My boyfriend and I visited Mango Bay during peak monsoon season in July. Obviously not the best time to go to the beach, but a fabulous time was had by both of us relaxing. We stayed in a private bungalow that had a great covered, outdoor porch with lounge chairs/cushions, a table and a fan. The inside had a great bed with mosquito netting, and out back was a fully outdoor bathroom with a garden. If you are someone who loves a good outdoor shower as much as I do this one was a real treat. The front porch was one of our favorite as we could lay out and listen to the rain, read, play games and enjoy a beverage/snack outdoors while not worrying about the rain. The rooms are kept cool with slatted roofs and there is no a/c (please don't complain about this, they post it on their website so you are aware pre booking).
On two of the days when it wasn't raining we did manage a great swim in the Gulf of Thailand. It was like bath water. During peak season they have kayaks for rent as well as a beachside bar that is open.
The main lodge was really nice and provided great views of the sea and allowed us to dine ocean-side and semi-alfresco. The meals were great. We did go off the resort two nights for dinner but we ate all of our other meals on the property. They were super reasonable for resort food, there were specials (at least 5) that changed daily, a great happy hour that included half priced cocktails and a free app, and the breakfast was delicious. We got huge bread and fruit baskets with our breakfasts, as well as juice and coffee and there were 4 or 5 choices for the main part of the meal. Dinners were made up of fishes, curries and other traditional Vietnamese offerings.
Another thing that was great was the turndown service. The maids would turndown the netting for the beds as well as light some mosquito repelling candles for us. An additional great amenity was the water jug. This could be brought to the lodge for fresh filtered water any time/as often as we pleased. Ice was also available (for a small fee) so that you could stock the eco friendly cooler in your room if you wanted. The butterfly garden was also really neat, and really gave us a feel for some of the species residing on the island.
The only con for me was the shuttle into town. The shuttle seemed to revolve around when people were returning to the airport and not follow any actual schedule. Thus, the shuttle tended to be mostly in the morning and come back from town very early. The town has such a wonderful night market that we thought it would be nice if there was at least one shuttle to/from town in the evening so guests could enjoy this without having to call a taxi to get to/from town and this would also enable ride sharing among guests which is a great eco-friendly initiative for this eco-friendly resort (we weren't brave enough to rent a moped on the unfinished roads, but that's our problem). Otherwise, the taxis are prompt and work just fine.
- 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