News for the Hospitality Executive
Herbert Laubichler-Pichler Appointed General Manager
at Vietnam’s Nam Hai Resort
QUANG NAM, Vietnam (Jan. 30, 2009) — Less than five weeks after taking over as general manager at Vietnam’s most prestigious resort, Herbert Laubichler-Pichler rolled out The Nam Hai’s red carpet for the country’s foremost political figure, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
The meeting of leaders occurred Jan. 17, when the two convened for a private dinner at the Central Coast property’s signature restaurant. The PM, who was making an official visit to Quang Nam Province, praised the hotel’s culinary offerings, the talents of the chef and the aura and amenities of a resort steeped in Vietnamese heritage.
“Mr. Dung confirmed what I’ve thought since Day One: That The Nam Hai is a singular destination, with an obvious commitment to putting cuisine and culture on a pedestal,” said Laubichler-Pichler. “The food fuses elements of Eastern and Western flavors and philosophies in a way no other restaurant in this part of the world does. And the architecture — which was recognized earlier this year by Travel + Leisure in its annual Design Awards — is a creative blend of the traditional Vietnamese garden home and modern technologies.”
A veteran of the world-renowned GHM hotel management group, Laubichler-Pichler assumed the role of GM at The Nam Hai on Dec. 14, after spending three years in the same position at The Saujana in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — another GHM-managed property.
Prior to that job, the Austrian worked in Europe for 20 years, a period that included executive management stints at Annabelle Hotel in Cyprus, Dorint Kongress Hotel in Germany and Hotel Schloss Fuschl in his homeland.
“Herbert has overseen some of the premier properties in the world,” said Rick Mayo-Smith, CEO of Indochina Land, The Nam Hai’s developer. “He’s been instrumental in the success of them all, and we’re confident he will contribute in the same fashion at The Nam Hai.”
The Nam Hai offers upscale luxury accommodation never before seen on the East Sea. During its development, the owners called in not one, but five architects to imagine the design scheme of the resort. AW2 handled the architecture. Jaya & Associates (Jakarta) designed the interiors and furnishings. KPD (Bali) masterplanned the landscaping. The Flaming Beacon (Melbourne, Australia) developed the light design. And Design Studio (Tokyo) focused exclusively on the restaurant.
In just over two years, The Nam Hai has established a reputation as one of the hottest resorts anywhere. The many accolades include the following:
ABOUT THE NAM HAI
Situated on 32 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens overlooking the East Sea, The Nam Hai features 60 one-bedroom villas and 40 one- to five-bedroom pool villas, each with its own luxurious infinity pool. Signature features of the exclusive oceanfront retreat include two gourmet restaurants; a tropical spa beside a lagoon; and three beachfront swimming pools, including one temperature-controlled. The Nam Hai address: Hamlet 1, Dien Duong Village, Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam.
The Nam Hai is managed by GHM (www.ghmhotels.com), creator and operator of award-winning, distinctive luxury hotels and resorts. GHM Chairman Adrian Zecha is renowned as a design-oriented boutique resort developer and founder of the world-famous Amanresorts.
ABOUT INDOCHINA CAPITAL AND INDOCHINA LAND
Founded in 1999, Indochina Capital is one of Vietnam’s leading financial services firms with diversified fund management and financial advisory businesses. Indochina Capital manages US$1.8 billion in three funds and numerous special accounts, including two real estate funds and Indochina Capital Vietnam Holdings, which in March 2007 became the first Vietnam-related company to list on a major global stock market, the London Stock Exchange main board. Indochina Capital also owns a controlling interest in and manages Mekong Securities, a leading Vietnamese broker/dealer and investment bank.
Indochina Land is the real estate division of Indochina Capital. The division manages two real estate funds capitalized initially at just over US$300 million facilitating investment in over US$1 billion in property projects. To date, Indochina Land’s portfolio includes 12 properties in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and the Central Coast, covering the full range of property types, including residential, retail, office, resort, hotel and other leisure and industrial developments. Prior to the establishment of the two real estate funds, over the past 15 years, Indochina Land and its principals had developed, financed and invested in well-over US$1 billion in real estate projects in Vietnam.
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