The Anam

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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 Nor­man–de­signed golf course. The de­sign ref­er­ences the tropes of In­dochina—Huestyle im­pe­rial roofs, big-bel­lied jars, mo­saic tile-work, and ubiq­ui­tous lan­terns—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.

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