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Organic Dining and Earth Lab at Vietnam’s Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Guests at the secluded five-star Six Senses Ninh Van Bay resort don’t need to book in for a specific detox. Eating clean, healthy food is simply part of the experience.
One of the most visible components of the Six Senses Earth Lab initiative, where every Six Senses property showcases their sustainability efforts to reduce consumption, produce locally, and support communities and ecosystems.
Guests are invited to visit Earth Lab to reconnect with the natural world and learn some simple life-hacks that will allow them to make a difference. The venue was named Earth to celebrate our home and source of all life, and Lab for laboratory, experimentation, innovation, and exploration.
More than 60 per cent of the products used in the restaurants at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is local, much of it grown on the property. Tour the organic garden for an hour with the resort’s “sustainability supervisor”, Ms Ngoc, and you’ll encounter 40 types of herbs, fruit and vegetables, a mushroom hut, a water heating plant that meets 70 per cent of the resort’s hot water needs, and happy chooks and roosters which roam in a large enclosure with piped classical music.
The commitment to sustainability – and respecting the land – is strong. In the “earth lab” hut, daily updates are posted on energy and water consumption per room, energy generated by solar panels, and the volume of organic food produced on site. A reverse osmosis plant makes quality still and sparkling mineral water, which is served in reusable glass bottles, eliminating the need to import branded water in plastic bottles. And there are workshops on how to make your own toothpaste using natural ingredients.
Guests who come to Six Senses specifically seeking a lifestyle reboot can choose the Integrated Wellness package, which was developed with American cardiologist Steven Gundry and other leading wellness doctors.
In addition to dietary planning, they receive a personalised health screening which can reveal areas in the body which require attention, a detailed tutorial on how to sleep better, products to boost shut-eye quality (including silky soft bamboo pyjamas) and nightly monitoring of sleep patterns.
All guests can eat well at Six Senses with the restaurants offering freshly made dishes largely free of flavour enhancers, lectins, lactose, gluten and sugar. The idea is to promote a healthy microbiome – the trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms that live in the gastrointestinal tract – to improve digestion, nutrient absorption and immunity.
Nutritional wellness is the aim, and if you follow Chef Alex‘s example, you might also lose a few unwanted kilograms.
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