Chen Sea Resort, Phu Quoc Island Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City and The South
Chen Sea is a modern resort with characterful rustic design features in a beautiful beach front location on picturesque Phu Quoc Island.
Situated in one of the island's many quiet bays, the resort's 37 rooms offer stylish and spacious accommodation in picturesque surroundings. The 12 Sea View Villas and 12 Beachfront Villas are all equipped to a high standard with outdoor bathrooms and the modern conveniences you would expect, although the overall design of the resort has a flavour of ancient Vietnam. These villas have the same interiors but the key difference between them is their proximity to the beach: the Sea View Villas are set in the second row back while the Beachfront Villas are nearest to the powdery sand.
The 6 Jacuzzi Villas and 7 Pool Villas are built in the style of traditional wooden Hoi An houses. Some have private jacuzzis while the Pool Villas have private plunge pools. An excellent option for families is the 2 bedroom Pool Villa which can house up to 5 people. With 2 bathrooms, a mini kitchenette for in-room dining, an outdoor pool and TVs in both bedrooms the villa works well for long staying families.
The resort's restaurant overlooks the sea and serves a variety of Vietnamese, Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. The bar serves light snacks in an informal setting. There is an excellent main swimming pool and a range of water based activities including kayaking, wind surfing and sailing. Other activities include beach volleyball, pool, and cycling. The resort has an in-house spa offering a range of treatments and therapies in a relaxing setting.
We would recommend this resort to anyone looking for good quality accommodation whilst escaping to a quiet, idyllic beach. There is excellent attention to detail in both the resort style and the friendly service you receive.
Phu Quoc is accessible by a one hour flight from Saigon or a 45 minute flight from Can Tho in the Mekong Delta.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
Chen Sea was particularly good, very well appointed, plenty of helpful and courteous staff, very good food. A quiet resort some distance from the town, this suited us well at the end of our trip but some people may find too subdued.
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The guides at both Hanoi (Hung) and Saigon (Tei) were fantastic with great knowledge and enthusiasm, nothing seem too much trouble for them. The vehicles at both cities were very comfortable and made a huge difference to the experience esp with long transfer distances to Halong Bay/ Megong delta. All the tours were really good and carried out at a pace to suit us.