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
Vin Pearl Phu Quoc
Vin Pearl Phu Quoc
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
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.

 

For more ideas for travelling in Vietnam, read this :)

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After a long weekend in Hvar we took the ferry back to Split and rented a car to drive up to Istria, the largest (and a super beautiful!) peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. We decided to break up the 6h way from Split to Pula by visiting the waterfalls in the Krka National Park that is located approx. 70 mins from Split.

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Bring your bikini…

The Krka National Park offers a range of sights from beautiful waterfalls to a tiny island (Visovac) in the Krka river that was settled by Franciscan monks in 1445. If the weather is hot you can also swim in some parts of the waterfalls :) We didn’t have enough time to visit the island as we had to continue our drive up to Pula so there are no photos of it in this post. The Visovac island is supposed to be very pretty and quaint though, so if you have a bit more time in the Krka National Park, make sure to check it out.

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

.. and comfy shoes!

It takes around 20-30 mins to walk from the visitor centre to the waterfalls. It’s a hiking path though, so you’d need some comfy shoes. There is also a shuttle bus that takes you from the visitor centre to the waterfalls and back. We decided to hike to the waterfalls and take the bus back :)

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

There is a pathway that leads through all the different little and bigger waterfalls in this part of the Krka National Park. It took us around one hour for the whole way but we stopped a lot of times and we also had a break for swimming.

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips
Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Aren’t the Krka waterfalls super stunning? The entire area looks like an enchanted forest from a fairytale! To see for yourself, book your trip to Croatia! It’s such a beautiful country with extremely friendly people. I will post more about my Croatia trip soon! X

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Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

There is not always a ‘real’ summer in Northern & Western Europe, so sometimes you just have to do deal with rain. I personally like summer rain but only if the temperature stays hot like in tropical destinations. This generally is not the case in Europe. Quite the opposite. A rainy day usually means that it’s a good idea to bring that jumper or light jacket with you. And an umbrella, of course.

Yet, rain doesn’t mean that the day is not beautiful. I spent a rainy summer day in Ghent and it was gorgeous. I love sitting in cafes, having a cappuccino or a glass of wine and reading in my kindle. What else is there to do when it’s raining haha. If you are not a fan of wine, did you know that Belgium has some really amazing beer?!

Architecture Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

Ghent makes a great weekend trip if you are based in Europe. Here are some of the must-see sights in Ghent: Gravensteen Castle, Saint Nicholas Church, Graslei and Korenlei, St. Michael’s Bridge, St. Bavo’s Cathedral, The Belfry, Vismarkt. Check out the Ghent tourism website for much more info and more suggestions for things to do in Ghent: Visit Ghent

Saint Nicholas Church

Graslei and Korenlei & St. Michael’s Bridge

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

 

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

The Belfry & Vismarkt

Vrijdagmarkt

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

 

12th Century castle Gravensteen

Ghent City Centre

There is so much to see in the city centre! Don’t forget to walk through a few of the quaint streets that will lead you to lots of hidden sights :)

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

.. and if you are lucky, after rain, there will be sun :)

So after all, the sun did decide to make an appearance. Perfect to walk through Ghent’s beautiful alleys and see the city’s stunning historic architecture. And if you like, hop on and have a little tour on the coach. FYI, I’m just pretending – I’m super allergic against horses. This kind of city tour would be such a nightmare for me haha

 

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

 

Ghent is such a beautiful city with lots of stunning historic architecture and quaint little alleys and shops. If you are doing an extended Western Europe trip, make sure to add a couple of days in Ghent to your agenda. And if you are a fan of little coastal towns, check out these 7 reasons why you should visit Belgium’s Ostend.

 

 

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