I returned to Phu Quoc Island for the first time in over a year and noticed a lot of changes on ‘Pearl Island’, such as the new airport and a number of new resorts to welcome more tourists.
I spent a weekend at Sol Beach House Phu Quoc, a new international resort managed by Meliá Hotels International and the first Sol resort in Vietnam.
Our group were welcomed in the well-appointed, spacious lobby with a view out over the garden and the sea, a display of colourful flowers, a stylish bar, and a décor of light blue and white that made me feel fresh at the very beginning of my holiday by the ocean.
We then enjoyed a lunch prepared by Italian executive chef Massimiliano Pauletto at The Shack restaurant, with its sea views and breezy, open space. Lunch was great and featured local specialties such as sardine salad and steamed grouper as well as some Spanish delights such as seafood paella and grilled beef with Phu Quoc pepper. Chef Massimiliano and his team will run three restaurants at the resort, including The Kitchen, an all-day dining restaurant offering a variety of modern international cuisine, the OLA Beach Club, serving top-notch Mediterranean-style seafood dishes, and The Shack, designed as a traditional Spanish beach bar and serving guests delicious international street food and healthy, refreshing juices and smoothies.
Located on Truong Beach, the casually chic and modern Sol Beach House Phu Quoc boasts 284 rooms and suites overlooking the sea, making it ideal for laid-back couples, single travellers, families, groups of friends, and young-at-heart seniors looking to enjoy new experiences. Personally, I liked the elegant and fresh colour palette of light blue and white. My room was on the sixth floor, providing a panorama of the resort, the vast ocean, and a coconut forest stretching out to the beach.
The resort offers a full list of experiences and activities from morning to night, giving guests the option of doing everything or nothing at all. Sol Beach House Phu Quoc features programs that balance the mind and the body, such as yoga, meditation and tai-chi, together with local culture and cuisine workshops, outdoor activities like surfing, paddle boarding, and diving, as well as live and acoustic music and sunset performances by the in-house DJ.
I had some great moments at sunset and while swimming and lying in a hammock listening to the waves lap ashore and gazing up at the sky and the stars in the evening.
There is also a free-form infinity swimming pool overlooking the sea, a fully-equipped gym, an in-house yoga instructor, comfortable hammocks and Bali beds, a library with a communal table, a kids’ club, and free wi-fi throughout the property. Sol Beach House Phu Quoc is also an exceptional choice for small pet owners.
‘Phu Quoc is the perfect destination for our casual, natural, “barefoot at its finest” lifestyle,’ said Magdalena Martorell, General Manager of Sol Beach House Phu Quoc. ‘Our aim was to create an open environment with a focus on nature, relaxation and personalised services. We look forward to welcoming guests to our intimate paradise.’
The resort is offering a special opening promotion, starting from VND2,310,000 ($100) per room per night, including breakfast for two and the 5% service charge and 10% VAT, valid until 27 April. For further information, visit: www.melia.com.