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Escape to This Dreamy Fantasy University on Phu Quoc

From the whimsical imagination of Bill Bensley, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay is an immersive experience.

Jul 4, 2020

AFTER MONTHS OF TRAVEL BANS and social distancing, many travelers around Southeast Asia are craving a little bit of escapism. For many, this has been a stressful year and the thought of a sun-soaked, far-off paradise is enough to stir wanderlust in just about anyone. When it comes to getting away from it all, there’s no better place to go than the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, a sweeping, luxurious resort situated on Vietnam’s largest island.

While the white sands, cerulean waters and waving palm trees of Phu Quoc would be reason enough to book a ticket. The JW Marriott Phu Quoc, however, is much more than just another tropical resort. Imagined by the legendary designer Bill Bensley, the resort is a dreamy, fully immersive fantasy, complete with its own elaborate story.

When guests check into the resort, they enter the world of Lamarck University, a fictional haven of learning named for the French scientist Jean Baptiste Lamarck that shuttered during the Vietnam War. Each of the 234 rooms, suites and villas bears whimsical touches from the early 20th century. Quirky charms abound in these airy, light-filled accommodations sporting with top-flight amenities.

The highly Instagrammable experience continues at the resort’s oh-so-stylish restaurants and bars. The crown jewel is undeniably the Pink Pearl, an elegant French restaurant in decked out in peach hues and lavish furnishings. It’s ideal for anyone seeking a romantic dinner accompanied by fine wines. For Francophiles hankering for something quicker, French & CO. serves delicate French pastries, coffee, and an array of sweet indulgences. Tempus Fugit offers all-day dining and sumptuous breakfast buffets featuring authentic Vietnamese, contemporary Japanese and classic French dishes. Finally, the Department of Chemistry Bar serves expertly mixed tipples, gourmet teas, and delicious desserts with a view of Emerald Bay.

The hotel’s new comprehensive safety and hygiene measures—from social distancing protocols to new handwashing stations around the resort—go above and beyond to make sure you’ll still be able to achieve a relaxed vacation state of mind.

All photos courtesy of JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay.

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