Tropical weather, a laid-back vibe, and white-sand beaches make Phu Quoc a great destination for families. Here are the top kid-friendly hotels on the island, the largest in Vietnam.
The luxury Salinda is indisputably romantic, but the stunning beachfront property also draws plenty of families, especially during the main vacation periods. The 121-room hotel has a kiddy section in its infinity pool and a cute and light-filled kids’ club offering daily indoor activities such as arts and crafts, group games, and cartoons. The kids' club was one of the only kids' clubs we saw in Phu Quoc, and definitely the most impressive. Salinda's rooms start at a large 463 square feet, and its suites and villas have spacious living areas, some with dining tables. Most rooms have tubs. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel -- including the beach and the pool deck -- and free water, tea, and coffee are replenished daily free of charge. A wonderful breakfast buffet is free at the main restaurant daily, and includes and made-to-order pancakes and eggs. Babysitting services are available here, for a fee. During our visit we saw a good mix of couples and families, and the atmosphere was quiet and relaxing.
Daisy Resort is a charming upper-middle-range boutique set on a hillside, five minutes from the city center. All 45 of its rooms are air-conditioned bungalows with patios with hammocks, great outdoor bathrooms (most with showers), and great amenities, like free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. The largest units are one- and two-bedroom Family Suites, which have living space and share a semi-private pool. These units have the best views of the sea and the lush surrounding area. A low wall in the pool divides the adult area from the kiddy section, which is shallow enough for toddlers. Towels are provided daily free of charge. Other freebies include an excellent breakfast buffet (like at Salinda) and shuttle service to the beach, night market, and airport. All in all, this is a fantastic pick for couples and families seeking a quiet and friendly hotel, but travelers who prefer to be right on the beach may want to compare rates at Eden Resort, which features a lovely beach and a pleasant pool.
Eden Resort is a laid-back beach hotel by the airport and right off the main road, but it is much more tranquil than its location would suggest. Features here include a sandy beach, two restaurants, and two pools, including a beachfront one with a kiddy section and a whirlpool. The 166 rooms are big, light, and airy, with large windows offering ocean or garden views. Standard amenities include air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, minibars, safes, electric kettles, and free water. Most rooms have shower/tub combos. Like Salinda and daisy, Wi-Fi and buffet breakfast are included in all rates, though the service can feel overcrowded during peak season. Airport transfers are available for a fee. There isn't a full kids' club, but there is a game room with toys for toddlers. Famiana Resort & Spa also has a beach and two pools, so is a good alternative for travelers on a tighter budget.
Tucked away at the end of an unpaved road, Long Beach Resort Phu Quoc wows at first sight. A stunning traditional Vietnamese brick-and-wood gate opens onto a big stone driveway flanked on one side by a white four-story building partially hidden behind palm trees and tropical flowers, and a lush garden on the other. Long Beach doesn't have the level of luxury of Salinda, or the charm of Daisy or Eden, but it is a great pick for those looking for peace and quiet. There aren't many kid-friendly amenities on-site, but during our stay we noticed that the mostly German and Australian client base contained a surprising number of families. The hotel has a nice, big pool with sea views and a separate kiddy section, though when we were there, most guests seemed to prefer the beach. The 119 rooms are split between simple and contemporary Modern Rooms and stunningly ornate Ancient Rooms with terraces. Aside from their traditional Vietnamese design, Ancient Rooms also stand out for their gorgeous bathrooms, which have wooden soaking tubs. Modern rooms only have showers, and Family Studios and Family Deluxe Rooms are available in this category. Breakfast is varied, tasty, and included in all rates, but the lunch and dinner menus get mixed reviews.
Famiana Reort & Spa is a pleasant beachfront hotel between Duong Dong and the airport. The property is made up of two sections separated by the main road, each with several dozen rooms, a restaurant, and a pool (both with shallower sections for kids, plus pool towels and flotation devices). Good-sized rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and great bathrooms with separate rain showers and tubs. An excellent breakfast buffet is served daily free of charge (expect pancakes, crepes, rice dishes, noodles, pho, made-to-order eggs, and several types of fresh fruits), but food at the main restaurant is a little overpriced. A game room has some toys for kids and two computers. In this price range, Eden Resort is more charming and has a bigger beach.
The 34-room Paris Beach Phu Quoc is a friendly budget property on the beach, 10 minutes from Duong Dong city center. Rooms feature charming vine-covered patios and solid amenities such as air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. Decor is dated throughout, and some rooms are a little tight, though the three larger poolside villas with kitchenettes are great for families. The cute beachfront restaurant serves a free breakfast buffet daily, as well as a la carte lunches and barbecue dinners with ocean views. The pool is small and pleasant, with a kiddy section, a snack bar, and a couple dozen wooden loungers placed under big umbrellas. The property is lovely throughout, and location right on the beach is convenient, but rates can be higher than at other similar properties in the area, and noise from the adjacent construction sites can be an issue.