VIn Pearl Phu Quoc Resort & Golf

Vin Pearl Phu Quoc Resort & Golf

Part of the week in Phu Quoc we stayed in the Vin Pearl Phu Quoc Resort & Golf hotel. The hotel is really beautiful with its own private beach and gorgeous interior. Vin Pearl is a relatively new Vietnamese hotel chain with luxurious properties across the country. I think it’s predominantly frequented by Vietnamese tourists with more and more international travellers adding to the mix in the recent years. That said, one of the best things about this hotel is that you are more than likely to have the beach and also the pool for yourself for most to the day. This is because a lot of Vietnamese people are a bit sun-shy (read this on how to dress like a local) and you will rarely see them sun bathing.

It was quite funny the first day when we arrived in the hotel. There were literally around 10 people out there on the beach and the pool and we had the impression that the hotel was not booked out at all. Suddenly, around 4pm, you’d see a bunch of Vietnamese families coming over from the hotel’s lobby and restaurants to the pool and the beach. And I thought I was special with not staying too long in the sun..

Hotel Lobby, Room & Interior Design

Vin Pearl Phu Quoc
Vin Pearl Phu Quoc
Vin Pearl Phu Quoc
Vin Pearl Phu Quoc Vietnam

The lobby of the hotel looks amazing with a luxurious and elegant finish. Also the staff is very attentive and the minute you enter the lobby to check in they take your luggage and offer you a refreshment. Our room was gorgeous as well and we had the perfect view of the pool area and beach – perfect for watching the sunset on the balcony :)

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Vin Pearl Phu Quoc

Pool & Beach

As mentioned the hotel has a private beach access so you could still go swimming in the ocean or lie on the beach and watch the stars at night. For me this is always a big plus for a hotel as, depending where in the world the hotel is located, it may not be safe to go to the beach at night. Also a private beach generally means that you don’t have to share the beach with hundreds of other people like sardines in a can. But not only the beach is gorgeous, also the pool area is stunning.

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Vin Pearl Phu Quoc

There is a pool bar where you  can sip your cocktail while swimming in the pool. As I’m a huge beach addict we generally stayed on the beach but occasionally would come over to the pool to have a cocktail or fruit juice in the pool. Walking from the beach to the pool bar takes less than 2 minutes :)

Vin Pearl Phu Quoc
Vin Pearl Phu Quoc
Vin Pearl Phu Quoc

Restaurants & Bars

The restaurant and bar facilities are beautiful and so is the food. Yet it’s still quite Vietnamese so if you are not a fan of it, your choices are still fine but less than in a more international chain. I personally LOVE Vietnamese food, so for it was perfect. After dinner you can have a digestif at one of the bars either outside next to the pool or inside in the lobby. They usually had peaceful live music in the evening which created a great ambience.

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Vin Pearl Phu Quoc

Location

The hotel is located a bit away from the main attractions of the island. We actually stayed in three different parts of Phu Quoc and rented a scooter for most of the time on the island. So my tip would be to stay in a more central hotel first, rent a scooter and explore Phu Quoc on your own, join a snorkelling tour, check out the nightlife and then book yourself into the Vin Pearl Phu Quoc Resort and Golf for a few days of doing nothing but relaxing on the beach.

Verdict

The Vin Pearl Phu Quoc Resort & Golf is a really gorgeous hotel and we had an amazing time. I would definitely stay there again especially because of the beauty of the hotel and its private beach. I do think that the hotel could be run a more efficiently for a 5 star hotel and should cater more for international guests. That said, it’s also a cheaper than the usual 5 star candidates. So overall it’s a lovely choice for your stay in Phu Quoc and we had a wonderful time.

 

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Bai Sao Beach in Phu Quoc - Vietnam Best Beaches

Phu Quoc is a beautiful island and just a few hours away from Ho Chi Minh City. We have been here now for almost a week which we spent exploring the island by scooter and relaxing in a beautiful resort in the north of the island. Now, after having relocated more to the south, we took the scooter to go to the Bai Sao beach today.

