Welcome to Salinda Resort and Spa

By: City Pass Guide

Welcome to Salinda Resort and Spa

Salinda Resort and Spa is a centrally located five-star luxury resort on Phu Quoc Island.

Salinda Resort and Spa in Phu Quoc Island is incredibly detailed. I mean, you walk around some corner and find a lamp in a style you have not seen before. The piece in itself is just beautiful, but it’s just one small discovery out of hundreds.

There is a well that looks like an overflowing ancient Greek jar; at another point you have a peaceful Zen garden; and there are even handmade clay cups at the spa that contain specially brewed ginger tea that helps your body to relax.

Salinda Clay Cups

The first impression is crucial, so when we arrived at Salinda resort on Phu Quoc Island, we immediately got welcomed by the Guest Relations Manager of Salinda.

His warm smile and friendly, casual conversation, accompanied by a glass of sweet and refreshing iced tea made us feel instantly at home.

When he saw that my colleague is Vietnamese, he switched from English to fluent, confident Vietnamese to welcome Mr. Thoai.

And he was not the only one. Actually one of the main reasons why I enjoyed my stay at Salinda Resort from the very beginning were the friendly smiles and the natural behavior of the staff members. I had conversations with many service members, and all were unobtrusive, relaxed and smiling. You soon get the feeling you’re surrounded by friends.

Salinda Villa

During the check-in formalities, which involved only our passport and ID card, but not us personally, we got a short and informative introduction to the facilities of Salinda. After just a few minutes, we were lead to the room at one of the cozy garden view villas.

You see, there are different rooms and room types at the Salinda resort on Phu Quoc island, starting with the Deluxe Hill View room up to the luxurious Suite Sea View Villa.

You can check the available rooms here.

Night at Salinda

The walk through the relaxing lounge areas of the mango garden towards the villas revealed not only carefully planned green areas and water gardens, but also a beautiful, unobtrusive light design. The thoughtfully placed light sources lit up the path and surroundings just enough to see and create a mystic ambience. The green areas are amazing. Over a hundred different plant species ensure that there are flowers blooming all throughout the year. And since I mentioned the mango garden, yes, during mango season, there are fresh mangos available, as well as bananas and other fruit that just grow on site and are used in the fruit baskets, as well as the Salinda restaurant.

I tried a sim berry one day and it was quite tasty. The white plums were not yet ripe though.

Cozy Cozy Salinda

On the way to the villa, it suddenly struck me: This is the perfect honeymoon location. It is quiet, cozy and simply beautiful. Actually, they keep the area with the villas as adult as possible, so they especially appeal to couples. On your honeymoon - or other romantic vacation to Phu Quoc Island with your partner, you should consider either a garden view or sea view villa.

The sea view villas at the five-star luxury resort are more spacious and follow an ocean theme. Lamps, mirror frames and other decorations are made of mother-of-pearl that blends modern style together with the aura of a mermaid palace.

Salinda Bathroom

The garden view villas are more grounded, woodier and cozier.

Salinda Restroom

Upon entering the room, the warm colors and the placid interior design set me at ease with the world and I suddenly missed my fiancé a lot. The villas at Salinda are really a place for couples.

Salinda Restroom

Silent, private and comfortable.
Natural materials like cotton, rattan and coconut fibres create a warm and cozy atmosphere. And it is again the tasteful lighting that pulls everything together to create an enthralling blend of traditional Asian elements and modern Western amenities.

Later I discovered that every material has been carefully selected for a reason. The sand-colored volcanic rock, that covers the buildings is from a quarry in Da Nang. It does not collect the heat from the sun, so the landscape garden stays cool and comfortable, even in the afternoon.

The Accoya wood that makes up a part of the exterior is free of chemical residues and adds to the healthy and relaxing atmosphere at Salinda Resort. The windows and spacious glass doors that let in the daylight are imports from Germany and soundproof, to grant you an undisturbed night’s sleep.

On the table we found a nice fruit basket, some of the fruits like the mango and the bananas right from the trees outside, and a hand-signed welcome note from the Guest Relations Manager.

The first and most important thing to check was of course the Wi-Fi. At the moment, the entirety of Vietnam suffered from unbearable slow internet connectivity.

Not Salinda. It was fast, as they promised. The Wi-Fi is connected with the Smart TV set, which also functions as an information center, like a list of attractions on Phu Quoc Island, information about the resort, or the menu for in-room dining.

Salinda Wines

The next thing to check was the selection of drinks and teas, and it did not fail to impress me. The fridge was well stocked with Pellegrino mineral water, soft drinks, fruit juice, coconut juice and beers. There was a selection of different tea bags, packaged and branded by Salinda. White and brown sugar, a tasteful tea pot with two cups, cashew nuts and other snacks you might desire without calling the 24-hour room service.

Many hotels and resorts in Vietnam use Lipton, and those of my readers who follow my blogs about traveling in Asia already know my opinion about Lipton and that it’s not very high. To keep it polite.

Salinda Resort and Spa uses Ahmad tea in the villas and Ronnefeldt in the excellent restaurant that is located below the villas. They also plan on upgrading the tea selection in the near future, so guests can look forward to high quality teas at the five-star luxury resort on Phu Quoc Island.

The house bar contains a selection of spirits: Jägermeister, cognac, vodka, gin, rum and two sorts of whiskey.

It was time to refresh and have a nice shower after the hustle and bustle at the airports. The bathroom contained everything one might desire. The dispensers for shampoo, bath gel, conditioner and lotion were made of ceramic and especially crafted to fit the interior. The shampoo smelled of natural lemongrass and I could finally relax.

Well, not really, it was almost nine in the evening and we haven’t had dinner yet. Since food and restaurant business is one of my great joys, I was already extremely curious what they would serve at the restaurant of Salinda resort, the five-star luxury resort and spa on Phu Quoc Island.

Two more things I need to mention here:

First, the swimming pool is awesome. They use a technology that involves salt for water treatment, which ensures that the water is clean and good for your skin. Swimming in this pool is a bliss!

