Six Senses Laamu
What We Love
- Spying on the abundant marine life surrounding the resort through a glass-bottomed bath tub on a private villa
- Savoring fresh local cuisine on a communal table next to the resort’s organic garden
- Candlelit barbecues for two on the beach, prepared by a personal chef
- Being a short boat ride away from some of the world’s top snorkeling and diving sites
What To Know
- The resort is about 45 minutes away from Malé International Airport, reachable via a seaplane and then a speedboat
- Child-friendly property providing baby cots, babysitting services, and a kid’s club with indoor and outdoor activities
- Bicycles available to get around and explore the surroundings
- Late check out until 6 p.m. is available for an additional fee
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Room Service
Most of the resort’s 97 wooden villas were built directly above the water, perched either on the Indian Ocean or on a shallow lagoon that surrounds part of the islet. Guest quarters strike the right balance between rusticity and sophistication: ensconced in thatched roofs and reclaimed woods are luxuries like glass-bottomed bathtubs, elevated terraces displaying 360 degree views of the tropical surroundings, plus private gardens strewn with daybeds and in some cases infinity pools. Families should opt for an on-land Beach Villa, which offers direct beach access and big sandy gardens that make for great playgrounds. Common areas include vast, sinuously shaped pools edging Sip Sip restaurant, which doles out casual classics like pizzas, burgers, and salads as well as cocktails served on sunken decks with pillowed sofas. There’s also an overwater sushi counter, an airy all-day restaurant serving international food, and a tucked-away spot offering Maldivian specialties culled from the on-site organic garden and other local farms. Ice cream lovers flock to Ice & Chocolate Studio to try some of the parlor’s 48 unique flavors—wasabi and sour cream cones, anyone? Six Senses properties are known for their top-notch spas, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Set right on the beach, it features sculptural treatment “nests,” were skilled therapists use natural lotions and oils.
In the Area
Six Senses is the only resort on the islet of Laamu, part of the Indian Ocean’s Maldives archipelago. There’s plenty to do right in and around Laamu, including snorkeling, surfing world-class breaks, water skiing, and catamaran sailing, during which it’s not uncommon to encounter dolphins. Island hopping is also an option. At nearby Hithadhoo, for example, guests can get a glimpse of the Maldivian way of life by visiting local homes, grocery stores, and old mosques. There’s even a lake right in the heart of the island surrounded by untamed nature.
How to Get There
What an amazing place! Visited March 2019 for our 1 year anniversary. Stayed in a lammu water villa with pool - definitely worth the extra $$. Entire staff was wonderful! Service and food quality outstanding! Everything about this place is perfect! We have stayed in many wonderful spots around the world and this place tops the list! The sandbank dinner experience (although expensive) worth it - a truly memorable experience!
Highly recommend Six Senses and planning to visit again!
When booking our stay at Laamu I was initially a little worried about having to take a second flight from Male. But it couldn’t have been more straightforward to get there. Lovely representatives meet you and make it so easy for you. In no time at all, you are on the boat to Laamu. And once you are there it is absolutely 150% worth it - there are no planes overhead, no big boats going past... just the vastness of the beautiful blue sea and sky all to yourself... Safe to say, it is incredibly peaceful. Everyone you meet that works at the hotel is wonderful. So friendly and helpful. The food is delicious with so many different restaurants to choose from. The diving and marine conservation guys are great and the underwater life is AMAZING. The spa is beautiful and the treatment I had was so good. I also learnt to surf! I am going to miss the people, sun, fishes and walking round the island on beautiful white sand looking out at clear blue sea. A truly special place.
Six Senses Laamu is our choice destination for a holiday, whether as a couple or with our now grown children - we have been 6 times since it opened, and Marteyn van Well, General Manager, continues to deliver on what is for us the best destination anywhere for a relaxing ocean holiday. The setting is just spectacular - from our water villa in Jetty A we could see eagle ray and turtles passing by and under us, while snorkelling right off the villa rewards you with exceptional scenes of beauty at the drop-off. To top it all off we swam with manta rays. The marine biology and dive centre have a great and committed team, incomparable in breadth and scope to any we have seen anywhere, and while we don't scuba dive, friends of ours who do and have stayed at SSL swear by it. Food was once again excellent, with plenty of choice and a good wine selection, as well as variety from one day to the next. Service is top-notch, with an understated efficiency and extremely friendly throughout. The Spa has an impressive team and breadth of treatments, and we came out feeling rejuvenated after a full 1.5 hours every other day. In summary, we have travelled extensively, and have not found anywhere that beats Six Senses Laamu as a top-quality, relaxing destination, while providing the best snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities, and redefining the meaning of understated luxury.
We stayed at Six Senses at the end of Feb 2019.
Right from the first greeting at the airport, we knew this was a special place.
Six Senses has an unfair advantage being set in what can only be described as near-paradise perfection in terms of location and surroundings. The colour of the sky and water al,OST makes you faint.
The standard of the care, attention to detail, accommodation and catering is outstanding. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff, everything is thought about on your behalf.
My particular highlight was the diving which is simply jaw-dropping. The mega-fauna you are privileged to see in such abundance is remarkable.
It is hard to describe get overall impact of the experience, other than it was amazing. We will be back.
If you can, go. An experience you will not forget.
This review is long overdue.
My wife and I had our honeymoon at Six Senses Laamu. I wish I had my notes but am sure the GM can look me up and find who helped us during our stay.
This place is simply magical. The staff is incredible. The food truly delicious. Most importantly, this resort is eco-friendly and self-sustainable.
We are planning to return soon and make the 30+ hour trip to this remote island.
Don't think twice. Visit this place. It is exclusive and a hidden gem.