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Alma Hailed as No. 1 Resort in Southeast Asia by Travel + Leisure

Vietnam’s Alma Resort has been called out as the top resort in Southeast Asia, the No. 2 resort in Asia and No. 9 resort worldwide in this year’s Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.

The US-based publication announced the winners of its World’s Best Awards on July 9, with Alma scoring 99.2 on the awards’ 100-point survey. The World’s Best Awards are widely considered to be one of the two most important awards in the worldwide hospitality industry.

Readers voted for their favourite hotels, destinations, cruise lines, airlines, railway journeys, and more. According to Travel + Leisure, “hundreds of thousands” of readers “respond every year, making T+L World’s Best Awards the industry leader. Ratings help define excellence in travel and guide fellow travellers to the best of the best.”

“A 30-hectare stunner on Cam Ranh Peninsula in southern Vietnam, Alma Resort not only holds the title of best hotel in Southeast Asia, but also one of the best in Asia and the world. ‘Alma is exceptional,’ wrote one T+L reader, calling out its laundry list of ‘incredible facilities.’ This comprises 12 (yes, 12) swimming pools, a water park with a lazy river, and other kid-friendly to-dos like a science museum and cinema. But grown-ups will be spoiled for choice, too, thanks to a spacious spa and 14 restaurants and bars that include a fine-dining Italian venue and the beachfront Atlantis with fresh, local seafood. Add to that beautiful accommodations, some with private pools, and service that one T+L reader called ‘phenomenal,’ and you have a recipe for a perfect beach vacation,” Travel + Leisure’s associate editorial director Alisha Prakash wrote about Alma.

“Oceanfront Alma, on the Cam Ranh Peninsula just south of Nha Trang, Vietnam, is a full-featured beach resort with 12 pools, 14 restaurants and bars, plenty of kid-friendly activities, a spacious spa — and even an on-property farm from which many ingredients are sourced,” wrote Travel + Leisure’s news director Paul Brady and special projects editor Jess Feldman.

Alma’s managing director Herbert Laubichler-Pichler said the resort’s “tireless and dedicated” team and “hugely supportive” owner were “utterly thrilled” with the recognition.

“We’ve come so far and have achieved so much since Alma’s debut in December 2019 and it is such a privilege for an independent Vietnamese resort to be named among the world’s best,” he said.

“In this year’s World’s Best Awards, readers’ favorite hotels span far and wide, with 38 countries making an appearance on the 2024 list. Properties in destinations like India and Southeast Asia are among the highest scorers this year, along with 16 stellar U.S. properties. At each hotel, voters were wowed by the style and the service of the top 100: Every winner scored higher than 97 on our 100-point survey,” Travel + Leisure said.