A relaxing getaway and Travelling with a young child do not normally go hand in hand, but as Vinh Dao discovers, five-star luxury has a lot of perks.
Taking a family holiday with a toddler can be tough. Trying to keep up with your little one’s regimented schedule, finding them the food that they are used to having and keeping them occupied while still trying to find some alone time does not exactly make for a relaxing holiday.
So when I found out about the Family Experience at Six Senses Con Dao, I knew I had to check it out. After booking our weekend at the five-star resort, I was greeted with an email with a couple of attachments. The first inquired on special needs that we might have whilst at the resort. The second detailed the activities our toddler Olivia can experience during our stay. Items like favourite foods and special needs that only a parent would appreciate: a baby cot, changing mat, potty and a night light among other things
The Deluxe Villa we booked had an earthy feel to it with wooden slats lining the walls and wicker cupboards. Bamboo slats let in light through an ingenious pulley system and the whole flat was bathed in warm earth tones. The bathroom was almost as big as the bedroom with a huge tub, dual sinks, dual wardrobes and a sitting area. While all of this is pretty choice, it’s the personal infinity pool and the wide expanse of private beach front that are the most stunning features of the villa.
After a bit of unpacking, I opted to kick back on the king sized bed and tuck in to my Kindle. After 10 or 15 minutes, the soothing sounds of the ceiling fan were interrupted by the squeals of my excited daughter playing in the splash pool. I call up room service and order one of their detox smoothies. The rest of the day was spent enjoying quality family time.
The morning greeted us with probably the best breakfast buffet I have ever had and I have had a lot of them. There are a total of six cold buffet stations along with a whole slew of items that we could order off the menu. For those parents with fussy eaters, the resort can pretty much make anything you want. For those guests looking to tie one on early, there’s a station that serves Bloody Marys and a rotating Drink of the Morning. While having breakfast, Minh the babysitter came over to organise our baby free dinner that we booked. Babysitter at 7am, then off to a four-course wine paired with bespoke tasting menu. Life is tough.
The rest of the morning was spent walking around the resort and more importantly, checking out the Kids Club. Walking into the building which housed the club, we were greeted by Chinh and Nhung, the two lovely ladies that run the service. Our toddler ignored them as she spied the huge plush cushions that dot the room. She squealed in excitement and immediately rushed over to jump all over them. Chinh blew up a balloon and gave it to Olivia, which sent her over the moon. We couldn’t stay as Olivia needed to eat but we made arrangements for her to spend the afternoon at the Kids Club.
With some time alone, my wife and I split up. She opted to hang out by the pool while I went on a Local Life tour with experienced guides John and Jerry. The tour took us around the island to An Son Mieu Pagoda, to the hilltop Van Son Pagoda and on a tour of the harbor and the island’s market.
Olivia was having so much fun with Chinh and Nhung that it was hard to peel her away. We took a golf cart back to our villa to get ready for dinner and put Olivia to bed. Right at 7am, our babysitter arrived and we were off. We chose Vietnamese fusion as our choice of dishes and the kitchen did not disappoint. Starting with an amuse bouche of seared scallops in mango chutney and finishing with a fresh take on che troi nuoc, a Vietnamese dessert of small mung bean dumplings. The dinner was a definite highlight of the weekend
We arrived back from dinner, stuffed to the gills to a sleeping toddler and a soft bed. A perfect end to a perfect weekend.
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