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Six Senses Laamu
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Olhuveli Island, Laamu Atoll, 20015   |  
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“Amazing place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

Six senses laamu is an amazing location and place to stay. If you want to escape the traditional marble and sanstone luxury hotel this is for you. All organic and using natural products to built the hotel the island is an oasis. We styed in Ocean villa 19 which i recommend to anyone wanting absolute privacy thats close to activites. Our GEM Hannah was fantastic and every member of staff was proffesional and went above and beyond.
The food and wine selections were amazing and all at reasonable prices which surprises us before we went. The day spa was beautiful and there were more than enough activites to keep you occupied. The gym was well fitted out with the best view in the world. We will definantly be coming back and thank everyone at the resort for making out hooneymoon so special

Room Tip: Stay on Jetty A, 18 or 19 were perfect locations
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

We have been to many Maldivian islands,including both Sonevas (same group), and Six Senses Laamu is at least as lovely as any of them. The water villas are beautiful and spacious, the ambiance superb, and its a great place for total relaxation. Breakfasts were excellent,with an early start worthwhile to sit right out by the sea. For lunch my wife very much enjoyed the buffet each day, while I availed of the "starter only", which allowed, amongst other things, a selection of the marvellous hams and cheeses available. The dinner menu was good, with more variety than often available in the Maldives. I should also mention the friendly and always helpful sommelier. The bar was pleasant, and with good service, though while we were there a poor live duo detracted from the atmosphere (like a particularly bad Carpenters covers band).
The dive team were friendly, helpful, and really keen to ensure your experience was a good one, and the dive boat was lovely, with a comfy sunroof.
The spa was mostly excellent, but could be better. The changing room/steam area is little more than a small bathroom. Two people would certainly constitute a crowd; compared with other islands this is very poor. However, you are then led up a lovely wooden walkway into what I can only describe as a luxury treehouse- gorgeous. Great therapists and a wonderful setting, but at a price. An hour's massage, including taxes, came to 192 dollars each. I think they are in danger of testing clients' limits there.
Our arrival went well, though our Guest experience chap was far from polished. We had requested jetty "A", and he took us to jetty "C", and said we could move if we wished (we did). Occupancy was very low, so it might have been easier to take us to jetty "A" in the first place.
He asked us about our flight back from Male to the UK(information he should have had) and we told him that it was at 13.45. He said that we would probably have to get a 6am flight from a local island and wait at the airport (for 6-7 hours). Though we explained that this was unacceptable it took nearly a week to sort out, and then only when my wife made a proposal which was accepted by Martigne, the manageress. We caught an early flight, but then had a speedboat waiting for us at Male and went to Soneva Gili for breakfast and relaxation by the pool. Our guest experience man was very keen to tell us how much it was costing them to send us to Soneva Gili- information that we had no interest in.
We spoke to several other guests and a member of staff about the transfer and discovered that this is a big problem for them- at the moment there are not enough people to fill flights and so long waits are common. This need addressing urgently.
Soneva Gili, by the way, gave us excellent hospitality.
I would return to Laamu, but only if I was convinced that they had the transfer problem solved.
I would go for a villa on the left hand side of jetty "A" for an uninterrupted view. Somewhere between number 4 and 11 would be about right.
I feel sure that in time this island will be the equal of the Soneva islands, but in my view it isn't there yet.

Room Tip: Jetty "A" villa number between 4 and 11. Be aware of transfer issues.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

