On a quiet beach on the amazingly beautiful Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, Fusion has one of the best locations on the island. While the southern end of Phu Quoc can get quite crowded, with many beach resorts lining each other on the sand, Fusion’s only neighbors are a few low-key beach huts. The long stretch of white-sand beach is almost always empty, populated more with palm trees than people, and the water is pancake-flat, with barely a ripple made by the strange fishing boat passing by.
In order to minimize its environmental and aesthetic impact on the beach, Fusion has been carefully designed with most one-story buildings set back from the sand. Pathways run through the grounds connecting the individual villas, whose walls are hidden behind thick grassy banks to give each a feeling of seclusion and privacy. It also helps to blend the place a bit more into the landscape rather than just planting a tall, multi-story tower on the beach, as has been done in other parts of the island. There’s not much to say in terms of design, but the villas aren’t lacking in luxury – each with a private plunge pool – and the less is more approach helps keep the Zen factor high. all along.
The morning we were due to check in, a WhatsApp message from a strange number pinged my phone. It was our ‘Fusionista’, our personal concierge for our stay, who introduced himself. It was great service and much easier to communicate via WhatsApp than visiting the concierge desk or calling – booking everything from dinner to spa appointments through it was a snap.
The fact that the spa is the largest building in Fusion shows you how essential this is to the whole experience. Fusion offers an “all-inclusive” spa program in which each client is guaranteed two treatments per day, as well as those they wish if there is availability. The spa complex is huge with rooms that extend from the main reception in all directions, as well as a medium-sized gym and pool. There is a range of massages, body scrubs and other treatments available and you will soon wonder how you ever lived without two spa treatments a day.
Elsewhere, if you tire of your private pool, there’s a huge circular communal pool set back from the beach, bikes and canoes for hire, a tennis court, and daily yoga classes.
Of the two restaurants at the resort, we believe Pezcá has the advantage both in terms of food and setting. Close to the beach, it offers a magnificent view of the ocean and at sunset it is a prime spot to watch the sun set over the water. The menu focuses on seafood, something there is a lot in Phu Quoc, and there is a good selection of local fish cooked whole on the barbecue. The Secret Garden has more of an international vibe at night, but it’s also the setting for an epic predictable breakfast. In addition to eggs, coffee, and fresh fruit, there is a Vietnamese section serving fresh seafood pancakes (Ban Xeo) and pho noodle soups.
With each villa having its own private pool, you really can’t go wrong. You’ll pay a bit more if you’re ocean front, but the only reason not to go for the cheaper villas will be if you need more bedrooms. The two- and three-bedroom villas can accommodate up to six and nine people, respectively, and some have larger pools than most regular hotels. Overall the villas are very luxurious with plenty of open space, sliding glass doors to the gardens, large living rooms, and an incredible wooden tub sunk into the floor. It is a kind of place without sparing the expense.
The view of the long, curving expanse of white sand is quite spectacular – the hotel even created a little Instagram-perfect moment for guests by building a swing right on the beach facing the sea.
Considering the range of villa sizes, things to do, and the incredible setting, Fusion Phu Quoc is a great all-rounder that should satisfy everyone. The only downside for some people might be that it’s a 20 minute drive to town, but for others that distance from the crowds might be the best thing about it.
One-bedroom villas with breakfast included start at £ 250 a night.
Vung Bau Bay, Cua Can Village, Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province