Six Senses Ninh Van Bay sits on a dramatic bay that gives the feeling of an island, with impressive rock formations and overlooking the sea. A golden sand beach and towering mountains add to the sense of being intimately at one with nature. The lush and pristine tropical jungle surrounding the resort is home a vast array of endemic flora and fauna including the endangered Black-shanked Douc Langur.
The design rationale of the resort is simple and straightforward. In utilizing passive architectural strategies to the greatest extent possible and incorporating traditional architecture and local culture, the resort was conceptualized to be part of the community yet retained its own unique identity.
The Vietnamese traditional architect is blended with the Six Senses Style and illustrated within the interiors of the villas. Through the partition around the villa bathroom, roof, space, leveling and material, there is a sense of locality yet maintaining the luxurious and elegance of the brand. The space is accented with splashes of colors such as fresh green, pink and yellow in the form of signature pieces of furniture.
Without compromising functionality, the key philosophy of sustainability plays a vital role in the design as well. Materials such as certified wood, local materials, recycled and rapidly renewable materials as well as natural fibers, fabrics and flooring are used in the construction of the villas. Treatment of the timber used was taken into consideration as well; usage of chemicals was avoided thus achieving a raw wood material within the villa to further highlight the natural living. The high thatched roofs and huge floor-to-ceiling windows are also design elements to fit the aim of sustainable living.
All villas have been designed to take advantage of passive cooling and overhanging roofs creates shade for the windows, thus reducing the need for air-conditioning. Many areas are created to utilize natural ventilation as choice of cooling, thus reducing energy consumption. Where air-conditioning is required, only low energy consuming units are installed.
Each of the 59 villas features a private infinity pool, an outdoor sala and a spacious sundeck with either a lush tropical landscape setting or a breath-taking view of the Ninh Van Bay. Villas are separated by thick natural vegetation to allow for utmost privacy.
The design of the resort has been thoughtfully curated to ensure it does not become too extravagant or over-the-top. Much emphasis has been placed to allow the charm of the secluded bay take precedence while subtly contrasting that with the resort’s elegance and sophistication.
The architecture creates homely, comfortable but unique and innovative spaces that appear to have naturally evolved as a collection of structures that is true to the natural setting. Through the conservation of the jungle, and the minimal disturbance to the original landscape, the resort has internalized and respected the natural state of the setting and come to play an integral role in it.
Expressions of differentiation and exuberance are then created through the controlled use of color, art, fabric, furniture and movement within the resort to create a lasting impact.