Six Senses Con Dao
Con Dao Island, Southern Coasts and Islands, Vietnam
based on 7 nights
per person for 7 nights, based on 2 people sharing an ocean view deluxe villa on a bed and breakfast basis, including shared road transfers.
At a Glance
A short flight from Saigon Con Dao is a totally undeveloped island and home to this incredible Six Senses property.
Built on a huge, arcing stretch of sandy beach the resort’s 50 private pool villas all face the ocean and are crafted from natural materials so they resemble a traditional Vietnamese village.
Six Senses pride themselves on their sustainability and you will really feel this throughout every aspect of your stay.
Feast on fresh and delicious Vietnamese cuisine in Bay The Market or delicately grilled fish at By the Beach. Dining here is exceptional.
Alongside the individual pool villas the resort has larger two, three or four bedroom residences perfect for the ultimate family celebration.
Located in a marine national park the resort offers some excellent diving options along with snorkelling trips, coastal walks and boat charters to make the most of the exceptional setting.
Best time to Visit
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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.
To start planning your holiday to Six Senses Con Dao
Just a short flight from the bustling streets of Saigon lies this unique oasis on an island in the Con Dao Archipelago, an area of outstanding natural beauty steeped in history. Six Senses have created a simply idyllic luxurious retreat here.
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.
|Ocean View Duplex Pool Villa||
This spacious and traditional bamboo villa is set over two levels, with the bedroom and smaller en suite on the top level with breathtaking views and the lower level having a more opulent bathroom with large bathtub and an outdoor shower. Enjoy the privacy with your own infinity swimming pool and sun deck with sun loungers.
|Ocean Front Deluxe Pool Villa||
Located moments from the beach, this gorgeous one bed villa has stunning views over the ocean. A spacious open plan allows light to flood into this room and keep cool in the shade. The master bedroom is large and the bathroom has a huge bathtub and separate outdoor shower as well as double vanity sinks. Enjoy total seclusion with your own private infinity pool and sun deck.
|Ocean Front 2 Bedroom Pool Villa||
A gorgeous set up right on the beach, this two bed villa is made up of two separate pavilions - the first with the master bedroom and bathroom, and the second with a twin room and living and dining area. This room is ideal for families travelling with older children or couples sharing, with a wonderful private infinity swimming pool and direct access to the beach.
|Ocean View 4 Bedroom Pool Villa||
This enormous and opulent four bed villa is great for larger families, with the opportunity for total privacy having your own living and dining area as well as a kitchen within the villa. Unbeatable ocean views from the master bedroom on the top floor with a large en suite bathroom. The remaining three bedrooms are located on the ground floor - two with ocean facing French doors opening onto the sun deck and the remaining with a lovely view into the garden. A slightly larger infinity pool with this villa to accommodate higher numbers and a lovely sun deck to enjoy.
|Ocean Front 3 Bedroom Pool Villa||
Set over three pavilions, this beach front villa is spacious and keeps cool with the bamboo furnishings. A large infinity pool as well as a lap pool and steps directly onto the beach make this room choice truly spectacular. Two master bedrooms have undisturbed views onto the beach, both with large open plan bathrooms, vanity sinks, bathtub and outdoor shower. The lovely twin room has a garden view.
|Ocean Front 4 Bedroom Pool Villa||
Set privately on the corner of the beach this four bed pool villa is great for older families looking to spend some quality time together, or even groups of couples travelling together. With three master bedrooms, each with stunning ocean views and open plan large bathrooms - complete with bathtub, vanity sinks and an outdoor shower each. The fourth bedroom has a lovely garden view also with a large bathroom. The large infinity pool looks directly onto the beach, and the large sundeck is perfect for enjoying a meal or watching the sun set over the water.
|Ocean Front Duplex Pool Villa||
This spacious ocean front villa is set over two levels, just a few steps from the beach the view is beautiful over the water from the top level bedroom. On the bottom level of the villa there is a large opulent bathroom with bathtub and separate outdoor shower. The private infinity swimming pool looks directly onto the ocean, enjoy the view from your private sundeck.
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.
