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Tête-à-Tête February Festivities at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam

Tet Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day at The Nam Hai
February 9, 2018,
Hoi An, Vietnam

East meets West at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai this February for a fortnight of festivities dedicated to love and happiness in honour of Valentine's Day (February 14, 2018) and Tet Lunar New Year (February 16, 2018).

The largest festival in Vietnam, Tet celebrates the arrival of spring and symbolises new beginnings. Vietnamese visit pagodas and temples, burn incense, and give offerings for a year of health, wealth and happiness. With the western Feast of St. Valentine originally selected to coincide with the advent of rituals, feasting and renewal are the perfect opportunity to set clear intentions and celebrate joy and togetherness in true Vietnamese style.

End of Year Worship

  • February 7, 2018, 8:30 am at Ha My Temple

Begin the festivities with this special event at the Resort's onsite temple: a unique opportunity to join the Resort team and local elders to give thanks for the passing year and invite a prosperous year ahead.  Breathe in the aroma of burning incense and relax amid the surrounding spring flowers to help let go of last year's worries and prepare for happy days ahead.

Tet Renewing Body Treatment

Prepare for the New Year, set clear intentions, and dispel past worries with this 90-minute treatment: a nourishing Vietnamese salt scrub with fresh herbs, renewing bodywork and soothing sound bath, complemented by a bamboo stick gift (symbolic of the Xin Xam tradition of receiving a blessing from a bamboo box upon visiting a pagoda) and a blessing quote from Thich Nhat Hanh. VND 3,500,000++

Week-Long Year of the Dog Yoga and Mindful Meditation Program

  • Daily, February 12-19, 2018

A special series inspired by the loyal, alert and protective Dog including: grounding postures such as hip openers to help restore body-mind stability to the "hyper Dog"; heart-opening postures to boost the confidence of the "shy Dog"; "breath of fire" breathing techniques to burn through anxiety and create space for the New Year; and Touch the Earth mindfulness techniques for security and calm.

Blissful Moment Valentine's Treatment

  • February 14, 2018 at The Heart of the Earth Spa

Show love - to a partner or oneself - with 120 minutes of pure spa bliss. Enjoy a nourishing pearl and jasmine salt crystal scrub; Inner Peace body work with restorative rose, calming jasmine, and soothing sandalwood; a blissful rose and tuberose bath; and a healing crystal sound immersion.  VND 6,000,000++ for one person; VND 10,000,000 ++ for two)

The Nam Hai Cooking Academy Vietnamese Passion Dinner

  • February 14, 2018, 7:00 pm

Join Chef Tran Ven Sen and his passionate brigade for this intimate Vietnamese dinner at The Nam Hai Cooking Academy. Fall in love with the delicate flavours and subtle nuances of one of the world's healthiest cuisines, featuring homegrown ingredients from the Resort's own garden. Traditional red lanterns and live local music set the scene for a night dedicated to a passion for Vietnamese cuisine.

The Night Before Tet

  • February 15, 2018, 7:00 pm

Tet is a time for feasting and fun! Toast to the upcoming New Year with festive cocktails, canapés and traditional entertainment including nhảy sạp (bamboo stick dancing).  Continue with La Sen's Lau Viet (Hot Pot Night), uniting all the family in interactive style. Guests cook their own hot pot and try Tet goodies such as bánh chưng and mứt; join in the customary dragon and lion dance; enjoy live Vietnamese music; and bask in the glow of traditional red lanterns and bright sunflowers (symbols of purpose and positivity).

Tet: The Year of the Dog Kids' Party and Tet Dinner and Band

  • February 16, 2018, 3:00-5:00 pm (Kids' Party) and 7:00 pm (Tet Dinner and Band)

The festivities are in full swing.  Starting with a dog-themed'Pluto Party at the Chuon Chuon Kids' Club: an afternoon of traditional activities such as đập niêu (Vietnamese piñata), Đi cà kheo (stilt walking), nhảy sạp (bamboo dancing) and To He Art puppet show (featuring puppets made from coloured rice powder) alongside a kid-friendly feast of smoothies, cupcakes, traditional jams, Tet cookies, pizza and more.

Continue the celebration throughout the night at Cafe Nam Hai for a smorgasbord of seafood delights supplemented by old school Saigon ambience with a live Vietnamese jazz band at The Bar.

Tet Waterfront Street Food Night

  • February 17, 2018, 7:00 pm

In true Tet style, continue the New Year festivities this evening with the Resort's award-winning street food night - abuzz with luminous lanterns, live cooking stalls, and local performers.   End the evening with a tongue and cheek play on the coffee and tea shops found in the ancient town of Hoi An illuminated by floating candles poolside.