My wife and I were fortunate enough to travel to the Maldives in January 2014. I would have to say that I would have invested hours and hours researching other islands and resorts to make sure I was making the right choice. After speaking to my agent, I finally decided on Six Senses Laamu for the Robinson Crusoe experience and because it was the only hotel in the atoll which my wife and I really wanted to experience.
Laamu blew us away and we could not have been happier with our choice.
Transfers- we were met outside the gate by a Six Senses Rep and taken to the lounge and offered, tea, coffee and food. The rep then proceeded to organize our domestic check in whilst we lounged about for the next hour or so. A lounge attendant then collected us 10 mins prior to the flight departure time and within 50 mins we touched down at the domestic airport close to Six Senses. After a short 15-20 min speedboat ride along with some ice tea we arrived at Six Senses. I can still remember the feeling I had when I first saw the resort and the amazing over water villas jutting out into the lagoon. Ridiculous!
Staff- We were greeted at the arrivals jetty by the general managers and a whole range of people including our GEM (Guest Experience Maker) Masthooq. Masthooq proceeded to welcome us and gave us the full tour of the resort. One of the first stops is the free ice cream parlour. That’s right totally free ice cream. After getting our first double scoops, we continued on the tour and were just gobsmacked by how beautiful the resort was with the majority of it over water. There was the main restaurant, reception, Zen the Japanese restaurant and the Chill bar all on stilts sitting above the lagoon. Words fail to describe how cool this place is. Masthooq was outstanding and took care of absolutely everything for us. From our experiences to our spa treatments and restaurant bookings, there was no request too large for him.
Villas- incredible! Masthooq dropped us of in the golf buggy to our villa which was located at the very end of Jetty A. The first thin we noticed was our bikes which had our initials JT and MT on them. So cool. Don’t know if they do this for everyone but this was our honeymoon and I thought it was a nice touch. We then stepped into the villa and looking out at the horizon all we could see was the lagoon, Indian ocean and a small sand bank. Ridiculous! The villa is absolutely stunning with a big indoor/outdoor feel. The sliding door leads you out to the huge deck where you have your own day bed, sun loungers, hammocks and eating area. The lagoon right off your deck is deep enough for you to just jump right off and into the beautiful crystal clear waters. Snorkeling can be done right off the villa as you can swim toward the reef right in front of you. The bathroom is outdoors and is probably the coolest bathroom I’ve ever seen. Very well executed!
Food- so many options with In Villa Dining and a huge choice of meals, we ate dinner at Zen and the food was to die for. We also did two dining experiences one of which was the Jafaai Dinner on a neighbouring island. I can highly recommend this as the experience was very cool and a local family cooked dinner for us and we ate it in their back yard. Not a 5 star dining location but we absolutely loved it. The food was so good and we got to talk to the locals and found out a bit about Maldivian life. We also did a dinner on the sandbank which was also a very cool experience. We chose the steak and seafood menu and absolutely loved it.
Others- the spa at Six Senses is incredible, the treatment rooms and therapists are outstanding. I think our room was called the nest and it was like you were in this enclosed birds nest- such a cool concept and great experience. We also joined in on the Jungle Cinema and watched a movie under the stars with free popcorn. The bikes are a great idea as getting around the resort on foot can take a while particularly if you are on Jetty B or C. We went for runs around the island and it is perfectly set up for exercise with a great gym too. The snorkeling along the reef was great and you could see stacks of fish and we also saw some rays.
We can’t wait to get back to Laamu and would like to thank all the staff there for making our honeymoon such a wonderful experience!
- 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:
- Six Senses Laamu Hotel Olhuveli Island
- 6 Senses Laamu
- Six Senses Laamu Laamu Atoll, Maldives