Trip to Phu Quoc -
once I will start by with the conclusion after staying at the island
for 6 days and driving around I have come to the conclusion that
Salinda Phu Quoc Island Resort and Spa has to be the best resort and
hotel on the island. But this does not mean that it is perfect in the
following review I will give my view of what is great and what is not so
We were picked up from the airport by the resort (it was complimentary) and the drive to the hotel only took like 10 minutes. The lobby area is quite impressive as the car took us up a ramp to the lobby and there is a large fountain in the middle. We were offered to sit in a sofa while they fixed the check in and we were also offered a cold towel and 4 different shots of fruit juice. We got room number 205 and this is a standard room with a hill view. As the resort seemed quite empty we were almost a bit disappointed that we were not upgraded to a better room.
We were a bit surprised to see that we had been given a twin bed and not a king-size bed as far as I can tell from the booking process it is not really possible to choose this and I think it can create a bit of confusion from arriving guests. The first night we spent on our separate queens size beds but the next day when we mentioned this in the reception they turned the two beds into a huge XXL kingsize beds that was firm but very comfortable and the pillows came in various sizes and firmness.
The room itself looked modern on entry after all it is only a few weeks since it opened. There were large white tiles on the floor and the walls were painted in light colors. One of the walls had vague marks on the walls and it looked like water or moisture had been running down the wall at some stage. Behind the bed there were some colorful mosaic vases and they were a nice touch to the neutral colors on the walls in the room. The room featured a 40ish inch flat screen TV that included a lot of channels in good quality and the TV also include info about the island, weather forecast etc. The TV did seem to be vulnerable to bad weather so when the weather turned bad the TV image/sound and internet would be bad but I guess that is something that is expected on an island. The desk below the TV included a water boiler with coffee and tea but also a fridge for various drinks there were also a lot of bottles of liquor on the desk that were for sale. As usual the prices of beer and soft drinks were quite horrendous compared to prices at the local grocery store. One example is a 333 beer that you can buy at the liqueur store for 10.000 VND (50 US Cent) while it costs 75.000 USD in the hotel minibar (3.50 USD).
room has a balcony with a couple of chairs and a small table but also
a rack that could be used to hang up e.g. wet swimwear.
The bathroom is also quite beautiful with tiles, a large shower corner and a number of amenities by the sink. I would have liked to see more space around the sink to put down the toiletry bags and it would have been great with more shelves and hooks - there was actually only one hook in the bathroom. The shower features either a large rain forest shower head or a hand held shower head with various settings. In the shower there was a shampoo, bath gel and conditioner in containers that would be refilled the products seemed to be of good quality. Again I would have liked to see more space for various products like razor, shave cream etc. We got two bottles of water everyday but they did not seem too fuzzy about this and we got more when they did the turndown service at night.
the resort can boast about a large pool, pool bar and beach front
access. We had lunch in the pool bar and had great fish and chips and
there was even a live band to keep us company. The staff was polite and
ready to take our order at any time. The pool is large and there are
lots of sun beds that you can use and you can even find sun beds on the
breakfast was great it is not totally over the top but it contains a
good selection of all that you need. Good and fresh orange juice, a
variety of coffee (try the Vietnamese coffee it is excellent) but also
cereal, bread, an egg station, a noodle station and fruit. There were
some issues during breakfast e.g. there were not signs on all the
dishes to start with, some communication problems etc but in general the
breakfast was excellent.
All in all a beautiful but expensive resort with a great pool, beach access, restaurant, bar etc. If money is not an issue I dont think you have to look any further for a resort in Phu Quoc. You can read more about Salinda Phu Quoc Island Resort and Spa on their homepage. Feel free to get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.