Six Senses Laamu
The only resort in the Laamu Atoll, the Six Senses Laamu embodies barefoot luxury at its finest.
Not only does the resort boast sumptuous accommodation and wonderful marine life, but it’s also kept ahead of the curve by offering guests everything from surfing to wellness packages. Families are well catered for too, with generously proportioned villas available and a kids club, and they coexist happily alongside honeymooners.
Facilities & Activities
A house reef surrounds around two thirds of the island – so little wonder that the snorkelling right off the Villas is world class. You can also dive with manta rays at Manta Point, an 8-minute boat ride away.
A pod of almost 100 dolphins visit most evenings and turtles come here to nest from May through to September. To watch the hatchlings in action, and dig channels into the sea to help them find their way, your butler can wake you at around 3am so you don’t need to wait up.
Each guest is allotted their own butler, who is always at the end of a phone to cater to your every whim, from booking surf lessons to arranging private candlelit dining. You’re given bikes to get around the island and there’s also a well-equipped gym with a fabulous sea view, as well as an open-air rooftop studio where classes in meditation and yoga – including aerial yoga – are held.
Six Senses is known for its fantastic spas and the one here is top notch. Treatment rooms are quirkily designed to resemble giant birds nests, and the highly-skilled therapists offer personal consultations and holistic treatments, such as massages and facials that use natural Maldivian ingredients.
There is also a decent surf break and a school offering surfing lessons. Other available water sports include scuba diving, water-skiing and wakeboarding, paddle boarding, windsurfing and sailing, and island hopping trips can also be arranged.
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With 6 bars and restaurants to choose from, the resort satisfies all tastes. The seafood is exquisite, and herbs and vegetables are grown on-site where possible. A children’s menu is available (and under 6 years eat for free), offering everything from fish fingers and spaghetti bolognese to healthy roasted tomato soup. Vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan dishes are also available.
On the water’s edge and spread over different levels, The Chill Bar is the best spot to enjoy a sundowner, while Leaf offers fine-dining fare overlooking the organic garden. Sip Sip has a swim-up bar and is ideal for laid-back lunches of salads, ceviche and fresh burgers. The overwater Longitude restaurant is where the wonderfully comprehensive buffet breakfast is served and is also a good position for glimpsing dolphins.
Children and big kids will love the bottomless ice cream stand, that serves more than 40 flavours, including chocolate cookie and black pepper and strawberry.
Expect oodles of space, and decor that makes the most of natural materials such as wood, linen and thatch. Showers are outside, but still feel luxurious and offer privacy, and many villas offer upper and lower decks, plus direct beach access.
All Villas sleep 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old. The best bet for families are one of the Two-Bedroom Villas, which can sleep up to 4 adults and 6 children or 2 adults and 8 children on either two king beds or four twin beds. There are also 4 Family Villas which have private pools and treetop decks, complete with comfy seating areas ideal for spending quality time together watching the sunset over the ocean.
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There are plenty of family-friendly touches here. A dedicated children’s club, The Den, offers a wide range of activities and games, including treasure hunts, arts and crafts, ball games and snorkelling. Toys, baby chairs, cots and family-friendly activities are available around the resort. Parents and children can enjoy card games, table tennis and a cinema under the stars together.
Babysitting services are available on request (from $15 per hour – subject to change). In the restaurant’s, children under 6 years dine for free, and those aged 7-12 years get 50% off food and drink.
All Villas can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old. Beach Villas are recommended for families with small children, while larger parties should look to book a more spacious Family Villa (sleeping 2 adults and 2 children) or a Two-Bedroom Beach Villa, which sleeps up to 4 adults and 6 children.
Sustainability and marine conservation are key in the resort, and there’s a staff of 3 marine conservationists on hand to inform guests about this.
Set in the remote Laamu Atoll on the island of Olhuveli, this is one of the Maldives’ more isolated properties. You’ll need to take a 55-minute flight from Malé as well as a 15-minute speedboat transfer to get there. But once you set foot in the resort, you’re rewarded by vibrant coral reefs, pods of dolphins and even nesting turtles. As the only resort in this atoll, you get the satisfying feeling of being a castaway living a charmed existence!
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