Inside the newest luxury hotel on Serene Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam

    Life in Phu Quoc has always revolved around the water. Closer to Cambodia than to Vietnam, the island’s economy was driven by fishing and, to a lesser extent, pearl diving before luxury travel landed here in 2006, with the opening of La Veranda Resort, now a MGallery property.

    Since then, brands like JW Marriott and InterContinental have made claims over swathes of sand. But on April 19, the Regent Phu Quoc shook up the island’s opulent landscape in a gorgeous, magical way.

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    The resort is located on the island’s longest beach, aptly named Long Beach, as part of an “integrated resort complex” with IHG’s InterContinental Hotel Phu Quoc. And like its new home on the island, the water is in the heart of Regent Phu Quoc.

    Main Complex - Credit: Regent Phu Quoc

    Main Complex – Credit: Regent Phu Quoc

    Regent Phu Quoc

    It has five massive communal pools, including two rooftop infinity pools, countless koi ponds, lotus-dotted lagoons and towering, hand-blown glass coral waters in the grand lobby entrance. In addition, all 123 villas at the resort and some suites have private pools.

    “Phu Quoc has a beautiful marine culture. But it’s not just the clear waters and sandy beaches. It’s an island with beautiful energy,” says General Manager Juan Losada. “Guests can take long walks on the beach and watch the most beautiful sunset in Vietnam.”

    A bathroom in the villa - Credit: Regent Phu Quoc

    A bathroom in the villa – Credit: Regent Phu Quoc

    Regent Phu Quoc

    Designed by Asia-based Blink Design Group, the resort carefully blends cream and cypress colors with Emperador marble and subtle Vietnamese influences noted in the villas’ tiled rooftops, vaulted ceilings, and bespoke Bovi style. Inspired by the wooden trusses found in traditional Vietnamese homes, the latter tastefully decorate the living room’s rug, candle shades, and sheer screen behind the matte black bathtub.

    The ‘Legend of the King’s Well’, a folkloric tale of Phu Quoc, is brightly illustrated on bathrobes along with pepper and fish used to make fish sauce – two of what Phu Quoc is famous for. This design is skillfully placed throughout the resort; You can even spot it on umbrellas and a bartender’s pocket square.

    One-Bedroom Pool and Balcony Villa - Credit: Regent Phu Quoc

    One-Bedroom Pool and Balcony Villa – Credit: Regent Phu Quoc

    Regent Phu Quoc

    While Garden Pool Suites and Terrace Pool Villas are the most private options, the four-bedroom Lagoon Pool Villas and seven-bedroom Beach Villas are the largest. Like all villas, it comes with a private kitchen equipped with everything you need to cook a family meal or receive a private chef. Along with 48 other villas, these villas have access to the Regent Club and its suite of perks such as all-day breakfast, free flowing alcohol, afternoon tea, and free childcare. Later this year, the resort will launch the Serenity, the island’s only luxury boat, for champagne cruises and snorkeling sessions to the protected reefs of the Biosphere Reserve.

    For a resort with 342 keys, Regent did a great job of making the place feel intimate and calm. You’ll also get a feel for how lush palm fronds and ferns are as you cruise around the resort on your personal bikes. Other workout options include a Technogym gym on the top floor and a separate yoga studio with floor-to-ceiling views of the Gulf of Siam in the distance. The spa has ten rooms, including several treatment suites equipped with modern amenities such as the Crystal massage bed, the Spa Wave bed and the Bastien Gonzalez nail salon.

    The Rice Market Restaurant - Credit: Regent Phu Quoc

    The Rice Market Restaurant – Credit: Regent Phu Quoc

    Regent Phu Quoc

    Vietnam is serious about its food culture, especially breakfast, and the resort is no different. The morning at Rice Market begins with Vietnamese coffee, followed by a trip to the phở station and your bánh mì area, along with a variety of Western options. For lunch or dinner, order a mix of Vietnamese and Chinese dishes such as Wagyu and pineapple salad, addictive dim sum and locally fried tiger prawns.

    As the sun sets, the rooftop is the place to be. At Pho Bar, bartenders make cocktails with 23 types of gin while live music ennobles avid beachgoers. Open for lunch and dinner, the Ocean Club serves creamy pasta, island-caught squid, and its signature scallop dish. In October, Oko, an omakase counter meets steakhouse, and Jade Bar, a cool eatery, will charm diners with premium beef cuts and an island-inspired bar menu. Prices start at $360.

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