Freedom Land (two words on their sign outside the front gate) is special for what it is and what it's not. What its not is conventional luxury. This is not 5 star place with all the amenities. No pool, not "on the beach", not great wifi and not even any hot water.. So why a five star rating? I think there's a new kind of luxury which comes from authentic experiences shared with great people and great food. Yes, the food. How extraordinary to have world class outstanding food - served in the middle of a jungle - where no one is wearing shoes, and the most formal attire is a tee shirt? How incredible! And the shared table - long and sociable - provides a wonderful opportunity to meet others from across the globe - making a trek through S.E. Asia. Doubtless without the two proprietors insisting, as they did with me when I called for a reservation that, "this place might not be for you" and thus weeding out the people who wouldn't appreciate such a place, maybe the experience wouldnt have been as good. I totally LOVED the food - and each day it was a magical treat. And Peter and Rita, the owners/managers were always welcoming and helpful. The beach - about 10-15 minute walk is quiet, pristine, wonderful. Not much going on - and taking a day or two or more to read, relax and as my French friends say - enjoy, "le plaisir de ne rien faire" (the pleasure of doing nothing) is part of the luxury which this place does have. Not to mention the free bikes on offer.. which i used to take a tour of the northern half of the island - which had me going for some 6 hours including an unscheduled invite by some fishermen to join them for lunch - free - (another luxury?) on the one end of another incredible beach - deserted yet obviously teeming with fish. So, I'll definitely go back and hope the island remains less developed than other parts of S.E. Asia. Bravo to the owners and thanks for the good times.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Freedomland offers an home style hospitality, where you can relax amongst friends you have just met, swapping stories over dinner after a day of adventure exploring the island or a day of total relaxation on the nearby beach. As each day goes by, you will appreciate we are not a hotel. LOCATION: Located 15 minutes walk to Ong Lang beach, nestled in a jungle-like area in the North West of Phu Quoc island. 20Km from the airport (about 45 min. Drive); 10km from the main town (15 min. Drive) BUNGALOWS: We designed our bungalows in harmony with the surrounding environment. They are opened enough to allow air flow, furnished with fans (no A/C), wooden furniture locally made and mosquito nets. There is no tv plasma, no hot water (method Kneipp ;), no hairdryers, no minibar and no air conditioned in our bungalows. FOOD & DRINK: Exclusively for lucky freedomland guests, family and friends every night we cook a communal dinner when everyone has the opportunity to meet, enjoy the food and the ambiance. Peter's cuisine is a skilful blend of vietnamese and European cuisine. All the guests fell in love with the Peter's cooking, and he likes sharing his love for food. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Freedomland Phu Quoc Hotel Phu Quoc Island