Cassia Cottage is an intimate, bungalow-style resort set in a central location on Long Beach. The modern bungalows are set in tidy gardens, offering a touch of privacy for each self contained cottage. The small restaurant mixes Vietnamese and Mediterranean cuisines.
La Veranda Beach Resort Phu Quoc
La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc MGallery by Sofitel is not your average beach resort. Imagine a picturesque French colonial style manor house perched on the edge of a white sand beach. An inviting scent of lemongrass wafts from the resort’s tropical gardens as the staff hurries over to bring you cooling hand towels and pandan-infused ice tea. An endless horizon of clear blue ocean and sky awaits you.
The tones seem softer here, the days simpler; time has slowed down to island speed. From the moment guests arrive at La Veranda Resort they are immersed in an unforgettable journey of the senses.
La Veranda Resort accomplishes something that is difficult to do in these days of high-speed development and cookie-cutter condos; it is a truly one of a kind, 5-star boutique property that focuses entirely on the guest experience.
Part of the Accor hotel group’s MGallery collection of hotels, which, according to their website “combine high-end luxury with unique culture and history”, La Veranda Resort is a heritage property that will appeal to those who want to experience the world differently.
Beach Front Location at La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc
Centrally located on Duong Dong Beach on the west coast of Phu Quoc Island, La Veranda Resort enjoys calm seas and protection from typhoons. The Gulf of Thailand is known for its prized turquoise blue colour, which creates a stunning contrast to La Veranda’s signature yellow buildings.
The private beach in front of the resort has clean white sand and shallow water. Being on the west side of the island also means that the guests at the resort can enjoy incredible nightly sunsets.
There are typically as many as 12 flights every day between Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc Island. In addition, there are now direct flights from Bangkok to the island two times per week. The flight is a mere 1 hour and 45 minutes.
La Veranda offers a complimentary shuttle bus service from the Phu Quoc International Airport, a mere 10-minute drive from the resort. It is also centrally located near attractions such as the night market, the cable car and Ho Quoc pagoda.
La Veranda Resort; One of a Kind Accommodations
Ocean View Rooms
Choose your view - garden or ocean - and the rest is up to personal preference.
Would you like a private garden overlooking the beach? Choose the La Veranda Ocean View Villa.
Looking for the most romantic room in the resort for a special vacation with a loved one? In the Memorable Premier Ocean View room, you can sip champagne while soaking in the unforgettable Bordeaux coloured clawfoot bathtub.
The Junior Suite Ocean View is best for families who may like to add an additional bed or two to their room. This light-filled haven has plenty of space to relax.
Garden View Rooms
Garden view rooms are not to be overlooked. Imagine sinking into a feather-down bed and seeing nothing but lush greenery and blue skies.
Each of the Garden View rooms—Premier or Premier Executive—have private terraces or balconies with panoramic views.
The Classic Villa Garden View has access to a private garden and a deep soaking tub in the bathroom.
Every beautifully appointed room comes complete with luxurious linens, free Wifi, iPod docking stations, air-conditioning and nightly turn-down service.
Excellent Service at La Veranda Phu Quoc
Staff dressed in immaculate white ao dai tunics are readily available to welcome you to the resort, assist you at the restaurants, bring towels when needed and think of your every need (often before you do). With only 70 rooms in the resort, La Veranda is a true boutique property whose petite size aids in the feeling of personalised attention from the staff.
Discreet but attentive, the staff at La Veranda gets top marks for excellence.
The Culinary Experience at Pepper Tree, Le Jardin and Le Bar
The Pepper Tree Restaurant
The atmospheric Pepper Tree restaurant is the most renowned dining option on Phu Quoc island. Sophisticated lighting and elegant furnishings complement the incomparable sunset views from the wraparound terrace. The restaurant’s award-winning chefs have concocted an innovative menu of international specialities and Pacific Rim cuisine. The Pepper Tree is also home to the resort’s delicious breakfast buffet.
