Novotel Phu Quoc Resort Receives 5-star Certification
Phu Quoc, 20 October 2016: Novotel Phu Quoc Resort recently announced its new five-star certification by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT). The announcement was made at a ceremony held on the site, which saw the resort become the first internationally managed property on the island to receive this accolade for its service and facilities.
The ceremony was presided over by Mr. Vu Van Thanh, Head of Hotels Department of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, and was notable for attendance of dignitaries including Mr.Nguyen Chi Thanh – Vice Director of Kien Giang Department of Tourism; Mr. Tang Chi Uyen – Head of Tourism Management, Kien Giang Department of Tourism; Mr. Doan Van Binh – President of CEO Group; Mr. Nguyen The Lam – Vice President of CEO Phu Quoc Investment & Development JSC; Mr. Tran Dao Duc, General Director, CEO Phu Quoc; Mr. Doan Tien Trung - Deputy General Director CEO Phu Quoc Investment & Development JSC; and the resort’s General Manager; and Mr. Lee Pearce.
Upon presenting the certificate, Mr. Thanh remarked: “The five-star certification recognizes the on-going efforts of AccorHotels and the CEO Group in the past year. Our government has made the development of the Phu Quoc tourism industry a key priority. The island has been especially earmarked to be one of the centerpieces of the national tourism industry, led by companies operating to international standards and supported by a series of policies regarding investment, infrastructure and visa exemption to boost tourists from over the world. Novotel and CEO Group have built a wonderful resort on this wonderful, sun-drenched, white-sand, blue-sea island. The extensive experience of CEO and Novotel in developing and managing a resort to this standard will offer a tremendous boost to the development of Phu Quoc, and the five-star certification is both a reward and an incentive for this resort to continue to enhance and improve upon its offering and to become a highlight for visitors to Phu Quoc.”
VNAT sets rigorous standards for its star ratings, with five stars denoting the highest possible standards of physical facilities, service quality, and the ability to meet the diverse requirements and demands of the world.
Thanking VNAT after the ceremony, Mr. Pearce said: "Phu Quoc is a destination with boundless potential and limitless opportunities. As the only international five star resort on the entire island, the Novotel is ideally positioned to capture an emerging, upscale segment of the island’s tourism market. It takes a bold and visionary company to recognize this potential and we are lucky to have CEO Group behind us, as just that kind of investor. We are confident their investment and their faith in Phu Quoc will pay dividends as the island continues to grow. Indeed, as the nearby airport continues to increase uplift, both domestically and with the addition of new international flights, the prospect for our resort to be at the center of the emergence of this destination is tremendous."
Novotel Phu Quoc’s holding company, CEO Group’s Mr. Duc concurred and further thanked local authorities for their support, stating: “We have invested nearly VND5 trillion into this project, and are committed to future investment in Phu Quoc. We have received strong support from local authorities and the provincial People’s Committee, and are immensely proud to be awarded this five-star certification today. We look forward to the ongoing efforts of Accor to continue to bring five-star amenities and services to travelers visiting the island time and again in future.”
The 366 room beach-front resort opened in January 2016 and is situated just fifteen minutes from Phu Quoc International Airport. Novotel Phu Quoc Resort is not only the first resort project of CEO Group, but also the largest internationally branded resort operating on the island.
"With six hotels and resorts and 1,362 rooms in Vietnam, Novotel represents AccorHotels’ largest brand presence in the country. Novotel Phu Quoc Resort is the region’s flagship beachfront property located on an island that is becoming well known for its beauty, eco-tourism attractions and cultural offerings. Receiving the five-star certification by the Vietnam Administration of Tourism nine months after opening is a testament to the Novotel brand and its consistently high service standards, as well as the resort team’s diligence and service-from-the-heart," said Mr Paul Stevens, Vice President Operations Novotel, Mercure, ibis for Upper Southeast Asia.
The resort is situated on Bai Truong and features unique architecture inspired by local fishing villages. Its 366 rooms include beach-front villas - some with private pools, suites, superior rooms and family rooms. The main five-story block overlooks the resort's two swimming pools. All rooms include sea views as well as vistas over the site's expansive 60,000 square meter landscaped gardens, offering guests a sense of complete relaxation.
Other resort amenities include a day spa, gym, Kids Club, two tennis courts and an extensive MICE offering including a 400-seating, 470 square meter ballroom along with three multifunctional meeting rooms. The resort has a strong focus on food and beverage recently launching a new menu in their acclaimed Seafood Restaurant and guests continue to enjoy the resort’s main restaurant, Food Exchange and two poolside bars – Lounge Bar and Ocean Bar.
In June 2016, these efforts were recognized when the Novotel Phu Quoc Resort received five awards at the Vietnam Property Awards (VPA), including "Best Hotel Architectural Design"; "Best Hotel Interior Design"; "Best Green Development "; "Best Hotel Development" and "Best Condo Landscape Architectural Design."
The resort, owned by CEO Group, will see 96 new luxury villas open by the end of December this year, as well as shop houses occupied by vendors and local restaurants, adding a vibrant atmosphere to the precinct.
The CEO Group is known as a pioneer in driving the growth of Phu Quoc, and is one of the three largest and most reputable investors working here. The Group recently announced its intention to buy two more projects totaling 160 hectares. CEO is at the forefront of a group of 180 businesses set to create the next wave of investment in Phu Quoc, with a registered investment capital of nearly US$9 billion. The Group is aiming to build up the largest and most synchronized complex of tourism, leisure, shopping and entertainment in the center of Phu Quoc.