on my radar | six senses {con dao}

While I always enjoy sightseeing and discovering new places when I travel, I really enjoy traveling somewhere remote for a relaxing spa type vacation.  Many people say, “I can’t just go somewhere and sit on a beach”…not me.  I can and I enjoy it!!  Although the people I travel with mostly prefer a more active vacation and that works for me also.

I came across this hotel located on the island of Con Son in Vietnam, called Con Dao, which is made up of a 50-villa resort and sits on a private beach.

Each villa boasts an infiniti pool, and has been designed to allow natural ventilation {no need for ac}.  The resort is in a unique location which has been protected for decades as a national and marine park, and is the first five-star resort in the archipelago islands.

It is part of the  Six Senses hotel group; I am not sure how familiar  you are with them,  but their mission is:  To help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them {sounds like a perfect way to spend a vacation!}.

What I like about them as well is that since their inception in 1996, Six Senses has been committed to sustainability. They are widely recognized in the hospitality industry as having established the initial benchmarks in sustainability, and work to enhance the experience by showing respect to nature.  They are working to make all of their properties carbon-neutral by 2020, currently employ mostly local staff and offer paraben-free bath products in the villas and throughout the property.

The hotel also offers a full-service spa, and a range of activities such as cooking classes, bike riding, snorkeling and body surfing as well as jungle tours.

The spa seems incredibly zen with a backdrop of the Lo Voi Mountains, and their menu highlights some locally inspired treatments such as, The Vietnamese Journey which consists of: a body polish using fresh Con Dao Hat Bang almonds, oatmeal and yoghurt, and a nourishing body wrap consisting of honey, milk and white clay. Oriental Body Therapy, and a Vietnamese hair wash. 

There are 4 on-site dining options including an authentic traditional Vietnamese restaurant called Vietnamese by the Market.

And as if the private pool is not enough, there is a main pool.

Each room comes with bikes, so that you can go and explore the island on your own!

You can see the fishing boats of Vietnam…

And visit the local morning market. A Vietnamese cooking class after a visit to the market would be so much fun!!

And there you have it.  A lovely remote getaway with a slew of culture just waiting to be experienced.  Sounds like the perfect balance to me.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!



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Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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