Second, the souvenir shop. You will ask, what’s so special about a shop that I have to write about it? Well… All the items in Salinda’s boutique are of highest quality. You can purchase hand-crafted clay cups like the ones they use in the spa or the tea sets used in the villas. Phu Quoc Ridgeback plushies make an excellent gift for kids and the beautiful patchwork blankets are from Mekong Quilts. They even offer original artwork, painted by Nguyen Van Manh, a Vietnamese impressionist.

Complete relaxation at Salinda Spa

At the Salinda Spa, which is fortunately open to visitors from the outside and not reserved to the guests of Salinda resort only, you can find traditional and modern forms of treatment for body and soul that leave you totally relaxed and rejuvenated.

The spa is managed by Guru Spa, and when I entered the area, I was welcomed by a refreshing bouquet of scents and friendly staff.

You start relaxing as soon as you enter, and as a starter on your replenishing journey, you get a handmade clay cup filled with delicious, cold tea that releases muscle tension.

Salinda Spa

Now that’s an excellent beginning, don’t you think?

You get pampered with a blend of traditional Vietnamese and Thai philosophy. Every room is themed in its own unique way, from the steam bath that opens up your skin to absorb the natural oils and herb essences, to the traditional Thai massage room, where mattresses are placed on the polished wooden floor. There is even space for couples to enjoy the balancing atmosphere of Salinda Spa together with one of their couple packages.

Salinda Spa Treatment

The treatments at the spa include nearly everything you might know from other high-level spa experiences. Energizing deep-tissue treatments, facial care, scrubs and aromatherapy, foot reflexology and soothing herbal body wraps.

The spa rooms are simply beautiful and, like the whole Salinda resort, blends traditional Oriental elements together with the modern amenities of a five-star luxury resort.

If you are curios about Salinda Spa, check out current promotions here.

In my opinion, Salinda is the perfect location for your honeymoon. The rooms are great, but the villas are absolutely stunning. Everything is so detailed and carefully designed to relax body and mind. The restaurant, which is also open to “outsiders”, offers the most delicious picks out of the Vietnamese, Italian and Indian cuisines, and the spa is the ultimate experience of tranquility.

More about Phu Quoc Island

While you are enjoying your stay at Salinda Resort, you may also want to take a look at the beautiful Phu Quoc Island and the many attractions there.


A Postcard of Perfection from Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island

By: Molly Headley

The entrance to Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island hints at the luxury to be found within: soaring ceilings combine with soul-soothing Asian design, spectacular ocean views and world-class cuisine.

As our bags are whisked away by the friendly staff we are led to the High Note Bar and Lounge where the welcome drink awaits: four small glasses placed in harmony on a wooden tray. We’re told that the colours and the flavours of the cold teas (leaf green matcha, red hibiscus, cloudy ginger and yellow lemongrass) represent the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water. This is the first hint of the zen retreat that Salinda has in store for us during our stay.

It’s the Little Extras that Make Life Sweet at Salinda Resort

Our Premium Deluxe room opens up to a panoramic ocean view that we can enjoy from our private balcony. But, to be honest, the thing I want to do most is to kick off my shoes and fall backwards into the massive king bed that is dressed with luxe bedding and down pillows. The bed is large enough to fit two adults and two small children while maintaining sufficient space to avoid elbow and knee bumps in the night.

salinda resort phu quoc

My children jump on the small tray of treats that has been left for us by room service. A card accompanying the sweets explains that they relate to the three cuisine types available at the resort. Carrot Halva, a confection made from sesame seeds and sugar, is inspired by Namaste Indian restaurant, the Salinda resort’s top fine-dining choice. Italian biscotti comes from Casa Italiana restaurant, where the Italian frescos on the walls and moody lighting evoke a vacation in Palermo rather than Phu Quoc. Finally, the passion fruit gelees and Simberry filled truffles (a rose myrtle speciality from the island) from Salinda Restaurant, centre our world-travelling palates back in Vietnam. Two coffees made with our in-room Nespresso machine complete the mini-snack perfectly.

Culinary Pleasures at Salinda Resort and Spa Phu Quoc Island

Days here are meant to be passed in the pursuit of pleasure. Thirty minutes after arriving, we’re already in our swimming suits and lounging by the pool. The 420 metres of water blend seamlessly into the environment replete with palm trees and ocean breezes. The children jump into the shallow kid’s pool while friendly staff hurry over to place fluffy towels on our sun loungers. The water itself is an experience to remember. Filtered by salt and activated carbon rather than harsh chemicals, the water feels calming to the skin and contributes to the sense of utter relaxation we’d experienced since arriving.

salinda resort phu quoc

A private golden beach is within view, but, before any sand castle competitions begin, we decide to take advantage of the “lounge-service” option. We raise the small flag attached to the table next to our sun-loungers and a waiter hurries over. Coconut milkshakes and club sandwiches are ordered for delivery from Cyan by the Pool beach bar and restaurant as we lean back, pop our sunglasses down onto our noses and get serious about relaxation.

Fine Dining at Salinda Resort

Swim-satisfied and sun-satiated, we struggle to choose between the three world-class restaurants for dinner. Salinda Restaurant creates a magical atmosphere with its stunning display of Hoi An lanterns that mimic the glow of the setting sun. The restaurant has a selection of Vietnamese favourites, and grilled meats and seafood. A live band keeps the mood light-hearted.

Next door al fresco seating on the terrace of Namaste India restaurant is set with candles and jewel-toned linens. This is Salinda Resort’s finest dining option with Chef Liladhar taking guests on an epicurean journey into India’s spice markets and regional delicacies.

Both options look appealing but we’re finally wooed by the pizza and pasta options at Casa Italiana. The restaurant seems to come straight out of old Italy with its Roman frescos on the walls and Tuscan colour scheme.

salinda resort phu quoc

After filling our stomachs with perfectly cooked four-cheese pizzas and a few glasses of Chianti, we return to our room where our children are overjoyed to find two little stuffed animals in the shape of the island’s signature breed of dog: the Phu Quoc Ridgeback. They fall asleep cuddling the puppies and we count the day as time well lived.

What Very Well Might Be the Best Breakfast on Phu Quoc Island

In the morning, we’re ready to experience the Salinda breakfast. If you’re anything like us, breakfast can make or break a vacation. Nothing gets the day started off wrong than an unappetising selection of cold cuts, unripe fruits and boiled coffee.

