Best Luxury Resorts on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

By: Stuart Miller

Phu Quoc island has seen a rapid rise to become one of Vietnam’s most popular vacation destinations and a rising star amongst Southeast Asia’s finest islands. It’s easy to see why - if you’re looking for some of the best beaches in Vietnam, alongside beautiful nature, delicious seafood, fresh ocean breezes and gorgeous sunsets, then Phu Quoc should be your first port of call when travelling to Vietnam. Phu Quoc attracts visitors of all types and the ‘Pearl Island’ also offers plentiful attractions and activities.

In recent years, the dramatic increase in Phu Quoc’s luxury accommodation options has meant that discerning travellers are now spoilt for choice when selecting a top class resort on the island. To prepare for your next stunning beach vacation, read on and discover some of the very best luxury 5-star resorts on Phu Quoc island, Vietnam.

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Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

www.bwpremier-sonaseaphuquoc.com
Duong Bao, Phu Quoc
Tel: +84 297 3546 666 | Email: reservation@bwpremier-sonaseaphuquoc.com

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc is one of the newest luxury beach resorts on the island. Located around 10 minutes south of the airport and overlooking a lovely beachfront along Phu Quoc’s gorgeous western coast, this thoughtfully designed resort boasts excellent options for any traveller, from romantic couples and families, to business people travelling to Vietnam.

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Enjoy accommodation from modern guestrooms and comfortable suites to stunning three-to-five bedroom villas with their own private pools, all with quality furnishings and luxurious amenities. For families with younger children, there is a brilliant deal where two kids (under 16) can stay for free in their parents’ room, including the daily buffet breakfast.

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A fine variety of delicious international and Vietnamese cuisine is served at the resort’s Essence Restaurant and Oasis Pool Bar (with swim-up bar), and you mustn’t miss the stunning sunset views across the island and ocean with refreshing cocktails and delectable food at the romantic rooftop CView Sky Bar.

In addition to the two main pools and two kids’ pools, Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc resort offers fun beach activities, the tranquil Thala spa, Nemo kids’ club, complimentary bicycles, modern fitness centre, free airport transfer, and excellent business and meeting facilities.

What’s special?

Best Western Sonasea Phu Quoc’s magnificent lagoon pool is Vietnam’s longest. At 300 metres, it is the gorgeous centrepiece of the resort for you to relax and float around in true luxury and enjoy one of the best accommodation options in Phu Quoc.

Fusion Resort Phu Quoc

www.fusionresorts.com/fusionresortphuquoc
Hamlet 4, Vung Bau Beach, Cua Can, Phu Quoc
Tel: +84 297 3690 000 | Email: reservations.frpq@fusionresorts.com

This peaceful spa resort is a perfect getaway to experience the height in personalised luxury in Phu Quoc island. Upon arrival, you will be assigned your very own “Fusionista”—an attentive point of contact (read: butler) for all your needs during your stay.

Best Luxury Resorts Phu QuocImage source: Fusion Resort Phu Quoc

Fusion Resort Phu Quoc is an all-villa resort with each one of the stunning villas enjoying highest quality furnishings, a private garden and its own pool for secluded relaxation. Pick from beachfront or riverside views to complete your getaway amongst Phu Quoc’s nature.

As an “all-spa inclusive” resort, Fusion Resort Phu Quoc uniquely offers guests complimentary treatments per night’s stay at its fully equipped spa and wellness facility, certainly one of the best on the island. The extensive spa menu helps you find the perfect route to relax and reinvigorate while enjoying this luxury resort in northwestern Phu Quoc.

Other facilities include an oceanfront infinity pool, tennis court, fun kids’ club, beach games and a multi-purpose room for meetings or weddings. Families can enjoy an active time together exploring Phu Quoc with the chance to ride bicycles along a well planned cycling route.

Whenever your appetite calls, Fusion Resort Phu Quoc offers outstanding culinary options. Dine in style in your villa, at the spacious Secret Garden or the seafood-inspired, ocean-facing Pezca, or kick back with a refreshing drink at Soul Kitchen. The Beach Bar is the perfect spot for cocktails and a gorgeous sunset with the sand of Fusion’s 2.5km beach at your feet.

Best Luxury Resorts Phu QuocImage source: Fusion Resort Phu Quoc

What’s Special?