Bai Sao beach Vietnam

Traffic in Phu Quoc - Vietnam Scooters

Getting to Bai Sao from Duong Dong took us circa 30-45min by scooter. We stopped a few times for photos and also grabbed something to drink on the way. Of course we left the hotel just before 12 pm when the sun is at its best, well, or worst for everyone else. Hence I dressed up again with my lovely scooter-gear, hiding 100% from the sun!

How to dress up for the scooter tour in Vietnam

Once you have parked your scooter you can already see the beauty of the beach through the palm trees. Just a few metres more and you are in paradise :)

Bai Sao Beach in Phu Quoc - Vietnam Best Beaches

Bai Sao Beach in Phu Quoc - Vietnam Best Beaches

Bai Sao Beach in Phu Quoc - Vietnam Best Beaches

Hippie girl on a beautiful island

If you get hungry or thirsty, there is a nice beach bar called Paradiso. We had some soft drinks there and food.

Bai Sao Beach Paradiso Bar in Phu Quoc

Bai Sao Beach in Phu Quoc - Vietnam Best Beaches

Visit the most beautiful beaches in Phu Quoc

Today we decided to rent a scooter, dress like a local (!) and drive up to the North of Phu Quoc to check out a resort hotel where we were planning to stay for a few days. According to Google maps the way to the resort takes around one hour by scooter. Well, after almost 2 hours we still hadn’t arrived as we got lost a few times on the way and then stopped at pretty places to have a break and take some pictures. The further north you get the less developed it looks like. At some point we found ourselves parallel to the beach on an off-road path and didn’t pass another scooter for probably 20min (if you have been to Vietnam you know that this does not happen often!).

Phu Quoc Vietnam Beach

Phu Quoc North Beach Vietnam Travel

Rent a Vespa in Phu Quoc First Day Vietnam Travel

Dressing like a local in Vietnam

Phu Quoc Riding around in the Vespa

Vietnam Phu Quoc North Riding Tour

After driving around for quite some time we got hungry and stopped at a street food place on the road. The place was run by two lovely Vietnamese ladies who agreed to pose for our photo :) I was so happy to finally get some food and I really enjoyed their Banh Mi!

Street Food in Vietnam

Vietname Lady Selling Banh Mi in Phu Quoc - Street Food

Vietnamese Street Food. Phu Quoc Vietnam Travel

Phu Quoc Street Food

Continuing our trip we crossed a little beach village which was untouched by tourist shops and hotels. Kids were happily playing the streets, dogs were (well fed) and chasing after each other between the trees, and adults were sitting together chatting and chilling out. There were also some fishermen in boats and little boys playing on the beach. It was a very idyllic atmosphere (well, except the garbage on the beach) and everyone was super friendly. All the little kids actually waved at us when we were driving past – so so so cute :)

Vietnamese village in Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc Fisher Village Vietnam

Fisher Village in Vietnam Phu Quoc Things to Do

Kids on a boat in Vietnam Phu Quoc Things to Do

Garbage on a beach in Vietnam

Vietnam local beach for village

Idyllic Beach in the north of Phu Quoc Vietnam

Village in Gành Dầu, Phú Quốc, Vietnam

Vespa in Gành Dầu, Phú Quốc, Vietnam

Vietnamese Street Food in Gành Dầu, Phú Quốc, Vietnam

Street Food in Gành Dầu, Phú Quốc, Vietnam

After our little trip we had Vietname Coffee (cà phê đá) in a café in the village. We actually got lost and spent so much time at other places we found along the way up north that we gave it up to continue searching for the hotel haha. It was getting dark already and we had a who-knows-how-long way home. So we just booked the hotel anyway as the reviews were really good and the photos stunning.

Also Cat Monkey enjoyed the little island tour :)

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Exploring Vietnam on the scooter. Dress like a local!