About this hotel
- Six Senses Spa & wellness programme.
- The only resort in Laamu Atoll.
- Unspoilt corner of the Indian Ocean – sea life in abundance.
- Diving, surfing, paddle boarding & kite surfing.
- Spacious villas with glass bottom tables and bathtubs!
- Scheduled flight (no seaplanes!).
Is this really the Maldives? It looks like Hawaii with the water photo-shopped an extraordinary shade of Turquoise. Six Senses Laamu is on an idyllic island in the more remote, southern reaches of the Maldives with some of the most unspoilt reefs and waters in the Indian Ocean. It is the perfect desert island destination with everything including eight dining venues and the most exquisite villas all built on stilts above the mesmerisingly distinct Turquoise coloured sea. Six Senses has always been a unique departure in terms of escape destinations but here in the Maldives they managed to perfect the art of being different. And they have done so with amazing style. From the silvery grey timber decks to the thatched roofs to the laid back chic of the ubiquitous massive cushions that constitute most of the furniture, this place has perfected the art of chilling. It just may be the best example of barefoot luxury in the world.
There is a choice between beach villas and water villas. Both are how I would build my own hut in Paradise - a seductive combination of bleached timber, rattan, rush and thatch combined with a bohemian twist such as the wash basins that fold away in trunks behind the bed that recall the style of Safari in the "thirties". Most importantly they are private and spacious and so well designed that you totally at home the minute you settle in.
There are several bars dotted around the island but the most interesting one is the bar on the main jetty that is entirely constructed of a multitude of layers of green glass. Variety and experience are the key words to dining here. There's "Deck-a-dence", a restaurant perched on the end of a jetty with spotlights that light up the coral and exotic fish as seen through glass floors and tables. There's also a restaurant on the beach, next to the organic garden called Leaf - a reference to the extraordinary rocket salad grown right here. From the water villas, from the bars and restaurants, from the spa and even from the gym, the view is of blazingly white beaches, impossibly turquoise waters and ubiquitous waving palm trees.
Spacious Beach and Water Villas all have King or twin sized bed. Natural materials and fabulous chill-out areas are combined with plenty of technology - air con, BOSE entertainment system, iPod docking station, flat screen TV with satellite.
Bathrooms are spacious with outdoor bathroom and rain shower and all rooms face the ocean.
Water Villas all have spectacular sunken glass bottom bathtubs suspended over the ocean, private water garden, two private decks and netting for lying out above the water. Some face the turquoise lagoon and some face the main ocean. The latter are slightly further from the main resort for extra privacy.
Beach Villas are larger with private beach access and an upper viewing deck level with the treetops. Again, they are either Lagoon or Ocean facing.
Travel Guru tips
Diving and snorkelling are obvious choices for an island with pristine, untouched thriving coral gardens. But another great experience at Laamu is surfing the 8ft Yin Yang break. There is a surf coach on hand to help you with a paddle board in the beginner waves if this is a new sport for you.
It’s a good job there is plenty of action because our favourite afternoon hangout is the Ice Cream and Chocolate Studio. Make your own or try out the fresh, organic creations.
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