Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa
If you’ve decided to vacation in Vietnam, congratulations—you’ve made an excellent choice! While there are many ways to spend your time in Vietnam, if you want to have a relaxed and worry-free vacation, Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect place for you, even if you don’t know it yet. You see, just looking at the attractive images on Booking.com of different hotels won’t give you the complete picture of what you’ll experience at each location. That’s why we’re digging deeper.
Phan Thiet is a city in the Mui Ne area. Well, Mui Ne is a fishing village to be more precise, but for some reason people call the whole area Mui Ne. This beautiful region is full of resorts, but none are as luxurious as Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa.
How can you get to Phan Thiet?
Options include traveling by train. I took a train trip from Ho Chi Minh to Phan Thiet around eight years ago, and several things have been engraved in my memory. The most notable of these is that it took five hours to cover a distance of less than 200 kilometers. Do the math and you’ll see that the train ride is not a particularly attractive option.
The best option is to contact your hotel before you arrive to arrange your transfer. Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa send their own brand new 4 x 4 with an excellent driver. Indeed, the driver we had was the best I have seen in Asia: He was humble, calm, and careful, and he did not even listen to the radio or chat on the phone. He was very polite and professional.
If no car and driver is available, the hotel arranges a driver from a different company. Of course, I do not know if they can guarantee that these drivers are as good as their own.
The journey takes about 3.5 to 4 hours by car, but that’s okay—the car has air conditioning that you can adjust from the rear seat, and you receive a supply of water, fresh fruit, and biscuits. You’ll be able to stretch your legs along the way at a large gas station/grocery store/restaurant with clean, pleasant restroom facilities.
Most importantly, the car is equipped with free Wi-Fi. You might wonder why when you’re in Vietnam, a country characterized by ancient culture and interesting sights, you would need Wi-fi. Well, four hours is quite a chunk of time, and the scenery on route remains the same: countless street vendors selling their wares and local fast food restaurants furnished with plastic children’s garden chairs. Yep, you heard right—kids’ versions of the chairs are used all over Vietnam. Also, waste management in Vietnam is not yet at the level westerners are generally used to, which means you’ll see lot of garbage everywhere.
All this is very interesting—for the first hour or so. Then you might get tired and want to check Facebook to see what your friends are up to or post a status to let them know where you’re heading.
The welcome at Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa is fantastic. From the first moment, you are made to feel special. The staff offer you a welcome drink while they process your documents.
After that, you are given a lift in a golf cart to your bungalow. You’ll feel right at home in the bungalow, with its tidy rooms and fresh fruit basket.
Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa is like an oasis in a long row of resorts. What makes it special is the space. Countless hectares of greenery hide 57 bungalows in the shadows of the foliage. Their beach is also the cleanest among all the resorts. We walked up and down along the beach several times, and I am certain that Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa’s beach is the cleanest. In the beginning, I wondered how this could be, but I soon found out.
First, they are the only resort with a barrier wall set in the ocean some 30 meters from the shore. At first glance it looks as if it is made of concrete, but it’s actually a giant sandbag. At least it felt like it is. It prevents heavy waves kicking up the beach and depositing unwanted debris.
Second, and the key reason for the clean space, is how their staff relentlessly deal with the beach. Every morning at around 6:00 AM, or earlier, the staff roll out a small tractor and start picking up even sharp stones by hand. I don’t know if there’s a law that prohibits the use of machinery for picking up stones or if it’s just a way to keep the staff busy, but they only use the tractor for transporting the stones they’ve collected. And, of course, they constantly pick up garbage all day long. I don’t know how the tasks are divided, but we saw that everyone participated in the morning stone collection routine—from garden workers to the security guard. We spotted at least four different uniforms.
The beach is carefully cleaned ever day
A security guard mans the beach all day long, although Vietnam seems to be quite a safe place. His uniform of white shirt and black trousers was always spotless. He was invisible, but he was there. I noticed that when we went to the water, he appeared from the shadows of the trees and started observing the sea and the people in it. I think playing the role of lifeguard was also one of his duties. When it became dark, the security guard wandered around with a flashlight. Maybe he was looking for Bengal tigers. I really don’t know, but overall his humble presence made me feel extra safe.
The bungalows are spacious. Most of them are meant for two groups of guests. A wall separates a shared balcony, and you feel like you are the only one there and the owner of the whole building. This also means that you don’t have to go anywhere to go sunbathing. Just step out of your room onto the balcony. What can be more convenient for people who are looking for just this type of vacation?
The signature feature of each bungalow is the shower—which is outside your room! It’s a very cool solution.
Like in the car, Wi-Fi is available in the bungalows, bar and restaurant. So, if you like, you can easily catch up on your daily business. The difference between you and your colleagues sweating in the office is the view…
Breakfast, which is included, features a range that covers the most demanding customer needs. You can have crepes and omelets made on demand and according to your wishes, or you can have local food such as fresh fruit.
What about other meals? Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa has an excellent restaurant named L’Océane Restaurant. Yes, the same place where you can have breakfast later turns into a fancy restaurant.
The restaurant offers healthy, tasty food that is affordable compared to EU and US standards. It might not be as cheap as Vietnamese “street food,” but it is also not overly expensive. Overall, it offers good value for money. And the service provided by the friendly, helpful staff is outstanding. They quickly remember your room number, which makes you feel even more special.
