The Six Senses Resort
Con Dao Islands, Vietnam
Con Dao Islands, Vietnam
After the shock of landing - you think you're coming down in the water, as the runway starts only meters away from the edge of the ocean - an idyllic holiday unfolds. A short 10-min drive to the Six Senses resort introduces you to a mile of white beach, luxury villas, and the perfect antidote to the stress of everyday busy life.
The resort is indeed a "splendid isolation", located on a pristine private beach, with wooden villas and a butler assigned to guests. Our two-storey oceanfront villa has seating areas, outdoor shower, vast bath and bedroom upstairs with a balcony looking out over the South China Sea. There is an indoor wine cellar and dinner on the deck with a private chef if requested - the villas lack for nothing.
The hotel has several options for eating. We ate at all the venues throughout our stay and the food was always excellent. We did the Vietnamese night, the Vietnamese Hot Pot and on the third night the "An Evening by the Cellar", which was a 4 course meal with wine pairings. The food and wine were amazing. The Elephant Bar has an amazing selection of cocktails to choose from - something for everyone! There is also an excellent selection of wines - and a Sommelier at hand to provide pairing suggestions.
There is not much on Con Dai itself to explore, because the island is only recently developed for tourism, being for a long time a place to lock out prisoners opposed to the various regimes. But Con Dao offers divers a unique opportunity to explore the amazing variety of underwater life. In addition to scuba diving, the hotel also have an assortment of activities lined up ranging from surfing, rainforest hiking, island hopping, yoga and cooking classes and even outdoor movie screenings. We took the snorkelling and turtles watching tour which was worth every penny, and we strongly recommend it.
The resort and island are extremely safe. I spent every morning going for a run along the rarely used roads, followed by some quality time in the well set up Gym, followed by a swim in the ocean. There is a beautifully sandy beach of over one km long and the ocean is beautiful and safe to take a dip, or to go for a long open water swim.
One More Thing: We watched several turtles nesting, and the experience was unparalleled! But mostly it's the seclusion of the island and serenity of Six Senses, coupled with superb cuisine and service, and beautiful beach running into wonderfully warm waters that makes a trip to Con Dao so unforgettable.
Arrive at Ho Chi Minh City – Tat Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), then take a 45 minute commercial or chartered plane to nearby Co Ong regional airport (VCS) for transfer to the resort. Distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao is around 230 kilometres or 145 miles.
When you arrive at Con Dao airport, Six Senses Con Dao offers two transfer services. Shared mini-bus transfer is available at $10.00 USD/per person/per way and a private car transfer at $100.00 USD/per way. The hotel can also arrange a charter service by Kingair for maximum 8 persons or a helicopter for bigger groups and the VIP pick-up and drop off at International Terminal.