Today as I was researching different resorts in SE Asia I came across three that stood out to me. The first one, located in the archipelago islands, is the Six Senses Con Dao. This unique all-villa resort has one of the finest looking beachest I’ve ever seen matching its creative modern architecture. Sadly rates start in the $700 range for the smallest villa which happens to be 194 square meters (about 2000 square feet).
The next resort I want to share is also located in the islands of Cambodia. Song Saa consists of two private island connected by footbridge. It has 27 villas, 16 of which are overwater, each with a design that TripAdvisor reviewer says, “Makes you want to take your clothes off”.” Unfortunately this all comes at a cost. In the low season a one bedroom jungle villa starts at $668 a night, but does include all food, laundry, house spirits, transfers, phone calls, tours around the island and watersports.
The third resort is Soneva Kiri by Six Senses, located in Thailand. Soneva is the Aman-like collection of Six Senses making them “Intelligent Luxury”. Your journey starts at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport where a representative from the resort will greet you at the jetway of you incoming flight and escort you to their private section of the Thai Airways Silk Class lounge, where you will wait for you flight to the resort. Soneva Kiri uses a private eight-seater Cessna Caravan to transport guests to their private landing strip near the resort. After the hour long flight you will be greeted by your butler (or Mr. Friday as they like to call them). After a five minute boat ride from the landing strip to the resort you will be shown to your villa. The smallest villas/suites are over 350 square meters (thats over 3700 square feet)! Whats unique about the property is their No News No Shoes policy where they urge you to stay casual by wearing no shoes. Even the staff don’t wear shoes because there’s no need, the sand is so soft. What’s great is that everything is included, from the minibar to the excursions and even the flight there. After all who wants to be worried about being nickeled and dimed when you’re on vacation? Rates start at a cool $2000 a night, so that minibar must be pretty good.