Unspoilt beaches, year-round heat, a lush interior and lashings of local culture – Phu Quoc Island is one of the gems of South East Asia, with a range of excellent places to stay, from colonial-inspired mansions to intimate villas, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Phu Quoc Island is a Vietnamese tropical paradise off the Cambodian coast, and for travellers in search of escape, it has it all: gorgeous beaches, swathes of national park, a rich history and an abundance of delicious seafood.
VinOasis, located on the busy northwest corner of Phu Quoc, is a no-brainer for families. Rooms are spacious and sunny, with easy access to the beach and a spate of facilities. But the highlight is the on-site water park, which spans a virtual maze of slides and other rides, elevated over a lengthy lagoon.
Not interested in your typical beach hotel? Consider a few nights at Vinpearl Discovery 3. Here, accommodation takes the form of a virtual commune of art deco-themed villas with private pools. And with easy access to the beach, golf and an amusement park for the kids, it’s an easy choice for families. You won’t hear anyone complaining about the large hotel infinity pool, either.
The much-lauded Salinda Resort spans 121 deluxe rooms, villas and a spacious presidential suite set against a gorgeous backdrop of unspoiled nature. Rooms are outfitted with modern amenities and provide access to the luxurious resort spa and pool, while being a few steps from the ocean on the west coast means easy beach access. A dedication to going plastic-free (expect bamboo toothbrushes, wooden combs and stainless steel straws) sweetens your stay.
La Veranda blends the best elements of home and resort. The main structure is a luxuriously renovated and decorated colonial-influenced mansion containing 70 rooms, all with private balconies. While the location on Sao Beach takes you back to the resort, and is a jumping off point for kayaking, sunbathing, reading on a hammock, jogging, diving and swimming.
Imposing and contemporary in feel, Dusit Princess Moonrise is a no-brainer if you appreciate a classic resort-style stay. There’s a host of room types, a massive central pool, a spate of dining outlets (the Thai-owned Dusit brand gets lots of praise for Thai food) and an in-house spa – all of which are located just steps from the beach.
Despite a location on the busy west coast, Lahana Resort feels rustic and remote, with its koi ponds helping to set a serene mood. Positioned on a hill overlooking Sunset Beach, the centrepiece is a colonial-style clubhouse-like structure fronted by an inviting pool. Accommodation takes the form of handsome, spacious rooms in the main structure and villas scattered along the hillside. And if you want to explore the island, you can rent a bike from the information desk.
Meticulously manicured and maintained, Camia Resort is a smart choice for those who appreciate order. Unfolding along a gentle hill on the west coast, it brings together 54 rooms and villas, all dressed in a bright and breezy décor with pale walls and light-wood ceilings. Head to the on-site spa for Vietnamese massages and treatments using natural ingredients.
The Mango Bay ethos is to provide a rustic yet luxurious place to stay that’s close to nature. And they’ve nailed it. This is an unpretentious, eco-friendly resort with 44 rooms and villas. There are two casual ocean-front restaurants, a Zen-like spa with thatched-roof treatment rooms, and a host of activities, from free-to-use kayaks and paddleboards to cooking and yoga classes.
Ancarine Beach Resort offers you the perfect getaway on Ong Lang Beach. There are only 10 rooms, all with balconies and cozy seating areas. And in addition to a private beach, there are fitness facilities, a pool and a verdant garden. Bike and kayak rentals are free of charge. The resort is close to Phu Quoc National Park, so expect to fall asleep to crickets chirping and leaves rustling.
Long Beach Resort has 72 rooms in a traditional Hoi An architectural style. The atmosphere is fantastic for anyone looking for a tranquil getaway, with beautiful gardens, a large pool, and a calm sea just beyond. The on-site Lang Toi Restaurant serves seductive cuisine, with an international menu dotted with local dishes. After your meal, the Lotus Lounge is a fun place to end the night with craft beer and a dessert.
Sea Sense is a four-star resort in the northwest of the island, away from the city din. It’s hugged by mountains, with jungle on one side and sea on the other. There are 55 oceanfront villas that are disturbed by virtually nothing. Picture yourself living comfortably among green trees, colourful tropical flowers, undisturbed turquoise waters, pristine white sands and golden sun rays. The staff are also lovely and will treat you like family.
The Garden House is (as the name suggests) set in rather pretty gardens. It’s a tranquil place to be, with peaceful pathways cutting through and plenty of flora to admire. There’s a kidney-shaped pool with a suitably tropical bar and an outdoor fitness area that (although not quite Muscle Beach) is enough to work up a sweat.