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“A hideaway less than an hour from HCM”
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Mango Bay Resort
Ranked #8 of 103 Hotels in Phu Quoc Island
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“A hideaway less than an hour from HCM”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

We stumbled onto this hideaway after being recommended by friends.If your looking for a cheap holiday with excellent service and privacy this is the place.Food was fantastic.We especially recommend the Barby seafood dinner.Less than an hour from HCM.Well worth a stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Cat Ba, Vietnam
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Mango Bay Resort is one of the most beautiful little places on Phu Quoc Island. The staff is always kind and willing to go the extra mile for you at every turn. The resort has a very beautiful layout with on 'campus' spa, bar and restaurants, pretty much every thing you could need. The beach (during the rainy season) isn't much of a beach since the seas are too rough to swim in, but the dry season should prove to be a different matter.

The Plantation Bungalows are equipped with clean beds, mosquito nets, a safe, cubby holes for clothes and various other things, board games, water bottles, an open air bathroom with various toiletries. The bathroom is a little unusual and can feel strange if you're not used to peeing in an open aired restroom (very private with four walls, but a roof over part of it) it's more glamorous than it sounds..... trust me. Everything the bungalows are equipped with is modern, 'green' and aesthetically exceptional.

The food.... is fantastic. Pricey for Vietnam, yes, but honestly, you can't find food like this in the west so you might as well pay lower than normal Western prices. I can attest to the fact that the fresh spring rolls, Ban xeo, Tom Yum Goong, Penne pasta, Tofu in a clay pot, lemon juice and all of the breakfasts are exceptional. Personally, I would go for all of the vietnamese food since it's by far the best. The western food is also delicious, but you can find that at home.

The cooking class is fun and worth doing and so is the island tour. The guides and teachers for both of these activities are fun, encouraging if you want to practice your Vietnamese, kind and knowledgable.

Not a lot of complaints here. My only Caveat is that this is DEFINITELY more of a couples paradise than a family place. That shouldn't scare anyone away, there is nothing that would be dangerous or cautionary for families, but honestly... I felt like I was on my honeymoon..... with my mom.

Mango Bay Resort is a fantastic place for you and your loved ones to relax and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam. Be prepared for peace, quiet and delicious food.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

This place is seriously nice....the location is perfect, right on the beach... the accomodation is lovely... the staff are really attentive and helpful... and the food and cocktails are really good. I can't think of anything else I would have wanted for the last 3 days of our Vietnam trip. It was so peacful and relaxing at the resort and everything was done out so nicely in a simple style but still really comfortable and luxurious. We did the Islan tour, which was OK but maybe a bit expensive and also the snorkeling trip which was really good and I would definitely recommend (but watch out for the sun- we got badly burnt!), and also had a massage which was really good and again good value (compared to UK prices everything is in Vietnam!).

We got a special deal- 3 nights for the price of 2 which made the stay really good value. The only minor down side is that because the resort is farily remote it is quite tricky to go out for dinner so you tend to have most meals in the resort unless you go out for the day. This is fine because the food and drinks there are really nice, but definitely quite expensive as you mgiht expect.

I would go back there again and tell others to go because it is just a gorgeous place

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pottsville, Australia
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stayed at Mango Bay for 6 nights at the beginning of our trip to Phu Quoc. It was the start of the rainy season so all roads leading to the resort were very wet/muddy and an interesting challenge for the drivers. Sinh from the resort met us at the airport arrivals gate with a huge smile and much excitement. He was very helpful with sorting out a problem with damaged luggage on arrival.
Our bungalow was very spacious and comfortable and we loved the outdoor bathroom. As Mango Bay is an eco resort, there is no television or bar fridge in the bungalow - neither of which were missed. Our bungalow was set in the lush greenery of the resort, facing the beach and a fabulous view of the Gulf of Thailand. We watched the amazing colours of approaching storms from the comfort of the sun beds on our deck.
A highlight of our stay was the sensational food which was amazing value for the quality. We ate all our meals at the resort as they were so good.
Staff were friendly, efficient and helpful, making us feel very well looked after. We would highly recommend Mango Bay to couples looking for a relaxing get-away.
We hope to return in the dry season to experience the clear waters and do some snorkelling.

