- Contemporary beachside resort
- Pool, spa, fitness centre
- Snorkelling, diving, kayaking, volleyball
- Cookery classes, rainforest and market visits
Located on the west coast of Phu Quoc Island right on the beach is the stylish La Veranda. This fairly large, sophisticated resort aims to provide guests with somewhere they can relax, unwind and enjoy a quintessential Vietnamese beach holiday in a prime location. There’s plenty to see, do and experience both on the resort and throughout Phu Quoc. Guests can fill their days with activities, or take things at a more leisurely pace. The property’s design is inspired by French colonial-style buildings of the past, though the resort is still in many respects a modern and contemporary place to stay.
There are a total of 70 rooms and villas, each offering views of the beach and the Gulf of Thailand, or the tropical botanical gardens. Amenities common to all types of accommodation include a satellite TV and DVD player, a ceiling fan and air conditioning, complimentary bottled water and a minibar. There’s also a private terrace or a balcony. All the accommodation combines traditional design with modern touches.
French and Vietnamese dishes are served at The Pepper Tree, the resort’s main restaurant. It offers fine dining experiences, which guests can enjoy while taking in views of the ocean. For a more informal option there’s Le Jardin, which offers al fresco dining on the open beach deck and whose menu features a range of international classics. In addition to these, there are regular beach barbecues and a full-service bar with a broad range of drinks available. Cooking classes are recommended for those looking to learn about the local cuisine, and private candlelit beach dinners can be arranged.
There's plenty to do on site at the resort. There's a pool and fitness centre and a spa offering an enticing array of treatments. Fashionable beachwear, souvenirs and keepsakes can be purchased at La Boutique. The stretch of beach directly in front of the hotel is private, and here guests can play volleyball and go kayaking, snorkelling or scuba diving. Tours and expeditions to various places throughout Phu Quoc can be arranged. Some of the island’s many highlights include its fine beaches, sprawling pepper farms, bustling markets and unspoiled natural park, known for its abundant rainforest wildlife.
The resort is child friendly, with a babysitting service available on request. Larger families are advised to book two interconnecting rooms and parents are reminded to keep their children under constant adult supervision, particularly when on the beach and near the swimming pool.
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019