This year 2022, for my birthday, my wife and I decided to spend two weeks in Phu Quoc including two nights in a Luxurious Resort. We had the opportunity to chose from many 5 stars Hotels in the Island and as a fan of Indochine architecture my choice ended up being La Veranda.
Founded by Madame Catherine initially as a refuge for her retirement and a monument to her family’s history. A family who lured from China to Phu Quoc and its farming lucrative pepper crops. La veranda takes its inspiration from an authentic 1920s french colonial style.
Originally conceived as a home, everything from furnishing to artwork has been carefully picked to reflect her family story and their journey from this Island to Phnom Penh and finally back to their maritime roots Phu Quoc.
Today run by MGallery part of the Sofitel Group, the resort is located in Long Beach (Bãi Trường) the longest beach in Phu Quoc and also the most dense area for restaurants and activities. The resort counts 70 rooms including villas with an ocean view, a fine dining restaurant, a pool, a boutique and a SPA.
Indochine Style Architecture
As I mentioned before in this article What is Indochine Style ? I am a big fan of this type of architecture. The thing I like the most about La Veranda is how authentic it feels. It’s very close to what you would see in a French Colonial Building still maintained in Vietnam and even closer to what I saw in the movie Indochine by Régis Wargnier.
The Pepper Tree
The restaurant is simply gorgeous, it looks exactly like the mansion of Elia in Indochine with a center room surrounded by a balcony and open doors giving a glimpse of the natural surroundings, absolutely perfect for a banquet.
The Pepper Tree is also one of the best restaurant in the Island, not only because of the venue but also thanks to the Chef Huỳnh Hoàng Sin and his cuisine. The restaurant have a cohesive menu and some of the dishes can be cooked or flambé should I say, in front of you.
We personally tried the Bò lúc lắc (Cambodian dish with beef and rice) and the Gambas flambés with tamarind sauce. Both dishes were delicious and the selection of wine and alcohol were very good as well. They prepared for us that night a special table and even made a cake for my birthday.
We tried the restaurant for the Breakfast Buffet as well. The dishes were diverse and delicious. Especially the Bún Mộc and the fresh Crêpes. We liked that they had a selection of cheese, charcuterie, bread and even a Toaster Conveyor to make them crispy. They also have some fresh juice ready in bottles in the fridge for us. The resort cultivate their own fruits so everything is freshly made and without added sugar.
The room like the rest of the resort was beautiful with a perfect mariage of colors and furnitures. The room and balcony were very spacious. Again with the Indochine style’s shades letting the light in and the baldaquin bed, you never feel disconnected from the outside nature and feel like you are still living in the 1920s (in a good way).
One of the furniture is a practical commode that can be used as a desk or for make up. The armoir or cupboard with inside lights turning on when opened, was holding a mini bar, a safe and a fridge. Also inside we found some bathrobes that my wife really liked and some nice flip flops. All of these items were available to sell in the boutique.
The bathroom was a continuity of the elegance of the resort with a classic robinetterie and a stand up shower with tiling reminding me of some mediterranean design. Healthcare products were disposed in the shower and ready to be used. We loved the fact that they chose natural product without chemicals. The towels provided were quite long and thick a good gage of quality.
The pool from La Veranda is located near the restaurant and well shaded thanks to the trees. The size of the pool is perfect in my opinion, big enough for people to swim. They have a dedicated space for children and a massage spot. The color of the tiles are cyan, blue and black, so this pool definitely have a classic look to it. The deck chairs were already arranged with big and heavy blue towels.
The Beach of the resort is nicely located near a restaurant and a night club. So during the day you’ll have plenty of tranquillity with activities such as canoeing and at night you’ll obviously have a festive atmosphere with electro music. The beach is easy to access, with deckchairs and beach umbrellas. At the time of our stay, there were no waves nor rocks in the sea.
Rating : 9 out of 10
One of the main element of the experience of this staying was obviously the timeless architecture and interior design of the resort. Me and my wife shot tons of pictures in most of the areas inside the resort and we can’t wait to see the film developed.
The personnel was very attentive to our needs and the needs of our baby. The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous and delicious at night, with some food prepared in front of you. The breakfast offer a diverse choice with locally grown products that will fit both western and eastern tastes.
For us, staying in La Veranda was a bit like having the power to go back in time and experience life from another era you only see in films. We would chose this hotel again in a heart beat since we’re big fans of history and timeless design.
La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc – MGallery
Address : Beach, Đường Trần Hưng Đạo, Street, Phú Quốc, Kiên Giang 095000
Phone : 0297 3982 988