Former Pâtissiere de l’Année Ophélie Bares joins Chef Lakhdari for delectable double act from 27 April – 1 May

Immersive art deco dining experience Pink Pearl, the theatrical beachfront restaurant at Vietnam’s fantastical JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, is set to become the stage for a mouthwatering culinary collaboration this month, as Chef de Cuisine Amine Ouameur Lakhdari teams up with award-winning, two Michelin Star French pâtissiere extraordinaire Ophélie Bares to create a unique ‘Two Chefs, Four Hands’ fine dining menu.

Conceived by the resort’s Master of Ceremonies, designer Bill Bensley, Pink Pearl is inspired by the tale of Madame Pearl Collins, whose extravagant gastronomic soirees at this beachfront art deco mansion became the stuff of Phu Quoc legend. In this dramatic setting, Chefs Lakhdari and Bares will bring together their unique talents to write a new chapter to Pink Pearl’s decadent history, tantalising guests with an innovative one-off tasting menu. Celebrating the shared culinary heritage of Vietnam and France, specially created dishes will fuse the finest local and seasonal ingredients with unexpected applications of pastry techniques, and a delicate balancing of sweet, savoury and spice.

Chef Bares formerly trained at the Chateau de Chantilly (two Michelin star) and Hotel Plaza Athénée (three Michelin stars), and was also awarded Best Pastry Chef by Le Chef Magazine. Extensively travelled, Chef Bares cites Asian culture as a huge influence, saying “I’m looking forward to discovering the daily life of the island, its inhabitants and habits, as well as the local produce.”

Chef Lakhdari, Chef de Cuisine of the resort’s French fine-dining concept Pink Pearl, refreshes his menus every few months to showcase the finest seasonal ingredients using classic French methods. Working together, Chefs Lakhdari and Bares will curate a collaborative fine dining menu of original dishes which fuse the best elements of their respective talents to surprise and delight guests.

JW Marriott Phu Quoc has curated an indulgent gastronomic package to tempt international guests to experience the island’s first ever guest chef week. Starting from GBP1,884++ per room per night, based on two sharing, the Celebrity Chef Week Experience Package includes the ‘Two Chefs, Four Hands’ five-course fine-dining experience at Pink Pearl (food only); a five night stay in a Deluxe Emerald Bay View Room overlooking the stunning ‘ice cream’ beach; daily breakfast at Tempus Fugit; complimentary room upgrades (subject to availability); and roundtrip airport transfers. Gourmands can also opt to elevate their gastronomic experience by adding a wine pairing (from GBP60++ per person) or upgrading to the seven-course menu (from GBP38++ per person). Terms and conditions apply. For reservations and further information email or visit:




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About JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay

Nestled in the pristine beach of Bai Kem, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay is the proud flagship of JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts in Vietnam. Conceptualised on the fictional narrative of a mythical academy of learning, Lamarck University, JW Marriott Phu Quoc offers a selection of 234 artistically unique well-appointed rooms, suites, and villas with Bill Bensley's whimsical touches blend harmoniously. Boasting of five restaurants and contemporary bars, the crafted dining experience will satisfy even the most discerning palate including Tempus Fugit, French & Co., Red Rum, Pink Pearl and the Department of Chemistry bar. Meetings are redefined in this destination 715 sqm Grand Ballroom, with spacious breakout rooms elegantly designed to suit every need.  A wide range of enriching experiences are waiting to be explored, from cultural events, artisanal shopping experiences, ultimate indulgence at Chanterelle-Spa by JW, to water activities at the resort's private beachfront. 


Pink Pearl is open six days a week from Monday to Saturday from 6pm, and comprises 44 seats in the main dining hall, five private rooms and a wine cellar each with a capacity to host between eight-10 guests. For enquiries or reservations, please contact JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay at +84 297 7377 9999 or email


About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts

JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to sophisticated, self-assured travelers seeking The JW Treatment™ – the brand’s philosophy that true luxury is created by people who are passionate about what they do. JW hotels offer crafted experiences that bring to life the brand’s commitment to highly choreographed, anticipatory service and modern residential design, allowing guests to pursue their passions and leave even more fulfilled than when they arrived. Today there are more than 80 JW Marriott hotels in over 25 countries. JW Marriott is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. Visit JW Marriott online, and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  


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