The Anam is pulling out all stops to usher in Christmas and New Year with jolly good cheer and experiences ranging from an open-air art studio to a huge Christmas tree and choral singing.
With the season to be merry fast approaching, the five-star beachfront resort on Cam Ranh Peninsula in south-central Khanh Hoa province will host exquisite gala dinners, buffets and degustation menus for Christmas and New Year’s Eve and much more from December 23 until January 1.
“With temperatures hovering around a balmy 25C, we’ll be building sand castles on our stunning beachfront instead of snowmen,” said Mr. Pham Van Hien, The Anam’s owner and founder. “There’ll be something for everyone, with visits by a gift-toting Santa Claus, gingerbread figure decorating, and Vietnamese handicraft workshops for the kids and wine tasting, cocktail parties and live music for the adults.”
The jam-packed program begins with a wine tasting at the Indochine Restaurant from 3pm to 5pm on December 23, followed by a Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the resort’s vast lawn overlooking Long Beach from 6pm. Christmas cookies and mulled wine will be served as a Christmas choir performs classic songs.
On Christmas Eve, families will decorate gingerbread figures at Lang Viet Restaurant and Bar from 2pm to 3pm before Santa Claus arrives to give children presents and wish them a Merry Christmas at the resort’s Santa Claus Corner from 5pm to 7pm.
The Anam’s General Manager Herbert Laubichler-Pichler and his management team will host a cocktail party from 5.30 to 7.30pm. A four-course gala dinner, Vietnamese buffet, and seven-course Christmas degustation menu will then be held at the Indochine Restaurant, Lang Viet Restaurant and Bar, and The Colonial, respectively. There will also be live music at all three venues.
On Christmas Day the resort will serve a delectable Christmas breakfast with sparkling wine as Santa Claus and the Christmas choir again make an appearance. A leisurely Christmas afternoon tea with mulled wine will be on offer at The Colonial and Saigon Bar from 3pm to 5pm, as a sand building competition takes place on the property’s stunning stretch of private beach.
From December 26 to 31, the resort will hold its second annual “Garden and Sun Artist in Residence”, during which the resort’s lush gardens will transform into a sprawling open-air art studio. Guests will be encouraged to watch and talk with talented local artists as they create artwork from December 26 to 29. The artworks will be showcased at an exhibition nightly from December 29 to December 31 between 5pm and 7pm at Au Lac Ballroom, to a backdrop of traditional Vietnamese music and complimentary drinks and canapes.
In a warm-up to New Year’s Eve, a special wine tasting at the Indochine on December 30 from 3pm to 5pm will provide a sample of the selection of wines to be served during the following night’s celebrations.
On the last day of 2018, the culinary team will prepare cupcakes at Lang Viet Restaurant from 2pm to 3pm, before the kids try their hand at Vietnamese handicraft making from 3pm to 5pm.
Following a cocktail party hosted by the general manager and his team, guests can indulge in a four-course gala dinner, a Vietnamese buffet, and a seven-course degustation menu and then ring in 2019 at a countdown party as DJs spin house tunes.
Bartenders will prepare freshly-squeezed juices to start the year on a healthy note during a New Year’s Day buffet breakfast featuring an array of freshly baked pastries, fresh fruit, and Asian and Western breakfast starters. In the afternoon, a Vienna New Year’s Day Concert drawing on the vast repertoire of Strauss and his contemporaries will be staged at Lang Viet Restaurant and Bar.
From December 24 until Saturday January 5, international DJs will spin the decks from 9pm each night at the Sports Bar -VN Economic Times.
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