The JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, set on the southern sandy shores of Phu Quoc is a 20-minute drive from the airport and a destination in its own right. Designed by Bill Bensley to pay homage to the fictional historic Lamarck University, Asian and European aesthetics are blended in quirky style, evoking a whimsical Wes Anderson-esque ambiance that is utterly unique. The design concept is built around a narrative of a French colonial university campus founded in 1880, abandoned in the 40’s after the war, then restored and transformed into a resort by the Marriott International flagship brand. Each building is billed as ‘department’, with architecture and furnishings designed to reflect the subject of study. All 244 rooms offer plush bedding, complimentary WiFi, and fanciful character. Villas come with seafront views, balconies, and private pools; the signature villa has its own 50 meter infinity pool. Guests can unwind and indulge at Chanterelle - Spa by JW, a full service spa offering Ayurvedic treatments, body scrubs and wraps, facials, massages. The Department of Physical Education provides guests with free weights, cardiovascular equipment, and complimentary fitness classes, as well as bike rentals, boating, kayaking, and snorkeling options. Choose to lounge by the Sand Pool, Shell Pool, Sun Pool, or Whirlpool, and sip artisanal cocktails mixed by the Department Of Chemistry Bar. Dining options include an all-day dining restaurant, a beachside seafood grill, a smart casual restaurant serving international fare, and a French-style delicatessen and cafe.
Charm: The escapist nature of living in a dreamt up colonial school come to life is a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
Décor: Both luxury rooms and expansive villas offer unique, meticulously envisioned Lamarck University decorations.
Dining: From barbequed freshly caught seafood to masterfully prepared local dishes, all dining sites provide unique flavors.
Spa: Chanterelle – Spa by JW offers an extensive array of treatments, matching imagination with immaculate relaxation.
The whimsical ambiance of accommodations at the resort serves as testament to Bensley’s artistic prowess. Each of the 244 rooms, suites, and villas are housed in a 20th century European-style structure adorned by diverse pastel colors. Each building represents different departments of the college, with furniture and decoration themed accordingly. Rooms are flooded with natural light and are appointed with luxurious, comfortable furnishings. Nearly every room has a balcony that offers breathtaking views of the sea or surrounding gardens, and villas boast private pools and bars. Accommodations also feature flat screen TVs, 24-hour room service, High-Speed Internet access, marble bathroom fixtures, and luxury toiletries on hand.
With balconies that furnish magical sea views, the Emerald Bay Guestrooms mix beauty with practicality, featuring one king or two double beds, a marble bathroom with a large, standalone bathtub, shower, and lighted makeup mirrors, as well as a spare restroom. Different versions of this room offer distinct décor and unique views, such as that of the beautiful seafront and pure white sands.
Le Jardin Larger Guestrooms not only present guests with views of the sparkling sea, but also direct access to the pool. These rooms are appointed with either one king or two doubles, a marble bathroom fitted with a large, standalone bathtub, shower, and lighted makeup mirror. They also offer complimentary, luxury toiletries and an additional guest restroom.
The Rue De Lamarck Suites offer all of the five-star comfort and amenities provided by guestrooms while also boasting a separate lounge area and greater overall space reaching 650 plus square feet. From their balconies and expansive windows, guests can see picturesque views of the gorgeous beachside resort.
At nearly 970 square feet, the Turquoise Suites offer a separate living area, bedroom with a king bed, plush sleeper sofas, and two bathrooms. From the spacious balcony, guests can see the pristine seafront. Butler service is available 24-hours a day for guests of this suite.
Covering 1937 square feet, the opulent One Bedroom Villas offer artistic décor along with such luxurious amenities as a private pool, butler service, and sweeping views of the surrounding gardens. The bedroom is furnished with a king-sized bed.
Able to comfortably house up to nine guests, the Three Bedroom Villa is 4304 square feet and offers three bedrooms, two of which feature king-sized beds and one that is furnished with a pair of double beds. The villa is equipped with two bathrooms, includes a butler service, and encompasses spacious, separate lounge and living areas.
