Phu Quoc’s Fusion Offers a Personalised Paradise

accommodation - Phu Quoc: Dec. 14, 2017

Do you prefer to get your first spa treatment before or after breakfast? Well, how about both? Sometimes life’s decisions can be tough, but not here, where the spa is all-inclusive...

Situated just one hour by air from HCMC, with golden sands, turquoise waters and fiery red sunsets, the island of Phu Quoc is one of the greatest Friday-night getaways for those of us living in Saigon.

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As the international hotel and resort chains continue to spread upward and outward across Phu Quoc, Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, the fifth member of Fusion’s growing family of wellness-inspired properties, with its 97 low-lying “all-pool” villas and soothing back-to-nature vibes, offers something truly unique. From the “Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime” service, to small details like the trend-bucking booking confirmation it sends out, everything at a Fusion property is about parting with tradition.

“We’re not like other five-star resorts,” says Huong, our Fusionista (a super-friendly butler and a super-creative concierge rolled into one) as we take the complimentary 40-minute shuttle from the island’s international airport. “We’re more down-to-earth, more genuine, and much more relaxed.”

She’s absolutely right. I didn’t see any of the other hotels greeting their guests in the arrivals area with hugs and smiles and instant first-name terms.

“So,” says Huong, “what time would you like to visit the spa today?”

Eat, Beach, Spa, Repeat…

The “all-spa inclusive” concept is the highlight of every Fusion Resort and is something you won’t find anywhere else, with a menu of massages, facials and all-natural body wraps and scrubs.

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Beyond the spa, the resort is also home to a stunning beach, a large communal pool, three distinct dining destinations, a fully equipped fitness centre, plus daily yoga, tai chi and meditation sessions. Each of the accommodation options—ranging from the one-bedroom garden villas to the five-bedroom Grand Beach Villa—also comes with its own outdoor pool.

If you can pry yourself away from the resort, your Fusionista can tailor-make excursions, tours and “locals-only” experiences, while guided hikes and bike rides into the countryside, plus complimentary on-site games and activities, mean you can stay as active or as restful as you wish.

Before we’ve kicked off our shoes, I know already that our one-bed beach-front abode is going to be hard to leave. Spacious, completely open-plan, with a deep sunken bathtub, open shower, and a shaded outdoor veranda overlooking our own private pool and our own private ocean, I wish we’d booked a longer stay.

The Fusion Lifestyle

After the mind-melting Natural Living Pepper massage, followed by reviving glasses of fresh fruit juice, it’s time for sunset drinks at Soul Kitchen, the resort’s laid-back pool bar and diner. Later, with the stars twinkling over the Gulf of Thailand, we indulge in a fresh seafood feast in the beach-front restaurant Pezcá.

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In addition to the varied breakfast menu—available at any time of the day for delivery to your villa, to the beach, or to a table in the restaurant—Secret Garden is where you’ll find the immense morning buffet. With indoor and outdoor seating, the space is later used for lunch and dinner, serving Cantonese dim sum, Vietnamese delicacies and a variety of international favourites.

“In all of our restaurants,” says Huong, who has swung by the restaurant to ask how we’re doing, “our menus are carefully crafted. You’ll find plenty of treats, but also plenty of healthier choices. And our chefs are able to cater for any special dietary requirements, from plant-based to gluten-free.”

And that’s what really makes Fusion special. That personal touch.

Huong explains that she sees her guests more like friends than customers. “I love that I get the chance to make people’s vacations extra special,” she says.

Image source: Fusion Resort