Chen Sea Resort & Spa
What We Love
- A beachfront villa at a boutique resort on Vietnam’s most alluring island, with breakfast The resort’s peaceful and laid-back ambience
- Charming villas inspired by the timber houses of Hoi An
- Snorkelling and kayaking off the private sandy bay
What To Know
- All villas and bungalows have sea views
- Enjoy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and more—all arranged by the resort
- Free WiFi works well
You could scour the entire length of Vietnam’s coastline and it’s quite possible you wouldn’t find a better beach than those on the comparatively tiny island of Phu Quoc. Located near the border with Cambodia, this white-sand escape has a low-key and relaxed character, with verdant jungle and crystal-clear waters.
The order of the day on Phu Quoc is relaxation – something that comes easy at Chen Sea Resort & Spa. Facing the Gulf of Thailand, the boutique hideaway is tucked into a hidden bay where you can mess around with non-motorised watersports or simply relax on a luxury sun lounger.
Among the highlights are the 36 villas, decked out in traditional timber with tropical outdoor bathrooms. Elsewhere around the resort, there’s an infinity pool with ocean views, a spa with private treatment villas, a Mediterranean-Vietnamese restaurant (the owners are from Italy) and a beachfront bar area dotted with swinging cocoon seats and soft beanbags. It’s natural and understated, and yet you’ll want for nothing. Isn’t that just the way it should be on a paradise island?
How to Get There
Excellent location, on a lovely beach.
Very nice set up of bungalows ,facing the sea.Architecture and decoration are lovely.
We were lucky to enjoy a bungalow directly on the beach, which is very pleasant.Rooms are very well equipped, airconditioning is very efficient, in spite of the size of the room; you enjoy a large deck with sofas in the shade, and a large bath that you can isolate with shutters.
They have a very well equipped beach , sofas and beach umbrellas , you can use the catamaran or the canoe etc.excellent and attentive service .
Very quiet environment.
Lovely pool close to the main building.
Breakfast and dinner are served in the main building , where you enjoy a superb view on the sea.
Food is really great , we were on half board basis, and this was probably the best vietnamese food we had , all the local flavors accomodated by a french chef.
They really do their best to serve the clients.
All in all, a luxury resort that I strongly recommend .
Chen Sea was very nice and probably is on the upper end of a 4* experience but unlike others on this board I didn’t fall love it.
Our jacuzzi villa was enormous, lovely outdoor shower and sun beds - won’t comment on bed beds as that is down to personal preference. But I think for the money we paid we would have preferred the more basic beach-view villas for a sea view and some instant hammock action.
It felt full when we were there: but there wasn’t an issue with getting sunbeds etc and the pool was largely empty during the day. Kids were well-behaved, adults noisier.
There was a wedding going on which knocked out the deck for cocktails one night. When I’m paying close to £200 a night and £6 for 750ml of water a pop (although I found a water filter nobody told me about to refill my flask), I don’t expect it to include someone else’s wedding and sound system. It may explain why they ran out of prosecco, beer Saigon and finally cold beer which felt a bit amateur.
The day we left they were clearly setting up for another - that’s two weddings over five days. It’s a small resort and if there’s a wedding there’s no escape or the supply chain doesn’t hold.
The water is warm and water sports are available - but swimming among the waves and waves of incoming plastic was not pleasant. I’ve lived in the region for over six years now and I’ve been privileged to never stay at a resort with so much plastic in the sea as Chen Sea, which is really sad.
I (and some other guests)spent large portions of my holiday collecting piles and piles of plastic - I mean bags of the stuff -including dangerous bait hooks.
I don’t hold it against Chen Sea, it’s just a shame it needs doing at all, and was a real wake-up call for me. But it undermines others reviews about the clean and clear water. I found the rubbish and many guests ambivalence about swimming through it all thoroughly depressing.