Start off your day the right way with the complimentary “Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime” service. Just as it sounds, enjoy a delicious and nutritious breakfast from the comfort of your private villa or garden, across any of Fusion Resort Phu Quoc’s lovely dining venues, or even on the beach!

La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc - MGallery by Sofitel

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Tran Hung Dao Street, Duong Dong Beach, Phu Quoc Island
Tel: +84 (0)297 3982 988 | Email: contact@laverandaresorts.com

Set in a magical French colonial seaside mansion, La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc’s setting evokes posh garden parties and leisurely afternoons spent sipping wine and gazing at the sea from under a wide-brimmed hat. The saltwater swimming pool is surrounded by greenery and winding garden pathways and features a large children’s pool that is the perfect depth for little ones to splash in. The resort is part of AccorHotels group’s exclusive MGallery Heritage Collection.

Best Luxury Resorts Phu QuocImage source: La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc

One of La Veranda’s main draws is its world-class Peppertree restaurant, which is rated as the best restaurant on Phu Quoc island and #4 in all of Vietnam by TripAdvisor (at the time of writing). The restaurant combines the techniques of gourmet French cuisine with the spirit and recipes of a traditional Vietnamese kitchen. La Veranda’s famous breakfast includes crowd favourites like the made-to-order waffle/pancake/crepe bar and fresh smoothies that change daily. Weekly F&B events spice up the evenings with special seafood beach barbecues, complimentary wine tastings and afternoon tea services - all fantastic ways to enjoy the best in food and drink in Phu Quoc.

Each garden or ocean-view deluxe room, suite or villa at La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc has a story to tell. Historically accurate paint colours, furnishings and artwork, as well as personal touches added by the resort’s creator, Madame Catherine, create a personalised feeling in the rooms. Luxury service touches, such as the nightly gifts and handwritten letters at turndown, go above and beyond the typical resort experience.

Best Luxury Resorts Phu QuocImage source: La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc

What’s Special?

La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc will soon become the top destination in Vietnam for health and wellness travellers with the inclusion of its signature Wellness Center due to open in 2019. The center will include spa treatments, day passes and all-inclusive wellness packages combining health-centric food options, meditative activities and classes related to mindfulness for true relaxation and pampering during your Phu Quoc vacation.

Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island

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Cua Lap Hamlet, Duong To Commune, Phu Quoc Island
Tel: (84-297) 399 0011 | Fax: (84-297) 399 9911 | Email: contact@salindaresort.com

Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island epitomises tropical luxury. The resort is enclosed in a lush landscape featuring more than 100 types of trees and flowers, giving an atmosphere of an enchanted garden complete with butterflies and birds. The greenery goes all the way down to one of the nicest private beaches in Phu Quoc, where mango trees help block strong winds during the rainy season. The best place to truly experience the beauty of Salinda Resort is from the infinity pool where you can gaze out at the calm seas in true luxury. The pool itself is naturally treated with activated carbon and salt without unnecessary chemicals.

Best Luxury Resorts Phu QuocImage source: Salinda Resort Phu Quoc

Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island offers a selection of deluxe rooms, suites and villas. From the private balconies, guests can take in the setting sun as the evening sky is filled with a spectacular array of sunset colours. Premium linens, bathrobes and luxury beauty products make the experience one of pure comfort.

Salinda Resort is also known for its world-class F&B options, rated as some of the best on the island. Namaste India is Salinda’s finest dining option with Chef Liladhar preparing gourmet dishes from his native New Delhi. The atmosphere is all about candlelight, jewel-toned linens and top-notch service. Casa Italiana brings authentic Italy with perfectly prepared pizzas, pasta and wine. Salinda Restaurant showcases a stunning display of Hoi An silk lanterns on an open-air patio. The restaurant serves some of the best traditional Vietnamese cuisine in Phu Quoc during the evening, and an unbelievable breakfast buffet complete with sparkling wine.

Best Luxury Resorts Phu QuocImage source: Salinda Resort Phu Quoc

What’s Special?

From minimum plastic to eco-friendly pesticide and a chemical-free swimming pool, Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island is very much in the leading pack in terms of sustainability and environmental awareness in both Phu Quoc and all of Vietnam.

InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort

www.phuquoc.intercontinental.com
Bai Truong, Duong To, Phu Quoc
Tel: +84 297 3978 888 | Email: Reservations.ICPQ@ihg.com

The InterContinental brand’s reputation is splendidly maintained with this beautiful beachside resort only a short drive from Phu Quoc International Airport. The “InterCon” is a class act throughout, from the comfort of its accommodation and high-class dining options, to its excellence as a family vacation and its wide range of excellent facilities - a true destination resort in Phu Quoc.

