Destinations, Travel

Wellness & Adventure on Con Dao Island

A wellness holiday doesn’t necessarily require a retreat program to achieve results. Sometimes it’s as simple as spending quiet time in nature to restore balance to your mental, physical and spiritual health.

Only 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Con Dao feels like a world away from modern life. 

Though better known as a prison island among the Vietnamese, Con Dao today is increasingly becoming popular as a quiet island retreat. There are no tall buildings, noise or pollution since 80% of the island is a protected national park.

If you’re seeking an escape and a stress-free holiday, staying at Six Senses Con Dao is the best choice on the island. Their spacious luxury eco chic villas have all the amenities you’ll need, including butler service, so that you’ll never have to leave your villa except, of course, for a spa treatment. The spa is located at the opposite end of the resort near the foothills of Loi Voi Mountain. The rustic Six Senses Spa offers a true immersion in nature experience with a bamboo spa design and selection of natural spa treatments from sunburn soother to herbal healing. In addition to the spa, all guests at Six Senses Con Dao can take advantage of the wellness offerings such as yoga, reiki and fitness coaching.

“Con Dao is a playground for nature lovers. Most of the island is a designated national park with a range of interesting activities to explore”

The Con Dao National Park offers a number of guided jungle hikes on the island offering an excellent opportunity to learn about the island’s biodiversity and indigenous botany. Exploring Con Dao’s nearby islands is another popular activity. These untouched islands have beautiful white sand beaches and clear calm turquoise waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling.  Con Dao’s variety of marine life and pristine corals make it an ideal location for diving enthusiasts. If you’re lucky, you may see the endangered Dugong (same family as a manatee) swimming in the sea or see the green turtle egg hatching on one of the islands.

For the cycling enthusiasts, Con Dao offers the perfect environment for cycling (with the exception of the heat and humidity). The roads are well paved without the dense traffic that you find in most parts of Vietnam. The coastline offers some spectacular views with challenging hill climbs.

So whether you choose to just chill on a beach or in a spa or venture out for a more active holiday, Con Dao offers a great break for both types of holidaymakers.