Eco Chic | Six Senses Resort & Spa, Con Dao Island, Vietnam
That Vietnam’s economy is booming is a known fact, rising steadily as part of the dynamic Asian region, located just south of China, and benefiting directly from the giant dragon’s economic muscle. Vietnam has been enjoying the spill-over effect, seeing a relocation of manufacturing jobs from China where labor cost has been increasing a few notches.
One promising sector that has also seen increased activities is Tourism, and Vietnam is firmly taking the middle-to-upper luxury segment, and is pursuing it with a vengeance. A spate of development along its beautiful coast is witnessing high-end hotel brands coming in.
Among them is the new Six Senses Resort & Spa on Con Dao Island. A gorgeous villa compound that is introducing the latest in eco-consciousness, through green architecture and hotel operations that practices responsible tourism.
The 50 spacious villas, single and duplex style, each have their own private infinity pool and unobstructed views of the South China Sea. They sit up along a mile of sandy beach, sheltered by the green forested hills behind. The main restaurant offers world class food and wine, the chefs using fresh, locally grown and sourced ingredients. The center of the resort resembles a Vietnamese market with a traditional Vietnamese open kitchen and a Deli, offering guests the chance to browse and try local delicacies. Surrounded by tropical gardens, Six Senses Spa offers 4 indoor treatment rooms, one Thai therapy room, three outdoor treatment salas, a Yoga and Meditation pavilion, a Juice Bar and changing facilities.
Bangkok-based Six Senses Resorts & Spas is a hotel and spa management company that has built a reputation on eco-friendliness from its inception. Ensuring that all its hotels bring positive impact to its immediate community and environment. This approach is embodied in their core purpose on: Social and Environment Sustainability Policy:
To create innovative and enlightening experiences that rejuvenate our guests’ love of SLOW LIFE*
True to its commitment to supporting and protecting the environment, Con Six Senses Resort & Spa Con Dao has been built with the very lightest ecological footprint.
All building materials are from natural, sustainable sources and local where possible. The teak is reclaimed from the Vietnamese interior and includes more than a thousand beautifully carved antique panels.
Location: Con Dao is a 16 island archipelago within Ba Ria–Vung Tau Province, in south east Vietnam. It is famed for its crystal clear blue-green waters, soft golden sand beaches, lush mangrove forests and beautiful coral reefs. Six Senses Con Dao is nestled in a beautiful secluded bay 8 km from Co Ong airport. The resort has a magnificent beach, a beguiling 1.5 km strip of golden sand with sloping dunes leading to turquoise waters, and dramatic Elephant Head Mountain as a backdrop.
Con Dao is approximately 230 km from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) which is served by many of the world’s leading airlines. The transfer flight to Con Dao takes approximately 45 minutes.
Climate: Located close to the equator, Con Dao enjoys a warm tropical climate. The average temperature is 27 degrees Celsius. Sea conditions are calm, certain times of the year, throughout the archipelago which makes for excellent swimming, snorkeling and diving all year round. The island also benefits from abundant shade provided by evergreen trees.
Con Dao was recognized as a nature reserve in 1984 and became a national park in 1993. The total protected area of the park is 20,000 hectares, including 14,000 hectares of sea and 6,000 hectares of forest. Con Dao National Park encompasses oceanic and coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests, coral reefs and sea grasslands. The park is the most important egg-laying area in Vietnam for sea turtles as well as being home to rare dugong, dolphins, and varieties of orchids found nowhere else in the country. In addition, the island has large and diverse coral reefs.