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“Perfect honeymoon destination”
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Six Senses Laamu
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Olhuveli Island
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“Perfect honeymoon destination”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

A long way to travel from Australia but absolutely worth the effort. From the moment we touched down in Male every little detail was taken care of to ensure ease of transfer to the island. Once there we were greeted by a number of senior staff members who maintained a strong presence throughout the stay ensuring that everything was just right. We were introduced the our personal GEM - guest entertainment manager who helped plan our itinerary of activities with us. This meant at no point did we feel rushed to do things or that we were missing out on anything and were just able to kick back and enjoy our honeymoon. I don't think anything we had read or seen on the Internet could have truly prepared us for the amazing experience. Without going into too much detail, if you are looking for a truly romantic getaway with warm clear waters, beautiful coral and marine life and a place where the staff are friendly and really go the extra mile to make your time on holiday special then look no further. Very highly recommended and we are grateful we stumbled across this place amongst so many options when looking on the Internet...

  • Stayed January 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Like the reviewer below me, I can't believe people found anything to complain about at Six Senses. Unless you expect to have your own personal army of people looking after you 24/7, and picking up all your rubbish, I really don't understand the problem! The island was beautiful - and as natural as it could possibly be given it's a resort. 'No shoes' policy and no dressing for dinner was a lovely change - evenings spent in the rustic Chill bar on comfortable sofas, overlooking the sea and listening to some perfectly themed 'chill' music, was a great way to spend an evening. We actually didn't partake of any activity on the island (we didn't want to or were pushed to), apart from the Tuesday night party on the beach - cocktails, wine, beer, traditional music and dancing and a great sunset. We had a beach villa and it was perfect - quiet and private and almost no-one on the beach. Every day it was cleaned with a great turndown service in the evening. Outdoor shower and bath were a lovely novelty - even the crab who came to visit when the shower was on! Breakfast was excellent - again, sitting on comfortable sofa seats, over the reef, eating fresh fruit and waffles just cannot be beaten!! Mohamed makes the best waffles/crepes ever :) Fresh juices made to order and a great range of hot food. Definitely recommend the Asian buffet on a Friday night - great variety of food and the Maldivian cuisine and desserts were fantastic. We both had a treatment in the Spa which was lovely - inside a sort of nest structure which looked out to sea. Was so relaxing with the sea breeze coming through. I had the Indian Head Massage which was amazing!! Our GEM, Arif, made us feel very welcome and was always on hand if we needed to know something. There was also a full calendar of all activities in the villa so we always knew what was going on, when and how much. We had no problems getting there even though it was 3 flights from Hong Kong and a boat ride. Would absolutely recommend Six Senses - friendly friendly people and just a lovely place to be - total relaxation. Just remember your mosquito spray - they do tend to visit in the evenings!! Would definitely go back and already missing being so close to the sea....

Room Tip: Beach villas were excellent - so private and if you go to the upper 90's then you're close e...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed 7 nights in December 2012 in a Ocean Water Villa. Our flight arrived in Male around 8:30 AM. Shortly after, we were taken care of by a rep who helped us check-in the domestic flight. We stayed in the lounge where they provided breakfast. Wi-fi is available which is nice. Our domestic flight was around 10 AM and took less than 1 hour. A quick boat ride took us to the island, dolphins welcoming us halfway throught the trip. Very smooth and quick transfers overall.

Our check-in was quick and easy, our GEM took us to our room and explained a few things about the resort. Luggage came in shortly after. We booked an Ocean Villa and were assigned #9, halfway through the jetty. The villa is amazing. Quite big with a nice outside shower, see-through bathtub, small balcony upstairs (quite unusual in the Maldives and nice for 360° views). Very comfortable bed, great entertainement system (bring CDs / music DVDs), outdoor plaform, above the water hammocks, day beds, all-glass table. You name it, they have it. No pool but who needs a pool when you have the ocean to look at every minute of the day.

Overall, the island is very nice but not exceptional (this was our 5th time in the Maldives). They have watersports which we didn't use. Their staff did seem friendly. I went diving every morning and each time they tried to arrange and go to the diving sites that I had requested. Diving is very diverse and quite amazing with manta rays and great corals. You can dive twice a day and not get bored with dives you will repeat. Main boat and equipment are top notch, nitrox is obviously available. One good thing to know: you can dive even if no other guest is diving which is quite rare. Staff can be very friendly (David from Argentina was the best by far) or not...(I don't want to mention any name as it's not a big deal). Expect to pay very high prices, even by Maldives standards...

The food was excellent. We were on a fullboard basis so we ate every lunch and dinner and did not get bored. Lot's of stuff to choose from, very fresh fish of course. Sushi every day, lobster every night in the menu, stirloin beef, sandwiches, you name it. We're French and picky and really there's nothing but good things to say about the food. Ansani, the Executive Sous-Chef knew I loved red tuna and on our last lunch he brought 2 plates for my wife and I, compliments of the house. Very nice touch. I only had breakfast once because of diving and it was amazing, excellent fruit juices, nice pastries. The whole works, really! A special mention to Manjula, the Chill Bar Manager from Sri Lanka, whose smile will brighten your day every time! Excellent ice-cream bar where we picked our dessert twice a day as the selection is so incredible.

