Off the south coast of Vietnam in the South China Sea, Six Senses Con Dao has the tranquility and charm for an island getaway.
The Six Senses Con Dao is a luxury beach resort in Vietnam that provides an exceptional experience and top-notch hospitality for those seeking an island vacation. With its stunning location and world-class amenities, this resort offers the perfect blend of luxury and relaxation for guests to enjoy.
Six Senses is one of the best luxury resorts in Con Dao, Vietnam, it offers an unparalleled experience. This resort is ideal for couples and honeymooners. But we visited with our (then) 5-year-old, and it turned out to be a perfect beach vacation. Here is my review of Six Senses Con Dao luxury resort.
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Con Dao islands off the south coast of Vietnam are still a hidden gem, far away from urban chaos yet accessible. The islands have been protected for decades as a national and marine park. There are thick forests on these islands, as well as lovely beaches, secluded bays and coral reefs. Six Senses resort is located on Con Son, the largest island in this chain. Ho Chi Minh city is the nearest international airport. There are daily direct 45-minute flights connecting Ho Chi Minh City to Con Son.
It is difficult to imagine this archipelago as ‘hell on earth’. Thousands of prisoners were confined in jails during the French rule in the middle of last century. You can take the Prison tour today like many other visitors do. Yet now Con Dao is known for quiet sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and good snorkeling and scuba diving.
For our 2 week trip to Vietnam, we had researched on islands and stumbled upon Con Dao. Na Trang is for party goers and Phu Quoc for both couples and families. But this sleepy island where life moves slowly suited us perfectly.
Six Senses: Stay at one of the best Luxury resorts in Vietnam
There is a small welcome area right at the Con Son airport, managed by Six Senses. We got a transfer to the resort via their shuttle. Each villa is made of wood and many are duplex. The 50 spacious pool villas run along a mile of sandy beach.
We had booked an Ocean View Duplex Pool Villa – it is built on two levels. The upper level housed the bedroom with a lot of space to easily fit in an extra small bed for our 5-year old, plus an ensuite bathroom. The balcony outside the bedroom on the upper floor looked down at the private pool and straight ahead at the sea. The lower level was a lavish bath area; with the bathtub on one side and an outdoor shower area on another.
There are options of Ocean Front villas with direct access to the beach, as well as Multiple Room villas. There is a choice of 2/3/4 bedroom villas for families.
Food at Six Senses Con Dao
We stayed at the resort for 4 nights and had most of our meals here. The one time that we stepped out to try the food at a local café, we wished longingly for the cuisine we could have had at the resort.
Vietnamese at the Market offers authentic Vietnamese specialties. By the Beach is the main restaurant by the seaside, it has fresh seafood and Asian fusion cuisine. The breakfast spread, served at this venue, is excellent with a focus on healthy options to begin the day with.
I loved drinking fresh coconut milk each morning using straw fashioned out of lemongrass stem. Six Senses, with its sustainable philosophy and intent to protect the natural habitat of the turtles and other marine life, does not use any straws or other disposable plastic at the resort. There are glass bottles of water in the villas.
The Elephant Bar has casual dining through the day, with an innovative selection of cocktails. Sitting in the bar on comfy swings or even-comfier beds, sipping on a cocktail, is a great way to spend an evening. There is even a small book selection. I spent an enjoyable evening lazying with a book in one hand and a refreshing cocktail in another!
Destination Dining offers barbecues or picnics at a deserted beach or within the privacy of the villa.
Service at Six Senses Con Dao
The service here is good. From the moment we arrived at this luxury resort until departure, everything was taken care of. The General Manager gave us a warm welcome and a quick orientation about the property, its sustainable philosophy, and the island.
But the service is not always on-time. We were on a laid-back beach holiday and didn’t care a few minutes delay in getting our drink or a snack.
Activities at Six Senses Con Dao
You can explore the historic monuments in Con Son by yourself, or with an arranged tour by the resort. Six Senses also offers daily shuttle service at certain times for drop-off and pick-up from the main town.
This luxury resort can arrange many other experiences for guests – from trekking in the tropical rainforest, a fishing trip, learning how to master the stand-up paddle, Con Dao Prison tour, to Turtle discovery (turtles’ nesting and hatching during the May-Oct season).
The resort has an excellent spa within a beautiful setting. It offers indoor and outdoor treatment areas, a Yoga and Meditation Pavillion and a Hammam treatment. My massage experience felt heavenly and just the thing to do after my cycling and diving adventures.
Con Dao islands are a protected marine park and offer exceptional snorkelling and diving options. My fun dive experience – with the dive centre suggested by Six Senses – turned out to be great, even though it was a cloudy day and the sea was choppy. The variety and colours of corals that was on display at just 6-m depth were astounding. The dive centre is equipped with all types of dives, including certification courses, night dives, taking experienced divers to far-off diving spots around the islands. This fun dive sparked my interest in scuba diving and I went on to do my Open Water Certification at Andaman islands.
You can take a mountain bike from the resort and explore the island on your own. We had a fun ride exploring a beach about 10 km from the resort towards the airport. Or, you can just laze on the private beach of the resort. My Vietnam packing list will be handy.
What puts a smile ☺
That ice-cream shop with its daily changing flavours hits the right spot. This is open all day for guests, at no extra cost.
My daughter enjoyed herself at the kid center – it had many engaging activities and a loving trained staff. This was the first time that we were comfortable leaving her in the kid center for few hours with the staff. My husband went biking while I went for my scuba diving experience. We came back to find her thoroughly entertained and enjoying a simple meal of her choice (kids eat free at the resort!)
On my daughter’s birthday, the chef, at our request, had baked a dark chocolate cake for us. The outdoor cafe/bar at the beach where the cake was cut, much to the joy and squeals of the brat who had turned 5 that day, made the day memorable for us.
The resort is not value for money. It does cost quite a bit. With breakfast included, off-season prices for double room can be around USD 500, and this can rise to USD 1000 in peak season.
Tel: +84 254 3831 222
[This post was originally published in 2017, and later updated in 2023.]
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