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At a glance

  • You'll love

    The sprawling beach

    Miss Lan’s cooking

    Island bike rides

  • Kids will love

    Camping on the beach

    Making pizza and cakes

    Fun kids club

  • Don’t expect

    A crèche

    Local restaurants

    Immaculate interiors


Do your little ones like camping in the garden? At Six Senses Con Dao, they can camp overnight on the beach (while you dine in style and sleep in peace). Further lures for mini adventurers include pizza-making classes and watersports; mums and dads will fall for the spa and bar.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Six Senses Con Dao with us:

Adults get a half-hour foot massage or body scrub for two; children are treated to a pizza-making class and a cupcake-making class


‘Little Smiths can play on the sand and in the sea, or take part in arts and craft sessions and guided walks at the free kids club. Adults will be seduced by the stellar dining and wining; the whole family will be wowed by Con Son’s natural beauty.’

Smith & Family


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Need To Know


50, including seven three-bedroom villas and seven four-bedroom villas.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a charge. Earliest check-in, 2pm. If you arrive before check-in or have a late flight, you can relax in the Elephant Bar.


Double rooms from £423.51 ($550), including tax at 15.5 per cent.

More details

Rates usually WiFi and return airport transfers in the hotel's van (with other guests) – just give the hotel at least two days' notice of your arrival time. Rates usually exclude breakfast (charged at US$40 a day for adults; US15 for children). Children Cots can be added to rooms at no extra cost and every villa has a sofa-bed (free for under-11s; US$45 a night for over-11s). Parents planning a trip here will be pleased to hear that under-6s eat for free; kids aged 6–11 get 50 per cent off food and drink ordered from the main menu (not the kids’ menu). From 1 November 2014, breakfast will be free for little Smiths aged 6–11.

At the hotel

Beach, spa, two restaurants, Italian-style deli, bar, boutique, butler service, bikes to borrow, library, stash of CDs and DVDs, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, espresso machine, minibar, wine fridge, Six Senses bath products.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, sofa bed, espresso machine, minibar, wine fridge, Six Senses bath products.

Our favourite rooms

If you’ve got a tiny tot in tow, book one of the villas closest to the Market Place (the hotel's hub, where most of the main facilities are), so there’ll be less traipsing around with a pram: Villa 501, an Oceanfront Villa, is next to all the facilities in the Market Place, so would be ideal. The larger villas (two-four bedrooms) are perfect for families with older children. The huge pool attached to each villa will wow teens; for drier moments, there’s a chess kit and backgammon set.


Forget crowding around a communal swimming pool: here, you’ve got a massive private beach with resident crabs and sweeping views of the snap-worthy islands. Each villa has its own private pool, too. If you are feeling sociable, there’s a peaceful curved pool below the Market Place. Palm and mahogany trees provide shade, and signature-green sun loungers are clustered around the water. Have pizzas made to order and brought to your lounger, or cool down with a cocktail, fresh juice or ice-cream. Lifeguards supervise the pool daily between 9am and 6pm; floats and pool toys can be provided.


The Lo Voi mountains loom behind the spa, which has three outdoor treatment salas, four indoor treatment rooms, a Thai therapy room, a yoga and meditation area and a juice bar. Children are allowed in the spa at any time and can book in for any of the treatments.


Little ones are likely to spend about 98 per cent of their time here in the sea, so you might want to bring rash vests with you.

Book ahead

It's best to book babysitting, excursions and spa treatments before arrival, so as to avoid disappointment.


The hotel sells ‘crystal water’ (mineral water), and puts profits towards building a mineral water supply for the children at Con Dao primary school, so that they have clean water for drinking and cooking.

