The island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam is becoming more popular each year, and after visiting it a few months ago it’s easy to see why. The place is absolutely amazing, has loads of activities and accommodation for any budget.
I was looking to stay somewhere with a touch of class, so there was only going to be one hotel that fit the bill – La Veranda. This was the first upmarket hotel to appear on the island and it’s still the most popular. The colonial design, sweeping lush grounds and awesome beachfront location ensure that it’s the number one choice in Phu Quoc. If you’re going during the peak season make sure you guys book early because this charming boutique hotel always fills up quickly.
I got speaking to the staff there, they told me that the aim of La Veranda was for it to be almost like a home away from home, allow people to relax and be taken care of by the awesome staff. If that’s their aim then these guys are nailing it because I loved every second of being there, I almost didn’t want to leave but the travels had to continue!
So what makes this hotel so special?
There’s nothing better than waking up, pulling the curtains back and looking over the ocean. That’s how I know I am truly on a special holiday. La Veranda is perfectly set on the best stretch of beach you’ll find anywhere in Phu Quoc, the sand is so fine and the water so pristine that you’ll want to spend most of your day there.
The colonial feel of this place adds even more to the experience, the design is spot on. The first thing you’ll notice are the beautiful patterns on the tiles, wooden shutters and ceiling fans, which are typical of the Vietnamese colonial times. You can’t walk anywhere without being met by various colours of lilac, yellow and green.
There are about 70 rooms which might sound like a lot for a boutique hotel, but the rooms are spread out around the grounds in separate buildings – so you still get a secluded atmosphere. The colonial theme runs throughout the rooms with an added modern touch, which I think we all need these days. Before I get to what’s in the room, the best thing outside is the terrace or balcony which every single room has. If you can, book a room that faces the ocean so you can sit outside sipping a coffee in the morning with an amazing view, the higher the room the better the view.
The rooms are super spacious and really well designed, plus the beds are perfect for a good night of sleep. One thing that I really need is good wi-fi, so I was happy that the wifi was quick in the rooms. You’ve got the usual things in there; air-con, coffee machine, TV and a minibar.
The facilities here and the service are second to none. There are two restaurants and one bar; Pepper Tree, Le Jardin and Le Bar.
Le Jardin – This is the more chilled out option of the two and is one I used during the daytime. They serve food all day, you can eat by the pool or on the beach. Sipping cocktails and having snacks brought to the sun bed is what all of us need on a holiday. They often have theme nights, I was lucky enough to be there for a BBQ on the beach and Vietnamese street food.
Pepper Tree – This is the fine dining option. It’s the place to go if you want to eat some tasty Vietnamese Fusion food.
Le Bar – This has an elegant feel to it and it’s perfect for a relaxing drink. When the sun goes down there is a band each night which makes it a lot more lively.
There’s a pool, great gym and spa too. If you want to have the best massage ever then get it when you’re at La Veranda Phu Quoc- best I’ve ever had! They also do little small things to make the holiday more special, such as home made sorbets the staff hand out on the beach or by the pool, they’re much appreciated when the sun is beating down.
If you’re looking to get active then you can use the free kayaks, body boards, bikes to explore the island and take part in the daily yoga classes. If you’re with a group or have kids then ask reception for the volleyball and badminton gear.
Would I go there again?
I would head back to La Veranda Phu Quoc tomorrow if I could! When I have finished doing my challenges and charity trips around the world I’ll certainly be aiming to get back there as soon as possible. For the money you pay and what you get seems like a huge bargain.
Have any of you guys been to La Veranda or Phu Quoc before? I’d love to hear all about your experiences and tales, put anything you want to share down in the comment section below.