Alma Resort’s new street-style venue pays tribute to Vietnam’s sidewalk culture
The 30-hectare beachfront resort has launched Cam Ranh’s Chill’s Snack & Bar
In Vietnam, the sidewalk is used for much more than walking. The curb comes to life with coffee and street food vendors, barbers, exercise groups, mobile masseuses, shoe shiners, street performers and then some. To pay homage to the Vietnamese pastime of spending hours sipping brews on the pavement with friends, 30-hectare beachfront resort Alma, a Preferred Hotels & Resorts member, has launched Cam Ranh’s Chill’s Snack & Bar.
Open from 5 pm to 10 pm daily, the street-style venue is anchored by two American-style food trucks to a backdrop of the resort’s Alma Amphitheater. Plastic tables and chairs are assembled on and alongside the tarmac of one of the resort’s onsite service roads. Twilight lights strung between palm trees complete the ambiance during the evening.
Chill’s menu features a selection of street beverages such as Vietnamese coffees, fresh fruit juices, milk teas including bubble milk teas, iced teas and soft drinks. In addition to Saigon, Tiger and Heineken beers, Chill’s also serves cocktails such as ‘Amphitheater Sunset’ with tequila, orange, grenadine, crème de cassis and lime.
The likes of seafood pizza, fruit, fried fish balls, shrimp salad, meat sandwiches, cheese sticks, lemongrass chicken feet and popcorn are available at Chill’s.
Alma’s Managing Director Herbert Laubichler-Pichler said the resort’s temporary eight-month closure due to a flare-up of COVID-19 in Vietnam before Alma’s reopening on January 15 “was a prime opportunity for our team to get creative, spawning the concept for Chill’s as a street-style venue that welcomes locals and tourists alike”.
“Everyone who has been to Vietnam knows that everyone is welcome to join the community on the pavement; it is part and parcel of experiencing Vietnam’s culture and its culinary delights famous the world over,” said Laubichler-Pichler. “We are the only resort in our location that doesn’t have a wall around us. I genuinely believe Chill’s is an open house; like on Vietnam’s ubiquitous sidewalks, everyone is welcome to chill out here and relish life’s simple pleasures.”
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