Inspiration inside Regent Phu Quoc, designed by BLINK • Hotel Designs

This is the story of the creation of Regent Phu Quoc, the new jewel in the crown of Regent Hotels, which opened its doors earlier this year to a world eager to rediscover the romance of travel and in search of experiences. with a seductive authenticity. This is the story of the ultimate collaboration between a hospitality brand that has become the benchmark for timelessly elegant getaways and the design visionaries at BLINK who live and breathe destinations, immersing themselves in the vernacular and diving deep into culture. , local art, craft and design before evoking experiences that become a true exploration of time and place.

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And it’s the story of how something very special was born on an island that went from being a ‘best kept secret’ to emerging as the region’s most popular destination. A statement of intent from a brand with an auspicious history, part of the mythical tradition and cultural DNA of the Orient. Phu Quoc transcends clichés as a true island paradise; a rarest jade gem resting in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Fishing villages, pearl groves and pepper plantations offer charming glimpses of Vietnamese customs spanning generations, while more than half of the island has been protected as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2006.

It was in this context that the best design minds at BLINK were called upon to pool their knowledge and inspirations with the vast hotel and resort experience of the Regent brand and its new owner, InterContinental Hotels Group.

lobby design at Regent Phu Quoc by BLINK

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The goal was to create a luxury resort experience steeped in the soul and culture of Phu Quoc in an enviable location on the island’s finest and longest beach on its western shore. A place where sunlight streams in and the glistening waters of the gulf enchant from every angle; a tranquil environment conducive to relaxation, enveloped in natural textiles and minimalist décor. A place where traditional Vietnamese design meets modern design.

“This is a very special project, from the brand involved, to the uniquely beautiful location and rich local culture full of traditions and artisans, to the timing of its launch,” said said Clint Nagata, founder of BLINK Design Studio. “It was right in our wheelhouse in terms of diving into the art of place-making; going deep into the cultures, materials and traditions of the vernacular even before putting pen to paper.

view through tropical plants to Regent Phu Quoc guest villa designed by BLINK

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The goal was to create an all-suite and all-villa luxury beach resort, consisting of ocean view suites, garden pool suites and lavish one to seven bedroom pool villas, swimming pools private infinity pools and plunge pools, as well as six dining concepts featuring Regent’s stylish take on the “wow factor” and incorporating the brand’s penchant for storytelling. A grand ballroom and event spaces, a Regent’s Club and a state-of-the-art spa concept were also needed.

“Informing the master plan above all else was making the most of the breathtaking Gulf waters and sunset,” Nagata said. “This meant using a multi-dimensional approach for each main guest-facing space, deliberately distributed horizontally and stacked vertically so that all guests had optimal views of the natural setting.”

sitting area and living room in a villa in Regent Phu Quoc

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The direction of arrival begins with a processional staircase leading to the lobby. Guests are welcomed into an iconic space, framed by a modern take on Vietnamese rooftops and finished with luminous lacquers with the delicate duck eggshell inlays the region is famous for.

The initial architectural ideas were rooted in the Vietnamese vernacular. “It’s a country with a strong local culture and traditional architectural heritage,” Nagata explained. “One of the commonly found structural systems is the timber truss system, known locally as Bovi. We have abstracted this characteristic and developed it into subtle patterns that feature on screens, mats and accessories. »

One of the key features of the master plan are the courtyard-shaped villas, each with its own infinity pool and plunge pool and layers of privacy and privacy. This is inspired by another key feature of the Vietnamese vernacular known as Gian Nha.

“A traditional house is often made up of small compartments and courtyards,” Nagata said. “These individual spaces create a transition and different experiences within the same house. Our spatial zoning presents a contemporary interpretation of Gian Nha, blurring the boundaries of interior and exterior.

The finished product is imbued with delicate Vietnamese craftsmanship and intricate thought processes. The villas gradually reveal themselves to their inhabitants, presenting moments of joy and small epiphanies. On a practical level, it also allows great flexibility so that spaces can be separated, creating an interlocking unit for different amounts of guests in different types of occasions.

a villa in Regent Phu Quoc designed around a central courtyard and interlocking spaces

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Rice Market, Regent Phu Quoc’s all-day dining space, offers a glimpse into the daily lives of locals. Taking inspiration from the rice market, the restaurant spills out onto the central courtyard, inspired by the bustling street markets of Vietnam. Ingenious twists on rice mills and water wheels along with textures of burlap rice sacks provide eye candy in a relaxed mood. OKU is the flagship gourmet restaurant, a Franco-Japanese Omakase workshop and a beef lounge. It sits at the heart of the resort, a celebration of intricate Japanese woodwork, evoking the feel of a Parisian brasserie with a dash of New Orientalist.

Meticulous attention to detail pervades, from the kitchen to the interiors. Precision and perfection were the key words for BLINK to create this icon in the making. “Just as an Omakase chef pays careful attention to the selection of ingredients to create a meal as an artistic expression, so does the carpenter because the precision and perfection of his carpentry becomes a work of art” , explains Nagata.

Designed in the tradition of a speakeasy with a secret entrance, the Jade bar is Regent Phu Quoc’s hidden treasure, only revealing itself at dusk. Inspiration was found in the jade-colored waters of the Gulf, as well as the rich tradition of jade in Vietnamese culture, passed down from mother to daughter as a heritage. Sophisticated jade shades and layers of complexity lend an opulent, ancient feel. The arrival experience is deliberately concealed during the day.

the Regent club designed as a speakeasy with shades of jade

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An exclusive Regent’s Club sits atop the resort’s main tower, overlooking the entire property. The ethereal image of stark silhouettes against beautiful Phu Quoc sunsets inspires the rooftop pool design. Gradients of color on the feature wall, shimmering golden tiles mimic the reflection of the sun on clear blue waters. In the most private area of ​​the Club, a library inspired by tropical botanical gardens and local plants provides a sanctuary for guests. The Regent Club is a perfect place to watch the sunset with a perfectly crafted Gin and Tonic.

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