Le Jardin Restaurant
Le Jardin is a casual chic dining option located on the lawn and beach deck. Surrounded by the phenomenal view, the restaurant is an ideal choice for couples looking for a romantic oceanfront experience or for families who would like a little more room for their barefoot children to play on the grass between courses. International options including healthy salads and copious main courses are sure to please all.
Le Bar is set to become a stand-alone venue on the island for nightly live music entertainment in a classy lounge setting. Expertly crafted cocktails and a wide selection of wines and spirits can be enjoyed along with the seductive ocean breeze.
La Veranda’s Signature TĨNH Wellness Sanctuary
The concept of the TĨNH Wellness Sanctuary is to create a haven of health and relaxation on Phu Quoc island that doesn’t exist anywhere else in Vietnam. Inspired by the famous wellness retreats located in Thailand, India and France, La Veranda’s TĨNH Wellness Sanctuary will feature packages for complete renewal in calm and luxurious surroundings. These packages are called “journeys” for a reason. More than a simple day of relaxation, each package will take your body on a voyage through organic dining, health and wellness classes, rejuvenating signature treatments and personal assessments to help guests get the most out of their trip, and to help maintain health routines post-vacation.
Stand-out features in the 1500 square metre sanctuary include access to the resort’s organic garden; a juice bar with cold-pressed juices, green smoothies and health tonics; full room and board with wellness cuisine especially created for detoxing; classic treatment rooms plus spacious and elegant VIP rooms that span 55 square metres each; full spectrum infrared saunas; Swedish saunas, steam rooms and hydrotherapy; organic beauty salon & nail bar; and wellness library. In addition, to these top of the line inclusions there is also a salt water swimming pool available for guests.
Other Notable Features at La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc
Very Important Kids
In addition to the aforementioned children’s menus, La Veranda resort has a host of activities and special touches that are guaranteed to make any kid feel like a star. Pint-sized spa robes and sandals are included in the rooms so that the mini-mes can feel just as taken care of as mom and dad.
Turn-down service offers a host of nightly surprises such as rubber duckies in the bath, teddy bears on the bed, and personalised cookies and bottles of chocolate milk at bedtime. There is also a selection of lawn games near the pool (which has a large shallow section for parental peace of mind). The games include massive lawn checkers and tic-tac-toe in addition to croquet and horseshoes. The vibe is Alice in Wonderland on a beach vacation.
La Veranda Resort follows the guidelines of AccorHotel’s Planet 21 sustainable development program. The program is built around 21 commitments to the environment and community such as reduced water and plastic waste, environmentally-friendly lighting, CSR responsibilities and more.
Grass straws are used instead of plastic throughout the resort, towels and linens are changed only every three days or at the guest’s request to reduce water waste, and the pool is purified with salt rather than harsh chemicals. In addition, the resort has created an on-site organic garden fertilised with composted food waste from the restaurants.
La Veranda’s lost in time architecture, service details, luxurious amenities and spectacular location make this beach resort a destination that should be on every world traveller’s bucket list.
Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island
Salinda Resort is set in a fantasy land of tropical gardens and shades of blue. From the sea to the sky, the resort is enclosed in every tone of aqua and indigo imaginable—a true island paradise with every luxury at beck and call.
Despite the spaciousness of the grounds, which are filled with greenery, winding waterways and world-class restaurants, Salinda Resort has the spirit of a boutique hotel. Guests staying in the 121 deluxe rooms, suites and villas are treated to personalised service touches such as nightly gifts at turn-down, spa treatments geared to harmonise with each guest’s water, fire, earth or water element, and on-call assistance to help you find the best places on the island to explore.
Location of Salinda Resort
On the west side of the island, the centrally located Salinda Resort is an easy 10-minute drive in the resort’s private shuttle from Phu Quoc International Airport. Other attractions, such as the new cable car in the south, Ham Ninh fishing village to the east, and the VinPearl amusement park and safari in the north, are also just a short distance from the resort. Salinda offers taxi packages upon request for multiple destinations.
Salinda will provide a customised map to island attractions for all those explorers out there upon request. Kayaking lessons and other water sports can also be arranged upon request.