Luckily, Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island has taken it upon themselves to utterly wow us.

Chilled glasses of sparkling wine are offered as we enter the breakfast room at Salinda Restaurant. It’s 8 am but we decide “Why not?” It’s vacation after all!

The children are brought babycinos, which are the kid-friendly version of a cappuccino made with chocolate and topped with fluffy foam. “This place has it all”, says our oldest son. The youngest already has a milk moustache from his face-first dive into his chocolate milk.

The breakfast is stocked with everything you might imagine that you would like to eat, while not being excessive. Rather than creating a mile-long buffet of OK options, Salinda showcases an impressive selection of dishes made with love and expertise. Some standouts include made-to-order crepes, pancakes and waffles with homemade jams, maple syrup or honey that drips right off the honeycomb. There is creamy bread and butter pudding and a tower of muffins of all flavours as well as freshly pressed juices for a healthy start to the day.

salinda resort phu quoc

Asian options, such as freshly prepared sushi, made-to-order pho and fried rice are available as well as salads, cheeses and a selection of freshly sliced hams. Eggs can be prepared in any style and brought directly to the table.

Whether you hail from Asia, America, France, Scandinavia or anywhere on Earth, you will find something to satisfy your breakfast cravings, and all will be right with your world.

I drop my kids at the complimentary Kid’s Club after breakfast so that I can try out the resort’s signature “Pearl Massage”. While the little ones create sand art masterpieces with onsite nannies, I head through the Mango Garden to the lush spa, which is decked out in warm wood and Thai decor. Treatments are created to harmonise the body with the wellness secrets of Thai healers.

I’m told that the pearl massage is ideal for my “water element”, but what matters most to me is that the therapist works out all the tension in my muscles, while the pearl oil makes my skin feel soft and radiant.

This is island life at its most magical.

Some of Phu Quoc’s Finest Eco Initiatives

Salinda has been bestowed an impressive amount of awards for everything ranging from “Best Luxury Boutique Resort” (2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards) to “Top 5 Luxury Hotel in Vietnam” (TripAdvisor) to winner of “Southeast Asia’s Best Relaxation Retreat” (2018 Boutique Hotel Awards), and we can see why. Every detail is taken into account by the competent staff. Things that have frustrated us at other resorts, like an overuse of plastic and overpriced water, are gently taken care of without a lot of fanfare at Salinda.

We’re impressed by the eco-friendly initiatives that seem to be perfectly built into the zen beach garden concept of the resort. Room amenities are contained in recycled bags, while the lemongrass and mint soap and shampoo are presented in sleek lacquer containers that can be refilled. All paper products in the room have been replaced with on-screen menus or recycled paper options. Even small items that we forget are contributing to the plastic problem have been redesigned, such as complimentary pens that are made out of recycled cardboard and contain a seed in the cap that can be planted when we return back home. Combs and razors are carved out of wood rather than plastic. In addition, the grounds are treated for mosquitoes with a herbal fumigation system rather than the typical harsh chemicals.

One of our favourite eco-additions is that we can order a carafe of purified water, beautified and flavoured with slices of citrus and mint, anywhere in the resort. Acqua Panna glass bottles are also available for those who prefer, but we appreciate this low-tech perk.

Our Experience at Salinda Resort on Phu Quoc Island

Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island is filled with luxurious touches that make our stay a true 5-star experience. The resort impresses right from the start with its combination of spacious design and its boutique spirit. Perhaps because of the elevated ceilings and extensive gardens, Salinda Resort feels much bigger than the sum of its 121 luxury rooms, suites and villas. The resort is nestled in lush gardens that run all the way to the beachfront, where we’re treated to nightly sunsets.

salinda resort phu quoc

Special extras delight our youngest travellers, and every parent knows that happy children equals happy parents. The outstanding hospitality and prime sunny location of this five-star boutique resort are just what was needed for this family of Saigon-weary travellers.

Image source: Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island


Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc & Sustainable Tourism

By: Alex Gordillo

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc not only focuses on setting the standard for comfort and exceptional service, but also leads the trend for sustainable tourism.Best Western Premier Sonasea wants to be Phu Quoc’s first plastic-free resort. As The World’s Largest Hotel Chain®, with over 4,200 hotels worldwide and over 70 years in the hospitality industry, BWP takes pride in making upscale hospitality a sustainable and successful business model. With Green Hotel Design and development prototypes that use locally-sourced products in order to boost the local economy, Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc seeks to be a socially responsible resort.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc is familiar with the challenges facing this pristine island that makes part of a ecologically diverse 28-island archipelago in Vietnam. As such, the resort has planned in advance with sustainable measures in an effort to be a leading, positive influence on the island, rather than a neutral one.

When it comes to sustainable tourism, the three main challenges facing Phu Quoc island are: leveraging green practices against the rapid growth in the tourism industry; lack of available and qualified local residents to take on jobs in the hospitality sector; and waste management throughout the island.

Aspiring to be the first plastic-free resort in Phu Quoc and the leading example of a Green Resort on the island, BWP Sonasea’s key areas of focus are:

1) Partnership and collaboration with local and national authorities to advance eco-tourism and environmentally conscious practices and awareness in the hospitality sector

2) Economic workforce development with an emphasis on benefits for local residents

3) Reduction and management of waste as well as reduction in the usage of valuable resources while maximizing efficiency.

Top Tourist Destination Means Increased Social Responsibility

Vietnam was named “Asia’s Leading Destination” at the 2018 World Travel Awards in Hong Kong. Furthermore, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) representatives recently participated in the 39th International Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain in January of 2019.

It’s clear that Vietnam has become internationally known as a highly desirable tourist destination. As such, a commitment to eco-friendly initiatives and sustainable tourism is paramount in Phu Quoc island’s development, as one of Vietnam’s top three tourist destinations. With an added focus on attracting tourists comes corporate and social responsibility.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc is proud to partner with local and national authorities and support Kien Giang province’s eco-friendly initiatives to make Phu Quoc island the number one tourist destination in Vietnam. In 2017, local authorities opened a Waste Treatment Plant in Bai Bon. While Phu Quoc island does not yet have a recycling plant, there are plans for the construction of a new waste treatment plant in the near future. Best Western Premier Sonasea is keeping abreast of these initiatives and taking full part in them wherever possible.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc and Local Workforce Development

BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc takes pride in its commitment to improving the lives of all employees and contracted workers. Whether they are local residents, from other parts of Vietnam or international staff, under the leadership of The CEO Group, this outstanding beach resort has provided work for 1,795 builders from four different construction companies (Hoa Binh, Alliance, Serifico, and Nem).

