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Six Senses Hideaway Con Dao sits on a mile long sandy beach surrounded by dramatic mountains and has significantly raised the bar for beachfront properties in Southern Vietnam.
The hotel consists of 50 villas with private plunge pools and unobstructed views of the East Vietnam Sea. All are built with local hardwood panelling and granite and are fitted with hi-fi sound systems, LCD televisions and built in kitchens. There are also villas for families or groups of friends to take in their entirety. The Restaurant sits above the sand dunes with excellent views out over the bay and serving seriously good Vietnamese food. Guests with a penchant for poisson can watch the entire preparation process for seafood at the Fishery, while the Chef's Table allows guests to watch the cooks in motion as well as the beautiful views. There is also a coffee shop and a deli making fresh pastries every day. Guests can enjoy perfectly pampering treatments at the award-winning Six Senses Spa, set within a mangrove forest. There are four indoor treatment rooms, one Thai therapy room, three outdoor treatment salas, a yoga and meditation pavilion, and a juice bar. Away from the hotel, activities on offer include nature tours to see turtles and monkeys, snorkelling and diving.
If you want a chilling contrast to the paradise of the hotel, visit nearby Con Dao prisons, originally built by the French and later used by the Americans during the Vietnam War. Sobering in the extreme, but fascinating nonetheless.
Holly, Original Traveller