Home to stunning beaches and one of the world’s most creatively ambitious new luxury design hotels; new flight connections via TUI Airways and Bangkok Airways, complementing Vietnam Airlines’ existing daily services; major ongoing investment in tourism infrastructure; beautiful beaches blessed with almost year-round sunshine; and no need for a visa: it’s easy to see why Phu Quoc is set to be top of the luxury travel class this winter.
Named Asia’s Leading New Resort soon after opening earlier this year, Vietnam’s fantastical, academia-inspired JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay is the spectacular, award-winning vision of ‘the Willy Wonka of hotel design’, famed architect and designer Bill Bensley. Letting his imagination run wild, Bensley dreamt up the fictional ‘Lamarck University’ as the backstory for the resort – and the collegiate vibe is evident at every turn. Guestrooms are divided amongst various faculties such as the Zoology Department, entered via gates flanked by elegant statues of elephants and lounging leopards; or the Department of Conchology (the study of shells), overlooking the Insta-iconic shell-shaped infinity pool. There’s even a daily timetable of ‘extra-curricular activities’ around the resort campus, and exclusive ‘Field Trips’ to explore and discover Phu Quoc.
Identified by the Vietnamese government as a key tourism hotspot, Phu Quoc is a southern island gem which is already benefiting from its status as a Special Economic Zone. Major investment in tourism infrastructure – including the redevelopment of the island’s airport, new highways, a new international passenger port, and a wave of new luxury hotel developments – are paving the way for Vietnam’s ‘Emerald Isle’ to establish itself as Asia’s hottest new destination for connoisseurs of luxury the opening of JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay coincided with a surge in international tourist arrivals to the island, which rose by 77 per cent year-on-year in the first six months of 2017. This trend is set to continue as significant new air links bring Phu Quoc closer than ever: Already easily accessible to UK travellers thanks to national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines’ daily flights from Heathrow to Vietnam, this month also saw the launch of the TUI Airways’ new weekly nonstop charter service, as well as a new Bangkok Airways flight from the Thai capiravel.
The opening of JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay coincided with a surge in international tourist arrivals to the island, which rose by 77 per cent year-on-year in the first six months of 2017. This trend is set to continue as significant new air links bring Phu Quoc closer than ever: Already easily accessible to UK travellers thanks to national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines’ daily flights from Heathrow to Vietnam, this month also saw the launch of the TUI Airways’ new weekly nonstop charter service, as well as a new Bangkok Airways flight from the Thai capital four times per week.
For now though, Phu Quoc remains a ‘fresher’ on the tourism scene, still able to offer charming local villages, bustling markets, rich jungles and reefs teeming with wildlife, and those elusive stretches of unspoilt powdery beach. With its paradisiacal private setting on Phu Quoc’s ‘ice cream’ beach; a choice of stunning rooms, suites and private pool villas; and an inspiring ‘curriculum’ of experiences from award-winning spa treatments to cultural activities; JW Marriott Phu Quoc is ideally suited for romantic getaways and family holidays alike.
Save 15 per cent on accommodation rates at JW Marriott Phu Quoc when booking a minimum of 60 days prior to arrival. Prices start from £2,029 per person based on two adults sharing an Emerald Bay View Room for seven nights on a bed and breakfast basis, including flights and private transfers. This offer represents a saving of up to £360 per person and is valid for travel completed by 31 October 2018. Book with Western & Oriental (020 3588 6130, www.westernoriental.com).
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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. JW Marriott Phu Quoc offers a selection of 237 artistically unique well-appointed rooms, suites, and villas with Bill Bensley’s whimsical touches blend harmoniously. Boasting of 5 restaurants and contemporary bars, the crafted dining experience will satisfy even the most discerning palate including Tempus Fugit, 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 75 JW Marriott hotels in over 25 countries. JW Marriott is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards®, in which members can link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. Visit JW Marriott online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.