It’s the little things that make the big things possible. Only close attention to the fine details of any operation makes the operation first class.J. Willard Marriott
The JW Marriott brand of course needs no introduction, but this particular property on the Island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam stands in a class of its own among the brand’s portfolio. The Bill Bensley – designed property – which is unlike anything the brand has ever done – pays homage to an imaginary Lamarck University and refers to its grounds as a campus. Pastel-colored buildings are inspired by academics and named after certain departments such as zoology, astronomy, chemistry, and so forth with design motifs to reflect their subject.
The idea of going to school on vacation may seem like a stretch, however the JW executes the concept seamlessly so much so that the resort has won a handful of top awards since opening. The resort’s highly photogenic ‘school lobby’, dreamy guest rooms, and four inviting swimming pools are constantly making the rounds on social media.
WHY YOU SHOULD STAY:
Recognized as one of Asia’s top luxury hotels and spas, the JW Marriott Phu Quoc in Vietnam is the perfect destination for those seeking rejuvenation and relaxation in an exotic setting. Feast on a global range of gourmet cuisine at any of the five dining establishments and bars, dive into pools shaped like seashells or lay on the beach. Take refuge in modern rooms and suites appointed with touches that go hand-in-hand with the overall aesthetic of the resort.
“Customer needs may vary, but their bias for quality never does.”
The 244 guestrooms, suites, and villas are spread throughout different wings, giving guests the experience of being in their own dedicated section of the resort – appropriately modeled from a variety of disciplines one would find at university. Taking full advantage of the idyllic view, all rooms and suites are ocean-facing and include a spacious balcony with sofa seating. Rooms on the ground floor feature a private garden and direct access to the swimming pools. Keeping in theme guests can expect to discover vintage furniture, custom-designed furnishings, patterned flooring, as well as other hidden gems.
The JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay’s design story was developed around the concept of a mythical academy of learning, honoring and reflecting the early 20th-century style and embracing the traditions of French Colonial Architecture. The enormous site is separared into various zones, all of them connected via the Rue de Lamarck, the main street that extends through the whole resort.
EATS & DRINKS:
Guests can choose between sampling fresh seafood and the traditional flavors of Vietnam, perfectly paired with captivating ocean views, or tasting French fine dining and wine. The JW Marriott Phu Quoc has the following dining outlets.
Tempus Fugit – laid-back beachside restaurant, specializing in both the traditional flavors of Vietnam and international specialties. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Pink Pearl – The gem dining option at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc is housed in a beautifully restored oceanfront mansion, which serves as a dramatic backdrop for exquisite French Cuisine. Open for dinner.
Red Rum – Casual beachside BBQ offering seafood and locally-sourced produce and meats. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Department of Chemistry Bar – Words really can’t describe the ambiance of this place, but get ready to be schooled in the science of mixology – this is a university after all. Watch the chemists at the bar and enjoy tasty tapas and views of the ocean.
French & Co. – A little French Café in Vietnam serving pastries, treats, and freshly brewed coffee.
Phu Quoc is an island off the coast of Vietnam near Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. It’s known for white-sand beaches and resorts, most of which are along the palm-lined southwest coast, which is where you will find the JW Marriott.