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For families, the Four Seasons Nam Hai stands out as the only resort on Vietnam’s central coast to offer private three-bedroom villas with direct beach access, so extended families can stay, entertain and relax together in their own exclusive space. Stunning infinity pools and exciting water sports await on the beach, which is an attraction in itself.
The resort is an understated showcase of Vietnamese culture. There’s lots to learn on site, but be sure to spend a day exploring Hoi An’s beguiling Ancient Town. The Nam Hai’s Chuon Chuon children’s clubhouse promises hours of entertainment, and young cooks will enjoy touring the organic garden and prepping simple dishes with the resort’s chefs.
Just 140 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City, Melia Ho Tram lays claim to a swathe of pristine beachfront, making it one of the easiest family escapes to make from Vietnam’s bustling southern hub. The Melia delivers a breezy mix of Vietnamese and Mediterranean vibes across its manicured gardens, casual restaurants and spacious rooms.
Taking pride of place in the resort is an enormous free-form pool right on the beach, with fun slides in the children’s section and shaded cabanas big enough to fit mom, dad, and the kids.
Families can spend quality time relaxing in the resort’s villas, ranging from two to four bedrooms. All come with private gardens, outdoor seating, and plunge pools.
Phu Quoc is a paradise for families seeking a holiday by the water. Among the many resorts on the island, the Intercontinental Long Beach Phu Quoc is uniquely positioned to cater to families. Among many accommodation options, the Family Suite offers 158 square metres of island luxury, with a shared living area and balcony overlooking the gardens and Splash! Pool.
Planet Trekkers, the resort’s dedicated kids’ club, employs professional child minders and trained teachers to care for children so parents can relax with peace of mind. The resort’s weekend Kids’ Camp is packed with hours of games, craft projects and cooking classes. Don’t miss the chance to fly kites on Long Beach, or take a basket boat ride at sunset.
TIP: When in Hanoi, families looking for a relaxing stay can book at Fraser Suites in Tay Ho. Positioned in the residential area of West Lake, Fraser Suites offers two- and three-bedroom suites for families to stay comfortably together, as well as a children’s pool, playground, and baby-sitting services.
It’s not often a resort comes with its own adjacent amusement park, but that’s the promise at Vinpearl’s resorts across the country. Vinpearl Nam Hoi An caters to local families and travellers with stress-free holiday packages that come inclusive of buffet meals, shuttles to the Ancient Town, and access to the VinWonders theme park.
At the resort, families may like to opt for private villas, set on rolling lawns facing a long, sandy beach. Daily buffets feature a wide array of local and international cuisine, and children are sure to make friends at the resort’s huge outdoor pool. Best of all, it’s just a short buggy ride to the VinWonders park, a wonderland of water slides, live shows, and thrilling rides.
Two hours from Ho Chi Minh City, this resort and entertainment complex is known for an array of sports facilities and activities for children of all ages. Grand Central Park is the main attraction for active children and teenagers, and comes complete with basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, an 18-hole mini-golf course, and large playground.
Within the resort itself, families can sing their lungs out in private karaoke rooms, catch a movie in the cinema, or take a lesson in body-boarding, surfing or stand-up paddleboarding from the resort’s capable instructors. Nightly the resort puts on a thrilling water fountain show from 6pm to 9pm, and there are beach bonfires and barbecues after dark.