Phu Quoc Island: Your Ultimate Destination Guide To Stay, Eat and Party
Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam. It is also known as “Pearl Island” thanks to its beaches with white sand. Phu Quoc Island’s transparent turquoise water makes it Vietnam’s most popular destination for water sports. That’s not all, 70% of the island is Phu Quoc National Park, which was recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2010.
From island hopping, to relaxing on the white sandy beaches, or feasting on fresh seafood, Phu Quoc Island should be on your bucket list.
Phu Quoc Island Resorts
Situated on Phu Quoc island’s thriving west coast, on Ba Keo Beach, Cassia Cottage is a former spice trader’s retreat turned into a boutique Phu Quoc island resort. This cinnamon-scented refuge of peace and calm offers guests a tropical getaway with 3 swimming pools, a private beach, a dive centre, massages, restaurants and more.
Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island
Award-winning Salinda Resort is a sustainable boutique resort that delivers a soulful luxury experience to their guests. Designed with sustainability and operating in an eco-friendly manner, more than 70% of the resort is covered with greenery and flowers which creates a home for indigenous birds and butterflies. Guests can choose to stay in their garden view, sea view or villas. Dining options include local Vietnamese cuisine, Indian cuisine and Italian cuisine. With an in-house spa, pool and beach bar and cigar lounge, there is absolutely something for everybody.
Restaurants in Phu Quoc
Saigonese Eatery has to be the best restaurant in Phu Quoc. In true Vietnamese hospitality, the entire team including the owner engaged with us despite being completely full.
The food at Saigonese Eatery was absolutely on point. From uni pate, to a fresh prawn ceviche, and eggplant with tofu cream that screams vegan, and soul satisfying desserts. The cheesecake is a must-order!
Although their selection of wines were on the smaller side, they were wines of better quality that paired really well with the dishes.
On The Rock Restaurant - Mango Bay Resort Phu Quoc
Located at the ocean’s edge within Mango Bay Resort is On The Rock Restaurant. This eco-conscious resort and restaurant allowed us to witness one of the most spectacular sunsets while sipping on handcrafted cocktails and cuisine.
This eco-conscious resort has paid a lot of attention to details from upcycling to repurposing. We ordered their Mango Bay Mezze Platter and were pleasantly surprised to realise their mezze were pounded by hand instead of a blender. We easily ordered several different cocktails and the use of fresh herbs was such a win.
The Spice House - Cassia Cottage
The Spice House evolved from the owner’s family kitchen. Using exclusive recipes from a spice expert’s cookbook, the dishes take advantage of fresh local ingredients and deep knowledge of Vietnamese spices.
Their dishes remain rooted in what they know best: quality spices and fresh ingredients. Their menu is a blend of Vietnamese dynamism with Mediterranean sensibilities. With access to the freshest ingredients from land and sea and the spices they use are sourced from their own plantations.
A classy Italian restaurant located within Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island. Thanks to the team at Salinda and iL Muro, we managed to get a table and had a beautiful dinner together. Service was outstanding and every dish from the breads, to olive oil to balsamic was really comforting. We ordered several dishes to share and although the Tiramisu was insta worthy, the Panna Cotta was so balanced that it stood out. Loved their Espresso Martini paired with it.
Crab House Phu Quoc
When in Vietnam, devouring fresh seafood is a must. We found Crab House Phu Quoc through Google reviews and decided to give it a go. When we first arrived, the decor was rather confusing but the seafood sure made up for it. We ordered their handmade Crab Cakes which were filled with crab meat. Another must order is their Prawns. Opt for the Cajun flavour and add on their baguette to dip into the sauce. We ordered their Blue Crab which is a local crab that had so much meat in it. We went with the Lemongrass Chilli and Garlic Butter which was fantastic.
Beach Bars and Nightlife in Phu Quo
Sailing Club Phu Quoc
Located at one of the more beautiful parts of Phu Quoc, Sailing Club Phu Quoc is a stylish beach club that is perfect to chill at on a lazy afternoon. Once the sun sets, this beach club transforms itself into a nightlife party.
Lounge by the pool or beach and sip on their perfectly mixed cocktails. We really enjoyed their Peach Tea cocktail which was rather refreshing. Even their fresh coconut was one of the sweetest we’ve had in Phu Quoc. Their menu features several different cuisines featuring Baos, Pizzas, Burgers and more.
Happy Buddha Club
Located at the top of a hill, Happy Buddha Club is a must-visit when you’re in Phu Quoc. We highly recommend hitching a ride to get up as it is a steep climb, but is worth the effort. Happy Buddha Club opens just twice a week, and the party does not start till much later in the night.
Owner Dennis single-handedly runs this inconspicuous bar. We loved how clean, and beautiful this rooftop bar was but more importantly, he makes a delicious Long Island Iced Tea.
This is the place to be for after parties and although we got there early, we had a wonderful time that no one wanted to leave. Guests were kind and friendly, making this a very unpretentious place to just chill out and appreciate good music. Happy Buddha Club accepts cash only.
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