FIRST WORDS: Perfectly rustic.
BEST FOR: A Couple.
HIGHLIGHT: Stir-fried crabs by the seaside.
If creepy crawlies bother you, this is probably not the place for you. Personally, I love 'em – and waking up in a hut with giant geckos (actually enormous geckos) patrolling the walls for mosquitos makes me happy. With a net draped around your bed and a breeze blowing through the shutters, I must admit I felt a bit Robinson Crusoe. There is also something strangely exhilarating about an outdoor bathroom in the sun.
I can't say enough about the restaurant setting though; the water practically laps up against your feet. The staff are great, gentle and relaxed but still attentive. The food was sensational and the cocktails were pretty decent too. The coastline of the resort runs for a kilometre and the beach bar is a perfect place to put your feet up after a walk. The sea is okay – a little murky and some cheeky rocks about, but good enough to cool off in-between book chapters.
Coming back to the room after dinner, the staff had lit coils and candles and made the room feel luxurious. You can also order drinks to be waiting in your esky after the beach and the massage hut is in an incredible setting with reasonably priced deals (not Thailand cheapness, but better than Australia). A perfect place to end a trip to Vietnam as we did. After the hectic cities its nice to go back home to a big city with that laid-back beachy feeling. Pretty special place.
OTHER STUFF: No air-con of course (which is nice, I'm not really a fan… *accidental pun, but leaving it in there now!). 2 big fans in the room though. 2 restaurants (main one and beach bar). Lots of lounges around and a beach volleyball court, kayaks, board games etc. available.
LAST WORDS: Staying in an eco-resort is a fantastic experience. Gentle on the environment and you realise you don't need all the fancy jazz to have a relaxing, luxurious break.
- Also Known As:
- Mango Bay Hotel Phu Quoc Island
- Mango Bay Hotel
- Hotel Mango Bay
- 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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