The resort is absolutely beautiful - set on a hillside next to one of the loveliest beaches in vietnam - it's a place to completely relax and get away from it all. You can lie in a hammock on the quiet, unspoilt beach, looking out to sea, watching the sun set with a tasty, cold beer... wish I was there right now!
It's quite far away from anything else on the island, so it's good news that the food at Bo's restaurant is absolutely delicious. In case you get bored relaxing on the beach you can borrow one of the kayaks or the (fairly ancient) snorkelling equipment and go for an adventure in the lovely warm sea. They can also arrange motorbike hire, if you want to zoom around the island, or book you a taxi to go into town, which is a 30-minute ish drive. They also organised massages for me and my partner in a little massage hut next to the sea - you can hear the noise of the waves as you have your massage - so lovely.
Accommodation-wise, the huts look absolutely beautiful - there's definitely a french colonial influence to the design and they were one of the most stylish place we stayed. Solar showers worked well for us, and we liked the other eco-friendly touches.
Considering that the accommodation is quite expensive by local standards, I would have hoped for a little bit more customer care... I would have liked to get some complimentary drinking water in the room every day - there's no mini-bar and actually there's nowhere nearby to buy water once the resort's bar is closed (which can often be as early as 10pm). It would have been nice to have the bedsheets changed - we were there for a week in our room with no air conditioning, with just one set of sheets. Hard mattresses are the norm in Vietnam, but the one we slept on at Bo was by far the most uncomfortable, it was like a plank with a bit of straw on top. Ouch.
The biggest factor in deciding whether to book Bo is whether you can tolerate the creatures of the jungle! The huts are quite open in construction, with big gaps between wooden struts etc, so there are a lot of invaders! When we arrived, we thought this was pretty cool - we christened our new pet mantis who lived on the top of our bed and thought it would be fun to rough it in the jungle. However, we got worn down by this pretty quickly - even my un-scarable boyfriend slept badly because of the fear (and maybe the mattress). Mosquito nets are provided, but there were so many BIG bitey bugs, spiders, lizards and things by the end of it, we were scared to get out of bed!
Towards the end of our stay there was a huge rain storm in the night, which drove a million creatures into the hut - we lay there in the dark (no bedside lamp) listening to creatures buzz around and chirrup, hearing little thumps as larger creatures dropped off the roof onto the floor, feeling the mosquito net vibrate when things walked on it! After laying awake on the uncomfortable mattress all night, we decided to cut short our stay and flew back to HCMC a couple of days early so we could get a good nights sleep!
During the daytime, you couldn't ask for a more wonderful place to stay than BO, but only book to stay there if you are a brave person, up for roughing it in the jungle at night and you don't mind creepy crawlies!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quiet and secluded, Bo Resort embraces an eco-lodge concept. There are no televisions or air conditioning and hot water is provided by solar panels. Eighteen simple thatched bungalows, situated in the middle of a tropical garden and set on a hill, offer views of the sea. Bathrooms embody a tropical and open-air style. All bungalows are at least 30-feet apart, ensuring guests absolute privacy. You won’t even see your neighbors from your private balcony. Each bungalow has open windows, ceiling fan and mosquito nets. Guests seeking simple living and relaxation will find Bo Resort the perfect place to stay. The beach at Bo Resort is quiet and sandy and swimming is ideal for families. Other options include boat trips or motorbike rides around the island. The resort provides kayaks and snorkeling gear as well. Guests can also enjoy the most spectacular sunsets in Vietnam from the Beach Bar while sipping delicious cocktails or having a tasty Vietnamese or Western food dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bo Hotel Phu Quoc Island