Created by the resort’s Master of Ceremonies, designer Bill Bensley, Pink Pearl is inspired by the legend of Madame Pearl Collins, the great-great-grandmother of the current “Dean of Lamarck University”, Ty Collins – AKA the resort’s general manager.
The story goes that Madame Pearl loved to host friends and dignitaries at this beachfront art deco mansion for extravagant gastronomic soirees. Interiors ooze retro glamour with a bold mix of pinks, sumptuous prints, artefacts, extravagant gilt-framed portraits and a grandioso central chandelier, all crafted bespoke for the space.
Now Madame Pearl’s mantle has passed to esteemed Chef de Cuisine Amine Ouameur Lakhdari, who has taken inspiration from her treasured book of classic French recipes – and over 10 years’ experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants (including The Ritz Paris L’Espadon, Apicius and La Truffe Noire) – to create a fabulous French fine-dining menu.
Evoking memories of the roaring twenties, the immersive experience of Pink Pearl begins from the moment guests are welcomed at the door by flapper girls. A guided tour through the six enchantingly styled private dining rooms is punctuated by pianists, violinists and classical chanteuses.
Feast upon favourite classic French recipes deconstructed and given a modern twist by Chef Amine. Combining premium local products and a farm-to-table ethos, the menu showcases signature dishes such as: Nha Trang spiny lobster with cherry; Charolaise Beef Pithivier; and the extravagantly indulgent masterpiece Opera Sphere Marou Chocolate.
What’s more, Pink Pearl also boasts Phu Quoc’s best-stocked wine cellar. Exuding Gatsbian drama, a spiral staircase entrance opens onto monochromatic glazed cabinets containing a vast selection of French wines, alongside New World favourites and a collection of fortified wines – perfect for a night of sophisticated sipping.
Opening October 2018. Visit jwmarriottphuquoc.com for more.