NEW Opening of Pink Pearl brings theatrical art deco dining to Vietnam’s JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Our Blog, Press Releases


NEW Opening of Pink Pearl brings theatrical art deco dining to Vietnam’s JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay


Bringing a new level of experiential fine dining to Vietnam’s paradisiacal island of Phu Quoc, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay welcomes the grand opening of its Pink Pearl mansion this October. Another new chapter in the fictional backstory of this award-winning resort – purportedly the former French colonial Lamarck University – Pink Pearl will tell its own fabled story through an immersive gourmet experience that will surprise and delight guests in a truly elaborate setting.

Created by the resort’s Master of Ceremonies, designer Bill Bensley, Pink Pearl is inspired by the legend of Madame Pearl Collins, the great-great-grandmother of the current “Dean of Lamarck University”, Ty Collins – AKA the resort’s general manager. The story goes that Madame Pearl loved to host friends and dignitaries at this beachfront art deco mansion for extravagant gastronomic soirees. Interiors ooze retro glamour with a bold mix of pinks, sumptuous prints, artefacts, extravagant gilt-framed portraits and a grandioso central chandelier, all crafted bespoke for the space.

Now Madame Pearl’s mantle has passed to Chef de Cuisine Amine Ouameur Lakhdari, who has taken inspiration from her treasured book of classic French recipes – and over 10 years’ experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants (including The Ritz Paris L’Espadon, Apicius and La Truffe Noire) – to create a fabulous French fine-dining menu that recaptures the glamour and decadence of Pink Pearl’s heady 1920’s heyday.


Evoking memories of the roaring twenties, the immersive experience of Pink Pearl begins from the moment guests are welcomed at the door by flapper girls. A guided tour through the six enchantingly styled private dining rooms is punctuated by pianists, violinists and classical chanteuses. Each room tells the story of Madame Pearl and Lamarck University through charismatic photographs and vintage pieces. Staying true to the saying “it’s not over until the fat lady sings” guests are seated in the opulent main dining room upon the sounds of the singer reaching the heights of her operatic chorus.  The feast for all the senses reaches a crescendo with the arrival of dinner, with Madame Pearl’s favourite classic French recipes deconstructed and given a modern twist by Chef Amine. Combining premium local products and a farm-to-table ethos, the menu showcases signature dishes such as: Nha Trang spiny lobster with cherry; Charolaise Beef Pithivier; and the extravagantly indulgent masterpiece Opera Sphere Marou Chocolate.

Pink Pearl also boasts Phu Quoc’s best-stocked wine cellar. Exuding Gatsbian drama, a spiral staircase entrance opens onto monochromatic glazed cabinets containing a vast selection of French wines, alongside New World favourites and a collection of fortified wines. Pink Pearl’s sommelier is on hand with expert recommendations to pair with Chef Amine’s extraordinary dishes.

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About JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay

Nestled in the pristine beach of Bai Khem, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay is the proud flagship of JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts in Vietnam. Conceptualised on the fictional narrative of a mythical academy of learning, Lamarck University, JW Marriott Phu Quoc offers a selection of 234 artistically unique well-appointed rooms, suites, and villas with Bill Bensley’s whimsical touches blend harmoniously. Boasting of five restaurants and contemporary bars, the crafted dining experience will satisfy even the most discerning palate including Tempus Fugit, French & Co., Red Rum, Pink Pearl and the Department of Chemistry bar. Meetings are redefined in this destination 715 sqm Grand Ballroom, with spacious breakout rooms elegantly designed to suit every need.  A wide range of enriching experiences are waiting to be explored, from cultural events, artisanal shopping experiences, ultimate indulgence at Chanterelle-Spa by JW, to water activities at the resort’s private beachfront.

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts

JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to sophisticated, self-assured travelers seeking The JW Treatment™ – the brand’s philosophy that true luxury is created by people who are passionate about what they do. JW hotels offer crafted experiences that bring to life the brand’s commitment to highly choreographed, anticipatory service and modern residential design, allowing guests to pursue their passions and leave even more fulfilled than when they arrived. Today there are more than 80 JW Marriott hotels in over 25 countries. JW Marriott is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. Visit JW Marriott online, and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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