The Anam references the tropes of Indochinaâ€”Hue-style imperial roofs, big-bellied jars, mosaic tile-work, and ubiquitous lanterns.
For travelers who feel that the resort town of Nha Trang is all noise, an attractive, tranquil alternative is taking shape a 30-minute drive to the south on the Cam Ranh Peninsula. One of the first properties to open here is The Anam, a 213-room resort whose name is inspired by a historical appellation for Vietnam. The newcomer spreads over five finely landscaped hectares with the stately Song Lo headland to the north and a serene beachfront lapped by the East Sea. Elsewhere, guests will encounter three infinity pools, a Bali-themed spa, a 3-D cinema, and a soon-to-open Greg Normanâ€“designed golf course. The design references the tropes of Indochinaâ€”Hue-style imperial roofs, big-bellied jars, mosaic tile-work, and ubiquitous lanternsâ€”while accommodations are divided between huge villas (many with private pools) near the beach and rooms in the main guest wing. Dining choices are kept simple, with three restaurants that include the Saigon Bar, hung with photos by noted Nha Trang photographer Mai Loc. Perhaps what is most remarkable is the sense of space that The Anam imparts, especially amid the grassy expanses of lawn between the villas, where guests will find it all too easy to disconnect.
84-2583/989-499; the Anam; doubles from US$200
This article originally appeared in theÂ October/November 2017Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śThe Luxe List 2017: The Anam, Cam Ranh Peninsulaâ€ť).