When were initially planning our travel around the world we decided that South East Asia should be the starting point because it seemed to be the hardest to navigate. We also decided that we would need a vacation after a six weeks or so of travel.
Colleen found a new hotel that was available on points, the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa. Open for only 8 months it is a new property that has a lot to offer.
The JW Marriott is a 5 star resort designed by Bill Bensley, a renowned luxury hotel designer. Based on the fictitious Lamarck University, the hotel recognizes the work of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, a French academic who influenced Charles Darwin.
Bensley, according to the General Manager Ty Collins, continues to send items to improve the eclectic paraphernalia of the resort. For example, I found two sets of Coldstream Guards scarlet tunics and one forage cap.
I also found this bust of the first Dean of Lamarck University which looks an awful like a dignified version of my oldest brother.
The numerous free activities made our week very busy.
Bike Ride to An Thoi open market
The bike ride into town was 5km which included a brief stop at the vegetable market and also the docks where they offload fish.
Bike Ride to Ho Quoc Pagoda
A 22km round trip bike ride that started out sunny and ended in an absolute deluge of rain. It was a beautiful trip to see parts of the town and also the countryside.
That’s a river of water running down the street in this video.
Bike ride to Coconut Prison and Fish Sauce Factory
The last bike ride was 4km round-trip and included a visit to the Coconut Prison (which is described here) and to a fish sauce factory.
For platinum members the lounge was free for drinks from 5pm to 6pm. It is amazing how much beer you can pack in with a one hour window! The building is designed on a chemistry lab theme and includes swinging beds …
The seven night luxury stay was fantastic and helped everyone to recharge although it was very apparent that nobody wanted to leave on the final day.
If you plan to go to Vietnam this is an awesome stop that should not be missed!
Colleen Edit to Add – The JW Marriott Phu Quoc was Free:
Well, our accommodations were completely free. And an extensive breakfast. And evening cocktails.
Our out of pocket costs for the seven night stay at the JW Marriott on Phu Quoc was $197.41 Canadian. This included four Vietnamese Lanterns that we made (and now have to lug around the world), two body scrubs and all the meals that were not included as part of our stay as Platinum members.
We had two gorgeous rooms at this amazing resort. Oddly, the JW Marriott is a Category 5 Marriott property. As such, it was only 25,000 Marriott points per night (or 100,000 for a seven night stay using the fifth night free option).