The exceptional nature of the site shaped our design intentions from the beginning. The beach, a one-kilometre long strip of white sand with its dunes and turquoise sea, is surrounded by dark rocks gliding into the sea, making the site a most dramatic setting. On the other end of the site, behind the sand dunes, a river runs along close and shaded lush tropical vegetation or mangrove, like an oasis between white sand and dark forest. These natural settings engender a feeling of remoteness, of a secluded and private site, unique with its preserved natural landscape.

Our main concern was how to protect the essence of the site and give a real identity to the resort. This implied that ecology and sustainability were foremost in our design. The project is made up of timber frame pre-assembled buildings to minimise on-site construction and to maintain maximum existing landscape. The suites are devised to offer natural through ventilation at all times as well as panoramic views of the sea whilst maintaining a high degree of privacy. Six Senses Con Dao is like a retreat where the design of the buildings and bridge circulations is scaled to the existing environment and where the choice of natural materials and textures provide a sensorial discovery of the landscape both inside and outside.

AWARDS

Top 10 Southeast Asia Resort Hotel 2021

Winner in first place by Travel + Leisure through their World’s Best Awards Survey
The Smith Hotel Awards 2013

The Eco Award Top 10
National Geographic Travelers

June July 2013, World’s Best Ecolodge
Artravel, Artravel Awards 2013

Sun Hotel
Ha+d awards

Six Senses Con Dao, April 2012
Nominated at the AFEX

Grand Prix d’Architecture 2012
MIPIM Awards 2012

‘Best Hotel & Tourism Resort’
Hotel & Lodge ‘Best Resort’

2011 Runner up
Green Good Design™ Award 2011

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design & European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
Bloomberg International Property Award

“Best International Small hotel design” 2010
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design International 

Architecture Awards 2010
Bloomberg International Property Award

Best Asia-Pacific Small Hotel 2010

5-star eco-resort
39 suites & 16 villas

26 000 m²

Six Senses Con Dao
Bai dat Doc, Con Dao district
74000 Con Dao
Vietnam
Tel : +84 64 3831 222

Photography credit: Daniel Moulinet / Aaron Joel Santos / David Mitchener

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