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 £554.55 ($684), including tax at 15.5 per cent.
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.
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.