Paradiso Beach Club, Phu Quoc Island

First published February 2017 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle


My Favourite Spot on one of Vietnam’s Favourite Beaches

Paradiso Beach Club, Sao Beach, Phu Quoc IslandParadiso Beach Club is in a prime position on Sao Beach, the most famous place on Phu Quoc Island

Sao Beach is probably the most famous sight on Phu Quoc Island, and one of the best-known beaches in Vietnam. A long, arcing bay of fine white sand, washed by gin-clear waters, and fringed by leaning coconut palms, Sao is the kind of beach that most people would imagine a tropical island to look like. However, its popularity now threatens its appeal, as trash blights its shores, jet-skis pollute its waters, and large crowds descend on its sands during the high season months. But, one portion of Sao Beach remains as gorgeous as ever: Paradiso Beach Club Bar & Restaurant (open: 8am-6pm daily; 077 627 9988; MAP).

Paradiso Beach Club, Sao Beach, Phu Quoc Island, VietnamSao Beach may be suffering from trash & overcrowding, but Paradiso’s patch is still gorgeous

Formerly Không Sao Beach Bar, Paradiso is located at the northern end of the beach, sign-posted to the left off the main Sao Beach dirt road, and accessed via its very own paved lane. A brightly-painted, wide, two-storey beachfront villa, Paradiso sits in a prime position on Sao Beach: away from the clutter, crowds and, increasingly, trash of the central section, with blue seas lapping at the bottom of tall, swaying palm trees, and fine white sand.

Paradiso Beach Club, Sao Beach, Phu Quoc Island, VietnamBreezy and fresh, Paradiso Beach Club is located at the north end of Sao Beach

The bar/restaurant is breezy and spacious, open on three sides, with a large seafront patio on which to enjoy an iced coffee, gin & tonic, plate of shrimp in tamarind sauce, bowl of sweet and sour fish soup, and many other drinks and dishes. Prices are what you’d expect: a little higher than they should be. But, given the fabulous location and decent quality, prices just about represent value for money. Reckon on a $2-$5 for drinks; $5-$15 for food.

Paradiso Beach Club, Sao Beach, Phu Quoc Island, VietnamFood is pretty good and prices are OK when you consider the location on Phu Quoc’s most popular beach

There are comfy loungers available to rent on the sand (or in the sea when the tide is coming in), a shower on the beach, and a table tennis table in the bar if you get tired of swimming in the beautiful, safe, shallow sea. Naturally, staff expect you to buy something at the bar if you want to bathe here, and you will be charged a visitor fee if you do not intend to purchase any of the food or drink. This seems reasonable to me, but some foreign visitors get rather annoyed by it.

Paradiso Beach Club, Sao Beach, Phu Quoc Island, VietnamComfy beach loungers are available to rent, and the swimming here is excellent

Strangely, most visitors to Sao Beach tend to stay around the busy central section, which leaves Paradiso nice and quiet. It’s particularly beautiful here in the mornings, before most day-trippers have arrived and the light is sharp and fresh, or late afternoons when most people have left. The swimming is excellent, the food is good, the location is gorgeous, the building is attractive: Paradiso Beach Club is by far the best place to experience Sao Beach. Long may it last.

Paradiso Beach Club, Sao Beach, Phu Quoc Island, VietnamParadiso Beach Club is the best way to experience Sao Beach: long may it last


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2 Responses to Paradiso Beach Club, Phu Quoc Island

  1. Rick says:

    Thanks for your timely update. The wife and I are returning to Phu Quoc after seven years. We’re staying at the JW Marriott Emerald Bay Resort, a bit pricey but we booked using points. Bai Khem beach is a bit south of Sao beach but we were thinking about early dinner at Paradiso one day during our stay. Any reasonable dining opportunities in An Thoi town? We’re not fussy and the wife is Vietnamese, so language isn’t a problem. In previous years, we stayed up by the old airport when the only flying in option was by prop. Things have changed.

    Rick

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