On the back of the map, there is a guide to the resort. The fact that the majority of the image is green says a lot about what you can expect at Salinda Resort: 98 species of indigenous flora are featured in the Salinda gardens including the perfumed petals of jasmine, frangipani, orchid and lily, which give the entire resort its enticing fragrance. Most of these plants can be found in Mango Garden near Salinda Spa, where there is also a seating area tucked away within the greenery for those who are looking for a meditative space.
Accommodations at Salinda Resort
Deluxe rooms come with the choice of garden, hill or sea view. The sea view can be upgraded to premium deluxe for those looking for a bit more luxury. The rooms are designed with an emphasis on natural materials and luxurious details. The beauty of Vietnam is showcased through stunning artwork and lighting that reveals tropical gardens or traditional Vietnamese pottery.
Every room comes complete with luxury bathroom amenities, a fully-stocked minibar, an iPod docking station, a 40-inch LCD smart television and a private balcony. The King or Double beds, dressed in cloud-soft linens, have a pillow menu that can be customised to each guest’s comfort. Premium rooms have a Nespresso machine with complimentary capsules as well as TWG luxury tea.
SUITES AND VILLAS
Suites and Villas are ideal for those looking for extra space and privacy. These gorgeous room categories offer everything listed in the Deluxe rooms, with the addition of marble bathrooms with dipping tubs and rain showers, and separated living and dining areas. Suites have views of the sparkling sea or Salinda Resort’s tropical gardens.
Villas are stand-alone properties with private terraces nestled into the greenery of mango trees and jasmine flowers. Premium turn-down gifts are included in every room as well as a daily bowl of fresh fruit. Salinda Resort’s suites and villas are the ideal locations for watching the sunset in utter tranquillity.
High-class Hospitality at Salinda Phu Quoc Island
English speaking staff is available to assist you throughout Salinda Resort, from a seamless and personalised check-in experience to excellent service at all the restaurants, to smiling cleaning staff. With only 121 luxury rooms, suites and villas in the resort, Salinda creates a boutique feel with its attentive and friendly staff.
The Culinary Experiences on Offer at Salinda Resort
Salinda Restaurant entices guests with the beauty of its Hoi An lanterns on the outside terrace, and the scents of grilled meats and fresh seafood. The restaurant showcases sophisticated specialities from Vietnam and specifically Phu Quoc Island, such as Phu Quoc pepper and fish sauce and seasonal herbs and ingredients. The show kitchen will wow guests with the skill and speed of the top chefs in the restaurant as Executive Chef Long creates magic with his recipes.
Salinda Restaurant is also home to the resort’s spectacular breakfast spread complete with sparkling wine. It definitely should not be missed!
Casa Italiana restaurant brings the comforting pleasures of Italian food to Phu Quoc Island with Chef Tobia’s dedication to recipes from his homeland. The elegant restaurant is ideal for a romantic evening amid candlelight and the warm colour scheme. Hand-painted Italian murals on the walls are sure to delight guests of all ages.
Chef Lilahar is the Executive Chef at this world-class restaurant, which will surprise your senses with its fine dining take on the rich spices and flavours of India’s New Delhi. The excellence of the cuisine, as well as the modern and elegant jewel-toned decor, make this a perfect choice for a special evening during your vacation.
Whether or not you are a guest of Salinda Resort, it is worth a trip to any of these three culinary jewels, which are known as some of the finest restaurants on all of Phu Quoc Island.
CYAN BY THE POOL
Enjoy a cold smoothie, healthy salad or hearty main course while lounging by the pool. Cyan By The Pool is Salinda Resort’s answer to those guests who love to sip on a cocktail without pausing from their swim. This pool bar is the ideal spot for enjoying Phu Quoc Island’s finest sunsets while satiating your needs for well-prepared sustenance. We recommend the Puy lentil salad with goat’s cheese and beetroot for those looking for a light option or the Salinda House signature burger for heartier appetites.
HIGH NOTE BAR LOUNGE
The High Note Bar and Lounge is the perfect place to stop in for an evening of expertly crafted cocktails, lounge music, and movie and music nights.
