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

laverandaresorts.com
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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.


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


Eden Resort Phu Quoc

By: Keely Burkey

Experience the beautiful beaches of Phu Quoc courtesy of Eden Resort. You’ll thank us when you get there.

First Impressions

I landed on Phu Quoc around midday and looked around. I was in love already: the sky was bright and the weather hot and humid—a typical day in Southern Vietnam. It was easy to find the complimentary shuttle service that Eden Resort Phu Quoc provides for its guests, and the drive to the resort was pleasant. I was able to look out the window and enjoy the island sights, which were so different from the whirling cityscape of Ho Chi Minh City.

eden resort

I knew immediately that this stay would be a wonderful change of pace.

When I arrived at the Eden Resort, I saw that it was aptly named: it truly was a green oasis. This was a resort that valued the quality of its landscaping. When I approached the lobby, I got a nice surprise: there were recycled decorations like driftwood accents. I mentioned this to the concierge, and she told me that all the lights in the swimming pools were LED-powered as well. I’ve always been eco-conscious, so it was nice to see a 4-star resort with a similar mindset. It really made the resort seem down-to-earth rather than stuffy or overly fancy, like some other high-rated resorts I’ve visited.

Beachy Bungalow

Once I received my key I headed to my beach bungalow. As I walked along the outdoor path and admired the greenery surrounding the buildings, I saw workers doing some construction and renovation. Since I moved to HCMC I’ve become accustomed to the sound of hammering and saws, but hoped it wouldn’t start at 7 a.m. the next morning (thankfully it didn’t).

I neared my beach bungalow and breathed deeply: there was that inviting smell of sea air. Indeed, the bungalow was right next to the beach and had an exceptionally beautiful view. The rooms were large and spacious, and the decorations were subtle, retaining the eco- friendly vibe I had noticed in the lobby. I put away my things and saw that there was an outdoor bathroom—a nice touch, although the humidity near the sea did cause a bit of rust to gather around the tap.

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Surf’s Up

Although the room was beautiful, the pull of the ocean was too great to resist. I threw on my bathing suit and headed outside. The beachfront was a popular spot for the other guests, and for good reason. While the beach was lined with umbrellas and chairs, it was a bit difficult to find one that wasn’t marked with towels and bags. Once a free umbrella opened up, it was snatched almost immediately by another guest.

eden resort

After a bit of waiting, I was able to grab my own umbrella oasis. I indulged in some light reading and general relaxation and headed to the ocean. The water was warm and the sand was soft: absolute perfection. It was quite a different experience from some of the other beaches I’ve been to in Vietnam, which sometimes have problems getting rid of the trash. Here the coast was clean and the water was clear.

Drinks on the Beach

After dinner at the Strelitzia, one of Eden Resort’s two restaurants, I headed to the Malibu Beach Bar, where I rounded off my night with a tropical nightcap at a beautiful, eco-friendly repurposed table. I chose a classic margarita, always my drink of choice, and mingled with the other bar patrons. I learned that the rooms of the hotel were just as nice as the bungalow, although one guest mentioned plumbing issues. Another guest talked about the different destinations on Phu Quoc (his favorite was a local pearl farm in the nearby Duong To Village). I replied that I didn’t want to rent a scooter for just one day, and he said he hadn’t—he has simply gone on one of the day-long “Seawalker” tours Eden Resort offers, which he really enjoyed. I found out that Eden also offers some daily fishing and snorkelling trips, which are less expensive than other tours on the island. This was welcome news, but unfortunately my flight was set to depart before noon the next day. There’s always next time.

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Contact:

Address: Cua Lap Hamlet, Duong To Ward, Phu Quoc, Kien Giang Province.

Email: reservations@edenresort.com.vn  edenresort.com.vn

Phone: 0297 398 5598

Image source: Eden Resort Phu Quoc


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


Best Western Premier Sonasea, the Best Family Friendly Resort in Phu Quoc

By: Angee the Diva

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc is a brand new resort fronting a beautiful stretch of beach in the Sonasea 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 this family friendly resort in Phu Quoc.

The entire range of accommodation at Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc is consistently comfortable, 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 family suites boasts a balcony with a view of either the calming ocean or lush 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.

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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 family suites and villas at Best Western Premier 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 Best Western Premier 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 centre 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.

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Near the end of the lagoon, parents can enjoy a drink at the Oasis Pool Bar 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 every day from 6:00am to 8:00pm.

Beach Time for All the Family at Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

The powdery sand beach fronting the Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc welcomes visitors of all ages with warm waters and calm seas. Families with even the youngest of children can relish a carefree day of fun in the ocean. This proximity to the ocean is another feature that makes this hotel a great choice for a holiday with kids in Vietnam.

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.

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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 Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc. If older kids are feeling a bit adventurous, they are sure to love the 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 Kids

If your children are craving more play time during your family vacation in Phu Quoc, perhaps a visit to the colourful kids’ activity room, named Nemo’s, is just what’s needed. Parents can stay in Nemo’s Kids Club 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, chairs and toddler play equipment, as well as cushy safety mats - just right for energetic youngsters. Nemo’s Kids Club is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily and offers the perfect place for children to enjoy a fun-packed stay in Phu Quoc.

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

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Delicious Mealtimes For Kids with Best Western Premier 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 Phu Quoc 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 Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

A family friendly holiday in Phu Quoc 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 Phu Quoc 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.

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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

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