There are loads of places on this island where you can eat decent food, drink cocktails, have a beachside bungalow with air con, hot shower and be in easy reach of other bars and restaurants.
Peter and Rita have tried to create something a little different.
Here are my highlights.
1. The evening meal - yes it's communal, meaning you may have to talk to other people....be friendly.....ask questions.......share a bit of your own personal history......not that a bad thing in my book. Food wise it's been said 100 times before but it is really good. I think it's important to state that if you are a true gourmand, who is used to fine dining then we are not quite in the realms of Heston and co., however it is consistently tasty, varied ( BBQ, classic Viet, local Pho Quoc, Hotpot) well presented and many a night I went to bed a little uncomfortable due to my inability to stop eating because it was so good. Most people commented it was the best they had eaten in Vietnam. I agree. The staff work hard to deliver a good level of service, and I would also mention the music - Rita quietly puts together an eclectic playlist every evening, and as someone who recognises the important and subtle part music can play, I was consistently impressed by her choices. In short we had some truly memorable nights.
2. The beach - let me let you into a secret, walking is good for you - especially when you eat the amounts we did every night, so the 10-15min walk was not an issue.
If you had a choice would you rather a) be on a beach with lots of other people or, b) practically nobody else. Yes of course the answer is "b" - and if the 2 or 3 other couples is too much then walk right up miles of empty beach. Some may struggle to cope with deck chairs rather than a lounger - but again if this is too much for you to cope with then head down to long beach with the masses.
3. Communal areas - now just because the word "communal" has been used twice in this review, does not mean that this is some kind of hippie retreat. It simply means the shared ares, of which there are loads. Sofas, hammocks, tables, chairs.....enough for everyone to have their own space, and if being within 10 metres of another human being is too much - then the secluded bungalows have porches with your own hammock and sofa. The evening meal is the only time you sit together, the rest of the time most people keep themselves to themselves.
4. Peter and Rita - they continue to work hard for their guests in ways not everyone will appreciate. Their aim is not develop a 5 star resort that is generic and faceless. This world has too many of those already. They are trying to do something exactly the opposite. Here they have created somewhere with a soul and unique character, encouraging people to connect and communicate face to face over great food and drinks, rather than heads down on the iPhone/iPad. If that scares you too much no one will think any less of you.
5. The bungalows - depends what you are used to. If you've been travelling around staying in $5 places this will feel like The Ritz, if you are used to the high end places, then think of it as getting back to nature. Ours was great, simple with nice touches to give it a slight boutique feel. Each bungalow is different - again, nothing is generic here.
These were our best bits and we had 8 great night there and would definitely return.
Thank you Peter and Rita.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Freedomland offers an home style hospitality, where you can relax amongst friends you have just met, swapping stories over dinner after a day of adventure exploring the island or a day of total relaxation on the nearby beach. As each day goes by, you will appreciate we are not a hotel. LOCATION: Located 15 minutes walk to Ong Lang beach, nestled in a jungle-like area in the North West of Phu Quoc island. 20Km from the airport (about 45 min. Drive); 10km from the main town (15 min. Drive) BUNGALOWS: We designed our bungalows in harmony with the surrounding environment. They are opened enough to allow air flow, furnished with fans (no A/C), wooden furniture locally made and mosquito nets. There is no tv plasma, no hot water (method Kneipp ;), no hairdryers, no minibar and no air conditioned in our bungalows. FOOD & DRINK: Exclusively for lucky freedomland guests, family and friends every night we cook a communal dinner when everyone has the opportunity to meet, enjoy the food and the ambiance. Peter's cuisine is a skilful blend of vietnamese and European cuisine. All the guests fell in love with the Peter's cooking, and he likes sharing his love for food. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Freedomland Phu Quoc Hotel Phu Quoc Island