Food and drink

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By the Beach: the name says it all. The relaxed wave-spying main restaurant is decorated in pretty shades of mangrove-green, with tables set up on the deck and in an open-air dining room that suits families and lovebirds equally well. Expect unpretentious Vietnamese cuisine – chicken, peanut and onion salad; seafood stir-fry; pho ga (chicken noodle soup) – and European options: chicken, liver and mushroom parfait, for example. There’s also Vietnamese by the Market, where local Miss Lan prepares traditional dishes cooked to her family recipes (don’t leave without having hot pot). The dining room is housed in one of the Market Place’s open shop fronts, and mimics a traditional Vietnamese restaurant: kitchen at the back; bowls and baskets overflowing with weird and wonderful produce by the entrance.

Family fare

Highchairs, kids cutlery and plates are available at the restaurants; By the Beach has a kids menu with options such as fish goujons, pasta and fruit skewers with chocolate sauce. Children will love the ice-cream and sorbet menu, which features over 20 flavours to choose from. Minibars are stocked with nuts, chocolates and soft drinks (let staff know in advance if you or your brood have any special or dietary requests). Packed lunches can also be ordered from the restaurant.

Hotel Bar

Bar by the Market has a comprehensive drinks menu – 13 pages and counting. Choose a bottle or glass or two of wine, a classic cocktail (between 5pm and 7pm, the bar holds No Rush Hour, with two-for-one tipples), or cool down with a non-alcoholic milkshake or sorbet frosty. Kids are allowed in the bar at all times.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 10.30am; lunch from 11.30am to 3.30pm and dinner is dished up from 7pm to 10.30pm. The last drinks are mixed around 11.30pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    You’ll get a sea breeze wherever you sit, but the views are indisputably best from the deck, which is lit with lanterns and fairy lights at night.

  • Room service

    The hotel offers an imaginative ‘in-villa dining’ service from 7am until midnight, including drinks, light meals and local snacks such as home-made taro or vegetable crisps. There’s a special menu tailored to tots; you can also request mini portions of regular dishes. If you want your wine fridge pre-stocked with bottles, call ahead.


    Deli’cious, the Tuscan-style deli, serves light lunches, salads, sandwiches and snacks, to eat in or take back to the comfort of your room. Garlic and hams hang from the ceilings; you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a little Italian village shop.


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Parent approved

‘Little Smiths can play on the sand and in the sea, or take part in arts and craft sessions and guided walks at the free kids club. Adults will be seduced by the stellar dining and wining; the whole family will be wowed by Con Son’s natural beauty.’

Smith & Family

Kids Club

Centrally located in the Market Place and designed for 4–12s, Sense of Laughter kids club offers a vast range of free activities, many of which are tied to the local area and encourage children to learn about Vietnam. Example sessions include kite design, paper-lantern workshops and visits to local schools. There’s a focus on cookery – pizza-making classes and smoothie-making sessions – as well as on outdoor activities: body boarding and learning to snorkel in the main pool, for example. The club is open daily, from 9am until 5pm.


Babysitting is US$12 an hour (this increases late at night); book at least one day ahead.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Bottles • Bottle warmers • Travel cots • Wooden cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Baby monitors • Nappy bins • Pushchair • Infant car seat • Baby carrier • Sun tents • Playpen • Soft toys • Jumparoo • Sand pit • Crayons • Board books

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Potties • Buggy • Socket covers • Playpen • Sun tents • Swimming aids • Toddler-proof toys • Bicycles • Bike helmets • Sandpit • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• Car booster seats • Wellington boots • DVD library • Bikes to borrow • Board games • Craft materials • Giant chess • Doll's house • Lego • Ping-pong table • Wii consoles • XBox • PlayStation


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Things to do

Expect to spend the majority of your time here on the beach or in the water, befriending the local marine life with a snorkelling or squid fishing trip, perhaps. The Market Place and its lures will also keep you busy: there are restaurants, a deli and shops to explore. Don’t leave without unwinding in the spa or trying a cocktail or fresh juice in the family-friendly bar. All ages will enjoy cycling around the island on the hotel’s bikes. Have a cookery class, too.

