Dat Doc Beach | Huyen, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Vietnam
Travelers' Choice 2017
Certificate of Excellence 2016
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
a fairy tale of Con Dao paradise
Apr 28, 2017
I've been to Six Sense with family and it was a wonderful experience for all 3 generations of us. We have enjoyed the nature in the most natural and original...
I've been to Six Sense with family and it was a wonderful experience for all 3 generations of us. We have enjoyed the nature in the most natural and original beauty. The water was so crystal clear and tranquil, in which we could see fish swimming around us. My little girls happily explored the beach with little sea animals. While my brother took his adventure with the rocks long the beach or snorkeling in the turquoise water. The view from our room is stunning in different shades of lights throughout the day. Six Sense also provides the best service and facilities to accommodate our memorable stay. The room villa is spacious and full of natural light and air. The team is friendly, courteous and kind; they always make sure we are happy with their gentle care. Six Sense is among very few places which we feel emotionally touched and for sure we are coming back!
Had a wonderful stay in Con Dao. A private island retreat off the mainland of Vietnam. The resort was first class and we met wonderful staff members who made the...
Had a wonderful stay in Con Dao. A private island retreat off the mainland of Vietnam. The resort was first class and we met wonderful staff members who made the stay even better. We are at all the restaurants and all are excellent
We had an amazing family holiday here! This was a luxury break after 4 days of sight seeing in Saigon and before we headed up North to Hoi An. Beautiful...
We had an amazing family holiday here! This was a luxury break after 4 days of sight seeing in Saigon and before we headed up North to Hoi An. Beautiful resort on a stunning island. Worth the long trip from Norway! We have stayed at a few Aman resorts around the world and the Six Senses Con Doa is now my favourite place. Wonderful.
Friendly staffs, beautiful environment, good weather, countless stars at night, tasty food, good spa. Can't describe how happy I am to choose this place to spend some quality time with...
Friendly staffs, beautiful environment, good weather, countless stars at night, tasty food, good spa. Can't describe how happy I am to choose this place to spend some quality time with my fiancee. Definitely coming back
My wife, young son and I are currently staying at Six Senses Con Dao. It is a magical place: the location alone justifies a visit, with some of the clearest...
My wife, young son and I are currently staying at Six Senses Con Dao. It is a magical place: the location alone justifies a visit, with some of the clearest water we've ever seen lapping a beautiful crescent shaped beach and a postcard perfect horizon dotted with enchanting islands from every part of the resort.
There is so much to love about this resort: waking to stunning views, an ocean swim followed by a refreshing dip in the private villa pool, followed by an excellent breakfast with more breathtaking views. Exceptionally friendly and helpful staff (a special mention to the lovely Rachel, our tireless personal concierge), a beautiful spa, friendly kids club and the quaint marketplace of shops, restaurant and bar that form the hub of the resort. And ending a relaxing day with beautiful flavours from the excellent Vietnamese restaurant.
So why only three stars?
Our experience of the rooms has been the one let down in an otherwise fantastic stay. And I'll start by saying that the rooms are still beautiful and would have been magnificent when new.
In our first villa, the heavy sliding wooden doors to our rooms were very difficult to open and required real effort: my wife wasn't able to open and close them at all.
The windows facing the ocean were impossible to open at all, so we weren't able to enjoy the cooling sea breezes. On inspection the sliding mechanisms for both the windows and doors are badly rusted and in dire need of replacement. The door locking mechanisms itself were badly buckled (appears to be an inferior construction) and difficult to operate: at one point we weren't able to unlock our door at all and had to wait outside for a handyman to unlock it.
Most concerning was on our second floor balcony where a number of the vertical pickets (probably half a dozen) were loose and our 1-year old son managed to pull one off, creating a gap that he could potentially have fallen through, and revealing badly rusted nails. The top rail had badly sun-damaged and peeling paint that left it rough so you couldn't lean on the balcony rail at all.
The villa was generally in need of some TLC, with rough floorboards on the balcony and the outside stairs in need of sanding and oiling to bring them back to an acceptable condition.
Rachel was incredibly helpful in response to our concerns, and quickly mobilised workmen to attempt to fix the issues and eventually moved us to another villa. She tried to upgrade us but there was no availability in the next category, and we have been offered a free meal as an alternative, which is a nice gesture.
The villa we have been moved to has recently had some minor cosmetic renovations, with all the flooring and stairs sanded and the balcony refreshed. But it still has the same issues with the door and window movement and door locks, meaning we can't lock our villa when we leave it. There are also some loose floorboards both in our bedroom and on the balcony, and one of the windows in our bathroom has a cracked pane of glass.
There are renovations being done on a couple of the nearby villas and it appears they are in the process of making some upgrades. But from what we've seen this is well overdue and should have commenced before the issues became this obvious to guests.
We have had a great stay here and will leave with fond memories; but it could have been perfect if some basic expectations were met: being able to open, close and lock doors and windows, and having a safe balcony.
We are loyal to our preferred hotel brands and tend to stay with these brands when we can; Four Seasons and One&Only for example. These brands don't have resorts in Vietnam so we are trying Six Senses for the first time (we are moving to their sister property in Ninh Van Bay tomorrow).
Hopefully the condition will be a little better and we will consider staying with Six Senses again. We suggest checking with management when booking to request a renovated room.