Six Senses Con Dao is all about luxurious, fully sustainable villas that hit all the right eco-resort notes, enhanced by an elegant design sensibility that delivers tidy, urbane living spaces to unspoiled waterfronts. Located on a pristine island in Vietnam’s southern archipelago, Six Senses Con Dao offers modern comforts in an edge-of-the-world setting. Con Dao has been built with the very lightest ecological footprint. The thinking is innovative, beginning the moment you arrive in the main guest area, which resembles a local fishing village complete with market stalls.
Each of the resort’s rustic 50 pool villas has its own pool, with sun loungers and a private pathway down to the sand if you’ve booked an Ocean Front one (recommended). The decor is neutral to match the wooden walls: linen sofas with bright cushions providing a little color, hanging towel rails made of rope and billowing white mosquito nets around the vast beds. Bathrooms are spacious and impressive, with a choice of ablution locations, whether it’s the outdoor shower, the indoor bath or at either of the twin sinks.
The Con Dao islands comprise the 16 landmasses that form a national and marine park, an hour’s flight from Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel is on Con Dao Island’s southern shore, and its villas are either on the beach or a short walk inland.
Six Senses is a 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Min City to Co Ong Airport on the mainland, followed by a 10-minute transfer to the resort on Con Dao Island.
FOOD & DRINK
The Vietnamese kitchen, or to give it its proper name Vietnamese at the Market, is the heart and soul of the resort and led by Ms Len. A smorgasbord of Vietnamese delicacies of noodles, soups, rice, rolls and wraps are made freshly to order. Other dining options include Deli’cious and By the Beach, where Asian fusion meets French – truly mouth-watering. The resort also offers a menu of destination dining experiences including beach barbeques, cooking classes and wine cellar dining.
Guests can enjoy holistic treatments in the spa are designed to re-balance the senses, where therapists will advise on matters such as beauty care and herbal remedies. In the resort’s recreated Vietnamese village it’s fun to shop for local handicrafts.