Herbert Laubichler-Pichler is General Manager of The Anam, on Vietnam’s Northern Cam Ranh Peninsula, 30 minutes from Nha Trang city which is an hour’s flight from Ho Chi Minh City, or an hour and a half from the capital, Hanoi. The resort boasts over 300 metres of absolute beach frontage on one of the world’s most beautiful bays. There are stunning views across the ocean and its islands to the east and the rugged, jungle-clad mountains to the west. With warm tropical breezes, swaying palms, and the ocean literally at the doorstep, The Anam’s villas nestle into the surrounds. Herbert has worked at The Anam for two years. He was born in a small town in Austria called Radstadt and grew up in Filzmoos, a small village famous for skiing and hiking in the mountainous region of Salzburg. We asked him what he loves about his job and he said, “The people I work with. My staff are incredible.” Let’s go to The Anam…
Favourite locale when enjoying a day off
The Sailing Club in Nha Trang. It’s got such an amazing vibe.
Where he takes own guests when they visit
I take them to meet my artist friends and explore places off the beaten path – on the back of a Vespa. Scooters are ubiquitous in Vietnam and there’s not a better way to get to know the destination.
It’s a rainy day but we want to explore, what we should do
The Anam’s Art Tour. We’ve created an intimate tour that takes you into the homes and galleries of talented local artists, otherwise inaccessible to tourists. It provides a new perspective of Vietnam and its people through their art ranging from oil paintings and metalwork to sculpture and photography.
His recommendations as night-time entertainment
Kick off the evening with our hugely popular “Mama’s Cooking” culinary experience at our Lang Viet restaurant by the beach. Drawing on centuries-old recipes handed down the generations, mothers of our staff serve up timeless Vietnamese classics, as if they were cooking for their own families. Then continue the evening with a few beers or cocktails and at our new Beach Club open until midnight.
Key phrase or phrases visitors should learn
A simple phrase such as “xin chào” (hello) or “cảm ơn” (thank you) is sure to prompt a smile. The tones are important.
The best shopping and souvenirs
To be honest, Nha Trang isn’t really a shopping destination. Better you savee your money for Saigon.
A child-friendly thing to do or place to go
There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained at The Anam. Building sand castles on our beach, local handicraft-making workshops at our Kids Club and the 3-D movie theatre are popular with children.
Best-kept secret or favourite hidden treasure
Nha Trang’s Sunshine Bar. It’s a wonderful little bar overlooking the river, a hidden gem. Everyone I introduce it to loves it. It’s quite difficult to find and makes for the start of our new sunset cruise with bubbles down the Cai River, one of Vietnam’s most compelling waterways.
The best way to get to the airport
Turn left at The Anam’s entrance and just follow the road for 15 minutes and Cam Ranh International Airport is there on the left. You can’t miss it.
Best time of the year to visit
Anytime, except November, and especially at Christmas! The Anam’s Festive Season program begins on Sunday 23 December with a special wine tasting from 3-5pm, then a tree-lighting ceremony at 6pm with choir, cookies and mulled wine. On Christmas Eve, from 2-5pm, families can enjoy ginger-bread decorating before Santa’s arrival (with gifts!) at 5pm. For adults, there’s a cocktail party prior to dinner with live music performances. On Christmas Day, Santa Claus will visit and there’s a breakfast with sparkling wine. In the afternoon, there’ll be a special Christmas afternoon tea, and a sandcastle-building competition at 3pm. For the night owls, there will be nightly DJ sessions between Monday 24 December and Saturday 5 January. And of course, on New Year’s Eve, guests with children can try cupcake decorating and traditional handicrafts, before bringing in 2019 with a cocktail party, dinner, and count-down party with two DJs. On New Year’s Day, the festive season finishes with a special buffet breakfast – with rejuvenating juices, followed by the Vienna New Year’s Concert with music by Johann Strauss and his contemporaries.
Anything else we should know when visiting
Don’t miss the Vespa tour offered through our tour desk. Guests remark that it’s one of the coolest things they’ve ever done.
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