Miss Universe contestants to visit Nam Hai


QUANG NAM, Vietnam – In March, The Nam Hai welcomed owners of some of the world’s most extraordinary cars. In April, the acclaimed resort hosted Southeast Asia’s financial leaders. Next week, The Nam Hai rolls out the red carpet yet again, only this time, it will look like a runway.

On June 25, eighty-four Miss Universe contestants will visit the posh hotel on China Beach as part of a 160-person delegation whose mission is to promote the 2008 Miss Universe pageant, which takes place July 14 in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

The beauty queens plan to arrive at The Nam Hai at 11:00 a.m., tour the property’s award-winning layout and have their photos taken on its stunning grounds. They will be welcomed with cocktails at the pool restaurant.

“What a picture-perfect combination – some of the world’s most beautiful women at one of the world’s most beautiful resorts,” said Wayne Duberly, general manager of The Nam Hai. “It’s just the start of that kind of synergy here, too. At the end of August, the final round of the 2008 Miss Vietnam competition comes to Hoi An, just a few kilometers down the road. We’ll have at least 40 of those participants staying with us then.”

The June 25 contingent marks yet another milestone in the Nam Hai’s burgeoning reputation as one of Asia’s most elegant resorts, spas and retreats. Shortly after participants of the prestigious Tiger Car Rally paid a visit to the hotel, the resort convened an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit with 90 influential ministers representing the 10-country alliance.

“However popular our reputation, we’re equally renown for the level of discretion and detachment we provide to guests,” said Duberly. “If you want the rest of the world to melt away during your stay, we can make that happen.”

The Indochina Land developed, GHM-managed Nam Hai trumpeted the dawn of a new day in upscale luxury accommodation on the East Sea when it opened in December of 2006. The villas were modeled on the traditional residences of Vietnam, known as nha ruong, but they have been creatively re-interpreted to accommodate modern technologies and amenities.

Most of the 35-hectare retreat’s 60 one-bedroom villas and 40 pool villas border the sea around five horseshoe-shaped spits of sand. In addition to a private stretch of beach, there are three pools available to guests, including a 50-meter-long Olympic swimming pool.

In just over a year, The Nam Hai has established a reputation as one of the hottest resorts anywhere. In March alone, it was called out by two of the most influential travel publications in the world—Travel + Leisure (USA) and Gourmet Traveler (Australia). The former named it ‘Best Resort’ in its annual design competition; the latter voted it the ‘Best New Hotel.’