Room Tip: Our bungalow PO2 was the pick of the locations for a couple.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Marylanbd
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

My wife and I did not know what to expect when we signed up for Mango Bay, but our expectations were more than met by the excellent accomodations, fabulous and attentive staff, and exotic surroundings. We had never stayed at an "eco resort" before, but like most experienced travelers are accustomed to first class facilities and service, so we didn't know what this meant in the context of Mango Bay.

Our first surprise was landing at the small local airport and seeing how remote and isolated the town is. It is not like Saigon, with its modern airport and wide modern streets. To get to Mango Bay, we had to go over some fairly treacherous mud soaked roads (the resort provided transportation) and through some pretty remote parts of the island. When we got to the resort, we were met by friendly staff who toted our luggage through the jungle to our cabana. That's one thing we found universal in Vietnam: friendly people who were eager to know about Americans and seemed genuinely interested in providing quality service.

We had seen the photos and tried to envision what the cabanas might look like, but the reality was a nice revelation. The outdoor shower and bathroom were really cool, the loft bed with the mosquito netting made you feel like you were on safari, and the front porch with the spectacular views of the beach and crashing waves was where we spent a lot of time enjoying the constant sea breezes and exotic spice smells from the nearby jungle. Really a great environment to just relax and enjoy a truly exotic location.

If you are going to Mango Bay for the beaches, you'll be a bit disappointed. The surf is a bit rough and there is a constant upwash of trash from the sea (not the fault of the resort, just a fact of life in that part of Asia), but if you just want to sit on the beach, enjoy the sun and surf and sip a Mojito from the resort's beach bar, you'll be just fine.

One thing about bugs...there really weren't any. My wife got a mosquito bite and we saw some ants on the beach, but otherwise, it was a remarkably bug free experience. Really enhanced the experience.

We also highly recommend taking a cooking class. The resident chef is wonderful and we learned some secrets about Vietnamese cooking that we brought back to the states with us. Oh, and if you are looking for souveniers, shop at the airport. The prices are low, the quality is excellent and you can find many of the crafts and jewelry there that are in the markets and shop elsewhere for the same price.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

Mango Bay Phu Quoc is my favorite resort in all of Vietnam. For starters, the gorgeous location of the resort right on Ong Lang beach, on the West side of the island. Mango Beach is so peaceful, it's the perfect antidote to bustling Hanoi or Saigon. We stayed in a Plantation Bungalow, which was spartan but perfect for the island. Warning: there's no A/C, but there are copious amounts of fans and the sea breeze floating in through the windows. And the way the staff set up the rooms at night is fantastic! The outdoor bathroom/shower has to be seen to be believed - with its amazing tropical garden, you'll wonder why you'd ever shower indoors again! Food is fantastic at the resort, from the great breakfasts to the nightly specials. Thanks, Their cocktails are also to die for (think lots of lime, passion fruit, gin, and rum) and the bar staff is super-friendly. They've expanded the eating areas of both the Beach Bar and the main restaurant, so you can sit on the outside deck under the stars and eat dinner while listening to the waves crash onto the beach. The staff will go above and beyond the call of duty to celebrate a special occasion, so don't hesitate to ask for whatever you need. Thank you! We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: I would highly recommend staying in one of the Plantation Bungalows, preferably one with a Sea View...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington Grove, MD
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Spent a week at Mango Bay-Phu Quoc with my wife and trekking daughter and boyfriend. We stayed at the Reef House, which was like our own private house on the edge of the property. A small herd of cows (with bells) meandered lazily around the house each day, giving it a very pleasing atmosphere. It was the beginning of rainy season so could not do the scuba and snorkling trips we had planned. Staying at Mango Bay took care of any disappointment we had about the water sports. Two exceptional aspects of this place are the incredibly efficient and friendly staff and the idyllic setting. It was my first trip to Asia and was the highlight. Just great food every breakfast and dinner. Would definitely go again.

Room Tip: For family/groups, the Reef House was spectacular. Cooking facilities, fridge, and lounging areas.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Mango Bay Resort
Address: Ong Lang Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
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Location: Vietnam > Kien Giang Province > Phu Quoc Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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#5 Top resorts Hotel in Phu Quoc Island
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Phu Quoc Island
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mango Bay Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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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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