Following our stays in Melia in Ho Tram and New World Phu Quoc Resort, it was time to test out another resort, the Sailing Club Signature Resort. This one was by accident due to incorrectly booking short at New World Phu Quoc Resort. However, it turned out to be a pleasant surprise even if it was just for one night.
Date Visited: Overall stay in Vietnam from 15th December 2023 to 3rd January 2024
Locations: Vietnam – Ho Tram, Phu Quoc and Ho Chi Minh
Getting There: London Gatwick to Ho Chi Minh City via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. A 14-hour flight with an unfortunate long layover, albeit at the expansive Istanbul airport.
Cost: Return flights for were roughly £1,200 per person this year, booking made in March 2023. Accommodation varied depending on location. It was a mix of standard hotel rooms, serviced apartments and resort villas. Average prices varied between £200 to £450 per night, sleeping between 3 to 6 people, and made up the bulk of the overall holiday cost. Food and drinks were relatively cheap, especially while dining out.
Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of the villa itself, but this was one just as good, if not better than the previous. The layout and design was great and functional, and the private pool was better and warmer. The villa came with all the amenities. The kitchen was well stocked if you wanted to make your own meals. The restaurant and food at the Sailing Club Signature Resort was not as good as the other resorts, but still a lot better than the majority of places we’ve stayed at.
The resort itself felt smaller, with the pathways outside the villas barely fitting one golf buggy. But that’s really being picky! There’s a very small gym and the ‘main’ pool next to the restaurant is quite small compared to the other resorts. There is a kids club which has a games console, and there’s a parrot next to the main pool which says ‘hello’. But the main attraction is the koi where you can feed them on certain days and time.
Hop on, hop off
The main reason the Sailing Club Signature Resort is cheaper than others is due to its location. There’s no beachfront and it’s a short 5-minute drive using the resort van to the beach and its beach club. However, you do have to wait for it to do its rounds. The beach is accessible by walking, but during the daytime what should be a 12-minute walk would feel more like 30-minutes. The beach itself is okay, didn’t feel as clean as the other private resort ones. Cara and I still enjoyed the dip in it. The sunsets there are amazing so try to time the visit accordingly.
The Sailing Club Signature Resort has its own beach club but it seems anyone can visit it and grab a table. After swimming at the beach, Cara and I just jumped into the pool for a dip before munching on a snack. The food took a while and we had to chase the service a few times. Something to keep in mind if you’re in a hurry.
ABC Dad Tips:
- Time the sunset with a visit to the Sailing Club Signature Resort beach club.
- If you need to do laundry, there’s a washing machine and detergent available in the villa.
- It’s a convenient location, close to the airport and other Phu Quoc attractions, but quiet enough to enjoy and relax.
Next, we’re flying back to Ho Chi Minh to enjoy the rest of our holiday in the city.