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
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 :)
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.