The Six Senses resort, in Vietnam’s Con Dao Island, is where eco meets luxury. Emerging from sand dunes, the resort’s suites, villas and restaurants are supported with sustainable timber frames and operate at low energy and conservation levels. The award-winning project, designed by Reda Amalou and AW² Architecture, has been benchmarked by green World Tourism Organization, Green Globe 21.
With the focus of conservation and sustainability, AW² sought to build an unobtrusive resort and residence, that draws attention to the local ecology and nature. Both the materials and the labor for construction were locally sourced, which is another reason that timber was used, aside from aesthetics. Since a large portion of energy sucked up by resorts is from air conditioning, AW² designed each room to maximize natural ventilation. Functional windows are installed throughout each structure for cross ventilation. Over hanging roofs were also installed to provide shade, and to cool interiors naturally.
The 39 suites and 15 villas are positioned along a mile of white beach, and in front of mountains, rainforest and rivers. A large elevated wooden pedestrian bridge brings guests from the river all the way to the beach, providing a spectacular view along the way. The resort pavilions include pools, a multi dining room restaurant and social terrace areas, all within beach view.
Six Senses boasts only 35 rooms, and is the only hotel on the island, giving an incredible sense of isolation and tranquility. AW² calls this “luxury at the end of the world,” where privacy and simple luxury connect guests with the beauty of the natural environment of Vietnam.