Mango bay resort, phú quốc

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Before the explosion of resort construction on the island began, Mango Bay và Phu Quoc were almost synonymous: Phu Quoc was the definition of a tropical islvà getaway; Mango Bay was the epitome of a tropical island retreat. These days, there are hundreds of places to stay on Phu Quoc, but Mango Bay remains the best accommodation within its class và price bracket. I’ve sầu been visiting Mango Bay for over 10 years & it’s always been high on my menu of the most atmospheric resorts in Vietphái nam. During the Covid-19 pandemic, myself và several other guests were ‘stranded’ at Mango Bay for four months of lock-down and travel restrictions. Over the course of this long stay, my admiration for the resort only grew.

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REVIEW: MANGO BAY, PHU QUOC

Address: Ong Lang Beach, Phu Quoc Islvà, Kien Giang Province

Average Rates: $50-$150 | Email: reservations
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CONTENTS:

The Location

Resort Grounds & Layout

Beach, Sea và Activities

Guest Rooms & Décor

Breakfast, Dining và Drinking

Summary

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The Location: Occupying almost a kilometre of beachfront and forest, Mango Bay is located at the heart of Ong Lang Bay, on Phu Quoc Island’s west coast. One of the best all-round beaches on the island, Ong Lang has remained relatively quiet & low-rise, và retained much of its natural beauty and charm, despite burgeoning popularity over the last decade. The form size of Mango Bay’s property – including two sandy beaches, rocky coves, hundreds of trees, fruit orchards & gardens bedecked with tropical flowers – is the resort’s greademo asphối. Discreet and low-impact, Mango Bay is hardly visible from the l& or the sea. Unlike other resorts on the islvà, Mango Bay has chosen to lớn work with, rather than against, nature, allowing this slice of Phu Quoc to lớn flourish in its natural state, as opposed to bulldozing it to lớn accommodate development. This is precious, admirable và one of the major appeals of the resort.

Over the years, an enclave of Vietnamese & Western restaurants, shops and bars has sprung up in the backstreets of Ong Lang, providing plenty of conveniences within walking distance of the resort. In addition, the island’s main settlement, Duong Dong, is just 15 minutes to lớn the south by taxi or motorxe đạp. The airport is roughly 30 minutes away.

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Resort Grounds & Layout: Boasting some 10 hectares of lvà, Mango Bay’s 40 or so guest rooms are spread out over the property with an almost alarming disregard for cramming as many guests in as possible. Each woood-and-thatch bungalow or rammed-earth hut is either generously spaced from the next or, if in closer proximity, partitioned from its neighbour by a wall of dense tropical foliage. This is remarkable given that standard procedure for many resorts on the islvà is to maximize profits per square metre of l& by compressing guest rooms as closely together as possible. There’s so much space at Mango Bay that, even when the resort is full, it doesn’t feel busy. As a guest strolling through the beautiful grounds, one struggles to make sense of how few rooms there appears to be in relation to the form size of the property. Indeed, when entering the restaurant for breakfast, it’s a surprise to find so many guests dining.

Because rooms are sensitively arranged & constructed using natural materials, the resort essentially melts inkhổng lồ its natural context. Wooden bungalows disappear inlớn trees, baked earth huts fade into lớn the brush. Apart from the restuarant, nothing has been constructed within at least 20 metres of the beachfront. Mango Bay has left its attractive sầu seafront untouched, allowing coconut palms, casuarimãng cầu trees, blaông chồng rocks and mangrove to take pride of place. And it’s worth it, because when the sun is shining và sea conditions are calm, this is one of the prettiest bays on the island.

Beach, Sea & Activities: Mango Bay has a long, attractive sầu and varied beachfront. The 800-metre cất cánh is bookended by two soft, sandy beaches, but the central section is more rugged, with a gentle shelf of blaông xã rochồng sliding into the sea. Swimming, bathing, paddling and watersports are possible off the sandy stretches, while snorkeling can be enjoyed off the rocky section. In the dry season (November-April), the water unique is usually superb: mirror-flat, gin-clear & wonderfully blue. In the rainy season (May to lớn October) conditions are rougher và the water turns grey and murky from the runoff.

There’s no swimming pool at Mango Bay. Part of the reason for this is the resort’s focus on the environment & sustainability. But there’s also no need for a swimming pool when, for half the year, the Gulf of Thailand is essentially a large infinity pool. However, if you have young children, or on days when the sea is rough or dirty, it would be nice to lớn have somewhere to lớn bathe other than the ocean. But, when conditions are good, there’s also the option of paddle-boarding, kayaking & bodyboarding. The sunsets are terrific.

In addition to lớn sea-related activities, Mango Bay has one of the best spas on the islvà và there are complimentary yoga sessions under the trees near the ocean every morning. Because the resort’s grounds are so large & beautiful, walking around the property is an activity in itself: strolling along the s&, hopping from rochồng khổng lồ rochồng, trying lớn identify the many species of tropical trees and flowers và birds under the dense canopy inland from the beach, và wandering through the herb, vegetable and fruit gardens is thoroughly enjoyable. Mango Bay also teams up with two of the best tour operators on the islvà, Flipper và John’s Tours, to lớn offer diving and islvà excursions respectively.

