World's Greatest Places 2021
The New World Phu Quoc Resort in Vietnam.
Courtesy New World Phu Quoc Resort
July 20, 2021 6:33 AM EDT

Known as the “jewel of Vietnam,” this teardrop-shaped resort and fishing island has become one of the fastest-growing destinations in Southeast Asia: in 2019, Phu Quoc attracted 5 million visitors, a 30% increase from the year before. It’s expected to reopen to vaccinated international travelers in the fall, and continues to entice tourists with visa-free stays for up to 30 days. Lodging options abound: earlier this year, the expansive, 375-villa New World Phu Quoc Resort, which boasts a private stretch of beach and lush landscaped gardens, made its debut, as did the $2.8 billion Phu Quoc United Center, a massive entertainment complex featuring a theme park, golf course and casino—in addition to a series of hotels. Nearby, the Regent Phu Quoc, a new ultra-luxury hotel with five swimming pools and floor-to-ceiling beach-facing windows, is expected to welcome its first guests by December. —Dan Q. Dao

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