Alma Resort (imagery: © AA+ Photography)
Our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusive looks inside this vast beachfront resort, which encompasses 196 pavilions and 384 suites, on the Cam Ranh Peninsula.
The beautiful Alma Resort illustrates the importance of great design in the resort industry.
Contemporary coastal style
Featuring architecture from Ong&Ong – Singapore and Intaran Design, along with interiors courtesy of ARA Design, this spectacular development is emblematic of Vietnam’s evolution as a holiday destination. Spacious and striking, the independently owned and operated luxury resort opened to the domestic market in December 2019 before starting to welcome international travellers in May 2020 following a slight delay caused by the pandemic.
It’s breaking new ground in Cam Ranh, an area that’s increasingly being viewed as an upscale alternative to nearby Nha Trang. To complement the location’s turquoise waters and dramatic headlands, the resort’s contemporary interiors fuse a palette of whites, earthy colours and soft blues with modern, minimalist decor.
Floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the fact that the property commands 74 acres of attractive beachfront, while also drawing in abundant natural light. Altogether, the resort is home to 580 accommodations – 384 suites and 196 pavilions – along with as many as 14 dining and drinking venues, and 12 swimming pools cascading down to the beach.
Each spacious suite and villa comes with a master bedroom featuring soaking tubs and separate rainwater showers, living space, kitchen and dining area. The three-bedroom pavilions and two-bedroom ground-floor pavilions also feature a private pool, and the two-bedroom upper-floor pavilions boast Jacuzzis.
A diverse lifestyle experience
Guests can dine at an eclectic range of restaurants helmed by celebrated chefs, from Alma Garden and its live cooking stations to the Italian trattoria La Casa, or unwind in the classical bar, pool bar or beach bar. Additional amenities include Le Spa, with treatment villas named after Vietnamese flowers, a fitness centre, a yoga room and an 18-hole putting green.
Families are catered for by the inclusion of a kids’ club, youth centre, water sports centre and Splash Water Park with a lazy river running through it, as well as a beachfront football field, sports courts, outdoor archery range and giant chessboard.
Elevating the cultural experience, the property also houses an art gallery selling the work of local artists as well as hosting classes, 70-seat cinema and 400-seat amphitheatre. Moreover, events can be hosted in the onsite convention centre.
Last but not least, the resort’s science museum is one of the first of its kind in Vietnam, with interactive exhibits focusing on discoveries that changed the world.