New Vietnamese wellness resort to open in Hoi An

100%-pool villa resort, Namia River Retreat, to open

River Villa, Living Room, Namia River Retreat

Namia River Retreat, the only 5-star, 100% pool villa resort in the heart of Hoi An, is set to open in December. Positioned on an islet overlooking the Thu Bon River, the resort is just a short bicycle ride from Hoi An’s bustling central market and vibrant café scene.

A tranquil oasis to call home, Namia River Retreat will offer unique experiences that combine a luxury villa stay with traditional wellness therapies and authentic cultural activities inspired by the rich heritage of the ancient town.

Nipa Villa, Namia River Retreat

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The charming local Vietnamese allure is infused in every detail. Here, guests are encouraged to weave mindfulness into their daily activities. The idyllic resort is also carefully designed to welcome all generations – young or well-lived – to create memories of a lifetime.

The retreat will feature 60 luxurious pool villas await. The native Nipa palm forest effortlessly inspires each villa’s space, which features an open-plan living room that seamlessly flows into an outdoor terrace with stunning views of the forest or the Thu Bon River. The spacious bedroom boasts a sunken bathtub overlooking the pool, and an en-suite bathroom with a refreshing shower.

River Villa, Bedroom | Namia River Retreat

The pièce de résistance is the resort’s main experiential salt-water swimming pool that offers 180-degree views over the Thu Bon River with a serene waterfall, jets, foot reflexology, a bio-pond with fish, and cosy lounge areas. The poolside restaurant and bar offer an all-day relaxed dining experience inspired by local fishermen, with fresh seafood and locally sourced herbs from nearby Cham Island.

The well-being of guests is at the heart of every stay at the Namia River Retreat. All resort guests can enjoy a 90-minute well-being journey per person, per night, consisting of a 30-minute herbal hammam using locally sourced herbs, and a 60-minute traditional therapy, perfect for detoxifying and calming the mind and body.

Nipa Villa, Living Room | Namia River Retreat

“The spa and wellbeing journey has a distinct Vietnamese story and is inspired by Thuoc Nam (Southern Herbology). We’ve also incorporated a visit to our apothecary, Duong Sinh (a traditional Vietnamese morning movement practice) as well as Xông Hơi (a folk remedy steam prescription) and Dien Chan (oriental facial reflexology) into the guest experience”, says Michelle Ford, the CEO of Lumina Wellbeing, the wellness and hotel operator of the resort.

Guests are also invited to experience mindful rituals such as a silent meditation walk, a lantern lighting ceremony, or the wishing tree as part of their daily program.

For travellers who are looking for a more immersive and authentic experience, many nostalgic adventures await. Namia River Retreat thoughtfully crafts daily mini-tours to connect people, cultures, and souls. From visits with traditional artisans to learn about their crafts and way of life, or daily bamboo bicycle trails in the Nipa Forest, to sundown river cruises, guests are encouraged to soak in the immense beauty of life in Hoi An.

River Villa, Bedroom, detail | Namia River Retreat

At Namia, essential lifestyle practices have been integrated into the daily operations, including aligning systems, procedures, and training of teams to contribute to the local ecosystem and Hoi An community.

“My vision is to create a resort that reflects our cultural essence in a modern way. I’ve shared my stories and childhood memories in the village with the team, which are now infused into design details or cultural experiences.

“The name Nam-Mia is about passing on my legacy to my two sons – the next generation. To be proud of our culture of Vietnamese hospitality and that it can be amongst the best in the world”, says Nam, CEO of the owning company HG Holdings. “I can’t wait to share this with you!”

Nipa Villa, Bathroom | Namia River Retreat

Australian representation

For greater brand awareness in the local market, Namia River Retreat has appointed Liz Rodgers of LRforLuxuryResorts as its Australian representative.

Travel advisors can take advantage of a special pre-opening offer for their clients. Details below.


Booking Period: From 1 June to 31 December 2024
Stay From: 1 December to 7 January 2026

Nightly double occupancy rates start from AU$1,000.00 for a 1-bedroom villa and AU$1,800.00 for 2-bedroom villa

Offer may be extended for longer stays such as stay 6 – pay 4
FIT bookings up to 5 rooms only.
Black Out Periods:

  • Vietnamese Reunification Day & Labour Day: 30 April – 3 May 2025
  • National Day: 31 August  – 2 September 2025 (3 nights)
  • Christmas & New Year Peak Period: 23 December – 7 January 2026
  • Other black-out dates at the discretion of Namia River Retreat 

For bookings and enquiries, connect with Liz Rodgers here.

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