Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam – Hotel Reviews | London Evening Standard

Six Senses is found on the small Vietnamese island of Con Son, the only inhabited island in the Con Dao archipelago that lies off the country’s southern coast. It’s only a 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City, but its remote and undeveloped landscape makes it seem like you’ve traveled much further. Protected for decades as a national park, there are pristine white sand beaches – including the spectacular one on which Six Senses sits – jungle-covered mountains and a sea teeming with marine life like turtles and barracudas. Despite its rugged natural beauty, the island has a dark past when it was home to numerous French-run prisons who buried independence fighters before and during the Vietnam War. The old ruined prison buildings still remain scattered throughout the town of Con Son and can be visited with a cemetery built for the victims.

Six Senses is on the small Vietnamese island of Con Son (Six Senses Con Dao) / Vietnam

There is no central building or lobby for Six Senses Con Dao. Instead, at the entrance is a collection of small wooden buildings designed to look like a classic Vietnamese fishing village, albeit quite luxurious. Here you’ll find a bar with leather swings for seating, a boutique and one of the property’s two restaurants, an open-air kitchen serving traditional fare. The chic villas that make up the majority of the property are nestled in a long stretch of hillside perched just above the beach. With paneled exteriors covered in lush green foliage, the villas really blend in with their surroundings and everything looks quite understated from the outside. Inside of course, that’s another story …

Elephant Bar (Six Senses Con Dao) / Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam

At the heart of the Six Senses experience is the incredible spa. Making the most of its spectacular setting against the backdrop of the Lo Voi mountains, the spa is surrounded by tropical gardens and has outdoor and indoor treatment rooms and an outdoor yoga studio where free classes start at 7:30 am every day. mornings. Every conceivable treatment is offered, from pain-relieving Thai massages to relaxing body scrubs, and at least one visit here during your stay is highly recommended.

But it’s not all zen and wellness – there’s also a lot of fun to be had here, from the open-air cinema with free popcorn to the ping-pong table and the poolside pool. from the beach. There are also a plethora of activities, water sports, and tours to choose from, including boat trips to nearby uninhabited islands. Cooking classes are a fun way to enjoy dinner, with one of the hotel’s chefs showing how to prepare local specialties such as Ban Xeo (seafood pancakes) and clay pots of fish stew.

The spa area of ​​(Six Senses Con Dao) / Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam

If you’d rather let someone else do all the cooking of course, you can try these and many other Vietnamese dishes at the Market Restaurant, located in the village area. Next door, there is also an Italian grocery store which wouldn’t be so exciting, except that it distributes free homemade ice cream every day between 11am and 4pm.

At the literally named By the Beach restaurant, there’s more of a Franco-Asian fusion menu featuring locally caught seafood and vegetables grown in the hotel’s organic gardens, set against the backdrop of crashing waves. It is also the scene of an exceptionally good daily breakfast which includes a section of Vietnamese street food, fruits, pastries, eggs and anything else you could wish for. There are even a few therapists available at the spa to give quick shoulder massages – not a bad start to the day.

Each of the villas, which range from one to four bedrooms, has a private infinity pool and sea views. The ocean front villas have a slight edge with stairs that lead up to the sea. beach, but no matter which villa you are in, you won’t be far from the sand. Inside the beach hut-style villas, everything is luxurious and modern with a large king-size bed set in the middle of an open-plan space, a sitting area with TV and Bose speakers, and a mini-bar including a refrigerator separate wine. In the bathroom, there is a huge bathtub, as well as an outdoor shower. However, it all depends on the view and the setting, and all villas have double-height sliding glass doors to make the most of the location.

Four Bedroom Ocean View Villa with Private Infinity Pool (Six Senses Con Dao)

Maximum envy can be induced in your friends and followers with a snapshot of your sun terrace with private swimming pool in the foreground followed by the white sands below and the blue sea in the distance. Yes, it should.

With the range of villa sizes, couples and families are well catered for, but Six Senses Con Dao is best suited for those looking for a true escape from the kind of crowds you might find on the Thai islands. If you like your sunrises with yoga rather than tequila, then this will be your kind of place.

One-bedroom villas at Six Senses Con Dao start at £ 515 a night, including breakfast and airport transfers.

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