Jonny Edbrooke explores the understated luxury of Fusion Resort Phu Quoc.
What could be more relaxing than an all-Spa-inclusive resort on a beautiful tropical island a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City?
Not much, in my book.
Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, on the north-east side of the island, even has its own deserted beach. About 1.5 kilometres of it.
The resort is one of six Fusion resorts and hotels in Vietnam, each one finding a creative balance between its unique setting, a harmonious use of space and the group’s all-inclusive wellness philosophy.
My first impression of Fusion Resort Phu Quoc was of peaceful, spacious low-rise elegance. The property is extensive — 20 hectares in total — and each of the 97 villas, each with its own pool, feels like a private oasis. A handy map is issued on check-in.
The villas are set in groups of four, with each surrounded by a unique grassy bank to create total privacy in the secluded garden.
Each villa is spacious and elegantly furnished, with interesting features such as a television that swivels so you can watch it from the sunken bath if you so wish.
After oohing and ahhing over the expansive and stylish interior of our villa, we opened the curtains and realise it is twice as big as we thought, when we take into account the terrace, the garden and the pool.
It’s the ultimate in get-away-from-it-all luxury, and we could have easily stayed forever. At Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, the only real reason you need to leave your villa is for a massage or facial. And as wellness treatments are included in the room rate here, it’s pretty much compulsory to leave your villa for a bit of rejuvenation at the beautiful Maia Spa and Wellness complex, which has its own pool, steam and sauna rooms, a hair and beauty salon, fitness centre and 20 double treatment rooms.
The smallest of the resorts villas is 128 square metres and the largest a whopping 680. Throughout the resort there is a strong focus on relaxing.
For many parents that means a bit of kid-free time. In this vein, there’s a private adults-only swimming pool for when you need a break from your beloved offspring.
There is also a kids’ play areas and daily activities organised by dedicated and very attentive staff known as Fusionistas.
The two restaurants, Secret Garden in the heart of the resort, and the more informal Pezca, serve an array of dishes with many local seafood options. A nice touch is the all day breakfast in any of the restaurants, or in the privacy of your villa, by the pool, or even down on the beach and all at any time of the day or night.
The resort also has plans for the future with 33 more villas, a new healthy dining restaurant a much larger kids’ playroom and convinient meeting room.