Sunny days

Over 220 acres of grounds feature cycling trails (bikes with child seats are available to borrow at no charge), walking paths, tennis courts and during the summer, a maize maze. Make the most of the watersports on offer here: ask staff to arrange diving trips and snorkelling sessions. You can take a boat trip to the nearby islands, if you want to swap the hotel’s beach for an undiscovered expanse of golden sand. Guests can also go squid fishing or windsurfing, or set off on guided hikes and treks into the national park or heritage excursions. If you're feeling adventurous, borrow bikes and cycle to the local village (staff will give you maps for the 20-minute ride). Begin days the right way with a morning yoga session on the beach.

Rainy days

Frazzled mums and dads should book babysitters or drop their sprogs off at the kids club and head to the spa. Signature treatments include the Vietnamese Journey – a body polish using fresh Con Dao Hat Bang almonds, oatmeal and yoghurt, a body wrap made with honey, milk and white clay and a Vietnamese hair wash – or the Island Coffee treatment, in which your limbs will be scrubbed with a mixture of Vietnamese Buon Me Thuot coffee, local sea salt and carrot and coconut oil. Sign up for a cookery class with Miss Lan, who’ll have you making authentic Vietnamese cuisine before you can say ‘pho ga’.

And there's more…

The hotel has a novel way of feeding the local fish – guests can simultaneously perfect their putt and help the environment by lobbing biodegradable golf balls into the ocean – the balls turn into fish food once they’re in water.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Look out for the area’s famous black squirrels in the national park.

Don't miss…

stopping for a refreshing iced coffee in the local village, after your cycle ride.

Six Senses on Con Dao Island has its own unspoiled beach with golden sands and calm waters, a brilliant natural playground for families. Staff offer boat trips to the nearby jungle-clad islands; you can also hire bikes (some fitted with baby seats) to wheel around the evergreen forests and to explore the local, unspoiled village, where you’ll be the only tourists – unless other guests beat you to it.

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Six Senses Con Dao
Dat Doc Beach, Con Dao District, Ba Ria Vung Tau Province, Vũng Tàu, Vietnam
Hotel setting

Mangroves, sea and sand

Getting There

Six Senses Con Dao sits on Con Son, one of 16 islands in the Con Dao archipelago in southern Vietnam. Set on its own private stretch of beach, it has views of evergreen forests and the other jungle-clad islands dotting the East Vietnamese Sea.


The closest airport is tiny Con Dao, 5km away (a 20-minute ride to Six Senses, in the hotel's car). Direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) are offered by Vietnam Air Services Company. Ho Chi Minh City is the closest international airport; it's a 45-minute flight from here to Con Dao. Please note that the property offers a free round-trip transfer to and from Con Son Airport. Guests who wish to make use of this service, must advise arrival and departure flight details at the time of booking. The property can assist you with domestic air-ticket purchases. You will have priority check in procedure at domestic terminal and Domestic VIP lounge access at Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat airport. If you wish to make use of this service, kindly contact the resort's reservations department at least 10 days prior to arrival.


Don’t even picture yourself in a 4x4 – the island is tiny and unspoiled; instead, the hotel will lend you bikes and maps.

Parent travel tip

Bring some books and colouring pencils for the wait at Ho Chi Minh City airport, where you’ll pick up the connecting flight to Con Dao Islands. On the connecting flight, look out for Elephant Mountain, which looks like an elephant lying down. The hotel is directly below the mountain, should you have calls of ‘Are we there yet?’


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Six Senses Con Dao – has been selected and approved by parents.

Smith & Family

At Six Senses Con Dao, you can spot black squirrels in a national park, go cycling in the forest, spend a night on the beach under the stars, learn to make pizza and Vietnamese street food (or just eat them in the deli and restaurant) and be scrubbed with carrot and coconut in the spa. Little Smiths can play on the sand and in the sea, or take part in arts and craft sessions and guided walks at the free kids club. Adults will be seduced by the stellar dining and wining; the whole family will be wowed by Con Son’s considerable natural beauty.

By Smith & Family

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