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

The hotel’s fully operational workforce will include 420 employees from over a dozen provinces across Vietnam, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Danang, Vung Tau, An Giang, and of course, Kien Giang province. The international staff hails from countries such as France, Japan, Australia, Ireland, and India.

While providing desirable jobs, BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc offers training for the development of local residents as well as the local business sector. With new investment comes a new networks of partners, developers, and local entrepreneurs. Establishing supply chains of locally sourced products and agriculture, along with improved import and export infrastructure, helps Phu Quoc’s economy to thrive in the short-term as well as the long-term.

Employees Are Well Taken Care Of At Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc realises that employee benefits packages need to be competitive and responsive to the needs of all of its great staff. Employee Benefits include free meals and accommodation, as well as three types of insurance: social, unemployment, and health. In addition, there is personal accident insurance for all employees, plus private health insurance for those travelling overseas.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

For employees that come from other provinces in Vietnam, relocation costs are covered and the hotel also provides a return ticket as an added convenience for those visiting their families. Staff are offered bonus allowances during special events such as birthdays, weddings, and Best Employee awards, while also treating employees’ families to discounted stays and other perks.

BWP Sonasea takes employee retention seriously and aims to provide working conditions that emphasise teamwork, professional development, and self-improvement. All employees receive assistance in creating their own Personal Development Career Plan which provides them with mandatory and supplementary training opportunities and incentives, along with clear paths towards promotion.

The staff’s General Training and Orientation includes 11 modules on safety, hospitality, customer service, brand awareness and plenty of hands-on technical training. With team-spirited support, the company values mean that employees are trained not just on how to deliver great service, but also the reasoning behind the methods.

Whether the focus is on how to document a guest complaint or on best practices for food hygiene, BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc believes that quality training involves analytical thinking by employees. Further, by creating mentorship opportunities within the workplace culture, a friendly working environment is created that focuses on caring family values, not just an employer-employee relationship.

Best Western Sonasea Phu Quoc is An Eco-Friendly Beach Resort with a Proactive Approach to being Plastic-Free

BWP Sonansea Phu Quoc operates under the belief that more is not necessarily better. As such, the resort’s sustainable practices send a clear message of awareness and conviction to its guests. Capital investments in the management of waste is championed through a dynamic approach in the reduction of plastic throughout the resort. An emphasis on local sourcing of ingredients and products, such as pepper, fish sauce, seaweed and bamboo, helps create a sustainable destination for both local visitors and guests from around the world.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

BWP Sonasea’s aim to maximize the comfort of guests while keeping balance with environmentally conscious practices means that its rooms are almost 100% plastic free. With the exception of water bottles and basic amenities, there is a strict policy on plastic use that is positioning the resort to become Phu Quoc’s first 100% plastic-free resort.

Each room comes with a standard offering of two Dental Kits, a Vanity Kit, a Sanitary Bag, and the resort’s signature soap, while other plastic amenities (such as combs, shower caps, and shaving kits) are available upon request to reduce single-use waste. This sends a message to our guests that “less is more” and that the best in comfort is not about quantity but about quality. Creating awareness takes time but, by taking incremental steps to provide quality, sustainable accommodation, BWP Sonasea is clearly stating its position on the environment for all to see.

The upscale room amenities are proof that BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc is focused on the details. Following a green policy for the laundering of sheets and towels, the process is done in-house with the aim to reduce emissions. In addition, all nail files are wooden, not plastic, while the exclusive soap is palm-free and cut in a traditional non-factory brick-cut. Handmade, the soap is made from locally sourced lemongrass and recycled coffee as an exfoliating feature.

Vanity Kits and all dry amenities have cardboard packaging, including soaps, toothbrushes, and earplugs. Instead of providing guests with single-use plastic bottles, resin dispensers are filled on a daily basis from large 20-litre containers that provide guests with shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion.This means that BWP Sonasea saves four plastic containers per room per day. At full capacity, that amounts to a saving of over 2,200 plastic bottles per day or more than 803,000 bottles per year!

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

Other plastic reduction features include non-plastic ear plugs and straws - both made from locally-sourced bamboo. There are no plastic bags in the resort and it provides reusable woven beach bags to guests while the staff make use of paper bags for all operations. In addition, BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc has a polystyrene-free agreement with local food delivery companies, which it is hoped that other resorts and hotels will follow, creating a positive ripple effect that will be felt across the island.

Waste Management and Reduction at Best Western Sonasea Phu Quoc

BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc has regular garbage collection throughout the resort and regular sorting of aluminum cans, cardboard paper, and plastic bottles - all of which are recycled.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

Food

Biowaste from food is collected in the kitchens and used for pig farming, while cooking oil is recycled and the collection of grease must be placed in grease bins. There are upcoming plans for a vegetable garden that will be used for food composting and, as and added benefit, for enhancing the ingredients available for seasonal fine-dining.

Electricity

BWP Sonasea keeps the use of electricity to as reasonable a limit as possible with energy-efficient LED light-bulbs installed throughout the resort and managed on a strict schedule. All guest rooms contain air conditioning systems which feature an automatic turn-off cooling system that turns off automatically if the balcony or a window is opened. Additionally, high quality insulation of the hot water and AC networks throughout the main building are in place in order to minimize heat loss.

Water Usage

A new sewage treatment plant was recently built with a number of chambers in the ground which will put water through a filtration system containing sand and charcoal to help filter the water to then be used for irrigation. Water regulation technology includes low-flush / high-flush options throughout the resort along with water regulators in bathtubs that reduce water usage without affecting speed or pressure for the maximum enjoyment.

