At last count Phu Quoc had 75 resorts and hotels comprising about 2000 rooms, and these figures are rising practically every day. Most of Phu Quoc’s accommodation facilities are located on Long Beach, and they range in price from US$10 a night for basic bungalows to more than US$500 a night for a luxurious suite at a five-star resort. People familiar with Vietnam know that accommodation on Phu Quoc is more expensive than on the mainland, and that the conditions are a little more primitive. By international standards, however, Phu Quoc is still a bargain, and a great escape.
The best things in life are free, and you can experience that anytime you walk along a Phu Quoc beach. One growth sector in Phu Quoc accommodation is eco-tourism, and there are many "environmentally friendly" hotels, some of them boasting claims which are clearly greenwash, but many of which are sincere. Before you choose a hotel on Phu Quoc Island you need to decide if you want satellite TV and air-conditioning and all the creature comforts of the modern world, or do you want to go low-impact and green? It is worth remembering that the eco-friendly resorts are not necessarily the cheapest.
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Simple yet refined, Chen Sea Resort and Spa is probably the most beautiful place you can stay on Phu Quoc. It is not large, there are only 36 bungalows, and the rooms are misleadingly basic on first glance. Delve a little deeper, however, and you will find an elegance beneath the simplicity. The rattan furniture, the way the light streams in through the blinds of your bungalow in the morning, these things are priceless. It might not be obvious at first, but there is sophistication in the simplicity.
Romance, luxury and beauty are the keynotes at La Veranda Resort (previously known as the Grand Mercure La Veranda and Spa). The resort is designed in a French colonial style, and its new name highlights the private balconies adjoining every room. The veranda is in fact the focal point of life at this resort, and it is the vantage-point from which you can watch the sun set over Long Beach into the Gulf of Thailand. Preferably with a glass of wine in your hand, as you stand with your partner at the railing. If you ever get tired of that you can go have a candle-lit dinner by the waves.
If you have the money, this is a luxurious place to spend your holiday. As its name suggests, this resort looks like a recreation of a 19th Century Vietnamese palace or an aristocratic retreat transplanted on to Phu Quoc’s Long Beach. There is plenty of beautifully textured wood here crafted into everything from beds to ceiling fans, and all the prompt service you would expect from a 4-star resort. The spa is the biggest on Phu Quoc, and is staffed with therapists from all over Asia.
This resort really does look like a blue lagoon and is billed as "an island within an island". Of course the blue lagoon is not a natural lagoon, it is a swimming pool. But recline in your deckchair by the side of this pool and take in the view, and you could imagine that you are in the famous 1980s movie after which this resort is named.
This used to be the big resort on Phu Quoc Island, and enjoyed a monopoly on the high-end traveller market. Now there are glitzy new resorts opening all the time, but the Saigon-Phu Quoc hotel continues to deliver quality accommodation.
They don’t call the bungalows at Cassia Cottage “bungalows”, they call them “plantation-style beach houses”. Similarly, the villas here are not plain old boring “villas”, they are “garden cottages”. It is from the cottages that this Long Beach resort gets its name. As well as the beach houses and cottages there is a swimming pool shaded by coconut trees, and a bar/restaurant just 10m from the sea.
If you hanker to be in the heart of the action in Duong Dong, you can't get anymore central than this. Huong Bien Hotel is right near the night market on Vo Thi Sau Street, on the beach very close to the iconic Lang Ong Temple. It is a mere 300m to the Phu Quoc airport, meaning you could walk there if you were in the mood and your luggage wasn't too heavy. Some of the 50 guest rooms have views of the sea. This is the place on Phu Quoc for weddings, banquets, conventions, meetings, seminars or even product launches.
Envisaged and realized as a place of healing beneath the palms, Mai Spa and Resort deploys ancient therapies to combat modern stresses. This spa is a complete package to mend your mind, your body and your soul. Staying at this resort is kind of like going into rehab, and this might explain why there are no TVs in the rooms. From the moment you check in, you are in isolation mode. When you check out, you might well be a different person.
Perhaps the premier green resort on Phu Quoc, Mango Bay has no televisions or air-conditioning, scarce Internet and few telephones, making it ideal for a retreat from the stresses of modern life. At night there is nothing but the purr of the ocean and the occasional tinkling of cow-bells to disturb you.
Marble floors and high ceilings await you at the Thien Hai Son, a large resort on Phu Quoc’s main stretch of beach on Tran Hung Dao Street. This is a large resort, with some 150 rooms. While you are free just to lie on the beach, there is no shortage of activities here for the physically inclined.
Eco-tourism is the current fad on Phu Quoc, and few hotels do it as well as Bo Resort, which is situated on Ong Lang Beach north of Duong Dong. Bungalows sit on stilts among the banana trees, and there is no hot water in the bathroom. All of the bungalows are private dwellings and are spaced at least 10m apart. You won't have to share your space with other people, although you might have to cohabit with the legions of lizards and swarms of insects which inhabit Phu Quoc. At least the lizards eat the insects.
Backpackers tend to rave about the Hiep Thanh Hotel, where rooms can be snatched for as low as $25 a night (including breakfast). The bungalows and hotel rooms are decent and situated right on the beach only 2km from the island’s airport. Despite the low price, they all feature creature comforts such as satellite TV and air-conditioning.
This family run resort has rooms and bungalows equipped with satellite TV, air-conditioning, mini-bars and hot showers. There are 72 rooms and bungalows set in a quiet garden 1km from Duong Dong.
First names mean so much on Phu Quoc. This is a place where you often know people only by their first names, be they your tour guides, squid fishing connections, or traveling companions. Named after the Vietnamese matriarch of the place, Mai House Resort is a collection of 20 thatched roof bungalows on Long Beach. This is Mai’s house, hence the name.
There is a lot of history to Tropicana, it is one of the oldest resorts on the island and it still does a good trade. There are 6 rooms and 9 bungalows here, set in a coconut forest on Long Beach. The rooms are more basic than the bungalows, with fans and no hot water. The bungalows are traditionally Vietnamese with thatched ceilings and rattan furniture, but they are fitted with all the mod-cons.
A small but utterly authentic eco-resort on Ong Lang Beach, with a chemical free garden and a friendly and communal vibe. The Vietnamese/Portuguese owners invite anyone to come here and do their yoga, practice their art, play their music or write their book. It is that kind of place, like a freedom loving Bohemian community in the middle of the jungle. This is one of the few places on the island where you will find a backpacker's dormitory.
Not to be confused with the two-star Hiep Thanh Resort which is located on the same beach, Lien Hiep Thanh is popular for its cheap, simple bungalows. It is lovingly known as the Family Resort because of the Vietnamese family who run it, and because of its relaxed, friendly vibe.