Oct 20 2012
With its muted yellows and terracotta tiles, colonial-styled La Veranda, right in the heart of the developed stretch of Long Beach on Phu Quoc Island, harks back dreamily to Vietnam’s French-ruled period. If you’re a romantic, and you’ve coin to spare, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more luxurious and tasteful spot to stay on the island.
Wandering through the grounds at La Veranda, you’ll see that they take their 19th century colonial theme seriously. Waiters and other staff don pith helmets, patios are equipped with bamboo shades and rustic wooden chairs, and the resort’s hibiscus gardens also fit the theme. The attention to ascetic detail comes at a price; the cheapest room you’ll find in low season is US$165 and in the high, $185. If you’re looking at a villa, you’ll be paying $225 at the low end.
The resort is broken into a mansion plus numerous villas scattered throughout the gardens. Rooms boast rustic wooden desks, retro prints on the walls and four-poster beds with stylish mosquito nets, with the usual modern amenities — air-con, TV and WiFi. Rooms in the main building are decently sized but not huge considering what you pay; in the villas, you’ll get more space, especially as you get closer to the water, but it’s somewhat limited compared to other spots.
Staying here you’ll have little reason to leave. A nice stretch of beach is sectioned off for your enjoyment but, if you don’t want to get sand in your hair, their modestly sized blue tiled pool is plenty comfortable. On the grounds you’ll find two restaurants. The Pepper Tree is one of the top fine-dining spots on the island, offering a high end and high priced menu of international cuisine. For something a little more basic, La Jardin, the restaurant in the resort’s main building, has a simpler Mediterranean-themed menu with particularly good pizzas. Restaurants are pricier than other eateries in the area, but if you want to go for a wander, you’re within striking distance of several spots on Tran Hung Dao.
La Veranda is in a picturesque location and offers loads of atmosphere. However, you’re staying on Long Beach, where easily finding a US$30 bungalow is quite within the realm of reason. If you’re looking for unmatched luxury and the service that goes with it, La Veranda is the place to go. If you’re budget conscious, then a few other places may fit the bill — just a short drive down the beach, for instance, Beach Club has much more basic rooms with much more affordable prices. If you’re keen on luxe and ambiance, but want more seclusion, Mango Bay on Ong Lang Beach has a rustic style in a more secluded location.
Long Beach, Phu Quoc Island
T: (07) 7398 2988
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