Checking in: The Anam Resort, Vietnam
Tucked away in the upcoming town of Cam Ranh, The Anam, shaded by lush gardens and palm trees, is a 12-hectare property that overlooks white sands and turquoise waters of Long Beach. The five-star resort boasts 117 villas and 96 rooms and suites.
Luxury was seen immediately from the perfectly landscaped gardens to the prompt and welcoming staff. Every detail about our stay was incredible, especially the stunning view of the pool that my villa overlooked. The dramatic hill and beach topography and its surrounding headland named “Song Lo”, meaning the ‘wave next to the mountain’ sets the perfect scene for a relaxing and luxurious holiday at The Anam that is secluded yet close to Nha Trang to do some exploring! Here is my review of The Anam Resort!
Cam Ranh is accessible via the Cam Ranh International Airport. The Anam Resort is located just 20 minutes from the airport and 30 minutes from Nha Trang city, a well-known beach destination. The flight from Ho Chi Minh City is only one hour and from Hanoi is 90 minutes. Once you arrive, you will find you are a world away from the bustling cities of Vietnam.
First Impression? Well, I’m pretty sure my jaw hit the floor and humbly stayed there until I departed the resort 3 days later. The Anam is easily the most amazing resort I have ever stayed at.
Situated on 300 metres of beachfront bliss, The Anam resort has been welcoming guest since April 2017. The Anam Resort – a member of World Luxury by Worldhotels, features luxurious accommodation surrounded by lush landscaped gardens. This 5-star property boasts 3 outdoor swimming pools, a fitness centre, luxury spa, a private beach and so much more!
The fresh colonial inspired design is pair perfectly with lush gardens, traditional Vietnamese detailing, handmade lanterns and ornate blue tiled floors with columns allowing the cool sea breeze to flow through the spaces.
Rooms at The Anam
The Anam features 96 rooms and 117 villas. The design incorporates Colonial-style decor, with ultra modern facilities, including air-conditioning, internet TVs and Wi-Fi. Many of the rooms and villas have sea views or pool views and a small terrace. For that extra bit of privacy(and luxury), there are also private pool villas!
Each room boasts a huge king bed that is super comfy and has a lovely turn-down service each evening. The staff come and leave choccies on your pillows, turn your lights on, close your blinds and leave calming music on.
I stayed in a Pool View Villa, which was 50sq mts of pure indulgence. My room over looked one of the amazing pools the Anam offers, and sitting on the terrace with a morning cup of tea was pure bliss.
All of the accommodations are light and airy and feature king-sized and/or twin beds 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 premium villa categories that range from 150 to 267 square metres offer living rooms with a sofa that can be converted into a daybed. A number of connecting accommodations are designed to make family travel all the more convenient.
All of the bathrooms in the villas, rooms and suites are adorned with grey slate stone tiling and feature deep soaking tubs and separate rain showers. The villas’ bathrooms open to a private garden. The rooms’ and suites’ bathtubs in The Anam Collection can be partitioned from the rest of the interior space with folding, wooden doors. Each and every villa features terraces and/or balconies, and 27 of the villas have their own private swimming pools
Each room comes with luxe toiletries that are in large branded pump bottles saving on single-use plastic for body washes etc! I really admired that extra touch as I am currently adopting a plastic-free lifestyle! They also left complimentary daily waters that were in glass bottles as opposed to plastic!
The best part of my villa was the deep bathtub, that had opened floor to ceiling windows that overlooked a lush mini garden. No better way to end a luxurious stay than with an indulgent soak follow by robe life and afternoon coffee delivery.
Dining at The Anam
The most impressive part of The Anam was not only the quality of food but also the choice! The resort boasts 4 restaurants as well as in-room dining. There are 2 main restaurants that both have killer views, the private Colonial restaurant which is exclusive club lounge type, offering breakfast, snacks and afternoon high tea free of charge to guests staying in suites and high-end villas. There is also a beach club and the Saigon bar.
Based on the concept of a Vietnamese village, Lang Viet Restaurant and Bar occupies some of the most inspiring real estate at The Anam and accommodates 80 guests. One outdoor terrace sits above The Anam’s strand and an adjacent pavilion borders a 300 square metre swimming pool for adults only, replete with sunbeds in the shallows. The chefs serve up delectable Vietnamese fare, complemented by a variety of cocktails with a killer view of the private beach. During our first day, we had lunch here, we all fell in love with the morning glory!
