“An idyllic island hideaway: barefoot luxury perched on the edge of a beautiful national park”
On a perfect crescent of private beach, Six Senses has created a resort that somehow breathes at the same pace as the nature around it. Wood-panelled eco villas (there are around 50, all with private plunge pools) blend into their surroundings, interior design is exquisite, and it's hard to tear yourself away from the infinity pool and blissful spa. But do, because this island is uniquely beautiful. Motorbike to the remote lighthouse and spectacular lagoon, snorkel and scuba dive beside turtles, or discover Con Dao's soul and history through excellent guided trips.
- Book-ended by steep forested slopes and with a beach that’s pristine but somehow still a bit wild, the sheer natural beauty of Con Dao is breathtaking, and it's just a short flight from Saigon
- The luxe villas with their antique wooden panels, floor-to-ceiling windows, outdoor showers and breezy white linens
- With pillow menus sent to you prior to arrival, and an on-call butler throughout your stay, the service is seriously impressive and welcoming
- A honeymoon paradise, but also great for families with a kids’ club, kids' mealtimes and a chic spa for tired mums
- A fantastic choice of food: a Vietnamese restaurant set up as a market with food stalls, an elegant Asian fusion restaurant and a deli serving fast food (the homemade ice cream with almond crumble is amazing)
- High prices and they don't include taxes
- The villas are set close together
- If you’re on the hunt for nightclubs the slow pace and quietness of Con Dao won't suit
- No other restaurants within easy walking distance
- Lots of mosquitoes, though repellent and bed nets are provided
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Resort
- Restaurants and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Bicycles Available
- Snorkelling equipment
- Board games
There are around 50 villas in total, all built from locally sourced teak and antique carved wooden panels from old Vietnamese homes. They are arranged in 2 rows looking down onto the beach, and all have a sea view.
The row of villas back from the beach are the cheapest (Ocean View Duplex Pool Villa), but they were actually our favourite rooms. All split-level, they have a massive bedroom with the most fantastic view and a balcony upstairs, then an enormous bathroom downstairs. Out front there's a chill-out area and a small but enticing plunge pool.
There are also a few larger villas in this back row: Ocean View 4-Bedroom Villas and Ocean Front 2- and 3-Bedroom Villas, all of which are stunning. Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, and the villas also include a full kitchen, living spaces and a plunge pool outside; Ocean Fronts have a lap pool, too. They're great for a family or group of friends and one of the bedrooms can be twinned.
The front row of villas are on the edge of the beach. Half of these are split-level (Ocean Front Duplex Pool Villa ), but a few are slightly smaller single-storey buildings (Ocean Front Deluxe Pool Villa), which are essentially the same design but arranged over one floor so better if you’re with young children. Sitting by your plunge pool right next to the beach with the tide coming up to your wall is very special, but we actually preferred the villas behind; we found them more private and loved the higher view of the sea.
Whichever you choose, all villas are incredibly well thought-out with blissfully comfortable beds clad in scented linens, floor-to-ceiling windows that slide open, every bit of technical kit you might need, and cupboards stocked with mosquito repellent and the like. Bathrooms are heavenly, too, with twin sinks, an indoor tub and an outdoor shower, plus bathrobes and complimentary toiletries.
- Air conditioning
- Butler service
- CD player
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Internet access
- Ipod dock
- Iron (on request)
- Mosquito net
- Outdoor shower
- Plunge pool
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
You enter the hotel through the 'market area', where there’s a fun bar (Happy Hour from 5-7pm is a great way to spend sundown), a deli (incredible sandwiches, homemade ice cream) and a cool Vietnamese restaurant. By The Market is set up as market stalls, some serving noodle dishes, others curries, others a vegetarian option or elaborate canapés.
In addition, the hotel has a proper restaurant, By The Beach. The menu is impressive - we had delicious beef carpaccio then lobster and scallop green curry. We ate out on the terrace, which is right on the beach, lit by an enormous moon and cooled by the sea breeze. The day after there was a 'sushi night', with a mind-blowing choice all beautifully laid out on marble slabs in a chilled room.
Breakfast is phenomenal, too: everything you could imagine from obscure fruit juices and milkshakes to Vietnamese omelettes and fish.
Room service is extensive and it's nice to have lunch or supper ‘at home’ one day. The service really is incredible - burgers were brought to our plunge pool in a wooden basket and unpacked onto a perfectly laid table with ketchup, mustard and linen napkins; all immaculately done, and with the burgers still hot and very tasty. If you'd prefer to cook, the 3- and 4-Bedroom Villas have kitchens with hobs, ovens, microwaves and fridges.
