Six Senses Con Dao opened in December of 2010 and is located south of Ho Chi Minh City; accessible by a 40-minute plane ride to the largest island of the archipelago, Con Son. Operated by Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, a hotel and spa management company, it has been recognized by National Geographic Traveller as one of the world’s top eco-lodges. In this interview, Amber Marie Beard, Vice President of Sustainability, shares with us the sustainability philosophy, features and practices at this amazing eco-lodge.
What was the motivation behind setting up such a project in Vietnam?
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas have always fit well within the Vietnamese culture. Con Dao fits perfectly as it is remote but accessible. The region is pristine, but also important for us to make a social and environmental impact; something that is very close to our operating philosophy.
Does Six Senses Con Dao have an established sustainability policy? What are the key tenets of this policy and what measures are taken to monitor performance and progress in meeting sustainability targets?
Six Senses Con Dao (SSCD) is committed to Six Senses overarching position on sustainability which is built on acknowledging, and being held accountable for, our responsibility as members in our local and global community.
We are aware that we are responsible not only to our guests but to our hosts and also the local communities and ecosystems that we develop and operate in. Six Senses sustainability is, and always has been, integrated, intuitive and innovative. Powered by passion and driven by pragmatism our actions are both measurable and meaningful.
Six Senses sustainability is at the heart of our decisions and actions as a company, hotel, resort, spa or host.
Recognizing that everything we do is designed to provide a platform for experiencing the simple beauty of nature, ensuring that we have one that is life-rich is why sustainability is much more than CSR for Six Senses; it is just good business.
Six Senses sustainability is not about sacrifice, rather it is a celebration of abundance. The unique environments, cultures and experiences we share with our guests are not meant to be experienced just once. Sustainability ensures that future generations can enjoy them with Six Senses for years to come.