What better way to end our six week trip in Vietnam than with a few days relaxing in sheer luxury on the idyllic beaches of Phu Quoc island? Which, with a little help from the divine Saigon Phu Quoc Resort and Spa, is exactly what we did. White sand, clear seas, sunshine and palm trees galore… this was the perfect setting for a little bit of sheer, unrestrained indulgence.
Ideally located within ten minutes walk of Duong Dong, the island’s main town and home of the famous night market, Saigon Phu Quoc is an enormous resort along the northern tip of Long Beach. A true tropical paradise, the picturesque yellow bungalows and hotel blocks are tucked in amongst lush, green grounds filled with swaying palm trees, colourful hibiscus and orchids. It’s a genuinely beautiful resort, but the icing on the cake is the private section of Long Beach, where guests can relax on loungers in the shade of palm-frond umbrellas, or watch the spectacular display of the west coast sunset from the beach front bar.
From check in to check out, the staff truly made the most of the iconic Vietnamese hospitality and service which we’ve been enjoying all over the country. In particular, the girls on the reception desk were really sweet, friendly and welcoming, and we were able to start relaxing as soon as we arrived. Our room, a spacious garden view double, was absolutely wonderful, with a huge private balcony overlooking the beautiful grounds. Simple, elegant décor with creamy walls and rich wood trimmings created the perfect setting for relaxation, and thanks to the super comfy, enormous double bed, relaxing was pretty easy to do.
Gorgeous as the room was, it wasn’t easy to spend much time in it with the beautiful grounds and private beach calling. There was no shortage of fun outdoor activities on site: right next to our room was a small boules court and a mini driving range, down by the beach was a giant outdoor chess set, plus there were tennis courts, table tennis, billiards and kayaks to rent. I especially loved the large collection of resort bicycles which were free for guests to borrow and offered a great way to explore the island; a really nice touch. Just behind the main reception area was the outdoor pool; gorgeously clear and surrounded by loungers, it made the perfect place to unwind. Although no pool, no matter how luxurious, could compete with what was just behind it; the spectacular, clean, white sands of Long Beach and the warm, turquoise waters of the sea.
Saigon Phu Quoc’s private section of the beach was spectacular; not only were there always free loungers and beach towels available, but being private meant less crowds and mess, and no hawkers flogging drinks or souvenirs as you try to relax. We spent most of our time at Saigon Resort lounging in the shade of a palm-frond umbrella, gazing out to the blue of the ocean and listening to the blissful quiet of this gorgeous section of Long Beach. We swam out to the floating rafts which the resort keep tethered in the bay to sunbathe, and we spotted fish in the crystal clear waters. More active guests can snorkel; there are numerous crops of rocks in the bay which are teeming with colourful sealife, and the water is usually very calm and clear. In need of some serious R&R, though, Sam and I preferred to lie in the sand at the edge of the water and enjoy the cool waves on our feet. At night, we watched the glorious sunset whilst swimming in the ocean, drink in hand. Paradise!
Facilities at the Saigon Phu Quoc resort are second to none. From the beach bar and nightly buffer barbecue at the beach front restaurant, to the fabulous on-site spa comprised of sauna, steamroom, hot tub, and beauty salon, everything was excessively indulgent and wonderfully luxurious. And nothing was more excessively indulgent than the breakfast buffet, which was made up of the biggest collection of treats I’ve ever seen in the morning; with Vietnamese staples like Pho (noodle soup) and Banh Mi (sandwiches) appearing alongside western food like bacon, sausaged eggs cooked to order, and even more bizarre options like bolognese or stew for those looking to really fuel up. On top of all that was an enormous offering of sweet treats; Vietnamese coffee, pastries, a huge array of fruits and juices, pancakes, and even ice cream. Every possible craving and appetite had been catered for in a level of thoughtful and excessive service which was carried on throughout the resort.
In short, everything throughout our stay was perfect. The ideal location, the amazing private beach, and the exquisitely beautiful grounds all made for a truly special stay for the final stage of our trip. If you’re looking for a luxury resort on Phu Quoc island, the Saigon Beach Resort is a fantastic option.
Saigon Phu Quoc Resort and Spa – Tel: +84 773 846999 – firstname.lastname@example.org
62 Tran Hung Dao street, Duong Dong town, Phu Quoc island, Kien Giang province, Vietnam