HOTEL REVIEW: SIX SENSES CON DAO

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Six Senses bé DaoCathay Pacific Premium Economy, Hong Kong to new york (HKG-JFK)

Introduction

Dates of khách sạn stay: 4 nights – March 16-20, 2020Where: Côn Đảo, VietnamPaid stay / points: Paid

Six Senses Resorts & Spas opened its first eco-friendly luxury resort in the British Virgin Islands back in 1995. Since then they’ve expanded to 20 locations worldwide and discerning travelers are taking notice. Travel + Leisure readers voted Six Senses the World’s No. 1 khách sạn Brandfor the past 3-years.

The Six Senses con Dao opened its doors in 2010 with 35 private pool villas và 15 residential pool villas modeled after a Vietnamese fishing village.

Six Senses nhỏ Dao – Three Things I Love & Three Things lớn Consider

What I love:

Every villa has a private infinity-edge pool & ocean viewExcellent food & service The resort is kept super clean và insect free

Things to consider:

The Duplex Villas are not handicap friendly – if mobility is an issue book one of the 12 single màn chơi Deluxe Pool VillasSome seaweed washes ashore in the morning. Staff at the resort clear it daily, but during my stay this wasn’t completed until after noonThe spa attendants were a bit pushy trying khổng lồ sell additional treatments và products

Location

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Con Dao National Park is comprised of an archipelago of 16 islands off the southern coast of Vietnam. The Six Seasons bé Dao is located on nhỏ Son, one of the only inhabited islands in the archipelago. The island is served by Côn sơn Airport (“VCS”), which can be reached via commercial flights operated by Vietnam Airlines. The 145 mile journey is a quick 45-minute flight from tung Son Nhat International Airport in Ho bỏ ra Minh đô thị (“SGN”).

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Pro tip: Flights from SGN to VCS don’t readily show up on flight aggregators like Google Flights. Search directly on Vietnam Airlines trang web or tương tác Six Senses khổng lồ help arrange your transportation.

Meet & greet airport arrival assistance is included in the price of your stay. A Six Senses van will take you the 5.4 miles from VCS khổng lồ the resort in luxury. The ride is complete with Six Senses bottled drinking water & snacks.

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First Class Giraffe History Lesson

Con Dao is so beautiful it’s easy to lớn forget the island’s sordid past. During the French Colonial era the island was used as a prison for political opponents, a tradition that continued through the years of the Saigon regime. Remnants of the prison & infamous “tiger cages” have been turned into a tourist attraction, which you can visit during your stay.

Lobby / Check-in

There’s no lobby at the Six Senses nhỏ Dao. Upon arrival at the resort you’ll be met by your 24-hour GEM (Guest Experience Maker) butler. My visit was during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak so a thermal temperature scan preceded check-in formalities.

My GEM, True, met me và welcomed me to the resort with a smile. She gave me her cell phone number and encouraged me to contact her at anytime. I could immediately tell this was going lớn be a fantastic stay. Cold towels & a welcome drink were then provided. True informed me that the rest of the check-in formalities could be completed at my leisure in my villa.

Room Details

The path leading khổng lồ the villas is immaculately landscaped with simple but profoundly beautiful flowers. You can điện thoại tư vấn for a buggy lớn take you around, but I always opted to lớn walk và take in the scenery. It’s worth noting that the privacy of the villas is excellent. You can’t see into any of the villas from the walking path.

I booked an Ocean Front Duplex Pool Villa. The 1-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom villa is massive coming in at 2,090 square feet. The villa’s bedroom is located on the upper level. Due khổng lồ the steep staircase people with mobility issues should book another villa category.

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The bedroom has a super comfortable king sized bed with silky soft linens. Bởi you like a certain type of pillow? If so, you’ll most likely be accommodated. The pillow menu has 13 different options!

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In my opinion, the best feature of the room is the panoramic ocean view. Don’t be put off by the mosquito net over the bed. I didn’t need to use it during my stay & never had an issues with mosquitos while on the resort.

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The 37″ LED television is complemented by a powerful Bose sound system. I was easily able to pair my iPhone with the sound system and jam out khổng lồ some tunes while overlooking the South china Sea.

Some đánh giá of the duplex vila raise issues with the main bathroom being located on the ground floor. It’s important to note that there’s an en-suite half bath located on the second cấp độ so I didn’t find it khổng lồ be bothersome. The villas bởi use natural ventilation in bathrooms, but they have hand fans in case you get steamy while on the commode.

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Directly in front of the bed is a small terrace with a chair and small bench. The signature Six Senses green cushions showroom a bit of flare lớn the space.

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Giraffes love to lớn watch the sunset và First Class Giraffe is no exception. I spent my evenings on the terrace enjoying some Six Senses nhỏ Dao homemade kombucha or a glass of Champagne watching the world go by.

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The villa features tea-and coffee-makers including an espresso machine. Upon arrival I was disappointed to lớn find that the espresso machine didn’t close properly. Jet lagged giraffes need espresso! I mentioned the issue khổng lồ my GEM at breakfast & she had it replaced before I got back lớn my villa. Now that’s service.

Minibar snacks include dried mango, cookies, Mexican crackers, nhỏ Dao nuts & cashew nuts. Liquor options were limited to middle tier Smirnoff Vodka, Johnny Walker đen Label, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum & Gordon’s Gin.

Next lớn the booze you’ll find complimentary Six Senses bottled still & sparkling drinking water. Each Six Senses property treats, purifies, mineralizes & bottles its own still & sparkling drinking water in reusable glass bottles on site. GretaThunberg would approve.

The refrigerated minibar contained Coke, Coke Light, Sprite, Schweppes Tonic Water, Schweppes Soda Water, Saigon và Tiger Beer. You’ll also find the in-villa safe to the left of the beverages.

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The downstairs area has a large xuất hiện plan bathroom with a bathtub, closet, double vanities/sinks, outdoor rain shower and separate indoor toilet. The bathroom amenities are furnished by Shanghai Tsang & contained in eco friendly ceramic refillable bottles.

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On the outside of the first level there’s a private terrace with sun loungers, infinity-edge pool and a staircase that provides direct beach access.

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The view from the infinity pool is breathtaking. They say a picture is worth a thousand words:

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Fitness Center

The fitness center is well equipped for a resort of this size. The cardio and weight machines will help you burn off some of the calories you’ll be taking in from the delicious food at the resort. I only made it to the fitness center once during my stay và the air conditioning was off. I know that Six Senses prides itself on being eco friendly, but it made for a hot & steamy workout session.

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The view from the cardio deck is of the Six Senses con Dao organic gardens. During my stay gyms were closed in NYC due to COVID-19 and I felt incredibly lucky khổng lồ have the privilege khổng lồ exercise with such beautiful scenery.

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Coffee Shop

Head lớn the coffee cửa hàng for barista-crafted espresso drinks, kombucha or tea. I can attest that the homemade kombucha is excellent.