Lifestyle • 13 Apr, 2017
JW MARRIOTT'S EMERALD BAY RESORT ON PHU QUOC IS VICTORIAN ERA LUXURY
Renowned architect Bill Bensley inspired by Hogwarts?
If you haven’t been to Phu Quoc lately, you’ll notice (ahem) a few changes. In what is surely a marker of how far the once secluded tropical paradise has come, hotel brands like JW Marriott are now opening there. One of what you might call the original vanguards of sophisticated exorbitance, The Emerald Bay is JW’s latest Asian ‘pearl’, heralding what PR boffins are calling a ‘moment in the sun’ for Vietnam’s previously underrated beaches. Hey, tell us something we didn’t know guys.
What’s interesting amongst all the pr guff, five-star luxury and picture-perfect panaroma’s though, is the revelation that architect Bill Bensley has modeled the property on some form of fictitious academy of learning - a Hogwarts for the seriously cashed-up wizard in all of us. Apparently inspired by French naturalist Jean Baptiste Lamarck (though we do recommend you keep your clothes on), who was an early proponent of evolution according to the laws of nature, Wallpaper* magazine says it translates into “an early Victorian pastiche of bell-towers and interiors of dark woods, cool stone floors, four-poster beds and light touches of Chinoiserie, by way of silk lanterns and carved columns.”
With 244 rooms, suites and villas to choose from, five different restaurants and bars, access to world class spa facilities and uninterrupted views of the real hero, Emerald Bay, we wouldn’t mind waving a wand that gets us there faster than we can say; ‘he who shall not be mentioned’. Check out all the pics below:
Words by jonaspin