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Feeling of tranquility

Released at: 08:16, 26/11/2017

Feeling of tranquility

Photos: The Anam

Vietnam’s newest luxury beachfront resort, The Anam, is a haven of serenity and a wonderful place for vacations.

by Linh San

The luxurious five-star The Anam resort celebrated its grand opening in April this year and was recognized by Worldhotels as “World Luxury”, becoming one of only six worldwide to have achieved the status.

The resort is located on the northern part of Cam Ranh Peninsula and is less than 20 minutes by car from Cam Ranh International Airport. It boasts 3,000 palm trees, which is exceptional for luxury resorts in Vietnam. The 12-ha property overlooks the white sands and turquoise waters of Long Beach, with a backdrop of jungle-clad mountains. 

Mr. Herbert Laubichler-Pichler, who then become the resort’s general manager; a role not unfamiliar to the Austrian native, has had stints at the helm of Vietnam’s most acclaimed hotels and resorts, chiefly The Reverie Saigon and The Nam Hai (now Four Seasons). Mr. Laubichler-Pichler first came to Vietnam in 2008, having worked in Austria, Germany, the UK, Cyprus, and Malaysia for two decades.

“We bring a philosophy of ‘No News. No Shoes. No Stress’ and also blend colonial-era charm and warm-hearted Vietnamese service with modern comforts and conveniences,” said Mr. Laubichler-Pichler. “Vietnamese are world-renowned for their genuine, warm-hearted and ever-smiling approach to life. At The Anam, we take this to new heights and offer superb services, ensuring guests have an unforgettable experience.”

The Anam’s concept is to deliver an experience from the old “Indochine” era, which is reflected in its architecture, design, and service standards, while offering modern and luxurious facilities. The resort has a total of 117 villas and 96 rooms and suites that epitomize the ultimate in Vietnamese craftsmanship and offer picturesque views of the ocean, headlands, lush garden, and the resort’s swimming and decorative pools. 

A feeling of tranquility swept over us as soon as we checked into our Pool View Villa. The villa covers 50 sq m, with one bedroom and a separate living room, as well as amazing sea and garden views and tranquil private pools with sunbeds. The accommodation is light and airy, featuring a king-sized bed in the center of the bedroom, hardwood finishes from sustainably-cultivated forests, and customized encaustic mosaic floor tiles, creating an atmosphere of old-world elegance. The connection between the bedroom and the living room is designed perfectly, to make family travel even more convenient. The bathroom is adorned with grey slate stone tiles and features a deep-soak tub and separate rain shower. From the villa’s bathroom we can see a private garden, which also makes it exceptional among luxurious resorts in Vietnam. 

In-room amenities all meet five-star quality standards, including high-speed wi-fi, two internet TVs with an array of programs, IDD phones, and air-conditioning. Part of the resort’s Sweet Dreams a La Carte Concept, its king-sized Sealy mattresses, plush 300 thread-count cotton Irish bed linen, and goose down pillows from The Anam’s pillow menu gave us a blissful night’s sleep.

The Anam has a wide range of restaurants and bars that provide guests with great options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Indochine, the resort’s signature restaurant, is located near the open-air lobby, offering an extensive buffet breakfast that includes popular Vietnamese, Asian, and Western dishes, large spreads of pastries, bread and fruit, a live cooking station, and fresh juices. Every Wednesday The Indochine opens its doors to five mothers of its staff, who cook their favorite specialties for guests as a part of the resort’s popular “Mama’s Cooking” initiative, which gives diners a truly authentic slice of Vietnamese culture. Other restaurants and bars include The Saigon Bar, The Sports Bar, The Colonial, and The Beach Club, now renovated and to be renamed The Hanoi House when it is reopened in mid-December as a Vietnamese restaurant offering fresh and local Nha Trang seafood.  

Other facilities are first class, including ten treatment rooms at the spa, a 3D cinema, three spacious swimming pools, a ballroom, conference rooms, a recreation and fitness center, a tennis court, a yoga room and deck, a kid’s club, a gift shop and more. During our stay, we enjoyed a huge range of recreational activities for the family and kids. Every day at 3pm and 5pm, the 60-seat cinema screens a wide selection of films for kids and adults, respectively. The Anam is the first resort in Vietnam to boast such a cinema. Recreational pursuits offered at the Water Sports Center range from kayaking and bravo sailing to surfing, body-boarding, and snorkeling for adults.

From December 23 to January 1, The Anam will celebrate its first festive season with a bang, hosting events including gala dinners, buffets, degustation menus for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, wine tasting, an artist in residence program, and much more. “At The Anam, on balmy Cam Ranh Peninsula, where we bask in more than 300 sunny days a year, we won’t be welcoming Jack Frost but we will be celebrating a brilliant inaugural year with everything that sparkles and plenty of good cheer,” said Mr. Laubichler-Pichler. 

The resort has a team of more than 400 employees and its staff are all very helpful and friendly. Guests staying in The Anam are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience found nowhere else in Vietnam.

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