I guess it’s because it washes downstream from the in-view Duong Dung. Or from trawlers on the horizon: it was constant and unpleasant. And if this washes downstream what else does? For the first time ever in this part of the world I didn’t fancy putting my face in the water.
We had one red flag day so avoided swimming - but others didn’t: I don’t know if the lifeguards need to be empowered to blow some whistles, which seems less hassle than dragging someone out of the water.
There’s nothing distinctively or obviously Vietnamese about Chen Sea which we missed as we love holidays in Vietnam. Apart from some dinner dishes in the evening (Hot Pot and fish sauce recommended), the food has strongly European overtones, (their pastry and Pizza chef are great)and there’s nowhere to potter to in the evening to enjoy Vietnamese ‘street food’ or BBQ etc although you can get cabs to local restaurants.
We tried to eat at the next door Bamboo restaurant but it appeared permanently closed or with no open kitchen. Breakfast is good and enough choice for veggies/pescatarians.
I felt quite shut off from the outside, which is either a good thing or not depending on your opinion.
I missed all the things that make a for a great holiday in Vietnam - and if we didn’t care about where we were we would have headed to Phucket/Krabi etc for a better VFM flavour of what makes SE Asia such a popular holiday destination.
The team are a total delight. And I don’t hold occasional mis-communication against them. Their English is loads better than my Vietnamese. There are some real stars there among the wait team - but I had to go on the hunt for towels regularly.
Overall, all the niggles combined meant Chen Sea felt overpriced for the experience. I kept checking the Trip Advisor reviews to make sure I hadn’t made a mistake - but they were rave.
I don’t know why we didn’t fall in love with Chen Sea like others, but try as we might we just didn’t.
Apart from our room, we found our experience at Chen Sea to be underwhelming and feel there are better options in the region. But I hold my hands up - we are in a minority so good luck to the team at Chen Sea!
My husband and I booked to have our wedding ceremony and celebration at the Chen Sea Resort. Khai was given to us as our coordinator and was so helpful in the run up and once we arrived. The resort itself is beautiful and our room had a stunning beach front view with hammocks just outside. We arrived to find some sparkling wine in our room, sat on the veranda with a drink and felt so relaxed! The wedding itself was everything we dreamed of a beach wedding, and we want to give a special mention to Hoa, Chi and Tran who were so friendly and helpful and welcoming to all our guests! They went above and beyond.
The wedding set up was gorgeous and the flowers stunning. Everyone commenting how good the food was, and the bonfire on the evening was breathtaking in the sunset.
Would definitely recommend as a splurge holiday and most definitely as a wedding venue!
Thank you Chen Sea, it was just perfect!
Well organized and quiet resort with very friendly staff. We enjoyed 10 days of perfect relaxation from the morning to the evening. With only 36 villas there is never any crowd, neither at the pool, nor at the buffet. Live saxophone music every evening during the sunset at the beach bar, barbecue every other evening and a balanced menue of local and international food with selected good wines. Bamboo bar and restaurant is about 100m away along the beach for some local seafood (at lower prices). The staff immediately organized a taxi to the city night market (15 min. away) or other city restaurants whenever we decided to eat elsewhere, or we took a bike (free) to the nearby Ong Lang food street (5 min.). During the day we enjoyed our private pool or went to the hotel beach for sailing and snorkeling (equipment for free). They also have a small gym, yoga classes three times a week and a sports trainer, if you want to improve your sailing or diving skills. Paradise cannot offer much more.
We stayed here for three nights and we loved every minute of it. This resort is fantastic for those who are looking for somewhere quiet and peaceful with the perfect private beach. The rooms, staff and service were all fantastic. They also have many water sport equipment available for free which was a big plus for me. Make sure you get acquainted with Gianni, he is a sailing/windsurfing instructor from Italy and he goes out of his way to make sure you are enjoying your time there even though he is only in charge of the water sports. I took sailing lessons with him and in just couple of sessions I could sail by myself. Thank you Chen Sea.