You can also have dinner at the chef’s table and get an eye-boggling behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchens and cellar; this is a serious operation
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Organic produce
- Private dining
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Laze by the pool, walk along the beautiful beach, swim in the sea and dip in and out of your private plunge pool
- Book windsurfing, sailing, diving, squid fishing, day trips and motorbike hire through the 'Life' activities centre
- Take a guided tour of Con Dao. The island is tiny - just an airport, a road, a village and a handful of hotels - but it's got a colourful and dramatic history, plus a vibrant modern life. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the whole of Vietnam not just Con Dao, and we really enjoyed our day with him. We started at the port and watched amazingly colourful fishing boats loading up with ice before heading out to the China Sea. Next, we had a sobering tour of the prison remains (for 113 years, this island was home to one of the country’s harshest prison systems, built by the French and later used by both sides in the Vietnam War). We then climbed the big hill to see a beautiful pagoda and finished with coffee Vietnamese-style in the central market
- Follow your ‘Life’ guide up into the jungle of the national park, then keep your eyes peeled and your mouth shut and you might see one of the large black squirrels that are exclusive to Con Dao
- Take traditional Vietnamese cooking classes from the chefs at By the Market. You'll whip up the likes of hand rolls with prawns, beef in betal leaf, and hot and sour fish soup
- Enjoy blissful treatments in the open-air rooms of the spa, or join an early morning yoga session overlooking the beach
- If you’re here May-September, take a boat trip to Bay Canh Island (Turtle Island) to watch endangered Hawksbill turtles lay their eggs or baby turtles making a dash for the sea
- Shop at the local market for kitsch Vietnamese bits and big bags of salted almonds
- Go snorkelling or kayaking in the bay, and swim past (or climb over the rocks) at the end for a stunning cut-off beach
- Sit in a deckchair under the stars and watch a movie on the OHP
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Scuba diving
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
- Turtle Discovery Tour
- Well being
This is a great place for children with a general barefoot and chilled atmosphere. There's a playroom, a kids’ club every day with different activities (painting, jungle explorations, decorating cookies), plus workshops kids can participate in. Every evening they show a film on the cinema screen and all the children eat supper together while watching it. An extra bed in the villas is free of charge, breakfast is charged for older kids. All rooms and villas have a bathtub. And the beach is ideal for families as the water is shallow.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
All the villas have 1 or 2 daybeds, which can be converted into beds. For families with 1 child, the Ocean View Deluxe, Ocean Front and Ocean Front Deluxe villas will suit and have daybeds in the bedroom. For 2 kids the Ocean Front Villa category works well. There are 3- and 4-bedroom villas for larger families / families with older kids, and 1 bedroom in each villa can be twinned
English-speaking babysitters available any time, including overnight. There's 'evening camping on the beach' for kids, so 6-12 year olds can spend the evening watching a movie and playing games and parents can have a quiet dinner
- One baby cot available
- High chair
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
- Daily kids' club with activities (painting, making things out of card, building sandcastles etc)
- Playroom with books and toys
Food is available all day either in By the Market, which is set up with market stalls, or in By the Beach, which is more of a straightforward restaurant. The latter can cater for special mealtimes on request and there is a kids menu available. Bottles can be warmed up on request. Under 5s eat free; ages 6-11 are charged at 50%; ages 12+ are charged adult prices
Kids Activities on site:
- Various workshops (making masks, place mats, flags, kites, lanterns, models and decorating T-shirts)
- Vietnamese and culture workshops
- Body boarding
- Cooking lessons
- Kids' spa treatments
Kids Activities nearby:
- Local school visits
Families Should Know:
- Mobile phone signal everywhere on property
- There are shops for anything forgotten in the nearest town 10 minutes away
- Airport: 15 minutes
- Hospital: 10 minutes
- Shop: 10 minutes
Six Senses is on the island of Con Dao, which is a 45-minute flight southeast of Saigon.
Fly into Con Dao's Con Son Airport (9km from the resort). Internal flights are available from Ho Chi Minh City or Ha Noi, although these are subject to weather conditions, and it is advisable to book your flights at the same time as you book your room. Please note that the hotel can assist you with domestic air-ticket purchases, request when booking.
From the Airport
Six Senses will greet you off your plane - see rates for transfer prices.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Vietnam and getting around
- Con Dao Con Son 9.0 km VCS
- Beach 0.1 km
- Shops 6.0 km
- Restaurant 2.0 km