A Relaxing Stay at Salinda Resort

 photo 20150425_094606_zpstxziem2n.jpgI love resorts and hotels. Anything that will keep me from doing household chores and have someone else do everything for me, am all for it! 😛

We have been fortunate to visit Phu Quoc for the second time and stay at the newly-opened Salinda Resort which was just a short 10-minute ride from the PQ International Airport.

 photo 20150425_093831_zpsy7amu6cp.jpgWe arrived early in the morning and had a filling breakfast with a view of the resort’s pool area.

 photo 20150425_094631_zpsezbx6eee.jpgFacing Salinda from the ocean, the right side of the property is still being developed. But within the confines of the resort, the place was immaculate.

 photo 20150425_094651_zpsm9x0bnkh.jpgI love the beautifully designed and airy open spaces.

 photo 20150425_094709_zpsuxb40or1.jpgSince it was the start of the week-long holiday (Hung Kings Commemoration, Independence Day, and Labor Day), there were lots of vacationers. But it didn’t feel quite like it as there were enough space for everyone to relax.

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The receiving area is built to receive a number of guests.

 photo 20150426_070608_zps08s9xvuu.jpgThe staff here are always welcoming, gracious, and helpful. My mom appreciates that the staff are always smiling and you can feel their warmth and sincerity.

 photo 20150426_070650_zpsaidnzqnz.jpgSpecial mention to the above sofa set. Love the combination of marble and wood. Meshes well to the whole resort feel even with the seemingly “heavy” furniture.

 photo 20150426_070715_zpsrhkunh17.jpgThe mosaic wall behind the counters hid a door to another room. This was really pretty!

 photo 20150426_070656_zpsvol5k8tz.jpgOne thing though — they did not offer welcome drinks. I just thought about it now actually writing this post.

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I’ve been to other 5 star resorts in Vietnam and welcome drinks (and sometimes, a cold towel) are the usual. Although, I really didn’t notice it at that time. 😛 Am not too particular on that, but it would have been a nice touch. BUT WAIT. We were ushered quickly for breakfast when we arrived so maybe they offer welcome drinks to other arriving guests? 😛

 photo 20150426_071255_zpsgckjnwgq.jpgThis is the lovely hallway to the dining area, conference rooms, and ballroom.

 photo 20150425_184144_zpsd85zyqdc.jpgIt would have been ideal if we had our gala diner done outside but lately it has been raining sporadically at Phu Quoc albeit just short periods of time.

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This intricately designed chandelier adorning the ballroom was awe-inspiring. I honestly wanted to lie down on the floor and just stare at it.

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Above is this relaxing area adjacent to the dining area. Oh and I must say, the food in Salinda is superb!

 photo 20150425_105840_zpsbtniwbou.jpgWhen the kids got tired of the pool and beach, we bring them to the kids place. There is a person assigned to look after the kids. And right across it are a couple of billiard tables for the adults and nearby, was the lounge that serves alcoholic drinks.

The hallway to the rooms and the lounge area are decorated with paintings by Vietnamese artists all of which are for sale.

 photo 20150425_094954_zpstpu07xdx.jpgWe stayed at the main area of the resort just above the reception area. We didn’t have a view of the ocean but those parts overlooking the ocean are detached from the main area which isn’t ideal when it’s raining.

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But yeah, I envy the view!

 photo 20150425_095048_zpswpchwurs.jpgWe had 2 small kids and 3 adults in this room. The extra bed was perfect! We all slept soundly.

 photo 20150425_095054_zpsnrdzqqte.jpgMy boys enjoyed the smart TV. I didn’t! They kept on watching Minecraft videos on YouTube!

 photo 20150425_095112_zpsiwih4ptg.jpgNo tub! But really, I like this better.

 photo 20150425_095342_zpstilmbiwg.jpgThe sink is not chuva-approved but am not too picky. 😀

 photo 20150425_151653_zpsnnddjt2b.jpgWhen you step out of the elevator, this wall-design will pique your interest. The concentric circles reminded me of the crop circles.

 photo 20150425_114934_zpsxlub3dhe.jpgThe main pool was deep for my height of 5 foot 1. But yeah, I could manage. Adjacent was a a small shallow area where you can chill and another area for kids.

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However, this kiddie pool has a slope where I unceremoniously fell. Luckily, my arm broke my fall and didn’t break. But it was quite sore for two days.

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Since it was a working vacation for me, I didn’t get to spend much time on the beach. I only did when we had our teambuilding activity here.

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On our first day, the crowd was mostly foreigners — singles and couples. No noisy kids around — our group brought that. 😛

 photo 20150425_121208_zpslmzcdssc.jpgThe weather was humid for the most part.

 photo 20150425_121236_zpsc6turwto.jpgThis part of Long Beach is way better than the one fronting Beach Club on our last stay.

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We also saw fellow Filipinos, Jacob’s Well performing for the guests. 🙂 They’ve been in PQ for 6 months.

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My youngest son, Rafa loved their music. He caught their night performance and danced the night away. 🙂

 photo 20150426_071022_zpsisg6zkit.jpgWe also tried the resort’s Jett Bikes. Just to say that we biked at Phu Quoc, we borrowed a couple of bikes and biked into the town.

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There was a narrow, steep road leading towards the water and saw that it was a popular hang out for the locals (especially couples) to fish and just watch the sunset. It was some 4 kilometers away from Salinda. Just a comment on the bikes though, if you decide to get on one, check the brakes. Mine wasn’t maintained well and the breaks was almost busted. But otherwise, it was a nice sweet ride. I’ve always wanted my own Jett Bike.

 photo 20150425_152814_zpsnoza2g0w.jpgThank you Salinda for a memorable vacation! I could live in your resort forever!

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One Response to A Relaxing Stay at Salinda Resort

  1. 24vs100 says:

    This looks wonderful:) I haven’t had a chance to visit Phu Quoc yet, but the beach there looks amazing!

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