Calling of the Sea

April 04, 2023 | 11:43
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With lighter sky, gentler air, and most importantly, openings of top-notch resorts in Cam Ranh and Phu Quoc, now is the best time to visit Vietnam’s favourite southern beach destinations.
Calling of the Sea
Calling of the Sea

Sized slightly bigger than Singapore, Phu Quoc offers diverse sensorial experience from north to south, from sunrises to sunsets. Moreover, foreigners are exempt from visas for a temporary stay of no more than 30 days.

The island is entering the most beautiful season with golden sunshine, blue sea, white sandy beaches, and passionate sea breezes, just like a symphony of nature. Visitors can spend their time on the beach with a multitude of water sports, let their skin tan while reading their favourite books, build sandcastles with their children, or simply have a walk with their other half.

Furthermore, this period is the perfect time for visitors to embrace the beauty of the Phu Quoc sunset, with its magnificent and varied shades of colour.

“April is an absolute stunner of a month in Phu Quoc. The weather couldn’t be any better. The waters around the island are calm and inviting, begging for swimming and great snorkelling,” said Riccardo Barella, director of sales and marketing of New World Phu Quoc Resort.

“With new attractions and restaurants opening on the island, even the most seasoned Phu Quoc visitor will find something new to discover,” Barella added.

Calling of the Sea

A stone’s throw from New World Phu Quoc stands Premier Residence with its tempting Saturday Seafood BBQ feast. “With a variety of fresh and local seafood ingredients, perfectly cooked by our team of talented chefs at the resort, the BBQ will bring visually harmonious dishes bursting with flavour to our diners,” said Karim Meziane, general manager of Premier Residences Phu Quoc Emerald Bay.

Besides rest and indulgence, guests should not miss the “Kiss The Stars” show at Sunset Town. Telling the love story inspired by indigenous culture on a grand stage with multidimensional space, using the languages of fire, water, light, lasers, music and technology, it allows the audience to immerse themselves in a world of fantasy and imagination.

Travelling families can opt for Novotel Phu Quoc as the stylish beach-front resort offers fun activities for children and a thoughtful childcare programme which allows busy parents to steal sometime for themselves while the youngsters can meet new friends and join in creative activities.

Calling of the Sea

Another all-time favourite resort on the pearl island is La Veranda, situated on the sand of the legendary Long Beach. Here, weary travellers will find peace, organic spa treatments, and restorative packages to revive their natural state of wellbeing.

“Our natural state is to be in good health, though this is often disrupted by the demands of modern living. Every detail here is designed to enhance and soothe, restoring inherent states of wellness to body, mind, and spirit,” said owner Jean Pierre Gerbet.

Over in Cam Ranh, in April the water is fresh, the seas calm, and the sun glistening.

Nearby, local fruit farms are entering their harvest season, so local markets are filled with the fragrance and colours of mangoes, watermelon, dragon fruit, and so much more.

Most of the resorts and restaurants have also finished their construction phase, opening up the full length of the beach. Free from construction noise and debris which were an issue during the initial development phase, it is much cleaner and calmer than the past, and rows of smart resorts including Movenpick, Fusion, Alma, Ana Mandara, The Anam, and many more line the blissful 2.5km long beach front strip.

Calling of the Sea
Phu Quoc Island (top), Alma Cam Ranh, and Ana Madara Cam Ranh

“The resorts are working together to keep the beach plastic and rubbish free,” said Herbert Laubichler-Pichler, managing director of Alma Cam Ranh resort.

“We started off well in January and had a good February, but March is a little bit slower. In April we will definitely see an upward trend again, so contact us now if you want to secure the signature three-bedroom pool pavilion for the April 30 holiday,” he added.

In addition, those visiting Cam Ranh have the option of joining a special cooking tour by Zazen Travel called “from my family to yours”. They are invited to visit local markets and come to a Vietnamese family house to experience the food and lifestyle. Zazen aims to bring guests unforgettable experiences and meaningful connections during their break.

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