The Lamarck House Residence embodies the height of luxury. The elegant four-bedroom seafront villa boasts a 50-meter infinity pool, the largest at a resort villa in Asia. This opulent accommodation also features a private outdoor massage pavilion, butler service, and a private chef. It houses three king-size bed bedrooms and a fourth with a double bed.
The picturesque resort and its surroundings are perfect for indulgent relaxation and energizing activity. Home to three pools, a 24-hour gym, a small running track, bike rental, a workshop center, and spa, the hotel offers a range of facilities to satisfy the fancies of any guests. Bike tours, yoga sessions, cooking classes, and craft workshops are listed in weekly activity schedules, and a free shuttle service, 24-hour front desk, gift store, and grocery shopping services are also available on-site. Business guests can hold personalized events at the resort’s various meeting spaces or at the Grand Ballroom, which also serves as a perfect setting for weddings.
Take advantage of the beautiful Khem Beach, Cream Beach, and its strip of soft white sand and warm turquoise waters.
The renovated facilities of the “ruined” fictional university’s physical education department are opened 24 hours a day and offer a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment from free weights to cardio equipment to adult and children swimming pools. Fitness classes are also available and biking excursions, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, and family activities can be organized. A sauna is also on hand.
Young guests have a space of their own to play, learn, and get creative. Decked with hands-on activities, books, board games and a ball pit, kids are sure to keep busy.
The resort’s six event rooms cover over 11,100 square feet with the largest space alone spanning 8,072. The dedicated, professional event team is always on hand to ensure every detail of an event goes smoothly, whether it be a world-class summit or intimate wedding reception. Personalized catering arrangements are also available on request.
Take a dip in one of many outdoor pools around the resort – Sun pool, Shell pool, Sand pool, and the Whirlpool.
Stroll Rue de Lamarck, the main street that extends through the whole resort. Reflecting early 20th century style French colonial architecture, the street is lined with traditional shophouses resembling the streets of Hoi An. Find exquisite artisinal boutiques, enjoy daily entertainment, dine at the various restaurants, and indulge at one of the best spas in Vietnam.
Those looking to run morning laps can make use of the brick red running track sure to bring back nostalgic memories from track team days.
Chanterelle Spa by JW is a rejuvenation oasis where mind, body, and spirit can reach a state of ultimate relaxation. Alice in Wonderland themed, the spa’s uneven hallway arches, checkered floors, and Victorian furnishings all imbue it with a unique character. An experienced staff performs a comprehensive array of treatments, from ayurvedic to body scrubs and wraps. Both individual and couple massages are available, as are manicures and pedicures.
The Marriott Phu Quoc boasts five eateries and cocktail bars. Flavors range from local cuisine to Cantonese dishes, and even include international delights. Ingredients are derived from the finest of fresh local produce and prepared by the resort’s talented chefs. Inventive cocktails are available, crafted with scientific expertise. The décor of all dining areas conforms to the resort’s unique theme, such as at Tempus Fugit where tabletops are decorated with building plans, “remnants” of the Department of Architecture. Cocktails are served in test tubes and beakers at the “former” Department of Chemistry.
Set beneath the arc of a magnificent dome painted with the periodic table, this contemporary cocktail bar’s “chemists” are all highly skilled mixologists who serve artful cocktails in test tubes and beakers. While enjoying an artisanal cocktail in the stylish setting, guests can gaze out at the stunning Emerald Bay.
This charming café style bistro offers French flavors in Vietnam, serving delectable pastries, Vietnamese-French cuisine, and fresh baked goods.
The crown jewel of the resort’s restaurants, Pink Pearl serves an eclectic array of Cantonese and Thai dishes from a splendid beachfront mansion setting. The artful décor extends through the exquisite main dining hall and into each of its six private rooms. Reservations are required and a smart casual dress code is suggested.
This beachside grill is open for lunch and dinner, specializing in fresh, locally caught seafood.
A beachfront buffet and à la carte restaurant, offering authentic Vietnamese dishes along with international flavors. The relaxing ambiance, incredible views, and delicious cuisines are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations are required and a smart casual dress code is suggested.
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