By The Nation
Located in southern Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is a fast-growing tourist destination known for its long, sweeping beaches, rich coral reefs, seafood, pearl farms and dense, tropical rainforest.
Operating under Dusit’s upper-midscale Dusit Princess brand, the new four-star resort is centrally located on the island’s west coast, overlooking stunning Bai Truong Beach, a 20-kilometre stretch of sand also known as Long Beach.
Phu Quoc International Airport (PQC) and the town of Duong To are a short drive away.
Designed to blend Dusit’s Thai heritage with Vietnamese culture and local traditions, the family-friendly resort comprises 108 well-appointed guestrooms ranging from 32-square-metre Deluxe Rooms to 90sqm Suites, most with lovely ocean views.
Dining options include an all-day-dining restaurant, a lobby lounge, a swim-up pool bar serving Thai, Vietnamese and Western cuisine, and Soi 14, a stylish beachfront bar and lounge where Thai chef Somnuck Attaworn puts a contemporary spin on Thai street-food favourites.
The centrepiece of the resort is a large infinity pool with an ocean view, set within a lush tropical garden.
Other facilities include a fully equipped gym, a kids’ club, a large ballroom accommodating up to 190 people, and the Luna Thai Spa, which offers a range of holistic treatments conducted by fully qualified and highly trained therapists.
During their stay, guests can easily arrange to visit popular local attractions such as Phu Quoc National Park, part of the Unesco-designated Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve, the sweeping and secluded Bai Sao Beach, the quirky Dinh Cau night market, and various temples.
“Perfectly equipped to meet the needs of business and leisure travellers alike, this is a stunning property in a beautiful location with gorgeous sunsets almost every day,” said general manager Markus Lohenstein.
“It’s a real honour to be tasked with debuting Dusit’s unique brand of gracious hospitality in Vietnam. I look forward to working with my team to make this resort a huge success, as we delight our guests with our distinctive service, and showcase the best the island has to offer.”
Vietnam’s Tourism Ministry aims to attract at least 500,000 foreign visitors to Phu Quoc this year.
To meet that demand, the island’s airport has opened new direct routes to Thailand, China, South Korea, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Germany and Britain.
Regular domestic flights to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are also available.
A visa-exempt rule grants international visitors 30 days’ access to the island upon arrival.
With 27 properties currently in operation across four brands in eight countries, Dusit International is in a significant growth phase which will see the number of Dusit properties top 70 within the next three years.