La Veranda

Phu Quoc Island, Saigon & South, Vietnam Book from

Reviewed by Tom Bell
A smart colonial-style beachside resort on Phu Quoc Island with white sands, a cool pool and warmly elegant rooms
If you’re looking for a smart beachside hotel with lush gardens, a glimmering pool, handsome architecture and attentive staff, you’ll find it here. La Veranda descends through manicured grounds to the Gulf of Thailand, where beach attendants rake the white sands each morning and position sun loungers strategically to effect the perfect tan. It comes in grand French colonial style with wide, shaded verandas, ceiling fans whirling in the bar, sea views shooting off from an elegant pool, and a pretty spa for massage and treatments. Those looking to lie low in the sun will find heaven.

The bedrooms and villas are a treat: airy, uncluttered, elegantly tiled. All rooms have terraces or balconies, and those at the back overlook soaring palms. The odd island diversion will pull you away. Sail south to small islets and snorkel and dive; kayak on the river; check out island markets. Come back for a good dinner in one of the restaurants, or head to the beach for a Saturday night BBQ of fresh fish.


  • The position here is intoxicating: green gardens, blue pool, white sands
  • Airy bedrooms have an understated chic and open onto terraces or balconies
  • The warm, colonial-style buildings sit in their landscape gracefully
  • Blazing sunsets streak the Gulf of Thailand red
  • The villas and Junior Suites are incredibly close to the beach and particularly spacious; perfect for honeymooners


  • The rooms aren't as close to the sea as the villas and Junior Suites, but some do overlook it
  • The food is fine, but it’s not the strongest suit and the menu is pretty expensive
  • Since we visited the resort has more than doubled in size to 70 rooms
  • Not all of the staff speak English, though they're charming nonetheless, and the management are providing lessons

Best time to go

The nicest time to visit is from November to May, the hottest months being April to June (with temperatures getting up to 35 degrees). The rainy season is at its worst from July to October.

Our top tips

You might want to dress up a bit for dinner as the dining room is very elegant.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Beach Resort
  • 70
  • Restaurants and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
  • Cookery lessons
  • Excursions


Bedrooms are all very similar in style and décor; size and view are the factors at work in deciding categories. You get pretty tiled floors, pastel-coloured walls, freshly cut flowers, wooden beds with crisp linen, DVD players, ceiling fans and deluge showers, as well as robes and fetching bamboo flip flops. High-ceiling interiors are cooled by shuttered windows and air conditioning.

The Deluxe Garden rooms have a garden view, while the Premier rooms are larger and have either garden or sea views. These are furthest from the beach, a stone’s throw from reception, surrounded by palms and electric green grass. Those on the ground floor open onto terraces, those above have private balconies. A short stroll will sweep you past the pool and down to the beach.

Classic Villa Gardens are closer to the water. These are terrifically lovely (we had one and didn’t want to leave it); even though you have neighbours, the villas are staggered, so you don’t all line up in a row on your terraces! Big, airy, high-ceilinged rooms have French windows out onto the terraces, from where you can stroll through the gardens to the pool and sea. Colonial-style 4-poster beds are wrapped in mosquito nets. These rooms are bigger than the Deluxes and also have fancier bathrooms with a separate bath.

The La Veranda Ocean View Villas and Junior Suites are the largest rooms with rather big terraces, and are a mere 20-metre stroll from the beach; meaning on waking up you can easily throw yourself into its benign waters.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Coffee tea making
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


Wide verandas hug the main house, giving views of pool and sea. Smart wicker tables and chairs are scattered about, and there’s a bar on the ground floor that’s open to the breeze. Snacks can be brought to you here, but staff will happily deliver something to you on the beach or by the pool.

A big buffet breakfast is served in the first-floor dining room in the main house, with tables strung along the balcony so everyone gets the view. You get freshly sliced fruits, gallons of juice, fabulous pastries and croissants, French bread and brioche, even chocolate cakes. Eggs are cooked to order, and other hot food comes from the buffet, both Vietnamese and Western.

There are 2 options for lunch and dinner. If you’re feeling stuffed after that huge breakfast, try Le Jardin for simple and healthy food, much of it with an Asian twist. But be sure to visit Le Pepper Tree for a stunning backdrop. Meals here are a more formal affair: you’re not expected to dress for dinner, but most people do. Menus feature a range of cusines from the Pacific Rim and you can pick and mix. Try local mussels steamed in white wine, red snapper stuffed with red capsicum and ginger, then green tea and lemongrass parfait.

Saturday evenings see a BBQ held on the beach, with candlelit tables scatted across the sands; everyone goes and you get lots of grilled seafood covered in tasty spices! And if you’re here for a special occasion, private dining can be arranged on your terrace or on the beach.

If you want to eat out, there are a number of restaurants along the beachfront serving traditional and international dishes - ask staff for recommendations.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Private dining available
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


  • The hotel has a very pretty spa that offers a big range of treatments and massages
  • Bikes, snorkelling equipment, kayaks and body-boards are available to borrow and/or hire
  • A number of tours can be arranged, river kayaking, early-morning bird-watching, trips into the forest and up to waterfalls
  • Take part in a Vietnamese cooking course and learn to cook your favourite dishes
  • Hire a motorbike and putter north on red dirt tracks
  • Swim from deserted beaches, discover fishing villages, snorkel in clear water, and stop at local markets
  • Tour the southern peninsular, and wash up at the smart white beaches of My Lan
  • Diving off the An Thoi islands to the south is a big pull and easily arranged. You can take a PADI course here, too
  • Visit the famous fish-sauce factory and see how it’s made. Phu Quoc fish sauce is Asia’s favourite, the Vietnamese equivalent of ketchup or HP sauce. You can visit the pepper gardens, too

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming


Children are welcome at La Veranda, and the beach, pool and gardens are great to play in. Under 12 year olds stay for free in parents' bed OR pay reduced rates in an extra bed in their parents' room; 12+ year olds are charged as adults.

Family friendly accommodation:

All rooms can fit an extra bed and a baby cot, but the Classic Villa Garden is perhaps the best option as it has that extra bit of space, but doesn't lead directly to the ocean. Some of these rooms can also interconnect.


Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Families Should Know:

The pool isn't fenced or supervised, and the gardens open straight onto the beach.

Kid Friendly:

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