I went here in late October 2013, and it was more disappointing than anything. I would not recommend to go here.
The island is visually stunning. The over-water villas are also beautiful and make for amazing pictures. The weather is always somewhere between 25-35 degrees (Celsius). The staff is friendly despite the language barriers of most. The snorkeling is awesome. The spa was also fantastic! We got Oriental Massages and my wife got a coconut wrap which were brilliant! By the way, they have spa deals if you book within 48 hours of arriving.
There isn't the value for the money here. In this price range you should be able to find TONS of other resorts that do a much better job. First of all, the food situation here is terrible! We tried many times to correct the problems but had to just give up. Some issues we had: My wife ordered the "spinach" and "chicken" salad 3 times and she only actually recieved 2 leaves of spinach on all three total with very little chicken. The lettuce used was something else besides spinach. The eggs cannot be cooked properly - dripping wet (even after sending them back). The veal I had was fatty with a bone in it... don't understand that. Those were just a few food issues. I wouldn't care or be picky but it is so unbelievably expensive (about $25 for a hamburger, $5 for water) that it bothers me that the food isn't better taken care of - really sad. There is also such a major language barrier between the servers and guests that most servers have little idea what you are saying. Another issue I had with this place was that guests have no idea about snorkeling etiquette. I constantly saw people standing on reefs adjusting their gear! I distinctly remember NO ONE at the Dive Center asking us or telling us anything about how to snorkel. I complained about people standing on reefs and they just said that that is a problem... Lastly, the resort claims to be eco-friendly, but they have no problem disturbing the eco system when erosion threatens to remove an island-based villa. They also spray for insects regularly - again, playing with the ecosystem. The resort should say "eco-friendly compared to other resorts".
All in all, if you are going to pay this much for a resort you are better off trying other ones. Perhaps Six Senses WAS great, but it is showing signs of wear now.
As a side note, October isn't a good time to go in my opinion. It is the end of their rainy season and at night it rains like fury from the heavens! That can be scary in the middle of the ocean in pitch blackness. The wind shook our villa.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- 6 Senses Laamu
- Six Senses Laamu Hotel Olhuveli Island
- Six Senses Laamu Laamu Atoll, Maldives