Break­ing the Mould

Si­mon Stan­ley gets an ex­clu­sive preview of Phu Quoc’s first beach and river-front “all-pool villa” re­sort, where break­fast lasts all day, where the spa is all-in­clu­sive,and where the lux­ury re­sort con­cept gets a 21st-cen­tury facelift.

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Tan Son Nhat air­port, we’re still up, down, and step­ping out into Phu Quoc’s clean coastal air in less than an hour. Pass­ing through ar­rivals, I quickly find my­self wrapped in the arms of Fer­nando Ar­royo, the Gen­eral Man­ager at Fu­sion Re­sort

Phu Quoc, who has brought along a hand­ful of his team to greet us. To spread the word about this brand new re­sort, they’re of­fer­ing “free hugs” to every­one and any­one ex­it­ing the ter­mi­nal, whether they’re a guest or not. Even a pass­ing pi­lot and his crew get the Fu­sion wel­come.

The nearby ‘meeters and greeters’ for the is­land’s other lux­ury re­sorts all seem rather aus­tere by com­par­i­son as they idly wave their name boards.

For Fu­sion, now with six ho­tels and re­sorts in op­er­a­tion across Viet­nam, that’s ex­actly the sort of con­trast they’re aim­ing for. “We want to of­fer a dif­fer­ent kind of five-star ex­pe­ri­ence,” ex­plains Fer­nando as we make the (com­pli­men­tary) 40-minute trans­fer to the prop­erty. “We’re aim­ing for some­thing more down-to-earth, more per­sonal, with­out the fuss and for­mal­i­ties of a tra­di­tional ho­tel or re­sort.”

One of the best ex­am­ples of Fu­sion’s fresh and unique ap­proach to hos­pi­tal­ity is their team of ‘Fu­sion­istas’ who are also here to wel­come us for this sneak peek of Fu­sion Re­sort Phu Quoc.

“Your Fu­sion­ista is there to guide and sup­port you for the en­tire du­ra­tion of your stay,” says Fer­nando. “They’re warmer and friend­lier than a but­ler, but also much more cre­ative than a concierge. We un­der­stand that trav­el­ers vis­it­ing Phu Quoc to­day want more than the stan­dard tourist-bus ex­cur­sions to the fish sauce fac­tory, for ex­am­ple. They want a more per­son­al­ized va­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence. This is where the Fu­sion­istas come in.”

So, whether we want to or­ga­nize a pri­vate tour of a black pep­per farm, says Fer­nando, if we want to ar­range a seafood bar­be­cue on the beach one evening, or if we sim­ply want some in­sider in­for­ma­tion on the lo­cal area, our per­sonal Fu­sion­ista is there to help.

Nat­u­ral El­e­gance

From the zen-like re­cep­tion to the gi­ant cir­cu­lar pool over­look­ing the beach, Fu­sion Re­sort Phu Quoc cries out for re­lax­ation and re­ju­ve­na­tion. This ex­pan­sive low-ly­ing beach­front plot in the north of the is­land boasts 97 stylish yet rus­tic thatched vil­las, each im­mensely spa­cious and each open­ing out onto its own pri­vate pool, gar­den and out­door din­ing and loung­ing area.

To watch the waves from your ter­race, up­grade to one of the gor­geous beach­front vil­las, or, for a lazy few days loung­ing out with a book and a freshly pressed juice, the breezy river-front op­tions are ideal.

While my one-bed gar­den villa is more than am­ple for a two night stay—of­fer­ing oo­dles of nat­u­ral light, a cat­a­logue of orig­i­nal de­sign fea­tures and sooth­ing nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, plus a sunken wooden bath­tub, and a quirky ro­tat­ing TV for movies in the bath or in the gi­ant king­size bed—fam­i­lies and groups of friends can opt for two or three-bed­room vil­las with pri­vate en suite bath­rooms through­out.

For the ul­ti­mate indulgence (or for the ul­ti­mate party pad) the five-bed­room “Grand Beach Villa” is straight out of a James Bond movie.