Best Luxury Resorts Phu QuocImage source: InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort

From a range of spacious rooms and suites in its resort wings, resident-style accommodation in the Sky Tower, and ocean-view villas, the InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort invites you to live in the lap of luxury with no detail left to chance.

For foodies, the InterCon’s five stylish venues provide fantastic choice, including fresh seafood, Japanese-Viet fusion, classic Italian and beachside barbecue on Phu Quoc’s western coast.

Facilities feature four swimming pools (including one separate kids’ play pool), 24-hour fitness centre, large kids’ club, a range of daily activities for all, wedding ceremony planning and indoor event/business venues. The soothing lagoon setting of the spa is perfect for re-energising your body and soul after a day exploring the resort or Phu Quoc island.

The expansive InterCon resort benefits from superior quality decor and impressive attention to detail. There is little need for anything other than exploring Phu Quoc’s attractions.

Best Luxury Resorts Phu QuocImage source: InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort

What’s Special?

INK 360 is the breathtaking sky bar at Intercontinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort. In fact, it is the highest sky bar in Phu Quoc and the place to survey spectacular sunset views with exquisite craft cocktails, accompanied by sundown beats and party tunes.

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

www.jwmarriottphuquocresort.com
Kem Beach, An Thoi, Phu Quoc
Tel: +84 297 3779 999 | Email: mhrs.pqcjw.reservations@marriotthotels.com

Previously a 19th-century French university, the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa retains a classic design alongside all the 5-star comforts and modern conveniences you could need for your beachside vacation in Phu Quoc. This majestic resort features a wide range of rooms and suites, gorgeous private pool villas, and even an incredible seven-bedroom oceanfront residence with its own infinity pool facing the sea. All accommodation types display a unique character with plush furnishings, high ceilings and bright, spacious layouts.

Best Luxury Resorts Phu QuocImage source: JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

As a fantastic family resort in Phu Quoc, there is a huge variety of scheduled daily activities from morning till evening for adults (bike tours, lantern-making and cookery classes) and children (dancing, painting, magic shows and treasure hunts).

More laid-back travellers can take it easy at the three beautiful swimming pools or enjoy a dip in the ocean and the JW Marriott’s private beach. Enjoy deeper relaxation by indulging in the soothing class of the Chanterelle Spa.

Best Luxury Resorts Phu QuocImage source: JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

The JW Marriott Phu Quoc features its very own walking street, Hoi An-style, where guests can wander around at their own leisure. Here, you can peruse the classy selection of shops, visit the spa, or dine at the resort’s several F&B venues, featuring fantastic views of the island with options of fresh seafood and French cuisine, tasty tapas and signature cocktails.

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What’s Special?

The JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa seems almost like a fairytale village, with its colourful building facades and mini castle-like structures that offer a fantasy-style vacation in beautiful Phu Quoc.

Nam Nghi Phu Quoc

www.namnghiresort.com
Hamlet 4, Cua Can Commune, Phu Quoc
Tel: +84 297 3891 234 | Email: booking@namnghiresort.com

If you’re looking for a secluded resort to escape in luxury in Phu Quoc, there are few better options than Nam Nghi. Set in a private location on the north-west coast of Phu Quoc, this gorgeous resort will surround you with lush greenery, breathtaking views, natural wooden architecture and stellar service.

If you prefer a spacious villa, there is the option for ocean view or a tranquil private garden view. All accommodation is tastefully designed with luxurious touches and natural materials used with sustainable design in mind to help preserve Phu Quoc’s inherent beauty.

Best Luxury Resorts Phu QuocImage source: Nam Nghi Phu Quoc

Nam Nghi Phu Quoc is around 30 minutes’ drive from the island’s main Duong Dong town but a free shuttle bus service is provided. In the peace and quiet of this hideaway resort, there are plenty of facilities and activities to enjoy. Sunbathe on the lovely private beach, take a dip in the ocean or the beautiful pool, go kayaking or snorkelling, use the well-equipped gym or indulge in a treatment at the restful spa.

When you’re hungry, Nam Nghi Phu Quoc resort doesn’t disappoint with its top quality offerings, from the excellent breakfast buffet to exquisite cuisine at the fine-dining TreeHouse Restaurant.

