(No.5, Vol.6,Jul-Aug 2016 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)
If you are flying to Nha Trang seaside resort city, make sure to ask for a window seat, as the plane flies along the vast and sunlit southern coastline, low enough to see the waves crashing against the shore. The approach for the landing offers one of the most impressive sea views to contemplate in Vietnam- over the sparkling Nha Trang Bay with huge emerald green beading necklaces of verdant islands and islets, all set in goldcast by bright rays of tropical sun falling on the sands through shallow water.
The highway from the airport to brand new Cam Ranh Riviera Beach Resort & Sparaces neck and neck with cheerful white and velvet rows of blooming bougainvillaea, grown to serve a median strip from one side and the blue continuum of the Pacific from the other. After aquick shuttle bus ride, Cam Ranh Riviera Beach Resort & Spaâ€™s main building appears at oneâ€˜s view, looking impressive yet from a distance with its contemporary and light architecture. Its smooth and flowing lines reminds one of a luxurious sea cruise liner anchored on the sandy shore. The amusing feeling of boarding a cruise liner gets stronger once one enters a spacious lobby, with no doors and windows but all opened to the breeze and overlooking the vast and uninterrupted spaces of the sea.
As I get to my Deluxe Sea View room with a full board ticket in hand and step out on the airy balcony with transparent glass sides I almost believe I m actually contemplating the blue of the Pacific Ocean from a 8-floor-high ship deck. The main building examined from the seafront side impresses with excellent architectsâ€™ design featuring light curves of balcony lines, imitating waves and smooth and pleasant-to-the-eye combinations of snowy white colour and cooling glass of the balconies. All these features reveal an excellent work by the architect, not as often seen in Vietnam as desired. Far below are 10 hectares of Riviera resort premises with spectacular layout of infinity pool, huge blossoming lotus pond and a seafront pool with villas and bungalows with private pools under the shadow of young and juicy green coconut trees, all of them put on the green canvas of neatly kept lawns. Green lawns are also grown on the curved roofs of snowy white villas to put them in perfect harmony with floral surroundings.
The rooms interiors please the eye with modern and refreshing design, spacious bathroom with glass wall, wooden floor and contemporary yet cosy furniture, where it feels like the space is organised to put an accent to the immediate proximity of the sea and its striking panorama at oneâ€™s full sight from all the rooms without exception. The corridors and passages are built like whole-floor-long balconies overlooking a striking panorama of the picturesque valley with mountains at the backdrop.
The resort area is truly expansive, with exquisite accommodations, featuring 226 rooms, ranging from elegant Deluxe Sea View rooms, studios and suites to luxurious Beach Front and Ocean View villas, with all of them overlooking the sea. To ensure the utter comfort and to provide memorable pleasures of the guestsâ€™ pastime at such an impressive institution are two elegant restaurants, a spa centre, modern gym with a state of the art equipment, beach club and entertainment programs comprising open-air cinema sessions, live music and entertaining programs for small guests.
The 200-meter-wide private sandy beach which is a part of mesmerizingly beautiful and yet relatively pristine beach in Nha Trang surroundings looks sensational. With calm waters and gradual descent from shallow to deep, a swim here turns into a pleasure worth treating oneâ€™s self to for one full day, at least.
The Riviera resort also offers rejuvenating sessions of early bird yoga and later in the day Zumba and aquaerobics sessions under the guidance of a very inspiring and enthusiastic lady coach.
Cam Ranh Riviera Beach Resort & Spa has everything the most discerning traveller may need for an excellent seaside retreat, starting from bright new exquisite accommodation and facilities and direct access to the sea with private beach that few hotels in Nha Trang can offer to the small details and personal approach successfully performed by resort staff that make oneâ€™s stay truly memorable.