Victoria Langmead (Staff)
The resort is beautiful, the food is out of this world but the star of the show has to be the amazing team. Everyone was so friendly and smiley whether it was a member of the restaurant team, the reception staff or maintenance garden team. Everyone always greeted us and made us feel welcome and a big beaming smile.
Cordelia Nicholls (Staff)
Amazing hotel right on the beach, lovely rooms with lots of space and incredible sea views. The staff go out of their way to help with everything, the food is varied and delicious and there is so much to do to keep everyone busy as well as plenty of space so you're never on top of anyone. The beach is picture perfect, not over-polished but naturally pristine with almost white sand and turquoise, calm water.
Jack Mace (Staff)
After visiting a few other Six Senses properties recently I had high expectations for their offering in Con Dao and it certainly didn't disappoint! They have a great spot of land with a beautiful beach on one of Vietnams least spoilt islands. With a population of just 5,000 people Con Dao is somewhat of a hidden gem so make sure you take an afternoon to explore it if you are adventurous. The resort is centred around a beautiful bay with crystal clear waters & beautiful small islands surrounding it. The accommodation, all with great sea views, are spacious and somewhat rustic in style but are done up to such a luxurious standard. The private pools are great to relax by and hop into when it gets too warm. But there's to much more to the resort than the accommodation! Every day there's a suggested activity programme which you can have as much or as little to do with as you like. There's enough on to keep everyone happy; there's a fantastic spa, a gym, water sports, table tennis, table football, a yoga pavilion, a free ice cream parlour and much more! Also, if you have children there's a fantastic children's club which will keep them occupied during the day whilst you do your own thing. The food was fantastic and the staff are so friendly which makes your stay and relaxed and peaceful as possible!
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
This is the newest of the Six Senses Resorts in Vietnam and has a very different feel to the longstanding favourite Six Senses Ninh Van Bay based further North in Nha Trang. Con Dao is a small archipelago of Islands of the southern tip of the country easily reached by plane from Ho Chi Minh City. The resort is located on the main island Co Ong which is home to a few local fishermen, a couple of villages and lots and lots of cows (about the only other thing you will see on the road on the short drive in from the airport).
As you enter the resort you can immediately feel the calm and Zen of the place, the main buildings leading away from the entrance are the bar and restaurants all built from local wood bleached silver by the sun and the sea breeze. Children will immediately be drawn to the ice cream parlour open all day and happy to dispense as many cones as parents will allow free of charge. If that isnt enough to win over the most discerning of younger travellers then the outdoor cinema and experience centre down on the beach which offers non-motorized water sports plus daily activities in the kids club should keep them very busy! The beach at Con Dao is huge stretching in a perfect arc for hundreds of metres. I loved the sea here shallow enough to wade out comfortably before you can swim out further if you like. Great for children as its perfectly sandy underfoot and the waves are ideal for body boarding. Villas are either front row, right on the beach with a little set of steps heading down from your plunge pool onto the sand or you are behind built up higher on the second row but with spectacular sea views and a grand panorama over the whole resort. The style retains the natural barefoot feel of Six Senses properties but has given it a bit of a modern update. There are outdoor showers great for a revitalising wash each morning but also huge bathtubs indoors away from any uninvited guests for those pre-dinner soaks when you want to really relax.
Food is served in the hotels main restaurant which overlooks the beach and has a really excellent mix of western and European dishes. Its casual but still feel s special somehow and everyone is out relaxing on the day beds listing to music in the bar pre dinner. The other dining option is more local, lots of Vietnamese specialities including excellent Banh Mi Baguettes and huge steaming bowls of Pho.
The best thing about Con Dao is its accessibility; it is so easy to reach from Ho Chi Minh but feels a million miles away.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
Six Senses Con Dao feels like a complete island paradise. The island of Con Dao itself is so quiet with just one of two motorbikes at a time along the roads and a couple of cows or two. The most impressive thing about the hotel is the amazing beach that it is on which is so long and fantastic for morning walks. The sand is also powder soft and the sea so calm I loved it. Then of course the food was delicious and there is a fantastic relaxed Vietnamese market restaurant which is great for a light bite at the bar. I was also hugely impressed by the spa. The therapist that I had, Bobby, was so intuitive and provided the best spa treatment that I have ever experienced just because she was so insightful about my stress levels, sleeping levels only using touch I hadnt told her a thing about any of this before the treatment.
