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WIN A SEVEN NIGHT STAY FOR SIX AT ALMA RESORT

03.01.23

Abode2 is offering one lucky reader the opportunity to experience a week-long stay at the luxurious Alma Resort. Terms and conditions apply

Bold, spacious and emblematic of Vietnam’s maturation as a destination, L-J Andrew takes a trip to Alma Resort, a leading light in luxury family travel on the scenic Cam Ranh Peninsula

Alma Resort has broken new ground in Cam Ranh, a peninsula on Vietnam’s south-central coast that first found fame as South East Asia’s greatest deep-water harbour and is now rising as an upscale alternative to nearby Nha Trang.

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 and abstract artwork. 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.

“With a broad spectrum of inspiring things to see and do, this ambitious resort is emblematic of what Vietnam is now becoming — a destination not merely for travellers but for people on holiday,” said Alma’s managing director Herbert Laubichler-Pichler, an Austrian hospitality veteran with life-long experience including 16 years in Vietnam managing three of the country’s most acclaimed hotels.

The resort’s spacious accommodations include one, two and three-bedroom suites and pavilions, all offering balconies or terraces with sweeping views of the sea, where traditional sampans and coracles still ply the waters and islands are strewn just offshore.

Contemporary and crisp, the ocean front pavilions are within reach of the waves, with the ocean view pavilions set amongst the resort ground’s elevated pathways, close to the pools, landscaped on terraces leading down to the beach. All three-bedroom pavilions and ground floor pavilions boast private swimming pools and terraces with sunbeds. The two-bedroom upper floor pavilions also feature expansive balconies with private jacuzzies.

Alma is home to an awe-inspiring host of world-class facilities, such as an eclectic range of restaurants helmed by leading chefs, with an array of local and international cuisine.

Alma Garden beats at the heart of the resort, with live cooking stations that evoke a marketplace atmosphere, and a sprawling terrace that looks out to the Pool Bar merged into the first of the pools cascading down to the beach. Alma Garden serves an extensive a la carte breakfast of Western and Asian favourites. With a vast deck for al fresco dining that sits above Alma’s strand and interior bedecked with striking turquoise tiling complementing the surrounding azure waters and skies, Atlantis specialises in fresh local seafood. The restaurant’s live seafood tanks showcase local favourites such as Long Beach Sea Crab, Nha Trang Flower Crab, Cam Ranh White Pomfret, Nha Trang Grouper, Thuy Trieu Sea Clam and Cam Hai Sweet Snails.

Serving evening meals in true Tuscan style direct from its open kitchen to its interior and patio bathed in soft lighting, Alma’s Italian trattoria La Casa is a sophisticated dining setting. The restaurant combine authentic Italian ingredients with organic products to create a wide selection of classic Italian dishes including delectable antipasti, fresh handmade pasta and bread made in the open kitchen, and pizza served with a remarkable list of wines.

Alma Lounge is home to a café, bar and ample seating, defined by flowing, curved open spaces and a spectacular view of the sea. As darkness falls, the resident pianist tinkles the ivories of a grand piano, joining forces with a singer to perform a mellow soundtrack of light jazz and popular tunes. With its sports bar theme, the American Lounge and Bar features large screens that air the latest sports matches. The bar also serves a range of creative cocktails alongside a selection of fine wines, classic whiskies, ice-cold beers and more, paired with light bites. Cocktails and other drinks are served at the Pool Bar’s swim-up bar and cabanas, and at the Beach Bar with its array of loungers.

Alma has also launched an exciting outdoor gathering spot called Chill’s Snack & Bar. Popular with locals and guests alike, the venue makes for a funky street-style affair, anchored by two American-style food trucks and situated at the entrance of the Amphitheatre. In addition to fire dancing shows, entertainment also includes daily outdoor movies screened at the Amphitheatre free of charge.

The resort’s rich culinary landscape is overseen by German national Ingo Stöneberg, who manages a team of more than120 chefs. He has worked for acclaimed five-star hotels including the Hilton Hotel in Abu Dhabi and Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. He was part of the pre-opening teams for Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and for Starwood Hotels and Resorts at The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort, and The Westin Resort in Costa Navarino, Messinia, Greece. Stöneberg said: “Alma prides itself on traditional cooking that does not use any chemicals and artificial ingredients in its fare.”

Le Spa features 13 separate treatment villas sprinkled onto the landscape, each named after a different Vietnamese flower, as well as ‘his and hers’ saunas and steam rooms. Based on quality product lines including Aromatherapy Associates, treatments range from massages and facials to body wraps and scrubs to nail care and hair care. Guests can then take a stroll through the garden to the spa’s relaxation suite for a refreshing post-treatment herbal tea.

Located near Le Spa is the 171 square metre Fitness Gym, fully-equipped with treadmills, free weights and resistance and cardio machines. The resort’s wellness experts also lead yoga sessions in the specialised yoga studio.

The 12 pools cascading down to the beach include a75-metre beachfront pool for laps, an adults-only pool and a jacuzzi pool in which to unwind with friends. Visually compelling cabanas and loungers are dotted on the pools’ terraces with a lazy river that runs through Alma’s 6000 square metre Splash Water Park, which also features a wave pool, children’s pool and water slides.

Catering to all ages, the Kids’ Club is home to trampolines, ball pens, climbing frames, an arts and crafts area, library, nap zone as well as piles of toys and games all under the supervision of the resort’s fully qualified carers. In addition to singing and dancing lessons, cooking classes and team games, adjacent to the club is a huge kids-only pool complete with fountains and water games.

The Active Youth Club lures teens with virtual reality games, video games, table football, billiards tables, as well as a chill-out space with bean bags and a snack bar for quick bites and drinks.

Designed to engage minds young and old, the Science Museum promotes interactive learning through a host of exhibits focused on mind-boggling wonders such as Bernoulli’s principle, electromagnetic induction, viscosity, magnetic fields, moving images, electricity generation, communication vessels, optical illusions, pulley systems and more.

The 400-seat 1,000 square metre Alma Amphitheatre hosts daily outdoor movies and events under the stars. Complete with a popcorn concession, the 70-seat private Alma Cinema airs three films daily with movies for all ages from Hollywood blockbusters to rom-coms. Upstairs from the American Lounge and Bar, the resort’s Karaoke Rooms comprises five sound-proof karaoke rooms.

Sporting facilities range from a water sports centre offering 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. Alma Resort enjoys the perfect location in Vietnam’s newest beach destination – Bai Dai Beach, Cam Ranh, one of the most up-and-coming destinations in South East Asia.

WIN A SEVEN NIGHT STAY FORSIX AT ALMA RESORT

Abode2 is offering one lucky reader the opportunity to experience a week-long stay at the luxurious Alma Resort.

The prize includes a 7-night stay in a three bedroom ocean view pool pavilion for a family of up to six people, with daily breakfast. The prize also includes a beach seafood barbeque and a guided half-day city and historical tour of Nha Trang provided by Green Trip Vietnam.

There is plenty to see and do at Alma including complimentary water sports such as kayaking and bodyboarding, access to Splash Water Park, the science museum, indoor and outdoor movie theatres and more.

To enter, simply send your name, email address and contact number with the subject line ‘Alma Resort’ to competition@abode2.com by April 3rd 2023.The winner will be notified directly by Abode2

Terms & Conditions:

Stays are subject to availability upon reservation.

Flights are not included.

This prize is valid for one year from when the winner is announced and is non-transferable.

Dates between, 1st - 2nd September 2023, 31st December- 2nd January 2024, 8th - 15th February 2024 and 30thApril - 1st May 2024, 1st -2nd Sept 2024 are excluded.

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