Peace + Pleasure on the Silk Sea

Light Life on Phu Quoc

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay
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JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa

The JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa is a new luxury stay masterpiece of modern art—on a beautiful beach on the gorgeous island of Phu Quoc at the southern edge of Vietnam no less. It's a fun place to live a light life in Vietnam with old French flair--for a little while at least.

Composed with early 20th century French colonial architecture by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, it features 244 guestrooms, suites and villas. All rooms face the emerald sea with balconies that feature soft sofas for endless horizon gazing. Ground level rooms come with their own garden and direct pool access.

Warm hues and dark wood timbers, coupled with academic and explorer décor compliment the overall mood. The resort is linked with a main walkway, the Rue de Lamarck. It houses small shops reminiscent of old Hoi An, with Chinese, Japanese, and western touches. Artisanal boutiques, French and Vietnamese fare, and the spa are other top draws to this charming island off the South Coast of Vietnam near the Cambodian border.

Magic is added with a special French mushroom themed Spa called Chanterelle. It invokes references from Alice in Wonderland with mushroom shaped furnishings and spore art. If that is not psychedelic enough, try heading out the beach and waters for snorkeling in swirls of resilient fish.

Just 15 minutes from the Phu Quoc International Airport, this is a nice addition to sleepy island peppered with smaller guests houses, boutique restaurants, and colorful pubs by the sands.