With all the choices in the Maldives, it was quite hard to make a final decision for our stay. We finally settled on Six Senses Laamu and it met our expectations and fit the description.
First off, the Maldives is an amazing place to visit, the photos online and in magazines may seem photoshopped but the waters are actually that clear, that turquoise and blue.
Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll which I find is its greatest asset, the journey here may be long for some but it was so worth the 45 min. plane + 20min speedboat transfer from Male Airport. No other tourists or hotels around and you really feel you are disconnected from civilization. It also means the coral and marine life here is very healthy and not as disturbed, which made for some great diving. It also made for a wonderful day excursion to visit local islands and engage with local communities as well as have a picnic on a uninhabited island.
The resort itself has 97 villas, though due to erosion some beach villas are falling apart (not for sale, and cant really be seen unless you purposefully go check it out). But despite this high number it never feels crowded and during our NYE stay it was mostly families so it was a very relaxing, family friendly environment. It also does not have a pool but who needs one when there are crystal clear turquoise waters all around? Furthermore each guest gets a bike to get around and there is a unspoken barefoot policy which adds to the relaxed atmosphere.
We stayed in two Laamu Villas at the end of Jetty B, we had requested for jetty A or C but as it turned out jetty B was actually perfect. Right outside our villas, villas 44 and 45, was a small patch of coral teeming with more life than any other spot on the house reef (which was already quite amazing). Furthermore, the angle of our villas were good enough that you could get an almost uninterrupted view of the sunrise, plus Jetty B is the shortest jetty. The villas themselves are very well designed, eco-friendly, spacious and comfortable. The outdoor bathrooms are amazing, especially the see-through fiberglass tubs. There is ample deck space outside. We were going to split our 5 night stay between Laamu Villas and Ocean Beach Villas but were offered to extend our laamu villa stay to all 5 nights, we were able to check out a Ocean Beach Villa and were glad we made the choice to stay in the water villa all 5 nights, its very much worth it.
The food seemed to be hit or miss, but for the most part everything tasted good. The best for lunch is Leaf and their vietnamese food. We opted for the full board dine around option and it turned out to be very much worth it as we did the sunken sand dinner and chili table dinner at no extra costs (other than drinks), each of those dinners were $100++ per person, and they are a must do, and it gave us flexibility on choosing where to eat. The best part was the ice cream bar and breakfast crepe bar and fresh juice menu. The wine selection and cellar in Altitude is quite impressive and we had a couple bottles of great wines.
You would think there isnt much to do in the Maldives but lounge about, but nope, Six Senses ensures there is plenty for guests of all ages to do and plans all sorts of activities throughout the day, some free some with a fee, from star gazing to yoga and a jungle cinema. The best was the diving, Ocean Dimensions is a great dive center with many great instructors who are all friendly and professional, and the dive sites are all great, especially Manta Point. The Spa is also very well designed, the cocoon pods make the pricey treatments worth it, though a Laamu Villa comes with a complimentary 30 minute massage, another perk of the Laamu Villa.
Our GEM, Judy was great and made sure our needs and expectations were met. But the only downside of the GEM system seems to be communication, as a mishap occurred between us and the Spa due to a miscommunication between us, the spa receptionist and our GEM, it caused one of us to have a wrong spa treatment by the wrong therapist (despite having requested a specific therapist and treatment).
The NYE Sandbank cocktail party was the highlight of NYE celebrations as the countdown on the beach was a let down with a bad DJ and no fireworks and Auld Lang Syne did not play either, but it was still a great vibe and an unforgettable way to ring in the new year.
All of the hotel's staff from GEMs to the chefs are all extremely friendly and outgoing and really want you to have a good time.
Despite the two let downs, our over all 5 night stay at Six Senses Laamu was simply amazing and for the most part met or exceeded our expectations. It was easily one of the top 5 resorts we have been to and made from one of the best vacations we have had.
If you are looking to travel to the Maldives and cannot decide on which hotel to stay at, I highly recommend Six Senses Laamu.
- 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