Wall-to-Wall Pam­per­ing

With a strong fo­cus on health and well­be­ing, each Fu­sion Re­sort proudly of­fers a unique “all-spa in­clu­sive” ser­vice, guar­an­tee­ing each guest at least two ‘spa jour­neys’ per day, at no ex­tra cost, in their pri­vate 20-dou­ble-room fa­cil­ity with a ver­dant pep­per or­chard at its core. There’s also daily yoga, med­i­ta­tion, and tai chi lessons, plus a mod­ern fit­ness cen­ter and

per­sonal trainer ser­vice.

Life can’t be bad when the tough­est de­ci­sion of the day is whether to stay glued to the sway­ing rope lounger and fin­ish my book, or head to the spa in­stead and get the re­sort’s sig­na­ture Nat­u­ral Liv­ing Pep­per mas­sage, fea­tur­ing Swedish mas­sage tech­niques and Fu­sion’s home­made black pep­per oil.

I opt for the lat­ter, and oh, wow. It’s go­ing to be a good week­end.

Wine & Dine

Just to am­plify the stress-free vibes here, Fu­sion of­fers a unique ap­proach to break­fast time. You know how it’s some­times a chore to drag your­self out of bed be­fore a ho­tel’s break­fast cut­off ? Not here.

While they still serve an enor­mous in­ter­na­tional buf­fet each morn­ing, served in the beau­ti­ful Se­cret Gar­den restau­rant, Fu­sion’s “break­fast any­time, any­where” con­cept means you can lit­er­ally get your crois­sant and cappuccino or your banh mi and ca phe sua da at any time of the day or night. You can also en­joy it any­where you please, be it the bath­tub, the beach, or the bar.

For evening meals, Se­cret Gar­den be­comes a re­laxed restau­rant serv­ing Viet­namese spe­cial­ties and in­ter­na­tional fa­vorites with seat­ing both in­doors and out.

Phu Quoc is fa­mous for its beaches and its seafood. En­joy them both at Pezcá, a ca­sual seafood restau­rant over­look­ing the ocean. “We’re serv­ing lots, and lots of lo­cal seafood here,” says the re­sort’s head chef. “We’ve got lob­sters, crabs, clams, oys­ters, smoked and grilled fish, sea urchin, and much more. Oh, and lots of cold beer too, in the tra­di­tional Viet­namese way.”

At the pool’s edge, Soul Kitchen knocks out healthy smooth­ies, juices, and snacks by day, and trans­forms into a laid-back open-air bar by night - the per­fect spot for sig­na­ture sun­down cock­tails.

For guests un­able to leave the blissed­out bub­ble of their pri­vate ter­race, in-villa din­ing is also avail­able.

Switch­ing Off

It’s Sun­day now and only on my last morn­ing do I check my phone for the first time since leav­ing Saigon. There’s wifi through­out, of course, but dis­con­nect­ing from the main­land (and the real-life stresses and strains that re­side there) is what a trip to Phu Quoc is all about. Fresh emails and text mes­sages have been fill­ing up my in­box all week­end, and yet I’ve felt zero guilt in ig­nor­ing them all.

My flight leaves in five hours, so there’s still time for one last trip to the spa, one last dunk in the pool, and one fi­nal stroll along the beach. For me, “I was on Phu Quoc” is still a per­fectly ac­cept­able ex­cuse for drop­ping off the grid for a while, and Fu­sion Re­sort Phu Quoc is filled with rea­sons to do ex­actly that.

Fu­sion Re­sort Phu Quoc

Ad­dress: Vung Bau Bay , Cua Can vil­lage, Phu Quoc Is­land, Kien Giang Prov­ince. Phone: +84 297 3690 000

Email: info@fu­sion­re­sort­phuquoc.com Web­site: www.fu­sion­re­sort­phuquoc.com

OPEN­ING PRO­MO­TION

GET 40% OFF dur­ing your first stay!

Valid for book­ings be­tween June 1st and Oct 31st 2017

Price in­cludes:

· Daily spa treat­ments

· Fu­sion’s “break­fast any­where, any­time” ser­vice

· Round-trip air­port trans­fers

Terms and con­di­tions

- Non-re­fund­able book­ing

- Pre-pay­ment re­quired

- Of­fer can­not be used in con­junc­tion with any other dis­count or pro­mo­tion

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