The name Phu Quoc doesn't really roll off the tongue (pronounced as Foo-Fwok, fyi). But this Vietnamese resort island—although geographically nearer to Cambodia—is fast becoming one of the hottest island destinations in the region. Rapid development is underway with a new crop of luxury resorts springing up; the southern part of island is already rather dense, leaving the northern side relatively uninhabited. It feels a little like Phuket or Bali 15 or 20 years ago. But that’s the charm of Phu Quoc—rustic, unassuming and warm.
Fusion Resort Phu Quoc is one of the star properties seated on the northern side of island, about 45 minutes’ drive from the airport. The expansive and secluded resort houses 130 villas, each with a private pool and a choice of garden, river or ocean view (our money is on the ocean, naturally). The design is understated, heavy on natural wood interiors and dressed in muted, earthy hues. Upon check-in, you’ll be assigned a “Fusionista”, the resort’s version of butler who will take care of all your needs. There are also two public pools, a well-equipped fitness centre, a kids-club and its famous spa centre.
The Fusion brand is perhaps most known for their “all-spa inclusive” service. Here, guests are entitled to 100 minutes of spa treatments every day at no extra cost. The comprehensive spa menu consists of different types of massages, facials, scrubs and even manicures and pedicures. There’s also a selection of treatments built around the island’s biggest export—pepper. We tried all the massages and found our favourite to be the Vietnamese massage, although the Natural Living Pepper massage—using a warming custom-blended black pepper oil—was pretty good too. You’ll also have a choice of male or female masseurs, and if you like their service the spa will book the same masseur for you for the rest of your stay.
After some pampering, head to the beach bar for cocktails and watch the Insta-worthy sunset, and then dine in one of the two restaurants at the resort. After dinner, there’s a shuttle service that takes you to the local market. The next morning, have a sumptuous breakfast at the resort’s buffet spread which is as extensive as it is delicious. [Editor’s note: we love the Pho and Banh Xeo.] Alternatively, you can also make use the resort’s unique (albeit a little strange) “breakfast anywhere, anytime” concept, where you get to choose to have “breakfast” wherever and however you want, whether it’s in your villa at midday, by the pool in the late afternoon or on the beach at midnight.
With daily flights from KL to Phu Quoc under 1 hour 45 minutes, the island makes the perfect spot for those looking for a short getaway. And Fusion Resort should be at the top of your list. Go now or regret later.