In addition, their wine selection is good, as is their problem-solving ability. One evening more people than usual enjoyed white wine, so the restaurant ran out of wine buckets. Why not to use a plastic bucket instead? I found that cute and charming!
Next to the restaurant is a cozy bar. On some evenings, live music was performed by a very professional group of musicians.
Our meal plan was like this: We ate breakfast and had dinner in L’Océane Restaurant. For lunch we decided to have only fresh fruit. Fruit baskets can be ordered by completing an ordering form in the room; room service then arranges everything for the next day.
Or, you can go out and buy fruit from street vendors. To get to them is somewhat tricky, though. The safest way is to go along the beach, but then your feet get sandy. What I mean by safest is that since there is no pedestrian road starting right from Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa, you would cover some of the distance walking on the motorway, which might be challenging. If you’ve been in Vietnam for more than five minutes, you’ll understand what I mean. So, it’s better to stay away from any motorways if you’re on foot.
Important note regarding the mangos street vendors sell: They sell soft ones and hard ones. If you like to eat your mango with a spoon, it must be soft. So, when you squeeze it, you should be able to move your fingers about one centimeter. Otherwise you get a hard mango, which leaves you two options: Almost break your teeth or try to “bake” it for a week or so.
There are also two tiny but nice shops within walking distance if you want to restock your water, snack, or beer supplies. Prices are several times cheaper than your room’s minibar pricelist.
Again you should go along the beach to get there. This route is so much safer!
Thoa shop has basic things you may need- chips, candies, bottled water and…of course, beer.
Regarding sandy feet or footwear, every bungalow has a unique yet simple device for fighting against sand being brought into inner rooms: a water barrel with a huge scoop at the door. The staff don’t explain its purpose (it has no labels or user manual on it), so we had to figure it out by ourselves. You just rinse all the sand from your feet. Well… I hope we correctly figured out the purpose of the water barrel. Maybe it was a firefighting device instead, but it kicked off sand as well.
As an excellent tropical resort, Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa has pools, one regular pool and one so-called infinity pool. The infinity pool actually also allows you to swim because it is around 25 meters long. It’s good for sports lovers. No need to bother with bringing towels from your bungalow; these are nicely prepared and waiting for you at the pools.
But wait, there is one more infinity pool. If you can afford it, you can rent a private family bungalow with a private pool. You will have your own infinity pool that only you and your family or closest friends traveling with you are authorized to use. Moreover, the pool has no ends at three sides. Three times infinity!
Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation. No annoying activity teams bother you all day long. Since their territory is so big, you really can feel alone in this paradise. You meet hardly any other souls during your stay.
If you want to stretch out, they have indoor gym. There is outdoor gym as well, and it seems their own staff likes also to gather there. You can play pétanque, and they also have a tennis court.
For younger visitors, you can book a pony ride. The pony enjoyed grazing on the resort grounds. He seems like good support for the gardeners who work every day to keep the grass even, the trails clean and the blossoms blooming.
Blossoms are almost a signature of the Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa. At every corner you find another beautiful tropical tree or bush, covered with colorful blossoms.
The hotel manager, Mr. Anton Bespalov, is always present. He meets guests at breakfast or has a chat with them during the day to check if everything is okay.
The spa offers a variety of treatments. Massages are done in cozy cottages, where a mild breeze keeps the hot air moving and you can totally relax under the professional therapists’ strong hands. Besides, you get a voucher for one free massage when you check in (along with four more vouchers for free cocktails!).
The place is like a miniature version of a well-maintained jungle, and every jungle has its inhabitants. Same here. You can see different birds flying around and, of course, geckos. These small lizards are everywhere, and they seem to be very friendly.
Once, we ordered the fruit basket to our room, and when we grabbed a fruit, a small gecko sprinted out of the basket. I believe he was as afraid as we were. The gecko hid under the couch, and we never saw him again. Maybe he had a secret route to outside that we did not know.
Turndown. No, they do not turn anything down at Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa. Wikipedia’s definition of turndown service is as follows:
In the hospitality industry, turndown service refers to the practice of staff entering a guest’s room and “turning down” the bed linen of the bed in the room, preparing the bed for use. In multiple countries, an item of confectionery such as a chocolate or a mint is sometimes left on top of a pillow in the bed that has been turned down. Some hotels have more elaborate turndown services, such as bed-time stories for children and cocktails served to couples.
In case you didn’t know that.
Anyway, every evening if you were out for delicious dinner, room service sneaks into your room, makes up and installs the mosquito net over you bed, and leaves a small tasty surprise. It comes with a nice fairytale/bedtime story, exactly as Wikipedia describes it. That is very charming, I have to admit.
Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa has green grass—ideal for folks who do not want to make their feet sandy. What could be a better place for meditation and yoga practice?
Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa is definitely a place you would like to come back to. It stands out among the surrounding resorts with its green and spacious territory and its clean beach. On top of that, you’re getting top-notch service and resort facilities.
As mentioned before, the beach and views are fabulous.
Would I ever come back to Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa?
Bottom line: I strongly recommended it!
Feel free to contact them directly:
Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa
Km 9, Phu Hai, Mui Ne, Phan Thiet City, Vietnam
Tel: +84 (28) 6290 9720