Try one of the signature music-inspired cocktails such as the “Pandan Punk”, which is an aromatic concoction of pandan leaf infused vodka, blue curacao, triple sec, grenadine and passion fruit and lime juices. For those looking for something more sweet than tart, try out the “Coco Reggae”, which features Jamaican rum, creamy coconut, and banana and lychee notes.
Taking Care of Body and Spirit at Salinda Spa
Salinda Spa, managed by Guru Spa Thailand, follows Thai philosophies to balance the body. Each guest is invited to find his or her element—earth, water, fire, wind—based on birth month, and then the skilled therapist will suggest a treatment plan to relax and find inner balance.
After a personalised welcome drink, guests can use the complimentary steam rooms and saunas in the three singles rooms or four couples rooms, which are tucked into this haven of rest and rejuvenation. The spa decor is luxurious, atmospheric and serene. The harmony created between wooden design elements and water features enhances the guest’s sense of well-being. Salinda Spa is the only truly Thai spa on Phu Quoc Island, making it a real treat for both Salinda guests and those staying at other resorts who would like to book a treatment.
Other Notable Features at Salinda Resort Phu Quoc
Salinda Resort has a host of just-for-kids extras to make those mini-guests feel extra special. The Kid’s Club is stocked full of entertaining activities like art pieces made with sand, paintings, books, games and age-appropriate movies. Babysitting services are available upon request (and for an hourly fee). Little ones are also gifted Salinda’s signature Phu Quoc stuffed animals during their stay so that they have a special souvenir to take home that’s just for them.
Beach Vacations for Business Travellers
Salinda Resort is the ideal location for your next meeting or incentive trip for your company. Packages including accommodation, breakfast, meeting rooms fully stocked with snacks and audio-visual equipment, and discounts on F&B and spa treatments.
Salinda Resort has an impressive array of eco-friendly initiatives in place that are dedicated to keeping Phu Quoc and Vietnam beautiful. A few of their environmental measures include using only bamboo or stainless steel straws in all drinks; ceramic bottles replace plastic for bath products; biodegradable pens, fabricated by a centre for the sight-impaired, have hummingbird tree seeds in the caps that guests can plant when they return home; and beach clean-ups that are organised in the neighbourhood monthly.
Salinda has racked up its fair share of awards in the four years that the beach resort has been open. In 2019, Salinda Resort ranked in the “Top 5 Luxury Hotels in Vietnam” by TripAdvisor. In 2018, the resort took home “Best Luxury Boutique Resort” at the World Luxury Hotel Awards, “Southeast Asia’s Best Relaxation Retreat” at the Boutique Hotel Awards, and “Best Luxury Beachfront Hotel of the Year” at LTG Asia & Australia among others.
Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island’s dedication to personalised boutique service touches, luxury amenities, eco-friendly initiatives and a zen ambience have created a truly special beachfront property that stands out from the pack on Phu Quoc Island.
Chen Sea Resort & Spa
All of the villas at Chen Sea Resort & Spa (Formerly known as Chen La Resort & Spa) have sea views, but the difference is in the ambience. The brick bungalows have outdoor bathrooms, while the pool villas are modelled on the traditional wooden houses of Hoi An and each have a private fresh water pool.
Fusion Resort Phu Quoc Turns One, Gets Better
When it comes to getaways based on the fundamental holiday pillars of relaxation and wellbeing, Fusion is a brand name synonymous with both. Last month, its flagship resort on Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam turned one, but as City Pass Guide found out, far from being satisfied with their early success, self-improvement remains high on the agenda.
On Vietnam’s tropical island jewel that is Phu Quoc, most resorts have a ‘build it and they will come’ mentality. They erect multi-storey hotel complexes and sell rooms in a stunning location and leave it at that. Fusion Resort Phu Quoc is proud to say they’re different—what they sell is very much an experience.
“We target a feeling”, said Fusion Resort Phu Quoc’s Operation Manager Mauricio Pacheco, when speaking to City Pass Guide this week.
“We expect every one of our guests to leave the resort feeling like a VIP, and a big part of that is our all-inclusive spa and wellness centre, Maia. It’s at the heart of the resort and of everything we do.”
