The Shells Resort, Pho Quoc, Vietnam
Pho Quoc is an island typically ignored by vacationers once they go to Vietnam – heading for the cities which might be so effectively documented, however is a hidden gem. Providing some a lot wanted relaxation chunk, Pho Quoc is just a brief flight from Ho Chi Minh and prides itself on its naturally white seashores which slope gently into the nice and cozy waters. This yr noticed a brand new addition to the island, within the type of 5* luxurious lodge, The Shells Resort & Spa. You’ll be able to think about our delight after we have been invited to expertise the lodge first hand – our jobs actually are robust at instances.
The resort is situated 5-10 minutes away from the closest city, which is a welcomed reduction from the hustle and bustle skilled in lots of the different areas. Because the complimentary switch brings you alongside the freshly laid driveway to the lodge, you’re greeted by probably the most lovely structure because the lodge comes into sight.
Upon getting into the reception, you’re greeted by a glass backdrop, which opens the lodge up onto the ocean. Having been given recent coconuts to drink while we accomplished our verify in, we knew that we have been in for a deal with.
After scorching footing it to our room to test it out, we took the compulsory smug instagram snap (there’s complimentary wifi all through) earlier than heading all the way down to the pool to discover. Sunken loungers, cabanas and a swim up pool awaited our arrival, complimented by heady Ibiza tunes softly enjoying from the lodge’s audio system. We will verify that the cocktails are superb, though you could not wish to eat too many earlier than swimming again throughout the pool!
There’s a lovely spa on website, which affords day by day complimentary therapies – the one work left so that you can do is to resolve which technique of leisure you’re going to get pleasure from every day. It’s a tough life, however any person has to do it. Because the lodge consists of simply 40 rooms, they’ll all the time make time to squeeze you in too, so that you’ll by no means go with out.
The Stream Restaurant is available to care for any rumbling tums, with all kinds of meals, from native Vietnamese (with their very personal island salt, which is delicious) by to Steak and Lobster. There’s additionally an intensive wine checklist out there. Delish. TIP: Take expandable garments.
All the rooms are extremely snug. Because of the structure of the constructing, all rooms get pleasure from full panoramic views out onto the ocean. Each room comes full with day beds on their balconies, making it the right place to laze with that guide you simply can’t put down. The women will probably be happy to listen to that the hairdryers included within the rooms are superb. No extra puffing luke heat air for 3 hours to get your hair semi-dry… they’’ve thought concerning the particulars,
The place most inns has a supervisor’s cocktail celebration, The Shells Resort has a ticketed White Social gathering sponsored by Taittinger. Count on freshly caught native fish to be delivered by boat earlier than the superior culinary group prepare dinner up a deal with on the barbecue. When you’re not an excessive amount of of a celebration animal, concern not, the enjoyable involves an finish simply after are on 11, you island time, in spite of everything.
By no means usually impressed by cinema nights at inns, this blew our expectations out of the water. Cozy loungers adorn the seashore, full with an enormous display screen and superb audio. Nonetheless, the actual magic comes from the toasted marshmallows. A big blazing fireplace bellows and marshmallows wait, speared onto bamboo sticks. Bliss.
There are a variety of water sports activities out there on the resort to maintain you occupied in case you discover sunning your self an excessive amount of (otherwise you wish to lose your companion for an hour or so). We took one of many complimentary kayaks out and paddled a brief distance to the closest resort the place there’s a native bar… drinks are extremely low-cost (take some money) – the household reside there in addition to working there, so don’t be stunned in case you’re accompanied by random animals. We beloved it.
Phrase on the road is that the resort has grand plans for growth. They’re already within the strategy of constructing some backyard bungalows (though this brought on no disruption to our keep) and are planning water bungalows and a water restaurant which sound unbelievable!
The Shells Resort affords a a lot slower tempo of life than a lot of the remainder of Vietnam. It’s the right place to remain for 5-7 days if leisure is what you’re after. Nonetheless extremely effectively priced for a 5* lodge, the amenities are second to none and the employees can’t do sufficient to assist. We will’t wait to go to once more as soon as the water bungalows are full.