Service overall was very good. Staff is very friendly and available. A couple of days before checking out and because we had a very late flight out of Male (11:00 PM), we asked our GEM (the only thing we asked during the whole stay) for a complimentary late check-out. Our GEM call back the next day and said OK for a 200 € fee. My wife said no, thank you. He said it was complicated because other guests would be arriving and they would be upset if the room was not ready/available. OK but either you can and you don't charge us or you can't and well too bad for us, business is business. We took it up to John, the Resident Manager (and #2 of the resort - the GM was away on vacation) and he said he would look into it. Then, we got a slip from the front desk indicating we got a complimentary late check out which we thoroughly enjoyed till the last minute. I spoked to John just before leaving and he said it was a communication issue with the GEM and he was sorry about that, it's the sort of things that they have to improve a little on he said. Well, we sure were happy we talked to him about this as it made the end of our stay just perfect.

One last mention to Jordi, the Food and Beverage Manager from Spain, another great asset to the resort.

Like I said, heaven on earth. A five-star resort living up to its standards.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Terrigal, Australia
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We have just returned from Six Senses Laamu and can't believe that anyone could complain. It is an absolutely beautiful resort. We stayed in a lagoon villa which was great, always cleaned and tidied perfectly. The food was great albeit expensive but no more than other five star island resorts. The staff in the restaurants were great and most spoke fairly good english as well as other languages, Niyaz in Longitude was outstanding and remembered what we drank and how we liked our eggs each morning. Abidha, the lady who works in the icecream shop was most helpful and you could tell she loved her job. Our GEM Auzam was great and was a fountain of information and organised dinners and activities for us. The management team was great and were always around to say hello and ask how you were especially John the resident manager.
Overall it was a great relaxing holiday and we will certainly going back again and recomending it to anybody who asks. It is a little hard to get to but certainly worth the effort.

Room Tip: Probably not the best place to take young children
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

what can I say expect it was amazing. From the moment we arrived in Male we were greeted by the Six Senses Staff at the airport and from there it just got better. We stayed in an overwater villa which was amazing!!!!

Cooking class was great and even though we didn't see many dolphins on the dolphin cruise the experience is one I will never forget. We also had a private dinner on the beach which is something I highly recommend doing, the food was great and the service was amazing. Breathtaking views of the sunset while having dinner and sipping a class of wine with nobody else around was definitely worth the extra money.

We just LOVED IT!!!! will definitely be going back.

Room Tip: I highly recommend asking to be on jetty A if you are staying in an Overwater Villa as the other jet...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zagreb, Croatia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed January 19, 2013

The island, the villa and the reef all met our expectations. The beach is beautiful, the beach villa has enough privacy and enough space. The sea and the reef are both so beautiful so there is no need for pool. Snorkeling is amazing, although it is quite a swim to get to the sand bank along the reef. All the reviews mostly describe well the atmosphere and the beauties of the resort.

I suggest beach villas 93-89. They are at the best part of the beach, with most privacy. Water villas are very close to each other, and as they have no yard, they are quite smaller in your area than the beach villas. The only difference is in beach villa you have mosquitos, in water villa you don't.

I have several remarks:
- Service:
- our housekeeper leaves the lights on and the windows and doors wide open in the evening while we are on dinner- mosquitos did not let us brush our teeth after that, he never once went down to our beach beds to set the towels, or remove the sand from them. we had lunch on our upper terrace every day and he never went up to clean the terrace, so we had breadcrumbs and rice and all kinds of dried old food under the table for days (kids made the mess)
- Chilly Bar is the place where you go snorkeling, swimming. Most people go there for swimming and sunbathing after breakfast. At 11 am they still did not bring beach towels since the day before. After I asked for towels twice, they just then called housekeeping and informed me that it will take a while (!?!). I suppose the place where majority of guests go swimming should be supplied with towels before sunrise.
- service during breakfast is sometimes extremely slow, you order fruit juice and by the time it gets there, you are done with the breakfast
- the general impression on the boats that transport you or take you to fishing trips or picnic island- is that they are rather dirty

No information:
- the staff is not well informed, they can rarely competently answer your questions and the staff generally speaks very poor english so they are very hard to understand
- nobody gives you a week schedule of activities on the island, so in order to go cinema you have to figure out that there is a cinema there, and you have to inquire about time and day and the name of the movie... or you accidentally pass by the cinema and see a movie and decide to stay i.e. so we missed the concert on the beach, missed the movie...


the Den:
- the Den is the place for children, with 2-3 babysitters. When we planned our trip, we hoped we will leave the kids at the Den for a couple of hours every day and have some quiet time for ourselves. However, the first sight of the Den told us everything. It is an unattractive small and rather dark house by the beach, empty of children or joy. 3 local women, dressed with only face showing, look after the children in rather silent and dark atmosphere. There are generally no kids there, and the ones that get there either read in silence or watch cartoons. It is rather depressing. We left our kids there once for half an hour and never again. This was the biggest disappointment of all.

The management:
- no sight of general manager for the entire week!
- all compliments to Food And Beverages Managers they are the only ones that seemed to care
- it just feels as everybody else is just plainly doing their basic job and no extra effort at all
- the feeling when you are leaving the resort and front desk manager and some others come to wave good bye and they do it so unwillingly, looking at their mobile phone while waving, just not wanting to do that at all- frankly- the feeling of leaving would be better without them i.e. if they cannot do it properly they should not do it at all.

All in all- not coming back :(

Room Tip: I suggest beach villas 93-89. They are at the best part of the beach, with most privacy. Water villa...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Fantastic service in a very relaxed and dress Down environment. Beaches are perfect. So are the villas as Well as the restaurant. Snorkeling a bit disapointing as very little colors ón house reef. Staff are exceptionel

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Six Senses Laamu
Address: Laamu Atoll, 20015
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Location: Maldives > Laamu Atoll > Olhuveli Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Olhuveli Island
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Hotel Class:5 star — Six Senses Laamu 5*
Number of rooms: 97
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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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