Bo Resort, Phu Quoc - review by Rusty Compass
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Bo Resort, Phu Quoc

| 18 Dec 2015

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Bo Resort, Phu Quoc
Ong Lang Beach, Phu Quoc Island
+84 77 398 6142

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Price guide: From US$40 low season

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18 Dec 2015

Bo Resort is Phu Quoc's definitive back to nature resort - taking the basic facilities and in-room minimalism of Mango Bay Resort, to another level. The natural setting is spectacular but this place is absolutely spartan.

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Location

Overlooking the remote Ong Lang Beach not far from Mango Bay Resort. Escape is the key here, so accessing busier parts of the island requires a wait for a taxi or your own motorbike.

 

 

Review


As Phu Quoc Island becomes increasingly dominated by large and characterless resorts, Bo Resort's raw simplicity becomes ever more appealing.

On arrival at Bo Resort, you wander down a steep forested incline with sweeping views to the sea to the beachside shack that is the restaurant cum reception area. You'll start to work out the rhythm of this place. It's the antithesis of slick - and that's the secret of its success for its devotees. 



Design, ambience and people



Bo Resort's 19 bungalows are basic in the extreme - and beautifully set. Air conditioning, TV and minibar are naturally out of the question. There are upsides though. Each bungalow features a rustic balcony shrouded in forest with views through the foliage to the sea.



Like our other favourites on Phu Quoc, Bo Resort has avoided the temptation of over-building. Each bungalow has a great sense of privacy and remoteness. It's very well spaced out.



The bungalows are very similar - some larger to accommodate three. The main difference is proximity to the beach and that's where price variations come in too. But there's nothing all wrong about being back off the beach in forest in the lead-in rooms.

Bo's other great feature is its access to deserted Ong Lang beach. It’s a spectacular stretch of white sand and one of my favourite ocean swim venues in Vietnam.

The young local staff are friendly but it often feels like a rudderless ship. They could definitely do with more training. Don't come to Bo Resort expecting slick service.

Bo Resort is definitely not for everyone, but if shunning the comforts of home in favour of the sights, sounds and smells of nature, sound appealing,  it may be right for you.

It would be very cool if Bo Resort went the next step and made the solar investment.


Bo Resort Facilities Brief - Beautiful beach location with good swimming, restaurant. No TV, air con, refrigeration or pool. Wifi in restaurant area.


Pricing.
Low season rates start at 35USD and go to 65USD. High season rates 50 - 85USD.


Disclosure
Rusty Compass recommendations are always independent. We list the places we think are worth knowing about. That's it. We paid our way when staying at Bo Resort. No money nor anything else changed hands for this recommendation.

 

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