Secluded, tick. Beach front, tick. Tropical oasis, tick. This luxury boutique resort had all that we needed and more and definitely ticked all the boxes, enabling us to wind up our Vietnam holiday in comfort and style. After two weeks of travel and little convincing we headed to Phu Quoc Island, situated in the Gulf of Thailand and 50km’s from the Vietnamese mainland. The pristine, 574 square kilometer island, with it’s untouched white sandy beach, and desk top background worthy sunsets seemed like the perfect destination to set up camp for the last leg, ensuring we got some good R&R before we headed back home and said farewell to an unforgettable trip.
La Veranda Resort resembles a beautiful 19th century French Colonial seaside mansion, with winding paved paths lined with lavish gardens of native flora and French accents everywhere you turned. Situated on it’s own turquoise stretch of white sandy beach, La Veranda boasts large terraces with sweeping views ideal for honeymoons, spa vacations or even family holidays. With emphasis on tranquility and luxury, La Veranda Resort offers a unique stay, far away from the Vietnam hustle and tourism that we had experienced the week before. With over 70 rooms and an abundant of activities the resort certainly doesn’t lack in facilities. With two restaurants, a lounge bar, swimming pool, and day spa, we were spoilt for choice when the rain set in and I found my self a frequent visitor to their “Le spa” where I slipped off to a land of total bliss, experiencing the best massages of my life ( no exaggeration! )
From the moment we checked in we were greeted by Ian the hotel manager and his team of incredibly attentive staff. Every request we had, large or small, was met with incredible efficiency. The staff even happily offered to drive us to our shoot location at 5am in the morning with the head chef gracing us 4 hours later bearing a bag of muffins and croissants, as he knew we missed out on our daily breakfast. It certainly was these little things that stood out and shouted of the highest of professionalism and service.
On a foodie perspective, La Veranda “Peppertree Restaurant” sure didn’t disappoint. Breakfast buffets, French colonial style of course, provided an extensive array of sweet and savoury options with a designated gluten free section which I may or may not have stocked up 3 or 4 times in a row! At night, as the sun goes down, the Pepper Tree transforms into a romanic dining area, where we sat ourselves on the colonial balcony, watching the sunset over the water whilst enjoying a mix of traditional Vietnamese cuisine with the islands famous Phu Quoc pepper and fresh ingredients from the resorts very own organically sustained veggie patch. In true Brooke fashion, we over ordered on all dining occasions simply to try the array of delicious cuisine on offer and sample just about every dessert on the menu. We were lucky enough to sample parts of the new menu and I can confirm, you won’t be disappointed.
La veranda Phu Quoc truly is the perfect spot to holiday for people wanting a peaceful setting to relax and unwind, the tranquil French oasis is most certainly one to visit if you’re ever in Vietnam, you’ll be sure to return home filling rested and re energised with memories to keep forever.
Morning sunrise yoga on the beach
Luscious tranquil gardens
Le Spa, and healing massages
Fresh and healthy menu
Wide selection of gluten free foods
Daybeds of the beach for rest and relaxation
Library for some quiet time.