Best Luxury Resorts Phu QuocImage source: Nam Nghi Phu Quoc

What’s Special?

Nam Nghi Phu Quoc’s very own private island offers a delightful little beach and the exclusive Rock Island Club bar—a sublime spot to take in a spectacular sunset with a refreshing cocktail.

Premier Village Phu Quoc Resort

www.premiervillage-phuquoc.com
Ong Doi Cape, An Thoi, Phu Quoc
Tel: +84 297 3546 666 | Email: HB2R4@accor.com

Nestled at the south-eastern tip of Phu Quoc, the 5-star pool villa resort of Premier Village is draped over a large expanse of natural beauty, where guests, families or larger groups can enjoy true seclusion and luxury.

Each one of the Premier Village’s stunningly designed pool villas includes a private infinity pool, generous living areas, and elegant, modern decor with plentiful natural light from the floor-to-ceiling glass doors and panels.

Best Luxury Resorts Phu QuocImage source: Premier Village Phu Quoc Resort

Premier Village’s extensive facilities include numerous bright turquoise swimming pools and a white sandy beach with loungers and hammocks, as well as kayaks and paddle boards for active guests. Beyond the pools and beach, children will be entertained by the fun kids’ club and bicycles to offer a great family vacation in Phu Quoc. The resort’s spa offers a huge treatment menu for soothing relaxation. Situated on the side of an ocean view hill, it is also a great place for amazing sunset views.

Whether it’s the excellent international and Vietnamese cuisine at The Market restaurant or the fresh Mediterranean menu at Corallo, Premier Village offers delicious culinary options for all. Enjoy a swim and a drink at the Pool Bar or savour the self-explanatory Sunset Lounge’s location with a delightful drink.

Best Luxury Resorts Phu QuocImage source: Premier Village Phu Quoc Resort

What’s Special?

If you choose a beachfront villa at Premier Village Phu Quoc Resort, be sure to take advantage of the private chef barbecue service just for your group—perfect for celebrating your special island vacation in mouthwatering style.

Banner Image source: InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort


Tis The Season: This Holiday Season Celebrate It Pullman's Way

By: City Pass Guide

PHU QUOC, December 2020 – This year's season of greetings, plan your seaside escape centred around gourmet culinary journeys, entertaining performance and activities at Pullman Phu Quoc Beach Resort. In the spirit of Christmas and New Year, General Manager – Pieter De Weerd – would like to send out his best wishes "May this holiday season be a joyous one, full of love and heartwarming moments" he added.

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Book your holiday with confidence at the Pullman’s newest playground on Phu Quoc. Pullman Phu Quoc Beach Resort is offering a funtastic deal for your holiday escape. You will get an instant 40% discount on every second night, at only VND 1,770,000 Net until 4 January 2022, including:

1. Island-inspired Superior room, free upgrade to next category (subject to availability)

2. Daily breakfast for 02 adults & 2 kids up to 12 years old

3. Early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability)

4. Free return airport shuttle service (with 24 hours advance reservation)

5. Free shuttle bus to Duong Dong town (1st come 1st serve basis)

6. Free daily scheduled lifestyle activities

7. Free access to Pullman Fit & Swimming Pool

Details on our festive season schedule are as follows.

On 24 & 25 December 2021, the North Pole Night Market kicks off the celebration – offering a selection of festive treats, fire dance & acrobat show. Led by our excellent culinary team, the events will present the day's fresh catch and even more festive cheer. 

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On 25 December 2021, have yourselves a jolly holly brunch in our all-day-dining restaurant, with a wide array of buffet counters, featuring roasted lamb leg, beef wellington and giant Yule log cake. Other menu highlights include a variety of local and international favorites, ranging from fresh seafood to authentic sushi & sashimi. The live performances will also set a lively atmosphere throughout your meal.

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Expecting something more rebellious? Mad Cow Wine & Grill is just the right place! Taste the Mad 3-course set dinner, served on the exclusive rooftop steakhouse paired with festive vibes from 24 until 31 December 2021. Lattermost, glam yourselves for 2022 with the Mad countdown party at midnight at our Sunset Terrace featuring live music performances and champagne till late.

Advance reservations are recommended via +84 (0) 297 267 9999 or ha248@accor.com or www.pullmanphuquoc.com


Phu Quoc’s Fusion Offers a Personalised Paradise

By: Simon Stanley

Do you prefer to get your first spa treatment before or after breakfast? Well, how about both? Sometimes life’s decisions can be tough, but not here, where the spa is all-inclusive...

