The Franco-Vietnamese Flair of La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc

Guests can look forward to a five-star retreat that exudes laid-back sophistication and old-world charm.

Poolside at La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc – MGallery.

Enjoying an idyllic coastal setting on Vietnam’s “Pearl Island,” La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc – MGallery doesn’t just offer travelers direct access to Duong Dong Beach and vibrant ocean sunsets over the Gulf of Thailand. Vietnamese culture and French-colonial glamour unite at this award-winning retreat, whose design is grounded in the unique heritage of founder Catherine Gerbet, fondly known as Madame Catherine.

Set in lush tropical gardens, La Veranda recalls Madame Catherine’s family history and a deep personal connection to Phu Quoc — this very island was where her locally born grandmother set up a lucrative fish sauce–making business. The family eventually relocated to Phnom Penh, where Madame Catherine grew up amid high society as Cambodia flourished in the early years of independence. Subsequent decades of globetrotting eventually led her to settle down in Hong Kong. Originally intended as Madame Catherine’s seaside retirement home, La Veranda Phu Quoc was opened up as the island’s first five-star resort back in 2006. Since then, it has joined Accor under the boutique-style MGallery brand.

La Veranda’s 74 rooms are decorated with personal touches from Madame Catherine herself, alluding to her early years along the lower Mekong River. Plush four-poster beds and plantation louvered doors complement handpicked ceramics and mahogany furniture that add to the retro feel; some guest quarters also feature vintage clawfoot bathtubs. Accommodations include 13 Garden Villas and six Ocean Villas with private lawns that end in the powdery white sands of Duong Dong Beach.

A Deluxe Garden View Room at the property.

The private garden of a 71-square-meter La Veranda Ocean Villa.

La Veranda guests sipping champagne at sunset on Duong Dong Beach.

Refined French and Vietnamese cuisine is a hallmark of The Peppertree at La Veranda.

The Peppertree’s colonial-chic dining room.

The culinary lineup is led by The Peppertree, recognized in the 2022 Haute Grandeur Global Restaurant Awards for the quality of its gourmet Vietnamese and French cuisine. The Peppertree’s kitchen is led by homegrown talent Huynh Hoang Sin, winner of the reality TV show Vietnam’s Top Chef 2019. Refined dishes here harness local ingredients like Phu Quoc–grown pepper and the island’s famed fish sauce; dessert-lovers can even try Madame Catherine’s personal recipe of coconut custard with pumpkin. Alfresco all-day dining venue Le Jardin offers sumptuous breakfasts and weekly themed buffets, plus an à la carte selection of Vietnamese classics alongside Mediterranean and Western favorites. Sundowners are a must on the breezy terrace at Le Bar, whose signature ruou sim cocktail features local rose myrtle wine. Many of Le Bar’s tipples utilize fresh ingredients picked from the on-site organic garden.

Some of the spices and herbs grown at La Veranda are also used in treatments at the resort’s TĨNH Wellness Sanctuary, where holistic therapies are inspired by Phu Quoc’s natural beauty and the charm of colonial Indochine. The recipient of two World Luxury Spa Awards in 2019, TĨNH has eight elegant treatment rooms and a range of facilities, including an infrared sauna, yoga sala, and saltwater pool. The must-try Red Dao herbal bath adapts an ancient spa ritual from the northern hill tribes living in the high mountains outside Sapa, while a beauty and nail salon ensures that travelers look their best. For a deeper restorative experience, curated Wellness Journeys at TĨNH last between a day and a full week.

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Spa treatments use fresh ingredients grown in the resort’s organic garden.

A treatment room at the on-site TĨNH Wellness Sanctuary.

Guests enjoying a yoga session by the sea.

The private beachfront at La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc.

Overlooking one of the property’s guest wings at sunset.

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