Where to eat, sleep and watch sunsets on Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island
Written by Joel Porter from Evening Standard UK
Where to Stay
The biggest decision to make when choosing a hotel on Phu Quoc is if you want to stay closer to town or sacrifice some of the convenience by staying somewhere more remote. Both options have pros and cons, so a good solution is to stay in a couple of different areas.
Salinda Resort is located just north of the airport and is one of the most luxurious hotels on the island. It has an excellent patch of beach, comfy sun loungers shaded by tall palm trees, and top-notch service – just think about adjusting your sun umbrella and three guys will instantly appear from nowhere to help you. Just back from the beach there’s a big infinity pool, a bar and two restaurants, a gym, and pool tables. The breakfast buffet is one of the most lavish we’ve witnessed with everything from cakes and tarts to pizza and savoury pies to choose from alongside the usual eggs and fruit.
Salinda, like many of the new hotels on Phu Quoc, has been built as eco-friendly as possible which is a good sign for the island’s future sustainability. Accoya wood, the world’s most sustainable and durable wood, has been used for a lot of the outdoor architecture and the gardens have been landscaped with 100 types of trees and flowers. The pool uses salt filtration instead of chlorine and even the air conditioners and water mixers in the rooms are the most energy-efficient available.