Situated just one hour by air from HCMC, with golden sands, turquoise waters and fiery red sunsets, the island of Phu Quoc is one of the greatest Friday-night getaways for those of us living in Saigon.

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As the international hotel and resort chains continue to spread upward and outward across Phu Quoc, Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, the fifth member of Fusion’s growing family of wellness-inspired properties, with its 97 low-lying “all-pool” villas and soothing back-to-nature vibes, offers something truly unique. From the “Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime” service, to small details like the trend-bucking booking confirmation it sends out, everything at a Fusion property is about parting with tradition.

“We’re not like other five-star resorts,” says Huong, our Fusionista (a super-friendly butler and a super-creative concierge rolled into one) as we take the complimentary 40-minute shuttle from the island’s international airport. “We’re more down-to-earth, more genuine, and much more relaxed.”

She’s absolutely right. I didn’t see any of the other hotels greeting their guests in the arrivals area with hugs and smiles and instant first-name terms.

“So,” says Huong, “what time would you like to visit the spa today?”

Eat, Beach, Spa, Repeat…

The “all-spa inclusive” concept is the highlight of every Fusion Resort and is something you won’t find anywhere else, with a menu of massages, facials and all-natural body wraps and scrubs.

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Beyond the spa, the resort is also home to a stunning beach, a large communal pool, three distinct dining destinations, a fully equipped fitness centre, plus daily yoga, tai chi and meditation sessions. Each of the accommodation options—ranging from the one-bedroom garden villas to the five-bedroom Grand Beach Villa—also comes with its own outdoor pool.

If you can pry yourself away from the resort, your Fusionista can tailor-make excursions, tours and “locals-only” experiences, while guided hikes and bike rides into the countryside, plus complimentary on-site games and activities, mean you can stay as active or as restful as you wish.

Before we’ve kicked off our shoes, I know already that our one-bed beach-front abode is going to be hard to leave. Spacious, completely open-plan, with a deep sunken bathtub, open shower, and a shaded outdoor veranda overlooking our own private pool and our own private ocean, I wish we’d booked a longer stay.

The Fusion Lifestyle

After the mind-melting Natural Living Pepper massage, followed by reviving glasses of fresh fruit juice, it’s time for sunset drinks at Soul Kitchen, the resort’s laid-back pool bar and diner. Later, with the stars twinkling over the Gulf of Thailand, we indulge in a fresh seafood feast in the beach-front restaurant Pezcá.

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In addition to the varied breakfast menu—available at any time of the day for delivery to your villa, to the beach, or to a table in the restaurant—Secret Garden is where you’ll find the immense morning buffet. With indoor and outdoor seating, the space is later used for lunch and dinner, serving Cantonese dim sum, Vietnamese delicacies and a variety of international favourites.

“In all of our restaurants,” says Huong, who has swung by the restaurant to ask how we’re doing, “our menus are carefully crafted. You’ll find plenty of treats, but also plenty of healthier choices. And our chefs are able to cater for any special dietary requirements, from plant-based to gluten-free.”

And that’s what really makes Fusion special. That personal touch.

Huong explains that she sees her guests more like friends than customers. “I love that I get the chance to make people’s vacations extra special,” she says.

Image source: Fusion Resort


The New Phu Quoc

By: City Pass Guide

The Phu Quoc development plan announced by the government in 2004 and adjusted in the summer of 2015, makes provision for a massive investment and a huge development of large parts of this idyllic island. In the revised plan, land dedicated to tourism will cover 40 sq km; land for mixed tourism and housing 33 sq km, whilst forestry gets 374 sq km. In addition there is a 66 sq km buffer zone with close on 40 sq km given over to agriculture. This is not a small development. At the end of 2014 there were just 1,500 rooms for rent on the island, by the end of 2017 that will have risen to 10,000, with many more planned over the next 15 years.

Phu Quoc lies off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. It is a mere 10 km from the Bokor National Park on the outskirts of Kampot. It is the largest of Vietnam’s islands with a total area of 593 sq km and one that has been the cause of constant argument of ownership between Vietnam and Cambodia. The capital of the island Duong Dong is situated on the west coast of the island at about the north-south mid point. This town will change beyond recognition as part of the development plan.

