Need to know
200, including 16 penthouses and villas.
12 noon; earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $382.50, excluding tax at 15.5 per cent.
Rates include WiFi but exclude breakfast.
Architect Bill Bensley lived on site for two years, and his commitment to the project shows in the playful design, romantic bedrooms and fruit-salad colour scheme. Bensley is behind a bunch of other Smith stays, including Indigo Pearl and Shinta Mani.
At the hotel
Beach, spa, cooking school, library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, Harnn bath products.
Our favourite rooms
We wish we were writing this from one of the Club Peninsula Suites, which come with generous terraces where you can happily loll about all day. The minibar and wine fridge are outside, just where you want them, and your three alfresco areas include: a sofa and chairs, a day-bed with a mosquito net to hide behind, and a dining area with high chairs and a marble surfboard-shaped table. If you're feeling extravagant, splash out on a villa; if you want to save money for Hoi An threads, the Classic rooms are a generous 70sq m lead-in room category.
There’s a freeform pool close to the beach, surrounded by loungers and shady palm trees, and with a kids' pool attached; plus a lap pool above the Lounge Bar that’s accessed by a spiral staircase and has just six sunloungers positioned around it. There’s a Jacuzzi up here too: sit, soak and enjoy the downright gorgeous surroundings. The hotel's beach will have you horizontal in the blink of an eye. It’s a 700m-long stretch, utterly private, manned by a lifeguard and set in a sheltered bay with tranquil water. Towering palm trees provide shade.
Trainers for hikes in the green mountains that sprawl across Son Tra National Conservation Park.
Pepped up with shots of turquoise, the spa is a colourful, quiet sanctuary where able-knuckled masseuses dispense rubs and scrubs.
Little Smiths are very welcome: kids under six can sleep in mum and dad's bed for free; six to 12 year olds can share a bed with their folks (US$35 a child, a night) or have their own bed ($50 a child, a night; $100 a night for over-12s).
Little Smiths between three and 12, who can use the kids club.
Book a villa and you’ll be steps from the hotel’s facilities: beach, restaurants, pool and bar. The villas can comfortably sleep more than one kid on the huge day bed set in an alcove (otherwise used as the TV den).
None, but Planet Trekkers - open daily between 9am and 8pm - is the free kids club for children aged between three and 12. The fun, inspiring space comes kitted out with a slide, TV/games pods, mini chairs and tables, and lots of shelves groaning with books, board games and toys.
Kids will love going swimming in the pool and sea, playing games on the beach, making new friends (or at least befriending a teddy or two) at Planet Trekkers, taking part in water sports organized by the hotel, and trying new food in Hoi An. The hotel organises a bunch of daily activities, including kayaking, beach volleyball and trekking trips. (Adults are welcome to take part, too).
The main pool has a kids area attached to it; the beach is watched over by a lifeguard.
Citron and Barefoot are great for children, and the menu has plenty to tempt junior palates.
The hotel has a clutch of dedicated nannies, who can also offer babysitting after hours.
No need to pack
Leave toys behind: Planet Trekkers has a huge selection.