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.
Novotel Phu Quoc Resort
The newly opened Novotel Phu Quoc Resort sits on one of the island’s most appealing beaches.
This large, modern and beautifully crafted resort features 366 delightful rooms including 120 suites and villas. All rooms offer sea-facing balconies or terraces.
Two contemporary restaurants and two excellent bars take care of guests’ refreshment requirements. Unwind with a balanced cocktail at the infinity pool’s magnificent bar, and look out at the gorgeous beach only steps away.
Novotel Phu Quoc Resort is the perfect island resort to spend the holidays with loved ones, away from busy city life.
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.
Mango Bay Phu Quoc
The brainchild of two Englishmen and an Australian born in 2001, Mango Bay is an unpretentious eco-friendly resort set on 10 hectares of beachfront land. Blending the accommodations and resort into the environment is a priority at Mango Bay, and that’s why they have limited the resort to only 44 unique rooms and villas to create the feeling of a natural paradise. If you want to relax and mould yourself into the environment, there is no place better; stay here and you become part of it.
Six types of accommodation are on offer at Mango Bay, ranging from the original veranda rooms, three varieties of bungalow, reef houses and villas. As with everything at Mango Bay, they want the experience to feel personal rather than someone on a package trip at an international resort. This is best displayed by the fact that each bungalow and living space has a unique feel, and repeat visitors will still have a completely new experience on each visit. A trendsetter in the industry, Mango Bay was the first resort in Vietnam to feature outdoor showers in its accommodations (but don’t worry, they’re still completely private!).
In the staff’s own words, ¨This is not 5-star service, this is Mango-Bay-style service – laidback and efficient¨. The resort achieves such high and personal levels of service by providing its employees with excellent benefits and perks for their families.
Gastronomy and sampling local delicacies form a part of any good holiday, and Mango Bay’s On the Rocks Restaurant certainly delivers in this department. Over the years it has gained a reputation and has become a popular haunt for non-resort guests and local residents. Vietnamese street food favourites, warming Thai curries and more international options all grace the menu along with a tapas menu served all day and our happy hour starting from 4 p.m. which provides the perfect accompaniment to the nightly performance of the Phu Quoc sunset.
For those who enjoy a bit of action mixed in with a relaxing holiday, there is a plethora of activities on offer at Mango Bay and at its nearby partners. Snorkelling, paddle boarding, canoeing, yoga and tai chi are all available in-house and free of charge. Bicycle rental is also provided and it’s a relatively smooth road for the majority of the 10km ride into Duong Dong Village. Take a look for yourself and set up a trip, because staying Mango Bay is a unique and special experience.
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.