity Hoi An offers a memorable, meaningful and visually delightful stay, with truly international standards of comfort and excellent service and can become the right option for a perfect break from the hectic pace of touring Vietnam.n

Almanity Hoi An
326 Ly Thuong Kiet St, Tan An Ward, Hoi An
Email: reservation@almanityhoian.com
Tel: (0510) 3666-888

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