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Alma Resort opens on Việt Nam’s scenic Cam Ranh Peninsula

Update: May, 27/2020 - 16:51

 

Alma’s 12 pools cascading down to the beach include a 75-metre beachfront pool for laps and an adults-only pool. Cabanas and loungers dot the pools’ terraces.

CAM RANH — A new luxury resort opened in Cam Ranh Peninsula to welcome guests as life slowly gets back to a new normal.

Alma, a 196-pavilion and 384-suite resort that commands 74 acres of beachfront, 14 sublime food and beverage outlets and a cascade of 12 beachfront swimming pools, will reopen in Việt Nam’s new “it” destination on May 31 in the wake of COVID-19.

Bold, spacious and emblematic of Việt Nam’s maturation as a destination, the independently owned and operated luxury resort is breaking new ground in Cam Ranh, a peninsula on Việt Nam’s south-central coast that first found fame as Southeast Asia’s greatest deepwater harbour and is now rising as an upscale alternative to nearby Nha Trang.

Alma has unveiled an awe-inspiring host of world-class facilities, such as an eclectic selection of restaurants helmed by leading chefs, a food court with an array of local and international cuisine, a classical bar, pool bar and beach bar, and mini supermarket. Other attractions include a science museum, waterpark, 13-treatment room spa, art gallery, cinema, convention centre, amphitheatre, youth centre with virtual reality games, kid’s club, water sports centre, gymnasium and yoga room and an 18-hole putting green.

The resort first opened on December 29, 2019 but closed its doors on April 5 as the Vietnamese government applied restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As a complement to Cam Ranh’s aquamarine waters and dramatic headlands, Alma’s design sets a contemporary tone with a neutral palette of whites, earthy colours and soft blues, accentuated with modern yet minimalist decor. Floor-to-roof glass panels usher in an abundance of natural light in the resort’s 580 oversized accommodations that all afford spectacular vistas of Long Beach, where sampans and coracles ply the waters and islands loom offshore.

“With a broad spectrum of inspiring things to see and do, this ambitious resort is emblematic of what Viet Nam is just now becoming — a destination not merely for travellers but for people on holiday,” said General Manager Herbert Laubichler-Pichler, an Austrian hospitality veteran with life-long experience including 14 years in Viet Nam managing three of the country’s most acclaimed hotels. 

 

Facing the ocean, all of Alma’s suites and pavilions offer balconies or terraces with sweeping views of the sea, where traditional sampans and coracles still ply the waters and islands are strewn just offshore.

Alma's nine categories of spacious accommodations include one-, two- and three-bedroom ocean view suites spanning 71, 114 and 165sq.m respectively, and the two- and three-bedroom ocean view and ocean front pavilions ranging from 144 to 224sq.m. All suites and villas feature master bedrooms with soaking bathtubs and separate rainwater showers, huge living rooms with massive sofas, kitchens and dining areas. The three-bedroom pavilions and two-bedroom ground floor pavilions boast private swimming pools, and the two-bedroom upper floor pavilions feature private jacuzzis. Inland from the villas, the suites are housed in two V-shaped towers, affording panoramic sea views.

Fourteen diverse food and beverage venues entice diners from outlets casual enough for gourmet burgers and refined enough for a grand piano. Alma Garden beats at the heart of the resort with live cooking stations that evoke a marketplace atmosphere. Asiana brings the finest in modern Asian cuisine to Cam Ranh, and Atlantis, with its vast deck for al fresco dining that sits above Alma’s strand, specialises in fresh local seafood. Serving evening meals in true Tuscan style direct from its open kitchen, the sophisticated Italian trattoria La Casa prepares a wide selection of classic Italian dishes. Alma Food Court is a happening culinary hub with six different food outlets, and the resort's rousing bar landscape comprises Alma Lounge, American Bar, Pool Bar and Beach Bar. 

In 13 separate treatment villas named after Vietnamese flowers, Le Spa leverages Aromatherapy Associates product for treatments that range from massages and facials, to body wraps and scrubs to nail care and hair care.

The 12 pools cascading down to the beach include a 75-metre beachfront pool for laps and an adults-only pool. Cabanas and loungers dot the pools’ terraces. A lazy river runs through Alma’s 6000sq.m Splash Water Park, which also features a wave pool, kid’s pool, water slides, and two American-style food trucks.

Adjacent to a huge kids-only pool with fountains and water games, the Kids’ Club is home to trampolines, ball pens, climbing frames and arts and crafts. The Active Youth Club lures teens with virtual reality games, table football and billiards tables.   

 

Alma offers sporting facilities ranging from a water sports centre providing pursuits such as kayaking and bodyboarding, a beachfront football field, and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, to an outdoor archery range, an 18-hole putting green, open-air exercise stations and a giant chess board. All Photos courtesy of the Alma

One of the first of its kind in Việt Nam, the Science Museum promotes interactive learning through exhibits focused on discoveries that changed the world such as electricity generation, moving images, magnetic fields, pulley systems and more. Seating 400, Alma Amphitheater hosts live concerts and cultural shows, and the Alma Convention Center is comparable to convention centres found in major cities worldwide. A 70-seat cinema, complete with a popcorn concession, airs three films daily, and the art gallery sells works by local artists and holds art classes.

Sporting facilities include a water sports centre offering pursuits such as kayaking and bodyboarding, a beachfront football field, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, an outdoor archery range, 18-hole mini putting green, open-air exercise stations and giant chess board. — VNS

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