See the stunning Phu Quoc resorts with secluded tropical grounds, quiet atmospheres, and panoramic sunset views.
As far as romance, seclusion and intimacy go, the stunning Chen Sea Resort & Spa is the clear winner. The boutique hotel has a quiet atmosphere and just 36 rooms and villas set up in four rows along the beach. All villas feature big outdoor areas with comfortable lounge furniture; great bathrooms with separate showers and tubs; and upscale amenities such as large flat-screen TVs with cable channels, free Wi-Fi, custom-made reflexology slippers, and Thann toiletries. Small stone paths flanked by grass and tropical plants run between them, allowing for a high level of privacy, while common areas are clustered together in a spacious lawn overlooking the beach. This layout allows for panoramic sea views from most of its rooms and all common areas, including the open-air Italian/Vietnamese restaurant, the pool, and even the spa. Due to the hotel’s location on the western coast of Phu Quoc, sunsets are particularly stunning here, and the bar is particularly popular for sunset drinks; it has a number of bean bags and cocoon-shaped chairs on a spacious lawn by the beach.
Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island isn't as intimate as Chen Sea Villas (with 121 rooms to Chen Sea's 36 villas, Salinda has around triple the accommodations), but it is arguably even more luxurious. Even before getting a taste of Salinda’s high-end services (think: standard turndown daily, personalized check-in with cold towels, and waiter service at the beach and pool), the hotel wows with impeccable interior design and beautiful lush grounds. Rooms start at 463 feet, so even the smallest units are big enough for at least a massive king-size bed; suites and villas have spacious living areas. All bathrooms but those in Deluxe Rooms have separate rain showers and deep soaking tubs. Salinda offers an array of excellent dining options, including two restaurants, a beach and poolside snack bar, and a lobby lounge. Surrounded by a large deck with dozens of loungers and umbrellas, the gorgeous infinity pool is a major highlight here. It features a cute kiddy section, a shaded whirlpool, and serene panoramic views of the beach. And tucked away in a quiet spot overlooking a serene garden is the hotel’s elegant, Asian-inspired spa, which is one of the best in the area.
Daisy Resort stands out for its overall charm, stunning views, and attention to detail. It's nowhere near as luxurious as Chen Sea and Salinda, but this 45-room boutique hotel makes the most of its hillside location, with a stepped design that allows for panoramic views from many of its rooms and all of its common spaces. Lovely thatched bungalows with private patios, hammocks, and incredible natural stone and wood outdoor bathrooms cascade down from the top of the hill. Below is the beautiful pool, the casual restaurant (which serves Vietnamese and international food), and the reception area. Every inch of the gardens is covered with palm trees, mango and banana trees, lemongrass, and bougainvillea, and small clearings make just enough space for cute stone paths (and many steps).
The sprawling, eco-friendly Mango Bay Resort has a laid-back vibe and lovely rustic-chic design. Its 44 rooms and villas are unplugged, but gorgeous and upscale, with natural materials such as stone, terra-cotta, and wood, plus mosquito netting over the four-poster beds. The stand-alone villas are housed in thatched buildings, with huge, private terraces, and gorgeous outdoor bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi, 100 percent cotton sheets (changed on request only to save water and energy), safes, beach bags, and flip-flops are standard amenities, and water jugs and thermos are provided in all rooms instead of mineral or purified water in plastic bottles. Mango Bay's focus is on relaxation, but there is plenty to keep guests active, including a small spa, free yoga and tai-chi classes, free non-motorized water sports, loaner bikes, and free shuttle service to Duong Dong. The restaurant serves excellent Asian cuisine in an open pavilion built directly on the rocks overlooking the sea, and the beach bar is a popular spot for sunset drinks and tapas. The hotel offers direct access to three sandy bays, but there is no pool on-site (as opposed to Daisy Resort, whose lovely pool has sweeping sea and sunset views, plus a pool bar).
Located on a remote beach 25 minutes north of Duong Dong, Sea Sense Resort is a quiet and self-contained property with tropical plants and trees covering every inch of its 10-acre grounds. The 28 air-conditioned rooms are all housed in simple, but spacious bungalows, each one equipped with a minibar, flat-screen TV, sofa bed, and free Wi-Fi. All rooms have big furnished terraces, many of which have direct access to the beach, which is one of the most intimate and romantic in the area. Pairs of loungers are spread out over a long stretch of sand, offering a level of privacy rarely seen in Phu Quoc. Housed in an open pavilion built on stilts over the sea, Sunset Restaurant is romantic and charming, with a candlelit pier jutting out into the sea, and well-spaced-out tables on a large wooden deck. The menu includes delicious Vietnamese cuisine along with a few international options. Sea Sense's infinity pool is pleasant and big enough for laps, and its spa is made up of two small huts, one by reception and one by the pool, each offering an array of massages, mani-pedis, and waxing services.
Thanh Kieu Beach Resort is a simple but charming mid-range property built on a long, sandy beach an easy walk from a handful of casual restaurants and cafes. Each of the 40 rooms is housed in a cute bungalow with a pleasant patio and outdoor bathroom -- all offer a semi-unplugged vacation, with no TVs or phones. (Wi-Fi is free, though.) A nice breakfast spread with made-to-order eggs and fresh fruit is served daily at the garden restaurant, and lunch and dinner are available at the beach bar at reasonable rates. With no pool and no spa (both present at Sea Sense), this boutique is better suited for couples wanting to spend their time at the beach or exploring the island than for families.
There are some big selling points at Eden Resort: its beautiful beach, beachfront pool, excellent sunset views, lovely gardens, and location near the airport and several restaurants and bars. The 166 rooms are large and sunny, but wear and tear is visible on some furniture and floors. The ocean-facing main restaurant serves generous portions of average international cuisine, and the beach bar offers a good selection of snacks, small bites, and cocktails. Eden's main pool is located right by the beach, and features a handful of loungers and umbrellas and a small whirlpool under some palm trees. Although the hotel lacks a full spa, there are four massage rooms on-site offering an array of treatments and salon services. Two of the rooms are glass-enclosed and built on stilts over a charming lotus pond; the other two are directly on the beach, and feature muslin curtains for privacy.
The 119 rooms at Long Beach Resort Phu Quoc's come in two main categories (and two main and wildly different personalities): Modern Rooms are bland, generic, and stuffy, with no balconies, while Ancient Rooms are gorgeous and ornate, with unique traditional Vietnamese design, beautiful wooden bathrooms, and spacious balconies with serene garden views. The upper-middle-range resort is on a beach that is pleasant and sandy, with a number of wooden loungers and thatched umbrellas, and a bar with panoramic sunset views. Breakfast is varied, tasty, and included in all rates, but the lunch and dinner menus get mixed reviews (unlike the praised food at Sea Sense).