Furthermore, a sprinkler system in the ground gardens as well as the balcony gardens on each floor is set to water plants at night in order to maximize water use. Finally, there is the use of recycled water, also known as “grey water”, for irrigation, gardening, and watering. Rainwater is collected from villas to enhance the resort’s irrigation system.

BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc is proud to embrace environmentally conscious business development principles to the finest of details. This can be seen through strategic partnerships and local workforce development, the use of locally-sourced products, as well as dramatic reductions in plastic use, waste management, and resource reduction practices. All of this hard work, points clearly to Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc as an industry-leading resort in eco-friendly hospitality and sustainable tourism in Phu Quoc.

Image source: Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc - by Mervin Lee


Family Friendly Fun at Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

By: Angee the Diva

The Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc is set on a brand new resort fronting a beautiful stretch of beach in the Sonasea resort complex area. No matter what time of day, the Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc is a premier family friendly resort with a host of options for a comfortable, relaxing and fun stay on Phu Quoc Island.

Bed Time at Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

One of the most unique things about a stay at the Best Western Premier Sonasea is their “Kids Stay Free” policy. In every room, up to two children under the age of 16 can stay free of charge as long as they use the existing bedding. Additionally, the children get to enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet each day during their stay. This special feature allows families to truly maximize the value of their vacation at a family friendly resort in Phu Quoc.

The entire range of accommodation at BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc is consistently pleasant, sleek and spacious. Featuring several classes of rooms, including suites and villas, this is an especially attractive family friendly resort. Each of the expansive and modern suites boasts a balcony with a view of either the calming ocean or verdant mountains of Phu Quoc's Western coast. Guests will enjoy a cozy night’s sleep with plush bedding in either the king or twin bed suites. All rooms are also furnished with a chaise lounge that children could comfortably use for sleeping, with extra bedding provided by the resort, if required.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

The two to five bedroom villas are like a home away from home. Sprawling across two floors, guests can enjoy space and privacy that isn’t available in a traditional hotel room. Each villa includes a full kitchen, relaxing living area and well-appointed bedrooms. In addition, all villas come with their own private pool for swimming anytime of the day or night. For longer stays and multi-family travel, the level of comfort in a villa is second to none.

The suites and villas at the BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc include a kitchenette with a state-of-the-art cooking hob, microwave, and mini fridge that families can use to prepare meals. With a quick call to the operator, housekeeping will gladly bring a complete set of kitchen materials for use in the room. Please note that the use of the kitchen incurs a cleaning fee, and cooking of malodorous food (durian, seafood, etc.) is prohibited to ensure the comfort of all guests.

Family Pool Time with BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc

Upon walking through the double doors from the beautiful lobby, guests are dazzled by the expansive pool and glistening lagoon that traverse the length of the property. In the main pool, there is a shallow kids pool on the right side and a deeper pool on the left, separated by a partition. The stylish lagoon pool, which meanders down the center of the property between the villas, is a fun and fanciful feature. Two-person floaties, giant inflatables, pool rings, and long lounge inflatables can be borrowed from the activity desk free of charge for use in any of the pools for enjoyment with all the family.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

Near the end of the lagoon, parents can enjoy a drink at the Oasis Cafe swim-up bar while the young ones splash in the shallow kids pool nearby. Guests will relish the opportunity to capture gorgeous family photos from the picturesque walkways down the midline of the pool and lagoon.

Another incredible feature of this family friendly resort in Phu Quoc is the aqua aerobics classes for adults and kids. Why not spend some time getting fit as a family in a fun way? Families can have a blast in the pools everyday from 6:00am to 8:00pm.

Beach Time for All the Family at BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc

The powdery sand beach fronting the Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc welcomes visitors with warm waters and calm seas. Families with even the youngest of children can relish a carefree day in the ocean.

To promote safety, there is a roped area for swimming, life jackets are provided for adults and children, and the floaties are available for use in the ocean as well. Please note that there is no lifeguard on duty, however in the event of an emergency, the beach attendants are available to call for help.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

In fact, the delightful beach attendants are available all day to provide guests with sturdy lounge chairs and shady umbrellas to keep guests cool from the tropical sun. They also are on hand to help guests enjoy all of the complimentary services on offer beachside at the BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc. If older kids are feeling a bit adventurous, guests can enjoy free use of kayaks.

Take a break from the water and enjoy a leisurely ride around the property of the spacious resort on bicycles available for use free of charge. Perhaps a fanciful photo opportunity is in order on the beach side swings. Just ask one of the accommodating staff to snap a pic or two.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc Offers Fun Play Time For All Kids

If your children are craving a bit of downtime, perhaps a visit to the colourful Kids Activity Room is just what’s needed. Parents can stay in the Kids Activity Room with their children, or jovial attendants are on hand to keep a watchful eye on the younger guests. As an additional service, the attendants will help occupy the children for hours with a variety of games and activities suitable for toddlers to young adolescents. The delightfully bright playroom is outfitted with tot-sized tables and chairs and toddler play equipment, as well as cushy safety mats, just right for energetic children. The Kids Activity Room is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily.

Adjacent to the main pool is a larger outdoor play area suitable for school-aged children. On the grassy area, kids can run wild and free. With a play structure, mini carousel and swing set, this is a great option for the children to burn off some energy in the sunshine.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

Delicious Mealtimes For Kids with BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc

Besides the “Kids Stay Free” buffet breakfast, children are welcomed in both restaurants for lunch and dinner as well. The restaurants at the Best Western Premier Sonasea have a child-friendly menu that includes comfort foods like french fries and fried chicken, as well as healthier options. Encourage the little ones to sit at the cute kid-sized tables and parents can enjoy a quiet meal to themselves.

Parent Time at BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc

A family friendly holiday isn’t complete without a little time and space away from the little ones for the parents. There are two main areas in the Best Western Premier Sonasea that are strictly for adults. When parents need a bit of a break to relax, they can book one of the highly qualified babysitters, for an additional fee, to wrangle the kids for a few hours.

Perhaps some time at the spa is just what the doctor ordered. Massage away your worries and scrub away your cares in the full service spa on the property. After a few hours of relaxation, parents will be energized and ready to tackle all the chaos of parenting.