Sarah Baxter (Staff)
This Six Senses property is situated just a 10 minute drive from the airport. The site occupies a beautiful stretch of beach, which is constantly cleaned and looks immaculate, with 50 villas spread out the length of the bay. Each villa has brilliant sea views, a private pool, and a bath with the most stunning view. It is one of the youngest Six Senses properties, so the furnishings within the villas ensure total luxury, whilst retaining their rustic and bare-foot style. The resort has two restaurants, both unique; one offering traditional Thai cuisine, great for a light lunch, plus a larger restaurant on the water front with a highly rated chef offering an exquisite menu.
Before dining I would recommend taking a cocktail in the bar on one of the swing seats, which is a great start to the evening. This resort arguably boasts the best scuba diving in Vietnam, plus other options to get out on the water. A trip can also be arranged to the prisons of Con Dao, for some history on the island. For larger groups and families, the 2+ bedroom villas provide an incredible set-up for all ages and with the kids entertainment area, there are activities to keep the children happy.
Victoria Douglas (Staff)
Having been lucky enough to visit other Six Senses properties, I was intrigued to see what the latest addition to the Six Senses Asia hotels would look like. Landing on Con Dao is an experience, the 100 or so propeller plane hovers over the ocean and then lands on a runway, really just an extension of the beach.
The resort is slightly more contemporary in style than its sister properties. We were very lucky to stay in the 3 bedroom ocean front villa just incredible with a full size infinity swimming pool of our own and uninterrupted sea views. The size of all the villas from the 1 bedroom duplex to the 4 bedroom complex is so generous and provides plenty of space even for larger families.
Sadly it was a little rainy one of the days we were staying at Con Dao so we decided to take a trek through the national park, through an old fruit plantation and along the coast. The trek was relatively easy going and only a basic level of fitness required, but our guide George was great at gauging our levels and could easily pick up the pace where needed to make this a more strenuous trek. Our first spot was a blue viper before we came across a tribe of long tailed Macau monkeys endemic to Con Dao Island. Following the 3 hour trek a spa treatment was most welcomed. I enjoyed the Oriental massage and it was one of the best I have ever experienced.
There are a number of dining experiences here and we enjoyed a beautiful fusion of wagyu beef mixed up with local Con Dao shrimps and another evening a Vietnamese tasting menu in the traditional open kitchen setting. The Vietnamese food is just so fresh and light.
Sadly, Con Dao has a haunting past with 11 prisons from the days of French and American occupation which finally closed in the mid 70s and a visit here, whilst daunting, is worthwhile to understand the history of this beautiful and untouched part of Vietnam.
Dugongs (which also go by the rather less mystical name of sea cows) are rarely spotted, so have become a rite-of-passage prize for divers. They are, however, regularly seen pootling through the teal-green depths of the South China sea, which surrounds the protected Con Dao marine nature reserve. This pristine archipelago, a 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), offers some of the best underwater hours in Asia, with more than 1,300 species to note in the logbook. Things arent bad on terra firma either. Even before its opening late last year, the resort had won several style awards. The 50 villas are built for the Greta Garbo lurking in all of us. Bookended by emerald mangrove forests, teeming with black squirrels and bursting with exotic orchids, they have been cleverly sprinkled along a mile of sandy shoreline to guarantee maximum privacy. A beady eye has also ensured that they are conscience-soothingly sustainable, with local materials and reclaimed teak, including more than 1,000 delicately carved antique panels. The ambience is Robinson Crusoe reimagined by tom Ford: lots of white, lots of windows, even more draped muslin and the obligatory private infinity pool. Visit between April and September to see turtles struggle out of the water to lay their eggs in the sand: the island is one of Asia's most popular breeding spots.
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Con Dao Island, Southern Coasts and Islands, Vietnam
Six Senses Con Dao is located on the Con Dao archipelago off the south-east coast of mainland Vietnam. More than 80% of the Con Dao archipelago is a marine and national park. The resort is situated on the largest island in the archipelago, Con Son.
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