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This Dreamy New French Eatery Is Worth a Visit to Phu Quoc

[SPONSORED CONTENT] More than just a restaurant, the Pink Pearl at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa tells a truly fantastical tale.

Published on Aug 8, 2018

In the 1920s, at the height of French-colonial rule in Vietnam, the fabulously eccentric Madame Pearl Collins was renowned for her hospitality and exquisite taste across the island of Phu Quoc. As the wife of the first dean of the prestigious Lamarck University, the French-Vietnamese socialite threw some of the island’s most lavish parties. Her joie de vivre was as legendary as her classical French culinary skills, which she picked up from her grandmother. A patron of the arts with an aptitude for painting, she was also known for her gorgeously decorated interiors.

Or so the story goes.

In reality, this fictitious figure was born in the mind of Bill Bensley, the wildly inventive luxury hotel designer responsible for the stunning JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa. Rather than simply design a single property, Bensley has crafted an elaborate mythology to go with it: the tale of the wondrous, whimsical Lamarck University, an imaginary center of culture and enlightenment. 

Bensley wanted the resort’s signature restaurant to be something truly special, which is how he conceived of this most marvelous hostess of a bygone era. The entire interior of the Pink Pearl is inspired by the tastes and spirit of Madame Pearl. The result is a lush, vividly realized space wrought in shades of magenta and fuchsia to accompany some very fine French cuisine. We’re sure Madame would approve.


For more information, contact…

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay 

Kem Beach, An Thoi Ward, Phu Quoc District, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam. Tel: +84 297 377 9999


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