“As part of every single guests’ stay we encourage them to try at least one spa treatment and join one class every day”, Mauricio continued. “We have yoga, tai chi, steam and sauna rooms, trained massage therapists, beauty treatments, reflexology, all-natural body scrubs and wraps . . . At most hotels, you’ll pay millions of VND or more for these types of services, but here we don’t want our guests to hesitate when it comes to their health and relaxation, so we don’t charge a penny - it’s all included.”
It’s a point of difference that hasn’t gone unnoticed. The resort’s TripAdvisor page overflows with glowing testimonials centred on exactly this, with words like ‘zen’ and ‘paradise’ used frequently.
Maia Spa & Wellness centre
Even before they added six new therapy spaces to it last month—each with its own private outdoor shower—Maia Spa & Wellness centre was the largest of its kind on the island, covering an impressive 120,664 square feet, or 11,210 square metres.
Built at the centre of the resort around its own pepper garden, it contains numerous pepper orchids that are local to the island. This and a number of other tropical herbs and spices all make their way into their deluxe treatments. The resort’s website suggests that you shouldn’t leave without experiencing their ‘Natural Living Pepper’ treatment.
“What we like to do at Fusion is always deliver more than our visitors expect”, Mauricio told City Pass Guide.
‘The all-inclusive spa treatment concept has proven to be very popular. Our visitors love the flexibility of getting a treatment at a time that suits them and then enjoying everything the resort has to offer while feeling totally rejuvenated and relaxed.”
Rooms to Improve
Aside from putting the ‘relax’ in relaxation, there are several other aspects of daily life at Fusion Phu Quoc that guests love.
Facilitated by the resort’s dedicated team of ‘Fusionistas’, who are there to look after you from the minute you arrive, some creative extras include the ‘Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime’ concept, which allows hungry guests to eschew the notion of a crowded 10 a.m. buffet; the weekly street food market, showcasing the best of local cuisine; and quite simply the private plunge pools that come with each and every one of the property’s spacious one or two-bedroom villas—all mere steps away from one of Phu Quoc’s most pristine white sand beaches.
Given these riches, it’s really not a surprise that despite being open for just over twelve months, Fusion has been forced to expand. As of last month, they cut the ribbon on eight new thatched-roof abodes (25 more are in the works) that according to the resort’s press release, each give a ‘nod to coastal living’.
Offering views of verdant jungle on one side, and the neighbouring river on the other, their earthy interiors feature custom-made sunken tubs and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead out to plunge pools and floating hammocks.
Not satisfied with those additions, a new multi-purpose function room has also been added, perfect for business meetings or an intimate wedding. In addition, a beach bar inspired by local fishing boats has already received rave reviews—the perfect spot for an evening sundowner.
To celebrate it all - not to mention the launch of the ‘Mini Maia’ kids’ club offering a host of authentic hourly activities for active children—the resort is making a ‘First Anniversary Special Offer’, which gives guests who book as two adults and stay from now until September 30, 2018, 35% off the best available online rate on one of their Pool Garden Villas.
The booking includes the “Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime” service, all-inclusive daily spa treatments, a scheduled pick-up and drop-off airport shuttle, a shuttle bus to and from Duong Dong town centre and all-inclusive wellness activities including yoga and tai chi classes, kayaking and biking as well as the Mini Maia kids' club.
“ This opening represents an evolution of the Mövenpick brand in Vietnam, and we are delighted to introduce our Swiss heritage and rich culinary legacy to the tropical shores of Phu Quoc. ” - Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of Accor, Upper SE & NE Asia, and the Maldives
Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc is the first international premium resort to open along Phu Quoc’s idyllic Ong Lang Beach, and is poised to become the destination of choice for family adventures, company trips, dream weddings, romantic honeymoons, and more.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts exciting new address showcases the brand’s signature Swiss hospitality right here in Vietnam. While the hotel’s excellence in service draws from Mövenpick’s Swiss heritage, the heart-felt hospitality delivered by its staff is a clear reflection of the warm and friendly nature of the local Vietnamese culture.