We loved this hotel! It was our first time at 6 senses and we were not disappointed: the great attention to details, charming rooms and sense of peace were really amazing. This was my 3rd trip to Maldives and I found Laamu to be the best atoll I strayed so far. The island is big enough not to get bored, the beach is really beautiful and the house reef great. We stayed in the water villa and were very happy with our room, even more since they accommodate our request to be on sunset side and at the end of the jetty. Our Gem, Wenlin, was also great and helped us to understand all the options available while not being too invasive, something I was really afraid off. Since I am pregnant I cannot do every activity I would usually do, like scuba diving and water sky, but I still enjoyed a lot my 7 days at Laamu and didn’t feel bored at all, especially thanks to the wonderful house reef. The gym is also really nice and was great to exercise by looking at the fantastic lagoon. The only thing that I can complain is the prices of the food. There is nothing inclusive in the room rate, not even breakfast, and I found the almost $60 dollar buffer breakfast a bit too pricey, especially if you are looking for an “European” start of the day and not a full American breakfast. Dinner was also really expensive with for example beach BBQ at more than $200 each, beverages excluded! We stayed at Four Season and Ritz before and did not find the prices of food and extra so high in comparison. Anyway, we would still recommend 6 Senses Laamu and are already thinking about the next 6 senses experience, but be aware of the extras you will have to spend to enjoy fully the vacation!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

We spent three nights at a beach villa here - it really is a magical place. It's about a 50 minute flights from Male - this was on top of a 16 hour flight but it's well worth the journey.

We were warmly greeted by the General Manager Martine and her team who looked after us like we were old time friends. Our GEM (guest experience maker) was Hannah - who was always really pleasant and helpful.

We had some fantastic meals on the Island too - a memorable one being the Asian buffet night where we sampled some local Maldivian cuisine.

Could happily have stayed here for longer.
Fantastic resort - congrats to the team & thank you for making it so memorable.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

Resort-
The resort itself is absolutely beautiful and how far removed it is from the airport and other resorts made it feels isolated and the sea life and house reef was amazing. The island is bigger than Soneva Gili, which we enjoyed riding around on our bikes. We saw turtles, spotted eagle rays and a ton of fish right outside our water villa. The dive operations had a great staff and new equipment, however the free snorkeling gear was a bit sub par. The gym is basic but overlooks the water with great views. There is a beach on the opposite side of the water villas that offers water sports and lounge chairs, we did snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding.

The room-
Smaller than Gili but better designed, we like the bathroom being off the main bedroom with the shower outside. We never used the tv but the design was neat between the outdoor bathroom and bedroom. The outside deck and sun loungers was amazing, we oddly never used the sunk in table. The housekeeping service was excellent and timed their services perfectly to when we'd be out at breakfast or dinner. Internet service in the room was great.

The food-
Its hard to give this a fair rating, we were disappointed with the staff's service and execution of our orders. Like getting the wrong ice cream flavors even though they wrote down your order and repeated it. Asking for a vegetarian meal and the server saying he didn't have anything, so you ask for wok-fried tofu instead of wok-fried seafood and they return with a soggy bowl of noodles. We had some other issues with getting vegetarian food, but once the executive chef got involved everything cleared up and service and food were absolutely amazing. The breakfast is fantastic and delicious and the husband really enjoyed the fish tacos for lunch. The dinner manager at Chill was excellent and did everything he could for us.

The wine-
Great selection, great sommelier, fun wine tasting in the 2 story wine 'cellar' Altitude

The not-so-great-
Our original domestic flight was rerouted to Gan so although we landed in Male at 2:30 pm, we didn't arrive at the resort to around 10 pm. If a private charter or seaplane was added, the overall experience would be much better.
Our Gem was very nice but didn't really do anything for us except arrange when our flights were leaving.
I was asked if I wanted a free back massage at 3 pm at Chai and showed up there and no one was there.
I wanted to go to the gift store on the way out but the shop was closed and no one could open it. I understand it wasn't during operating hours, but we had stopped by the night before when it was supposed to be open and the door was locked.

In summary, the resort was great and we're really glad we went. If comparing it to Gili, we felt that the location and sea life was much better but the service and food at Gili was far superior. I think we were slightly spoiled by our first Six Senses experience being at a Soneva property and were expecting the same type of quality.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012 via mobile

What a place...! This is THE place to chill out and recharge.

Being the only resort in the atoll, it's like having a private lagoon to yourself. If the resort is full (which I hope it always is, we want it to stay here), you can still feel the peace and tranquility you might want from a desert island vacation.

