4 Jul 2024 By Cathy Lau

Namia River Retreat is Set to Open a Luxury Wellness Retreat in Hoi An, Vietnam at the end of 2024

Namia River Retreat set to open a luxury, cultural wellness resort on a river islet in Hoi An in 2024

Namia River Retreat, the only 5-star, 100% pool villa resort in the heart of Hoi An is set to open at the end of this year. Nestled 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.

The charming local Vietnamese allure is infused in every single detail. Here, guests are encouraged to weavemindfulness 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.


Guests can enjoy exclusive access to the picturesque islet where each of the 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.

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 mainland welcome lounge leads to Mia Dining, where the flavours of Hoi An come alive. Inspired by the local arts and crafts, as well as the ancient trading port’s exotic spices and wares, Namia’s hyper-local culinary journey will offer guests a true taste of Vietnam with nourishing farm-to-table ingredients. Guests can also indulge in a riverboat dinner cruise, or browse the market display for locally sourced spices, artisanal coffee, and unique handicrafts to take home.


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 a60-minute traditional therapy, perfect for detoxifying and calming the mind and body.

“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.

At Namia, we have integrated essential lifestyle practices into our operations, including aligning our systems, procedures, and training of our teams to contribute to our local ecosystem and Hoi An community. We strive to lead the way for responsible tourism in the region and reduce our environmental footprint with localised sourcing, waste management programs, and advocacy and collaboration projects within our 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!”

Daily rates will include:

  • Pool Villa on an islet in Thu Bon River (with Nipa Palm Forest or River Views)
  • All Day Breakfast and complimentary mini-bar excluding alcohol
  • Wellness Journey per person, per night (herbal steam & traditional spa therapy for 90 minutes)
  • Complimentary Cultural Experiences (bamboo bicycle trail & sundowner cruise)
  • Personalised ‘Meet a Local ‘in Hoi An (craft your own story – via APP or in-person)

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