Guest Rooms & Décor: Low-impact, low-rise & sensitive lớn the natural environment, all rooms at Mango Bay are highly atmospheric & cosy, constructed with local materials which blend in with the resort grounds. From wood-plank plantation bungalows raised on stilts, pastel-coloured rammed-earth chalets beneath tall tropical trees, and spacious two-storey cottages overlooking the canopy of foliage, Mango Bay’s accommodation is memorable, unique và romantic. Several room types are available, all with large terraces, attractive outdoor bathrooms & sea- or garden-views: Veranda rooms are the cheapest & most convivial; Rammed-earth bungalows are next, offering more privacy; Fisherman and Plantation bungalows have sầu more space & better views; Private Bay villas are the most exclusive sầu và luxurious on the property; và several multi-bed family villas are perfect for three or more people sharing. High-season rates run from around $50-$150 per night, including breakfast. During low-season prices drop considerably.

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Room décor is simple but elegant & tasteful: tiled floors, four-poster beds hung with mosquilớn nets, wooden chests, chairs and desks, soft lamp lighting, open-air bathrooms with private flowerbeds, sun loungers và cushioned benches on the wooden terrace. Pastel tones decorate the walls & natural light streams in through the wooden-shuttered windows & doors. You won’t find any TVs, phones or air-conditioning units in the rooms – that would ruin the atmosphere & environemnt. Indeed, until recently there weren’t any in-room refrigerators either. However, Mango Bay has softened over the years, now featuring an effective bed cooling system – known as Evening Breeze – & private mini-bar in every room.

The absence of ‘mod cons’ discourages some travellers, but that’s entirely missing the point. Mango Bay offers guests an immersive experinece: comfort and connection with the natural environment, but not one at the expense of the other. The resort as a whole pulls this off exceptionally well. However, this does mean that there are geckos in the rooms, mosquitoes on the verandomain authority in the evening, and the sound of cicadas và the ocean thrashing all through the night. Guests are given the necessary equipment to lớn combat insects: make sure you pull down your mosquito net before 5pm and light the coils provided on the veranda at night. Rooms are designed to lớn be naturally ventilated: in order for this to lớn be effective sầu, you should leave the doors and windows open as much as possible (an in-room safe is provided for your valuables). Personally, I love sầu all of this. But it’s not for everyone: if you know you don’t lượt thích insects, or can’t sleep unless it’s absolutely silent, or have sầu a low threshold for heat, you might want to carefully consider your choice of accommodation.

Breakfast, Dining và Drinking: Mango Bay’s dining và drinking options have sầu enjoyed a good reputation on the island for many years, due in part lớn the unique of food and drink, but also khổng lồ the position và atmosphere of its restaurants and bars. The resort has two restaurants: On the Rocks is located at the centre of the property, with a large wooden dechồng built over a rocky seafront overlooking the ocean; On the S& is at the far north over of the resort, on a wide terrace next to lớn the beach beneath casuarina trees. Both are highly scenic places for a meal or a cocktail, especially at sunset when the clouds melt on the horizon and the sun is a perfect orange disc. Both restaurants feature the same menu, including a whole range of Vietnamese & international dishes, making as much use as possible of locally-sourced ingredients. Fresh seafood features heavily, as bởi homemade pizzas & several vegetarian options. A long các mục of cocktails includes enticing signatures, such as Monsoon: gin, sweet vermouth, cardamom seeds, rosemary, ginger, lime and bitters.

Breakfast is included in the room price and served at On the Rocks restaurant. A choice of classic dishes (eggs Benedict, full-English), Vietnamese noodle soups và vegetarian options, such as avocavì toast, come with an assortment of baked goods, fresh fruit, juice, tea and coffee. On a sunny, calm morning, it’s spectacular.

Staff at Mango Bay are friendly & well-trained, sometimes going way beyond their job requirements khổng lồ help or make guests feel comfortable. Staff hail from all over Vietphái mạnh, but mostly Phu Quoc & the nearby mainland Mekong Delta region. As a testament lớn how well they’re treated, Mango Bay staff tover lớn stay at the resort for many years (I met some members who’d been there over a decade). This is the case with a select few other well-established resorts across the nation – very rare in Vietnam’s burgeoning hospitality industry where young employees tend khổng lồ move sầu from job to job.

Summary: Mango Bay’s position in my personal pantheon of great resorts in Vietnam giới is firmly cemented. It is still the most atmospheric place lớn stay on Phu Quoc. As the concrete monoliths of domestic and international resort chains rise up all around the island – bulldozing the natural environment as they bởi vì so – Mango Bay’s style, ethos & aesthetic is all the more admirable, unique và precious. For guests, however, it is essential that you understvà this ethos before staying here: if you want air-con, bathtubs, karaoke, & no reptiles in your room, don’t book at Mango Bay. I only have sầu one gripe about the resort: music in the restaurants, although far more decent than at other establishments, seems totally unnecessary: why not let the waves and the wind be the soundtrack, just like with the rest of the property? Also, in pre-Covid times, a maitre d’/hostess greeted each guest as they entered the restaurant, adding a formality that was at odds with the beach setting và casual vibe of the restaurant.

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