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New Hilton resort for Vietnam's Phu Quoc

The central pool at Phu Quoc's Sun Premier Villa Primavera.

Hilton will be opening a new resort on the popular Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc.

The hotel group has signed a management agreement with Vietnam’s Sun Hospitality Group to launch the property under Hilton’s Curio Collection.

La Festa Phu Quoc is due to open in 2023 with 197 keys and will be just 20kms from the island’s international airport.

The resort will be located within the Sun Premier Villa Primavera, a local tourist attraction boasting an array of restaurants, bars and entertainment. La Festa Phu Quoc will offer direct beach access to guests as well as fabulous sunset ocean views.

Amenities at the family-friendly five-star resort will include a pool, kids’ club, all-day dining restaurant, a speciality dining space, a fitness centre and a spa.

Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island and is part of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, boasting pristine white-sand beaches, mountains and hiking trails through the forests and jungle. It was a fast-emerging holiday destination for the region prior to the pandemic.

Last week it was reported that Vietnam is planning to reopen the island from next month after vaccinating all island residents. According to the Vietnamese government, Phu Quoc will open for a trial period of six months. The entire country is currently closed to all international visitors, a situation that has had serious consequences for the local tourism industry. In 2019 the country welcomed 18 million tourists.

However, the industry is bullish about Phu Quoc’s recovery.

“With flight capacity to the island growing at almost 20% over the five years prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, we are optimistic it will remain one of the most sought-after resort destinations in the region for travellers when borders reopen,” said Guy Phillips, senior vice president for development at Hilton.

“Together with Hilton, Sun Hospitality Group will be bringing yet another five-star resort to Phu Quoc, a leading tourist destination in Vietnam. By doing so we will be elevating the international hotel service standards in Vietnam, helping to improve service quality and customer experience. This resort is a fantastic stepping stone to helping our local Vietnamese talent gain precious experience in an international and world-class setting,” said Nguyen Vu Quynh Anh, chief executive officer of Sun Hospitality Group.

Hilton operates three other hotels in Vietnam, including Hilton Hanoi Opera, Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi and Hilton Da Nang. It currently has nine Vietnamese properties in the pipeline, including a début Hilton property in Ho Chi Minh, Hilton Saigon.

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