Independently owned and operated luxury resort, Alma, has broken new ground in Cam Ranh, a peninsula on Vietnam’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, a member of the Lifestyle – Preferred Hotels & Resorts collection, offers 196 pavilions and 384 suites that command 74 acres of beachfront, 14 food and beverage outlets and 12 beachfront swimming pools. The property opened in Vietnam’s new “it” destination on 31 May 2020.
Having previously opened in December 2019 for the Vietnamese market, the resort’s opening to the international market was delayed due to the onset of COVID-19 and Vietnam closing its borders to international arrivals. Vietnam opened up domestic air routes on 16 April and is looking forward to a resumption of arrivals from abroad possibly from July.
Alma’s nine categories of spacious accommodations include one-, two- and three-bedroom ocean-view suites spanning 71, 114 and 165 square metres respectively, and the two- and three-bedroom ocean view and oceanfront pavilions ranging from 144 to 224 square metres.
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.
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.
Among the 12 pools are 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 6,000-square-metre watermark, which also features a wave pool, kids’ pool, water slides and two American-style food trucks.
Other property highlights include Kids’ Club, Active Youth Club for teens and a Science Museum – a first for Vietnam – that promotes interactive learning through exhibits focused on discoveries that changed the world. 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 putting green, open-air exercise stations and giant chessboard.
Rates for the Ocean Front Pool Pavilion Two-Bedroom Ground Floor start at US$630 (approximately AU$900) per night or the Three-Bedroom pavilion, priced from US$750 (approximately AU$1,070) per night.