Six Senses, Con Dao, Vietnam

If you crave a soul-soothing retreat for your first week of wedded bliss, we've found the place. Con Dao is off the radar, nestled between mangroves, scrubby hills and beach on an island south of mainland Vietnam.

This is a resort for serious spa goers, focusing on immersive wellness. The jewel in the crown is the Yogic Detox programme, a combo of sunshine, stretching and spa.

There's personalised yoga on a hillside terrace, and meditation to calm minds that are still jumbled by wedmin.

Flit back to your day bed and sip from a coconut through a lemongrass straw, brought to you by the charming Ha, your appointed GEM (Guest Experience Maker).

As dusk falls, slope off to the spa - an evocative cocoon offering massages, wraps, and fabulous Thai and Vietnamese facials. Book in for the Herbal Healer body treatment, which uses turmeric, ginger and tamarind to combat cellulite and detoxify.

For those 'on the programme', the food is sugar- and carb-free, but scrumptious - we loved the poached chicken in lemongrass broth.


Split-level villas come with colossal bathrooms and outdoor monsoon showers, with glass walls that open on to your own terrace and stunning infinity pool. The view of fishing boats bobbing on the horizon is alluring - everything you hoped Vietnam would be.

WOW FACTOR: Green and Hawksbill turtles come to nest on Con Dao - visit between May and October to see the new hatchlings scurry into the sea.

GO: Kuoni ( offers five nights from £1,849 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers

FLIGHT TIME: 12 hours