From the moment I was met at the airport by a lovely, smiling, friendly Mango Bay staff member, I had a good feeling about this place and it did not disappoint from beginning to end (I stayed a full two weeks). Absolutely everything about Mango Bay is peaceful and beautiful; the pictures on their website don't even do it justice (if that is imaginable). The bungalows (and every single thing in them, from the outside bathrooms to the beds to the furnishings) are perfect and the attention to detail is beyond anything I've ever experienced. The land, the beaches, the restaurant, the bar, the food - exquisite - from the traditional Vietnamese dishes (you must try Cha Ca Ha Noi - delicious!) to the fact that they bake their own bread, outstanding - and the cocktails, Phu Quoc Farmer, yum - thanks Tin!
Mango Bay is a retreat, an exotic and calm place to be with and part of the natural environment. The Wellness Centre, exquisite. The beaches, beautiful. I hired a motorcycle and explored the north (recommend only you're an experienced driver) to visit the small fishing villages and check out a few other beaches and resorts - honestly, nothing better than Mango Bay by a long shot. Worth the road trip if only to see more of the island's culture and villages.
But whether you choose to take a sunset cruise with a small group on the rustic, wooden Mango Bay boat (hugely recommend) or join the sunset yoga classes (heaven) on the beach (both free by the way - but I imagine not for long) you get personalised, honest, friendly real experiences that make you feel part of the culture, part of the Mango Bay family. It was my birthday and they even baked me a cake to present to me on the boat!
I could go on and on about Mango Bay, it is perfect, not an inch away from anything they advertise. Spot on.
But it's the staff that are worth an extra mention (I think almost every review here mentions that fact) Mango Bay staff are honestly and truly happy, and happy to be working for Mango Bay (all 100+) and it shows in every conversation you have and in every smile you receive - I stayed a particularly long time (who really wants to leave paradise when they find it) and I got to know many of the staff by name, who told me stories, and shared laughs and who became my friends - who new me by name (and not because that's their job).
If the rating goes to 100%, I'd give it 200%. If the stars go to 5 stars, I give it 6 stars.
I won't stay anywhere else on Phu Quoc than Mango Bay, and if I ever visit another tropical island anywhere I would only hope to find a resort and an experience as perfect as this.
Thank you everyone at Mango Bay - don't change a thing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a low density resort, driven by a passion for the environment, intelligent use of materials, and strong support for island culture. Mango Bay is tucked away off the beaten track, with Vietnam's first rammed earth bungalows, enclosed by beach and protected forest. There are no air-cons, television sets or telephones in the rooms for a true fusion with nature at the island's first eco-friendly resort. All rooms and bungalows have open sea views and offer mosquito nets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mango Bay Hotel Phu Quoc Island
- Hotel Mango Bay