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