Alternatively, parents can enjoy the calming energy of the beautiful sunsets of Phu Quoc from the vantage point of the CView Rooftop Bar. The stress of the day will melt away as guests enjoy signature cocktails and light snacks in this romantic and serene spot.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

When travelling with a group of loved ones, a family friendly resort can make all the difference in a highly enjoyable vacation for guests with children. Whether you are an energetic family looking for a holiday filled with activities, or parents wanting to destress while the children are happily occupied, a stay at the Best Western Premier Sonasea is a fantastic family friendly resort in Phu Quoc well worth considering.

Image source: Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc - by Mervin Lee


Top Business Travel at Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

By: Alex Gordillo

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc is a top class 5-star resort that is perfect for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) tourism and business travel. Phu Quoc island, also known as Vietnam’s “Pearl Island,” continues to grow into one of Southeast Asia’s leading destinations for travellers of all walks of life and is a fantastic choice for companies and organisations looking for a luxurious location for their business travel needs.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

Located on the marvellous western coast of Phu Quoc along a private section of Long Beach, the resort is 8 km from Phu Quoc International Airport and is an advantageous destination for both local and international business travellers. Direct flights from Hanoi, Saigon, Seoul, Copenhagen, Oslo, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, and Guangzhou - to name a few - make it a highly convenient option for your company’s luxury getaway to Vietnam’s most prestigious travel hotspot.

As part of The World’s Largest Hotel Chain® with over 4,200 hotels, the award-winning BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc, overlooking the deep turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand, recently received a nod from Dotproperty.com for “Best Landscape Design”, making the resort a wonderful place for business people engaging in MICE tourism.

BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc: the Perfect Destination for Business and Incentive Travel in Vietnam

As a seasoned company in the tourism industry, Best Western Premier has decades of experience providing accommodations for incentive travel and this is very well demonstrated at BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc. This tropical location is an upscale resort featuring a warm climate, gorgeous landscapes, and a full array of services that caters brilliantly to individual business travellers and their families, as well as company groups from all over the world.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

Research shows how well-rewarded employees normally work harder and remain loyal to their company for a longer period of time when offered incentive travel opportunities. In fact, the return on investment for businesses investing in incentive travel for employees can yield results as high as 84 percent, according to a study titled “Assessing the Impact of Sales Incentive Programs.”

In order to provide a fantastic, well-rounded experience for business travellers, the CEO Group, through their Sonasea (“Sonata of the Sea”) property, have created a masterfully designed beach resort in a gorgeous location that provides a convenient and comfortable space with top-class amenities, while opening the door to the wonderful island of Phu Quoc.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc accomplishes its mission to be a sought-after MICE Tourism destination by providing superior accommodation, lavish food and beverage venues, banquet-ready conference and meeting areas, plus the quality front desk, guest, and concierge services that you would expect from a top hotel. A Recreation Team is also on-hand for a variety of team-building activities within the resort and beyond.

Outstanding Conference, Banquet and Team-Building Facilities for Business Travellers at BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc

For large company meetings, training workshops, exhibitions, and dining events, the Duong Dong Conference Center measures 360m² and can host people in a variety of formats: from banquet-style (240 people) and theatre-style (350 people), to classroom (160 people) or boardroom-style (110 people). Featuring high-speed WiFi, comfortable furnishings, and a dedicated hotel coordinator to assist with your event requirements, Best Western Sonasea Phu Quoc will ensure your business travel experience is highly rewarding.

The main conference room can be divided into two separate areas, named An Thoi and Ham Ninh, that measure 245m² and 115m² respectively. Each area can also be accommodated to host a variety of conference and meeting styles to suit your company’s varied needs. Flexibility and a desire to fulfill all your business requirements are key at BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

The business meeting banquet options at the resort are not only convenient and varied, but also delicious. Whether your company wants a comfortable coffee break or a week-long retreat from the office, this pristine resort has you covered. Meals can easily be arranged within the conference area if your business wishes to remain separate from other guests in the hotel.

Coffee break menus all include a selection of Dilmah tea, coffee, mineral water, and a fresh fruit platter, starting at VND95,000 per person, depending on the length of stay. Coffee break menus can also feature a generous assortment of sandwiches, savories, pastries, and juices.

The Banquet and Events team has assembled Half-Day and Full-Day Meeting Packages that also include these coffee breaks to give business travellers well-earned rests between work sessions. Meeting areas are kitted out with pencils and markers, A4 paper pads and flip charts, high quality projectors, and a fully equipped sound system suitable for anything from meeting announcements and presentations, to karaoke parties to blow off steam at the end of a working day!

The Full-day Package includes two coffee breaks and a lunch buffet (or set menu) at Essence Restaurant, which can seat up to 350 guests at any given time. Lunch and/or dinner services are available with four Western and six Vietnamese menu options.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

Mouth-watering culinary offerings, featuring fresh seafood and locally sourced produce, are available at BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc’s different venues including a Beach BBQ & Buffet which can accommodate up to 400 people. Oasis Pool Bar, with its relaxing swim-up bar and the beach nearly within touching distance, can host up to 150 people outdoors and up to 40 people indoors. With a similar capacity plus glorious ocean and island views from up high, the astounding CView Sky Bar is a stunning venue to gather your business groups, while the Ballroom can host up to 200 people with an indoor buffet.

If you choose BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc for a team building opportunity, then activities on the resort’s beautiful stretch of beach will be a highlight of your company’s group experience with plenty of fun in the sun to be had. Games and activities include “Tug of War,” where groups are divided into two teams who take a side of a rope and try to pull it over the line to beat the other team. A game called “Longest” in which each group is divided into three separate subteams by height including tall, middle, and short. Then, members of each subteam lay down on the sand and the longest team wins. Other bonding activities include “Treasure Hunt,” the “Human Knot,” and “Powder Transfer”, as well as plenty of chances for splashing in the ocean and other fun ways for your company’s employees to enjoy their time together.

