A ‘mumcation’ in paradise: Green Bay Resort, Phu Quoc REVIEW
October 11, 2019
When your day starts with a floating breakfast in your private infinity pool, and your only appointment that day is with the spa, you know you’re on to a good thing at Green Bay Resort Phu Quoc. A friend and I were on a mumcation in South Vietnam. There were no kids or husbands on this trip. Just us and our unplanned and uninterrupted days. Bliss.
Disclaimer: A friend and I were offered a 4 night complimentary stay (sans kids!) at Green Bay Resort Phu Quoc in exchange for social media coverage and this honest blog post review. As always, these are all my own words. This post also contains affiliate links. Should you click to purchase, it is at no additional cost to you, but I receive a small commission.
We had spent almost a week travelling from Ho Chi Minh, via Can Tho and Chau Doc, and our intentions for our final days on the tropical island of Phu Quoc were to unwind, relax, chill, and relax some more. Green Bay Resort Phu Quoc is the perfect place to do just that, plus the island of Phu Quoc has some of the best beaches in Vietnam.
Nestled in to the lush hills, overlooking the gulf of Thailand are a range of luxury accommodations at Green Bay Resort Phu Quoc; from garden view bungalows, to three bed ocean front villas with a private pool.
Sympathetic to their lush surroundings, these accommodations have been built with natural and sustainably-sourced materials, with wood furnishing created by local craftsmen, yet you can still expect those modern amenities typical of a luxury resort; think outdoor bathtubs and rain showers, ridiculously comfortable king size beds, and excellent free WiFi.
We stayed in an Ocean Front Pavilion with Private Pool. The sun streams in across the pool and decking in the morning, but come mid morning, the decking is in the shade offering a welcome respite from the heat of the day. My favourite spot to read was perched in the water overlooking the rainforest and out to sea. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
Swimming and dining
At the heart of Green Bay Resort is the main restaurant (where breakfast is served) a large heated swimming pool, and a small private beach that is impeccably maintained.
As the resort is rather spread out, it was a bit of a walk from our Ocean Front Pavilion to this main area. However, this was no problem at all. Whenever we wanted to go to breakfast, or to the spa, we would call reception, and a ‘buggy’ would arrive a couple of minutes later. Excellent service.
The breakfast spread is impressive and includes everything from fresh breads and cheeses, to sushi and chocolate doughnuts. The lunch and dinner menu offers both Western and local dishes, and although vegetarian options are limited, just ask the staff and they will rustle you up something special. I particularly enjoyed the vegetarian curry.
What to do at Green Bay Resort
If you feel like you need to adjust your horizontal lounging position, there are a handful of activities on offer.
Snorkel gear, kayaks, and bikes are available free of charge for all guests. There are also complimentary morning yoga classes available and a fitness centre, which I have to admit I didn’t go near.
If this all seems rather energetic, book in for a spa treatment; the outdoor rustic spa huts for massages are divine. If possible, speak to the Weather Gods and time your massage with a rainstorm. Magical.
There is a complimentary shuttle service each day from Green Bay Resort to ‘Down Town’, leaving at 10am and returning at 1pm. But if you’re looking for markets for street food and souvenir shopping, take a taxi to the Phu Quoc Night Markets, which open at 6pm. Book a taxi from reception. The driver will use the meter and expect to pay about VND250000.
How to get to Green Bay Resort Phu Quoc
There is a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service for all guests from the ferry terminal or airport on Phu Quoc. Email Green Bay Resort at least 1 day in advance to book.
Airlines currently operating both domestic and international flights from Phu Quoc include Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air and Jetstar Pacific Airlines. There are several flights per day to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Check Skyscanner for the best deals. We managed to get a flight from Phu Quoc back to Ho Chi Minh City for just £35, booking 48 hours in advance.
There are regular ferries throughout the day from Hà Tiên and Rạch Giá on the mainland, although there is contradicting information online regarding ferry times. However, if you arrive to the ferry terminal around 9am, you should have no problems getting on a ferry to Phu Quoc. Our ticket from Hà Tiên to Phu Quoc cost VND250000 (approx £8).
Is Green Bay Resort kid friendly?
Despite visiting Green Bay Resort on a mumcation, I can’t help but put my mum/blogger hat on when visiting accommodations. Whilst there are no kids clubs or playgrounds at the resort, there are family rooms available, a kids pool, and warm shallow waters to play in, as well as exceptional staff who I noticed were wonderful with a young family visiting at the same time as us.
I would definitely return with my boys. Although I doubt the floating breakfast experience would be quite as relaxing.
We are a family of four from the UK who thrive on adventure. We've lived in India, trekked the Himalayas, traversed Africa in a Land Rover, and now we're staying closer to home with our Mazda Bongo camper. Off the beaten track road trips keep our soul alive, and through this blog we share our itineraries and experiences with you.