The new street-style venue by Alma Resort is an attempt to capitalise on Vietnam’s love for hanging out on the sidewalk.
When in Vietnam, sidewalks can be some of the most happening spots to hang out at. Lined with coffee and street food vendors, barbers, exercise groups, mobile masseuses, shoe shiners, and even street performers, there is no dearth of entertainment on the curb.
Paying homage to the same, the 30-hectare beachfront resort Alma, a Preferred Hotels & Resorts member, has launched Cam Ranh’s most hip and happening venue, Chill’s Snack & Bar.
It was the resort’s temporary eight-month closure due to a flare-up of COVID-19 that made time for inspiration, according to Alma’s managing director Herbert Laubichler-Pichler. Right before the reopening on January 15, he says, “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.”
Open from 5pm – 10pm daily, the street-style venue is anchored by two American-style food trucks to a backdrop of the resort’s vast amphitheatre. You can spot it a mile away, given the number of plastic tables and chairs assembled on and alongside the tarmac of one of the resort’s onsite service roads. The twilight lights strung between palm trees add a special touch, creating a warm ambience as the afternoon morphs into the evening.
The menu at Chill’s is perfectly catered to the sidewalk life, allowing for hours of sipping and sitting. It features a selection of popular street beverages such as Vietnamese coffees, fresh fruit juices, milk teas including bubble milk teas, iced teas and soft drinks. Signature coffees are undoubtedly the creamy and deliciously refreshing coconut coffee, and obviously coffee with fresh milk and tapioca pearls. In addition to Saigon, Tiger and Heineken beers, Chill’s also serves excellent cocktails, one of the best being Amphitheater Sunset with tequila, orange, grenadine, crème de cassis and lime.
Chill’s also has a cute board for their menu, which is updated daily. You’ll find the likes of seafood pizza, fruit, fried fish balls, shrimp salad, meat sandwiches, cheese sticks, lemongrass chicken feet, and popcorn among other delicious snack offerings.
As far as the entertainment is concerned, Alma clearly takes things seriously. There’s everything you can think of right from nightly movies screened under the stars at the amphitheatre to live music by performers such as the resort’s resident singer Engie. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also fire twirlers and flair tenders. High walking competitions are also among many others that are staged for national and global holidays as well as other special occasions.
“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,” says 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,” he adds.