BWP Sonasea Offers High Quality Accommodation for MICE Tourism in Phu Quoc

The Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc beach resort boasts 550 guest rooms and suites as well as 16 beachside villas, ranging from 35m² Deluxe Rooms to the highly coveted 280m² Presidential Villa. Guests staying in suites and villas will have access to a variety of business-friendly conveniences and amenities. For example, the hotel is one of a very small number of resorts that have dry cleaning services on the island. Although the resort’s scale is grand, with a capacity to host over 1,500 adult guests at any given time, each guestroom shows admirable attention to detail for business and incentive travellers.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc seeks to raise the bar for business travel by providing luxury level hospitality for all guest rooms, not just some. The enjoyable comforts that can be found in all rooms include privately furnished balconies with garden, mountainside or sea views, kitchenette and minibar, Queen or King size beds with plush bedding (washed in-house), overhead adjustable rain showers; and classy furnishings that include a sofa bed and dining table. In addition, guests can expect:

- 24-hour in-room service

- 43-inch screen flat TVs, and plastic-free luxury amenities that feature locally sourced, natural ingredients such as coffee and lemongrass infused soaps.

- Extended In-Room Dining and Late Night menus

- Yukatas (Japanese-style robes) and slippers, perfectly suitable for the warm climate of the island

- Central comfort lighting system

- Dialing Code Index for international calls

- Laundry, Dry Cleaning, and Pressing same-day service is available with express options and can be done as quickly as two hours for an additional fee.

In addition to the above, the Executive Deluxe rooms come with a convenient writing desk while 100 Suites have impeccable bathtubs that offer a great opportunity to relax after a day’s business meetings or company team-building.

Well worth mentioning are the Deluxe Villas at BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc, which come with three bedrooms and have their own living areas, perfect for business travellers bringing their families to enjoy this top notch beachside resort. Luxury villas offer extra space for groups or families and come with additional features such as en-suite bathtubs, private terrace with swimming pools and a sea view or beach front, separate kitchens with island seating, and a living room and dining room that can comfortably accommodate up to ten people.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

Venues

The Lagoon, which is the longest lagoon pool in Vietnam, is one of the headline features of the resort. This mesmerizing 300-metre body of water is lined by shady palm trees, sun loungers, and a moving current that flows all the way from the main building down to the beachside Oasis Pool Bar and beach area.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

Opportunities to relax, have a snack, or have a complete hearty meal are available in their various F&B venues - the CView Sky Bar, Essence Restaurant, and Oasis Pool Bar. The seaweed-themed Thala Spa offers a variety of services, including Jacuzzi VIP rooms as well as manicure and pedicure services for guests wanting to be pampered. Business travelers with children will have many comforts at this family-friendly resort, including a Nemo Kids Club with scheduled activities, babysitting services, playground, and The Lagoon - the longest pool in Vietnam, as well as two kids’ pools.

The fully equipped, state-of-the art Fitness Center is open from 6am until 10pm and includes private lessons, plus scheduled group classes including Tai Chi, yoga, and Mindful Breathing meditation for beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Each guest will also receive a schedule of recreational activities for adults that includes basic Vietnamese language classes, water sports, arts and crafts, and other outside group activities.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc’s Front Desk, Guest, and Concierge Services For Business Travellers

Keeping true to the Best Western Premier brand, exceptional service is the name of the game. Front Desk Guest, and Concierge services are both varied and expansive to cater for all the needs of a business traveller. These services include:

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

- Airport transfer, car and motorbike parking, plus airport and downtown shuttle bus services

- Complimentary Wifi service throughout the resort

- Front lobby is equipped with computers for guests to use 24/7

- Fax and Photocopy services are available 24/7

- Airline reservations, flight modifications and confirmations, as well as airport transfer services

- Complimentary bicycles for local individual escapes or group tours

- Concierge services are available from 8am-10pm

- Courier Service - International door-to-door delivery services are available

- Currency Exchange is available at the Front Desk and can exchange into Vietnamese Dong (to exchange from Vietnamese Dong into a different currency, transportation will be arranged to a local service)

- Information about local religious services will be provided including access to two Catholic Churches - including one north of Duong Dong District and one in An Thoi District - as well as information about Buddhist pagodas throughout the island.

Group Excursions to Phu Quoc National Park and Beyond

As one of the island’s top beach resorts, BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc aims to provide complete comfort and convenience to MICE and business travellers. However, guests are encouraged to approach the island as their oyster and take advantage of the many offerings in Phu Quoc.

Front Desk and Concierge services are readily available to help your company organize the company trip of a lifetime, in partnership with CEO Travel. Whether individual travellers want to adventure around or companies want to organize group outings and team building excursions, Phu Quoc island is a great place to explore!

With an annual temperature of 27℃ (81℉), this 28 island archipelago, which measures 594km², offers many opportunities for individuals and groups alike. A growing nightlife scene as well as a variety of local and Western-style restaurants, a vibrant Night Market, a fishing village, boat tours, and a variety of natural life excursions, speak to the varied experiences that can be had in the paradise that is Phu Quoc island.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

Whether you are curious about the translucent waters and fresh ocean breeze or desire a closer look at the spectacular marine life available through diving and snorkelling activities, the island does not fall short of things to do.

For example, Phu Quoc National Park, considered a national treasure as a UNESCO designated site and part of the Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve, covers almost 50 percent of the island and offers a wide range of ecotourism activities. These include trekking and hiking, as well as water sports like kayaking.

Divided into four park zones, this magnificent location offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature while respectfully admiring wildlife that includes a fascinatingly wide range of animal species. Is it any wonder that Phu Quoc island is quickly becoming one of Asia’s leading destinations for business travellers who also want to enjoy a beautiful landscape and plenty of attractions?

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc is proud to offer MICE Tourism and Business Travel comforts in a superb 5-star resort location that is sure to captivate the hearts of guests who will already be planning their next visit . With upscale hospitality comes the convenience of conference rooms and banquets, team-building fun activities, mesmerizing local group excursions, and a variety of stand-alone venues to keep guests and visitors satisfied throughout their stay. Choose BWP Sonasea Phu Quoc for all your business travel needs and have a wonderful and fruitful time with your company or organisation.

Image source: Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc - by Mervin Lee


A Weekend in Paradise at Novotel Phu Quoc Resort

By: Jamie

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Novotel Phu Quoc Resort for a media familiarisation, and can truly say that it was an unforgettable experience.

At the airport arrivals hall we were greeted by the Novotel shuttle bus for the 9 km journey to the resort.