The government has decided that Phu Quoc is to become the biggest island destination in the whole region and they are pulling out all the stops to make this happen. It seems inconceivable that this beautiful island could become the next Bali or Phuket, but that is what they want. The resort style developments are already starting to arrive and are totally taking over the west coast of the island. From the enormous Vinpearl hotel and resort in the north to the newly opened Novotel in the south, huge swathes of land and being carved up and built on.

Broadly speaking the island’s development is being handled by two groups. Vinpearl will take on the north of the island, whilst responsibility for the south falls to the Sun Group.

Already open in the north is phase one of the Vinpearl hotel and resort, Vinpearl Land amusement park, Vinpearl Safari Park, the Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc and the Vinmec Phu Quoc International Hospital. Impact on the local ecology has been huge. Local people are seeing big increases in the local economy and most seem content that this is good for the island. To the north of these opened attractions, the second phase of the Vinpearl development is underway, with one of the biggest building sites on the island just opening up. Based around a 17 hectare lake, it is simply massive. Whilst slightly south another huge development for Grand World has begun. It is rumoured that the country’s second giant casino, after the the Grand Casino at Ho Tram Strip, will be built here.

VinPearl Phu Quoc Resort & Villas on Long Beach, Phu Quoc - Source

The southern development along Long Beach is slightly different. The hotels and resorts here are generally speaking smaller and more eco-friendly, though this certainly depends on your definition. On Phu Quoc anything is classed as an eco-resort as long as less than 50% of the land is built upon. This of course raises as many questions as it does answers. No provision is made for sustainable building materials in the definition.

The Mercure Phu Quoc Resort & Villas at the northern end of the southern development has at least tried to make their resort genuinely eco-friendly. The impact on the local ecology here has been positive. This small hotel is virtually invisible until you arrive at its door. The 67 bedrooms are by way of individual villas, dotted around beautiful gardens, rich with trees and greenery. They even grow their own vegetables in and around the villas, supplying the kitchen with pumpkins, tomatoes, potatoes and other ingredients.

Moving south from the Mercure, you’ll find the Sunset Sanato resort and Luxury Villas (under construction); the Pullman hotel and resort (construction soon to start); the Novotel Phu Quoc (opened in February 2016) and the 17-storey InterContinental (under construction). The Sofitel is also coming here. The whole of Long Beach is being snapped up by developers who are facing a backlash from locals demanding access to what are, after all, public beaches. The government has said that some kind of access road 50 metres from the beach has to remain in place, but in some cases clearly no provision has been made for this. The famous pearl farm here is on borrowed time.

Moving across the island to the eastern beach area of Bai Khem, work is well underway on the large JW Marriott hotel and resort. This 5 star luxury resort will forever change this small but beautiful beach. The plans for the it do look beautiful and tastefully done. The Marriott is in the process of building a new road to the resort.

There is also a cable car ride being built connecting the island’s second largest town of An Hoi with the island of Hon Thom, also called Pineapple Island. The 8 km ride will be the longest aerial ropeway cable car in the world. As it passes over the islands of Hon Dua and Hon Roi, the towers will reach 160m in height. Construction started in 2015 and is expected to be completed in 2016 with the ride being fully operational by 2017. It will be capable of carrying 3,500 people per hour to the so far undeveloped Pineapple Island.

Many resorts are being planned for long Beach, including the Vinpearl Premium Villas - Source

Development on this scale of course requires a huge change to local infrastructure. New roads are planned and a widening and upgrading of existing roads is underway. The island currently has two landfill sites, a large one in the north and a smaller one in the south. At present the island manages all its own electricity needs but this is about to change.

Building an incinerator to fuel the island is planned, but this is fraught with difficulties: the island doesn’t create enough waste (yet) to keep an incinerator going full time. However an underwater cable is also being built to the mainland and the national grid; this was started in 2014.

In 2012 the new Phu Quoc International Airport opened its gates to the public. Short-lived flights to Singapore and Siem Reap were soon shelved, but new international flights are planned for 2017.

Phu Quoc International Airport - Source

All this large-scale change will inevitably affect the micro economy on the island. Small bars will undoubtedly spring up everywhere, local restaurants will increase in number and probably quality. Phu Quoc is already famous for its amazing seafood and of course locally grown pepper.

Regardless of anyone’s opinions on the relative merits or disadvantages on the future of Phu Quoc, this tiny tropical island will never be the same again. Life for the 100,000 inhabitants is about to change, irrevocably.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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