I have just returned from a fabulous relaxing holiday in Vietnam with my eldest daughter. This included a 12 day stay at the Karma Ca Tre in Hoi An. It is small but perfect resort situated on the banks of a river. An idyllic spot as the occasional small traditional fishing boat glides by while you (if so inclined) relax in one of the hammocks strung between the palmtrees. We were lucky enough to have the unit close to the river. It consisted of one very large comfortable room and large bathroom. There is a reasonable size swimming pool with the usual bar attached. At around 4 o’clock to signal happy hour around 6 gigantic ice blocks are dumped in the pool. Perfect spot to cool your glass of wine. The restaurant is comfortable and the food is great and reasonably priced. Breakfast was included and the choice of food was overwhelming. We stuck to the Vietnamese breakfast and each day our taste buds were not disappointed. All the staff were friendly and helpful with information. The manager made a point of touching base with each of the guest as they sat down for breakfast. It made the Karma feel like a home away from home. Maybe because it was a smallish resort that it did not take long before guests began to say hello to one another and tit bits of what do in Hoi An were exchanged. If you have sufficient energy you can walk the 40 minutes to get to the old town of Hoi An. Otherwise a taxi will do it for you in comfort (pretty cheap). There is plenty to do in Hoi An. We did a cycle tour through the rice fields which included riding a buffalo, ploughing and planted rice; boating in round baskets; visited the terra cotta park; Marble Mountain (amazing site filled with grottos, caves and sculptures); Hue; the bronze village; My Son (ancient Hindu ruins of temples constructed between 4th and 11th century); and of course An Hang beach where we gorged ourselves on grilled scallops in a tiny shack. Of course, we had one day where we just stayed in the resort lazing around having a massage and toes and nails painted. Just wonderful.
I have been a member since 1998 and have never been disappointed when staying at a royal resort (now the Karma). Bali has been our main destination (almost yearly), but also stayed at the Karma resorts in Goa, Thailand and now of course Vietnam. We spend time in West Australia, France, Spain and Kenya using the exchange system. So many happy memories.