Novotel Phu Quoc resort

It now being lunchtime, the group was told that we would be having lunch after a quick freshen-up. It’s the little things that make a big difference, so the complimentary fruit platter with personalised welcome message and bag with some local specialities provided a sense of personal service for such a large resort. After a quick rainfall shower and change of clothes it was time to come to grips with what else the Novotel Phu Quoc Resort had to offer.

First Culinary Impressions

Seated at a lovely pool-view table in the all-day dining restaurant, Food Exchange, it was time for the indulgence to begin. Food Exchange offers an extensive buffet selection as well as an a la carte menu. There were many stations around the restaurant serving Western, Asian and Vietnamese fare, with the famous Phu Quoc seafood featured in many of them.

Novotel Phu Quoc resort

As a seafood lover, I wasted little time in sampling some of the freshest squid, shrimp and scallops I have tasted in Vietnam. I’m not a big lunch eater, and diligently restricted myself to a frugal three plates. My favourites were the seafood curry, Hungarian potato salad, seafood pasta and the refreshing variety of salads.

Pina Coladas by the Pool

After a satisfying lunch, we were given an opportunity to relax and enjoy the resort’s facilities. First stop for me was a quick retreat to my room to get some work done. I was lucky enough to have been given a Superior Suite on the third floor. If it wasn’t for the sun shining in a cloudless-sky and the temptation of a pina colada by the pool, I think I may have not left the room for the rest of the stay.

The suite featured a separate living room, standing bathtub, rainfall shower and a double-sized balcony with spectacular views over the pool, surrounding villas and all the way to the Long Beach area. The design of the resort aims to maintain the feel of a traditional Phu Quoc fishing village, with the smallest beachfront buildings being the One Bedroom Villas with private pool that resemble traditional fishing huts. Away from the beach, the buildings become progressively larger until you reach the main building housing 366 rooms.

On my way to the beach, I passed the spa and decided to grab a nice cold drink at the beach bar to enjoy while sunbathing. There I noticed the fantastic range of homemade ice creams for only VND40,000 per scoop. Being adventurous with ice cream flavours, I tried the blackcurrant and Phu Quoc pepper. It first gave the tongue a kick of the hot pepper, then instantly soothed by the cold blackcurrant creaminess. Perched on a lounger under the merciful shade of a well-manicured palm tree, I enjoyed a few hours of swimming, relaxing and reading – an idyllic afternoon.

A Sunset to Remember

As the sun began to set, we were lured to the beach-bar area by the enchanting melody of the in-house band that performs six nights a week. We were treated to some simple yet delicious Vietnamese-inspired canapés to accompany a few glasses of wine whilst watching one of the most spectacular sunsets I have ever seen.

Seafood Sampler

That night we would be dining al fresco at the beautiful Phu Quoc Seafood Restaurant. Sampling the island’s best catch is obligatory for any selfrespecting seafood-lover. We were each given a cold, refreshing towel scented with lemongrass and ginger, which truly awakened the senses.

For starters, we were silver-served a tangy salad followed by a smooth and creamy lobster bisque. After selecting our items from the a la carte menu, they were exquisitely presented on a haring platter. Shrimp, squid, scallops, whole crab and cobia (also known as black salmon) were all on offer, but my hands almost subconsciously reached first for the Oysters Kilpatrick, which didn’t disappoint.

A very relaxed and conversation-filled meal ensued, enjoyed at a leisurely pace with some of the group beginning to fall into a siesta in the large, comfy chairs. To round off the evening, we were served a scoop of the homemade vanilla ice cream served on a bed of honey-drizzled mango and a master-crafted sugar tuile, which again sparked the table back into conversation.

Champagne Breakfast

The following morning, we received an a la carte champagne breakfast back at the Phu Quoc Seafood Restaurant. Not being one for morning alcohol, I started the day with my routine ca phe sua da while enjoying the fresh fruit platter.

A Sunday breakfast in a 5-star hotel on Phu Quoc is always a treat and this was no different. After considering a few options, I settled for one of my favourites (which, no matter how hard I try, I have never been able to perfect at home): eggs Benedict. Being from Scotland, my preferred accompaniment would have been smoked salmon, but sadly I was informed that it was not available. An alternative offer of smoked ham turned out to be a more than suitable substitute.

As most of the group were booked on earlyafternoon return flights, the hotel organised a whistle-stop tour of Ho Quoc Pagoda and the famous Phu Quoc Market.

Massage

After two strenuous days of relaxing, sunbathing, wining and dining, it was now time to relieve those niggling aches and pains with a rejuvenating massage at the hotel spa. I decided to go for the sports massage and a facial. The massage was exactly what the doctor ordered: firm, focused and just the right amount of time spent on each area. This was my first ever facial, and I couldn’t stop laughing when the products were being applied: they felt ticklish and made me giggle like a little schoolgirl; even the therapist, Ms. Huong, had a chuckle to herself.

Some people might feel the prices here are high compared to their normal VND250,000 massage in a local Ho Chi Minh City spa, but you cannot compare hamburgers with Kobe beef. Novotel Phu Quoc Resort has searched far and wide to employ only the most highly skilled professionals. My masseur at the spa, Mr. Quy, has 15 years’ experience in the industry and was hired from Saigon. My therapist has six years’ experience and relocated from Binh Thuan. For me, anything to do with your body and well-being should focus on quality over price. I’m sure we’ve all heard about someone’s horror massage that left them walking like the hunchback of Notre Dame.

What Could be Improved

With an unobstructed view of the sky and ocean, my room enjoyed the sun non-stop from dawn till dusk. Even with the A/C on maximum setting and net curtains drawn to block direct sunlight, it felt too warm.

However, when the sun relented on the second day, so did this small issue. On the first night of our stay, the hotel was hosting four corporatefunction events entailing a gala-dinner and musical entertainment, which can be a bit noisy if you are in relaxation mode.

Contact information:

Address: Duong Bao Hamlet, Duong To Commune, Phu Quoc

Email: h9770@accor.com

Phone: +84 7 7626 0999

Website: www.novotel.com/PhuQuoc

IS THERE A STORY OR TIP

YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US?

GET IN TOUCH