Nestled on a curve of white sand on the island of Con Son, looking out over the glistening South China Sea is Six Senses Con Dao, the newest addition to the Six Senses family. Protected by lush, forest-clad mountains on a mile-long stretch of sand, each private pool villa is designed to reflect the breathtaking natural surroundings. This beautiful area has been a designated nature and marine reserve for decades and its unspoilt beauty is home to many endangered and indigenous species.
Each villa is carefully designed using timber frames and natural materials with fantastic views out to sea. The contemporary design has left the bathrooms and living areas open-air to enjoy the balmy sea breeze, whilst the bedrooms are all air-conditioned for your comfort. The property offers several different villa layouts to suit every taste and family, each with its own private infinity pool.
Pamper yourself at the fantastic, holistic Six Senses Spa, which offers a wide range therapeutic treatments with international therapists who can advise and guide you through the options of body and beauty care, mind and body balancing and herbal remedies.
The property also has a wide range of activities on offer. Take an early morning visit to a traditional Vietnamese market before trying your hand at a cooking class, visit a nearby turtle hatchery and take advantage of the range of watersports on offer, from sunset cruises to fantastic scuba diving.
The island has an incredibly historic past, dating right the way from the days when the East India Company and Portuguese merchants frequented the island through to the French colonial era and on to the Vietnam War. Spend a few hours wandering the town, visiting the local historical museum and some of the impressive prison sites and the legendary Tiger cages, which are a testament to the will and strength of the Vietnamese people.
Six Senses Con Dao has 50 one, three and four bedroom villas, some over two floors, all created with simple, modern design and all elegantly styled with pale neutral fabrics and plenty of natural light. The bathrooms have open air sections with outdoor showers and all villas have ocean views, with some being right on the ocean front. All of the villas have stunning private pools and spacious sun terraces. Other features include: Bose sound systems, iPod docking stations and satellite TVs with DVDs, wifi, private infinity pool, tea and coffee facilities, mini bar and wine cabinet.
Children and their families are made extremely welcome at Six Senses Con Dao where the size and layout of the villas is highly conducive to a family stay. Children will love having their own pools and the stunning sandy beach right on their doorstep and there are plenty of activities to keep kids of all ages busy.
The Six Senses Con Dao has two restaurants and a deli offering a range of atmospheres and cuisines from traditional street food to beachside seafood barbecues and romantic private dining around the resort. There is also a bar, large central swimming pool, modern gym, gallery, Vietnamese Market Place for shopping, library, department specialising in excursions around and activities within the resort and a blissful spa.
Bicycles are available for guests' use and there are plenty of non motorised watersports to be enjoyed such as kayaking, hobie cats and boogie boards. Diving is also available for all levels of experience and boats can be hired for excursions to nearby islands or for visiting secluded beaches, diving and fishing. Turtle watching is excellent at certain times of the year and hikes and treks can lead to some wonderful bird and wildlife spotting. There is a department dedicated to teaching guests about the culture and environment surrounding the hotel and many fun and interesting activities and excursion are organised that guests can choose to join such as cooking classes.
When to travel
The driest time to visit Con Dao is from November to February, though the seas are calmest from March to July. The rainy season lasts from June to September, but there are also northeast and southwest monsoons in autumn that can bring heavy winds. September and October are the hottest months, though even then the cool island breezes make Con Dao relatively comfortable when compared with Ho Chi Minh City.
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Location and directions
Con Dao Archipelago, Southern Vietnam
Located off the south-east coast of mainland Vietnam, the Con Dao archipelago. More than 80% of the Con Dao archipelago is a marine and national park. Six Senses is situated on the largest island in the archipelago, Con Son.
How to get there
Con Son, is around 230 kilometres or 145 miles from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and is served by Co Ong Airport. It can be reached by commercial aircraft or chartered private plane, within 45 minutes from Ho Chi Minh City.