The food is great and chefs from across the world are working tirelessly to provide fresh, well cooked dishes to suit all tastes. The wine list is magnificent and spans the globe. It is served up with marvellous panache by their resident Sommelliers, Meridith and Ankush. If wine is not your thing, then it's cocktails or cold refreshing beer to quench your thirst.

There's a fabulous spa with knowledgable therapists, ready to soothe away your stress - or if it's exercise you're after, then head to the ocean view gym or yoga pavilion for
the gentlest of yoga workouts or the most vivacious dance routines with an inspirational teacher, Elmer.

But for me, it was the ocean that really held the magic. Ten colours blue like you've never seen. Water sports are abundant, from SUP to wake boarding or kite surfing - and great tuition is available if you've never tried before. There's an in house dive school run by great friendly staff who are happiest when they're with you in a great dive. With only Laamu guests diving in the lagoon, it makes for
spectacular, hassle free, tranquil diving...

Or just hang out, in your magnificently appointed over water or beach villa. Or, if you fancy, in the hammocks in the bar where a cold glass of something delicious is at arms length..

The whole shebang is presided over by Marteyne, the general manager, who will more often than not, greet you on the pier and then do everything to ensure her fabulous team make sure you have the holiday of your dreams..

Go, it's amazing, I for one, will be back... Thank you everyone at Laamu for making my stay there so memorable...

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

This was our second visit to a Maldives Six Senses property and our first to Laamu. Despite the fact that it is less than a year old, things are running very smoothly for the resort. For starters, they have picked a beautiful island with much to see and do. The dive shop is fully equipped and you can rent snorkel gear for free. Or if you wish to dive (as my partner and I did) the instructors are wonderful and the dive locations are spectacular and a short boat ride away. We rented the complimentary catamaran from the water sports shop for a couple days of sailing; a fantastic thing to do when the winds pick up. The restaurants were not disappointing with a lot of options (considering the size of the resort), and the in-room dining was equally great. Our room was fantastic... we marveled over the design and attention to detail. The outdoor glass bathtub (see photos) was very, very cool. You could even swivel the television from inside the room to outside and watch it from there. The outdoor dining/living space facing the water was a great place for us to while away the day. The house reef directly in front of our villa offered amazing snorkeling, right at our fingertips. When we wanted some sand we road our bikes, which they give you upon arrival, to the other side of the island and indulged in the cabanas and dining service.

It is the resort's attention to detail that we valued most. The wonderful food and beverage manager, Jordi, thoughtfully suggested we have a sunrise breakfast on the small sand island in front of the main resort area. Another memorable meal we had was the 'zero carbon dinner'. It was at the picturesque waterfront tables and the food was delicious... and guilt-free. We also enjoyed a cocktail-making class with a bartender. He showed us how to work fresh herbs (which they harvest from the island's gardens) into our delicious drinks. What fun!

The service was wonderful. The local Maldivian staff members were very friendly, but not obtrusive. Housekeeping was amazing. Our GEM was great. The waitstaff and the employees at the dive shop and water sports center were equally wonderful. Even Martyn, the resort manager was very friendly and greeted us when we arrived.

Lastly, the sustainability platform is not a gimmick. Six Senses hotels and resorts have always been environmentally conscious, and long before it became a fad and a sales pitch for the hotel industry to do so. My partner and I really value their efforts to keep the Maldives the paradise that it is.

It was an outstanding five days for us... we can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: We stayed on Jetty A towards the end with a view of sandbank island. It was perfect for us because i...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Olhuveli Island, Laamu Atoll, 20015
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Location: Maldives > Laamu Atoll > Olhuveli Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Olhuveli Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Six Senses Laamu 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dolphins spin all along the shores of Six Senses Laamu, located in the pristine Laamu Atoll. From Male’ Airport, it is just a forty minute flight along the beautiful Maldivian coastline followed by a short speed boat trip. Offering 97 villas, both overwater and on the beach, and an abundance of dining options, water sports, spa and other great activities. Service is second to none with your butler overseeing every need from arrival to departure. ... more   less 
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