Valentine’s Day in PHU QUOC

18 February 2020

Here come my first trip on 2020 and it was truly AMAZING
Phu Quoc is a hidden gem.
Kick start my first trip in 2020 at JW MARRIOTT PHU QUOC, This is probably one of the best resort i’ve stayed so far. I wanted to visit this place since 2018 and so happy my dream came true. I never knew Phu Quoc until i saw this beautiful resort through Social media. Phu Quoc island was only a 50-minute flight away from Ho Chi Minh City, 1 hour 45 minute away from KLIA.


From the Airport to JW MARRIOTT PHU QUOC is around 30-40 minutes if i’m not wrong. Not far from the airport. You can either take a cab or request for airport transfer from the resort. 

The concept behind the Marriott Phu Quoc is the brainchild of renowned hotel designer, Bill Bensley, who conjured an elaborate story of a former university-turned-hotel, complete with all sorts of characters and events that tie in with Phu Quoc island’s own history of French colonialism.   

Love every corner of the resort, seriously . I wish i bring more outfits along for OOTD

Once we checked in at the lobby, We were given a tour of the hotel (a.k.a. Lamarck University) so we could fully understand its background and how it came to be. The resort is HUGE, it is like a city of its own. 



So, here’s the room we booked.
THE ROOM ( ROOM TYPE : EMERALD BAY )


The bed was big, fluffy, and comfortable. If the rest of the resort hadn’t been so amazing, I might not have wanted to leave the room at all. I can spend whole day on the bed without doing anything. It is way too comfy.

The room itself is pretty big too, they have everything we need. Came in to a beautiful walk way with artsy drawing on the wall. The bathroom is pretty too. Aromatherapy products in the bathroom was definitely a plus! 
Our room is basically facing the beach, we enjoyed our time sitting at the outside area overlooking the beautiful beach and listen to the waves. 

next, FOOD

To be honest, i don’t usually have high expectations, or any expectations, about eating at hotels, but the JW Marriott Phu Quoc surprise me in any ways! Their food is good and with high quality standard. I would definitely go back again for the food! 

There were a lot of different dining options at the resort. Including TEMPUS FUGIT, PINK PEARL, RED RUM, FRENCH&CO and a bar called THE DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY BAR.

#1 TEMPUS FUGIT
This is their all day dining restaurant which serves authentic Vietnamese, Japanese, Western food. We had our buffet breakfast here every morning, and it is amazing! They have a variety of choices, I didn’t even have a chance to try everything because it was just too much and too good.

My favourite would be the Beef Pho, Kimchi Soup, Cold Soba, and Banana Smoothies!
For lunch, remember to order the Vietnamese Spring Roll. It is yummmmmm


#2 RED RUM

This restaurant is located right next to our room, so we headed there for lunch and dinner twice. Love the environment because it is right beside the beach. You can get to enjoy the sea, sand and delicious food at once. It is even romantic at the evening, to catch the golden hour for a early dinner. 
 The serves FRESH SEAFOOD barbecue at night and Mexican food in the afternoon.
I must say, i love the Guacamole. Ahhh, I’m missing it already! It is way too good!

DINNER, we ordered Tuna Tartare, Sea Urchin, Grilled Lobster, and BBQ Seafood Platter


# PINK PEARL 
One of the most iconic and famous restaurant in JW Marriott would be the PINK PEARL
Why? Because it is awarded as one of the Marriott’s Asia Pacific’s Top 52 Best Restaurants!
 The dinner will journey back in time to 1920 to experiencee the first-hand Madame Pearl unique and super elegant decoration. The interior is so stunning,  remind me so much of Jaipur.  
 I’m in love with the color and every single piece of the decoration in the Pink Pearl

 For the food, they offers contemporary and classic French fine dining cuisine according to the season
Our dinner is around 5,000,000 VND for the dinner courses per pax with wine pairing. 
They offers Afternoon Tea too, every Friday and Saturday from 3-5pm if you can’t make it to the dinner. Me and my fiancé lucky enough to book a table for our Valentine’s day and spent a lovely dinner date there with live performance.
Also, Thank you JW Marriott for helping my Fiance to arrange a bouquet of flowers for me
Awww, never expect to receive flowers on a vacation and it is beautiful <3


THINGS TO DO HERE

Believe it or not, I spent a 4D3N here in this resort without leaving the resort at all. Because i want to make full use of my stay here. Enjoy as much as i can, take as much photo as i can during my stay. Also, There were plenty of things to do without even needing to leave the resort.

First, Rent a bike to explore the resort, no additional charges (You can just rent it from the gym)

Second, explore the retail shopping inside the Resort. As i said, it is like a mini city itself. There are different kind of restaurants, cafes, gym, and retails for you to shop. They even have in house night market along the street on every Sunday! 

Third, enjoy at the beaches 

You can rent a paddle boat/surfing board with no additional charges for the hotel guests. 
I spend a lot of my time at the beach because me and my fiancé love it so much. The weather is lovely, blue skies, chilling weather and clear sea water.  It is a private beaches manage by the resort so it is very clean and more privacy. 

ENJOY A SPA at SPA CHANTERELLE
 It is one of the prettiest spa I’ve seen. Not to mention, the massage is firm and comfortable. An experience like no others. Never expect hotel massage to be that good. Feels like everything is so premium and exclusive. Our Spa package is around 7,000,000 VND for 2 pax if i’m not wrong. 
 You can also request for a tour at the spa even if you didn’t book a spa session. It is worth to visit because the interior is stunning, remind me of Alice in the wonderland.


Besides that, There are lantern making class, drawing class, surf yoga, marine class and there were other fun ones like beer yoga, a couple of food preparation classes, mixology, and TABATA class for the guests to participate in the resort. 

Now you know why i never leave the resort at all.


THE SERVICE


The service was good. It’s not a small enough resort that all of the staff knows the name of each hotel guest, they have at least twice room keeping a day. Not to mention, they leave hand written note in the room which totally melt my heart in every way. 

I would say the services is worthy of the cost you spent on your vacation here. 


EXPENSES 

-The flight expenses is around RM1000++ for 2 pax. We took AirAsia, direct flight. 
-The room price is starting from 450USD per night depend on the travel date including breakfast
 For booking, you can book it from either Booking.com or Expedia 

It is not cheap compare to the other hotel/resort in Phu Quoc but it is worth it.


CONCLUSION

I must say, this is by far the most pretty resort i’ve stayed. I was really impressed by this JW Marriott.   It is really one of the kind. Every building had extensive interior decorations. Every corner is nicely designed and decoration. Me and my fiancé are looking for a relaxation trip and this resort fulfilling what we need.  

If you are looking for a relaxing, quiet paradise getaway with excellent service, this is the place to be!

Will i go back again? Definitely YESSSSS 




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