In December, I decided to visit the recently opened InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort in Vietnam for my year-end holidays. The resort, located on in the up and coming resort island of Phu Quoc, is about 15 minutes from the international airport.
My journey to the resort began with an airport pickup, which is part of the club room package. The resort is located along a beautiful stretch on the west side of the island called Long Beach. From afar, we can already see the Sky Tower of the resort, as it is the tallest building in that area.
The resort has 459 rooms, suites and villas spread out across 4 building wings and the Sky Tower. I walked through the grand entrance, located under the sky tower, which opened up to a majestic view of the two infinity pools running through the middle of the resort. What a marvellous sight, with the ocean and sky in the background. I was already amazed while the reservation manager walked me towards the Club Lounge to check-in.
The Club Lounge is located on the left side of the resort and consists of a long space with various seating options. They even have a small private pool for club lounge guests! To do this place justice, I have separately reviewed the club lounge.
After checking in, I was escorted to my room which was located on the left vertical side of the hotel. My room, a Resort Classic room with the pool view, was larger than usual hotel rooms at 49 sqm. The room was nicely decorated with a soft palette and incorporated various elements of Vietnamese designs.
The room came with a large walk-in closet to the right of the entrance. There was also a Nespresso coffee machine on a shelf near the entrance. In the middle of the room was the huge comfortable bed, while a small sofa and table complemented the room. The room then extended out with a balcony overlooking the pool. The bathroom was spacious and occupied maybe a third of the room. A gorgeous bathtub sat on the right end, while separate rain shower cubicle and toilet cubicle sits on the left side. The room came equipped with toiletries from the luxury wellness brand HARNN, a nice upgrade from the standard Agraria in most other InterContinentals worldwide.
Speaking of HARNN, there was a HARNN Heritage Spa located on the left side of the resort. The path to the spa cut through a small forest, making the walk there a pleasant one. The spa had a large check-in area, which showcased various HARNN products, as well as providing space to relax and obtain a mani-pedi or hair treatment. On the left side of the spa were treatment rooms inside wooden huts. These treatment rooms were for massages and they overlooked the peaceful Lotus lagoon.
There was never a shortage of activities in the resort. There were daily organized activities such as Yoga, Beach volleyball, guided runs and exercises in the well-equipped gym. These activities were led by the resort staff, and also serve as a good socializing ground to meet other resort guests. Other than guided activities, the resort also contained a games room with pool, foosball, PlayStations and chess. For those who would rather not do much, there was also a cinema in the resort, which was apparently the only cinema in Phu Quoc Island!
Of course, not to be outdone, the resort also had meticulously planned out activities for children. There was a large Planet Trekkers children’s clubhouse which had various stuffed animals, ball pits, toys and cartoon shows which would suit children of all ages. For those who wanted to be more active, there were also small bicycles for them. However, the masterpiece for the children was the special children’s pool area on the right side of the resort. There was a large water playground set and slides here which looked very fun! This area was constantly packed with kids who were clearly enjoying themselves.
As for food options, the resort comes with five restaurant and bars. The main dining area was Sora & Umi, a Japanese / Vietnamese restaurant where breakfast was served. Ombra, an Italian restaurant and bar with great wood oven pizza was located next to the pool, while Sea Shack, a fresh seafood casual dining option was further down by the beach. There was also a small convenience store of sort on the resort called Mercado, which sold coffee, fresh pastries as well as some groceries.
Among the dining options, the signature restaurant, Lava, was located on the right side of the resort. Lava was a fine dining restaurant serving seafood which you could freshly pick. They also had an impressive wine menu, with various affordable Bordeaux to fancier options such the Opus One! Lastly, on the top of the Sky Tower sits the cocktail bar INK360, which is the tallest bar on the island. The sunset views from there were superb!
I was quite curious as to the rooms in the Sky Tower and was afforded the chance to view them. The Sky Tower housed larger 1 to 3 bedroom suites which are ideal for large families. Guests staying in club rooms in the Sky Tower also have access to a separate club lounge called the Pearl Lounge. This was quite a surprise to me, as the resort has two separate club lounges. I was told that this is to spread out the guests to avoid congestion. Well thought out indeed!
There were also various other suites and large villas in the resort. I was able to view the panoramic suites with their oversized decks. These suites were located at the end of each wing, and offered a great view of the ocean, as well as more privacy.
During my five days in the resort, I was completely relaxed and enjoyed every moment of it. There was so much to do in the resort if you wanted to, or you can just relax and chill under a cabana by the pool or sunbath by the ocean. I really enjoyed my time there, and definitely recommend visiting the resort and Phu Quoc Island before it becomes too commercialized!
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