Mango Bay resort is a well-known place on Phu Quoc Island. The resort attracts the tourists by itseco-friendly concept, with only 44 rooms/bungalows on a piece of land that spreads over 10hectares. After a long time in operation, the resort needs to be renovated. We wereassigned to design The Spa, always with the principles: to inherit the simple, rustic but cozy spirit ofthe whole resort.
▽项目鸟瞰 Aerial View
▽项目庭院鸟瞰图 the courtyard
After several site analysis, the location of the spa was decided to be sat on a light slope toward thesea, hidden behind the bungalows and surrounded by jungle. A small earth path linked the new Spawith the old one, who was becoming the space for yoga and Taichi practicing. The Spa is composedof 4 buildings in rectangular shapes, linked by covered walkways, surrounding a landscape pond.The two mains building contain the Reception Area – Changing Space- Shower- Treatment –Relaxing area after treatment, while the two sub-buildings consist only of treatment rooms. Each treatment room had its private terrace at the back, connected to a little garden.
The feature of the project was the using of rammed earth walls. This also was a succession of thepreviously-built bungalows in the resort. Those thick walls, combine with the extended roof and thewooden louver doors/windows, create an airy and comfortable internal space, and by that, there isno need for air conditioner. The wooden louver doors/windows with pivoting system help controllingthe quantity of natural light access the inner space, depend on the moment and the mood of theguests.
The landscape also follows the resort’s spirit, by using local plants and flowers for the garden. Theonly exception are the plumerias planted in the landscape pond, which represent a new beginningand expectation of peace. During the construction stage, we tried to avoid destroying thesurrounding jungle as much as possible. Right after the taking shape of the buildings, the gardenerbegan to plant new trees to replace the cut-down ones. Those trees were previously planted in theresort own nursery. Therefore, just after a little of time and a few tropical rains, the resort is ready topresent itself as a building among the jungle.
Project name: Mango Bay resort-Spa
Company name: P.I Architects
Project location:Phu Quoc island, Kien Giang province, Vietnam
Building area (m²): 320
Other participants:Tan My Quan co.ltd
Photo credits:Quang Tran