The Indochine is located near The Anam’s open-air lobby overlooking the East Sea. Rich wood accents and luxurious fittings and fixtures set the mood in a multi-level dining space that feels like a collection of intimate restaurants more than a single venue. Its terraces overlook one of the resort’s three swimming pools and are bathed in welcome slithers of sunlight by day and in the glow of lanterns and candles by night.
The Indochine, an extensive buffet breakfast includes popular Vietnamese, Asian and Western dishes, large spreads of pastries, breads and fruit, a live cooking station and freshly squeezed juices. Lunch is an a la carte affair with a delectable selection of contemporary Vietnamese, Asian and European cuisine. A Vietnamese set lunch menu is available on demand. The restaurant hosts buffet dinners to themes that change daily, featuring a range of experiences from seafood BBQ to Italian to Vietnamese.
Among The Indochine’s signature dishes are bay scallops wrapped in Italian pancetta with green peppercorn papaya salsa, and the Nha Trang lobster chowder, a creamy blend of potatoes, leek, apples, morel mushrooms with Nha Trang lobster medallions and chili oil.
To give diners a truly authentic slice of Vietnamese culture, each Wednesday The Indochine opens its doors to five mothers of the staff, who each don a toque and apron and cook their favourite specialties for the guests as part of the resort’s popular “Mamma’s Cooking” initiative.
We spent most of our meals at the private Colonial.
The Colonial, also located near the open-air lobby and to the left of The Saigon Bar, is a club lounge for selected suite and villa guests by day and a fine dining restaurant by night.
In the morning, a European a la carte breakfast with a buffet is on offer, and food and drinks are also served during the day. Guests booked into the following premium accommodation categories may use the club lounge free of charge from 7am until 5pm daily: Ocean Front Premium, Ocean View Pool Villas, Ocean Front Pool Villas, Private Pool Villas, The Anam Ocean View Pool Villas, Terrace Sea View Suites and The Anam Terrace Suites.
In the evening, The Colonial is a fine dining restaurant specializing in European fine dining, with a strong focus on classical French cuisine. The Colonial also offers a world-class wine selection. This dining experience is made extra special as a highly talented pianist performs a selection of jazz and pop tunes!
Amenities at The Anam
Yoga room and deck attract practitioners for both private and group yoga sessions. The Anam’s personal trainer and yoga instructor also holds personal training sessions at the gym and outdoors, as well as complimentary sunrise yoga sessions on The Anam’s vast expanse of lawn overlooking the ocean.
The Anam offers a huge range of recreational activities from movies in a 3-D movie theatre to water sports, tennis, mini golf and yoga.
With seating for 60, the movie theatre screens a wide selection of movies in the Deluxe Collection building. The Anam is the first resort in Vietnam to feature such a cinema.
Complimentary daily activities include beach volleyball, badminton, and sepak takraw (a sport known as ‘kick volleyball’ native to Southeast Asia), as well as activities for the kids including futsal and water gymnastics in the pool.
Other recreational pursuits offered by the Water Sports Centre range from kayaking and bravo sailing, to surfing, body-boarding and snorkeling for adults. The Anam can also organize diving with Sailing Club Divers, Vietnam’s longest running PADI Five Star Dive Centres.
The Anam’s gymnasium is a fully equipped facility with state-of-the-art Precor technology, including treadmills, an elliptical trainer, bike, bench press, and weights. Upstairs from the gym, a yoga room and deck. The Anam’s personal trainer and yoga instructor also holds personal training sessions at the gym and complimentary sunrise yoga sessions outdoors on the vast expanse of lawn overlooking the ocean.
In addition to complimentary supervised activities for children, The Anam runs a kids club with indoor activities and games.
For golf enthusiasts, The Anam is a few minutes from Long Beach’s 27-hole Cam Ranh Links Golf Resort, due to open shortly. Designed by Australian Golfer Greg Norman, a.k.a ‘The Shark’, the 90-hectare golf course is set to be one of the top 100 in the world. Nha Trang lures players to two courses of its own, the Diamond Bay Golf Course and Vinpearl Golf Club.
The Anam Luxury Spa
I was blown away by the spa at the Anam Resort. Set in a quiet area of the resort, the spa is absolutely stunning. There are private areas for men and women, relaxation rooms, large treatment rooms and gorgeous waters. I experienced a massage during a rainstorm and as the rain hit the roof, I came to the realization that this resort is in fact paradise found.
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