To start off, accommodation overall on Phu Quoc Island is overpriced for what you receive, and this place is no different. Not saying that this is a bad place, but if you've enjoyed the value elsewhere in Vietnam, then you're in for a bit of a shock here. Every place seems to charge more than what they're worth, and although the island is nice, it's no tropical paradise (by far), though it does have the genuine Vietnam feel about it.
It costs about $5usd for a taxi from the airport, but ensure you advise the driver of the correct name, as further up the road is another Mai Resort. I learnt the hard way, as my driver dropped off at the incorrect location. Luckily, another taxi came with guests shortly after and I managed to get to the correct spot with only a little delay.
The resort is located down a small road (which also leads to another resort), and thereby ensuring a quieter and less disturbed stay, as it's more private and secluded. The reception area is a short walk from the entrance gate through a pleasant garden (nothing spectacular) and has many sitting areas, and the staff are helpful and efficient. I was welcomed with a complimentary cold tea and was checked in rather quickly, especially as I arrived before the scheduled 2pm check in time. (NB: If you want to check in early, especially AM time, then you may have to pay an early check in fee.)
I had booked a garden bungalow style room, which are located close to reception and the beach (though no views of the beach, as these are reserved for other grades of rooms.). It had a private verandah with wooden sitting chairs and a garden. Inside is fairly spacious but quite basic in it's features. My room consisted of a rather firm queen bed (with mosquito net), air-conditioner (which has very bright lights emitting from it and can be a little bright at night for sleeping), mini-bar fridge (with only complimentary water) - this was also a bit noisy, a luggage rack, a small table with two chairs, a clothes hanging rack and an ensuite. The room's construction was very plain brick and clay tiles with a window with a garden view and another window which opened onto a rendered wall, and two fluoro lights at each end of the room. The ensuite was of the same construction in a wet-style, open showering concept with a western style toilet and a small sink and vanity mirror. The complimentary toiletries were very basic and the toilet paper rather cheap in quality. The ensuite also had a small window, which didn't lock, and was not very private (though you would have to make an effort to peer in - footnote for the perverts!).
Overall the room was expensive (approx. $65usd per night) for what you receive, even though it's adjacent to a nice beach. On the beach there is a nice restaurant / bar which serves good/tasty food and cold drinks (and cocktails), this is where breakfast is held. The staff are friendly, polite and very attentive. At night they hold a seafood BBQ, with several choices, in addition to the a la carte. The beach is nice and you only get hassled infrequently by locals - usually selling fruit. The prices for the restaurant is better value than the accommodation and comparable to usual Vietnamese prices. I did say the beach was nice, but coming from a West Aussie who is spoilt rotten by good, close beaches, I may be understanding the quality (those from Europe, Russia etc may think they're great???). Sun lounges are available to hotel guests, but are limited - especially the ones in the premium spots. Oh yeah, the sunsets are quite nice...again my West Aussie lifestyle may have under estimated this experience for others.
They have a spa and massage facility within the grounds, but I didn't utilise these services. However, I did hire a motorbike for a couple of days which was great value. (Approx. $5usd per day - cheaper the longer you hire.) The island is relatively easy to explore by yourself, and the hotel will provide a complimentary tourist map. (NB: If you do get lost don't take any directions or advice from the local kids as they don't care where they take you, they're only in it for the ca$h, and you'll probably end up more lost than before. Pay a taxi driver to get you where you need to be.)
As I have seen all there is on the island, I doubt I will ever return, but for those heading to Phu Quoc this is a relatively nice place to stay. If I could turn back the clock I would've forked out the many extra dollars required to stay at a 5 star resort rather than this place, yet it was still nice and I don't regret it. (Just the value for money is not like on the mainland.)
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