A Room to Suit Any Need
Designed in a tropical style, Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc harmoniously blends modern and traditional touches with plenty of natural light streaming through full-sized windows. The contemporary guest rooms feature elegant interiors in soothing neutral tones. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to private balconies in each hotel room, offering sweeping views of the shimmering sea or verdant mountains.
Rooms range from a spacious 35 square metres to an expansive 72 square metres for a Junior Suite. Modern in-room comforts include complimentary high-speed WiFi, a pillow menu, and a fully-stocked minibar.
The hotel features 305 guestrooms, while the adjacent Mövenpick Residences Phu Quoc offers 329 apartment-style residences and 79 pool villas, perfect for families, long-term stays, and weekend getaways. The studios and family rooms are each equipped with a kitchenette. The resort complex also features 66 two-bedroom and three-bedroom pool villas nestled around the lake, while the 12 three-bedroom pool villas and the Presidential Villa offer beachfront views where guests can enjoy the evening sunset.
Wine and Dine in Tropical Paradise
Mövenpick’s rich culinary legacy is evident in the extraordinary dining experiences available in the hotel’s restaurants and bars, including a beach club perched on the golden sands of Ong Lang Beach. Open to both guests and visitors, Aura Beach Club features a sunken pool bar, a delectable Asian Tapas menu, creative mixology, a daily sunset ritual, and exciting entertainment. Other culinary delights at the hotel include international cuisine and a live cooking station at The Islander Restaurant, Vietnamese favourites and seafood at Lang Chai, and local craft beer at Lang Chai Bar.
And the whole family will love indulging in Chocolate Hour at Waverly Lounge. Switzerland is famous for its chocolate and Mövenpick Phu Quoc dedicates one hour every afternoon to an exquisite tasting experience with Mövenpick chocolate variations and homemade creations such as éclairs, brownies, truffles, chocolate fountains and much more!
Keep the Whole Family Entertained
The family-friendly hotel promises to create meaningful moments for both parents and junior travellers with the Little Birds Club and M Lounge teen club. A Mövenpick Family Program ensures the needs of younger guests are met, including age-specific bath amenities and a Power Bites menu.
The resort offers six swimming pools, including two kids’ pools. Other wellness facilities include the Elements Fitness Center which features state-of-the-art equipment and a yoga studio. For some therapeutic me-time, Elements Spa & Salon features 15 treatment rooms, a sauna and a jacuzzi. Guests can choose from an extensive range of wellness therapies, foot massages, as well as hair and nail treatments.
The Perfect Event Venue
No small detail is overlooked with weddings and celebrations at Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc. The 720 square metre Coral Ballroom features a column-free space with 6.8-meter-high ceilings and a large 324 square metre foyer that can host up to 860 guests. The ballroom can also be divided into four meeting rooms for smaller group meetings.
Tropical Adventure Awaits
The wonderful tropical climate lends itself to inspired exploration of the island’s lush natural landscape. Guests can trek through a dense rainforest that leads to a gorgeous waterfall or bask in the serenity of coconut-shaded beaches. A delicious food tour through the local night markets, or visits to a pepper farm, pearl farm or fish sauce factory offer glimpses into the local Vietnamese way of life.
“ We look forward to welcoming guests to our island home at Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc. Guests can look forward to an exciting series of curated experiences during their stay with us, from an island exploration to a food tour in the night markets. The resort offers the perfect island getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life for those looking to spend a quiet weekend with the family.” - Philippe Le Bourhis, General Manager of Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc
A Deal Not to be Missed
To celebrate its launch, Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc is offering a weekend getaway offer with rates starting at VND 2.000.000 per night for a Studio Mountain View King room with breakfast for two and a daily credit of VND 1.000.000, which can be redeemed for dining or spa treatments. This opening offer is valid from now until 31st October 2020.
Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc and Mövenpick Residence Phu Quoc are only a 35-minute transfer from Phu Quoc International Airport. The island is a one-hour flight from Ho Chi Minh City, two hours from Hanoi, and connected with direct routes from Bangkok, Seoul, and Singapore.