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
Came to SSL with my wife for our honeymoon/1st wedding anniversary and couldn’t have been happier. By far the best experience I’ve ever had at any hotel around the world.
From the onset: SSL is the only hotel in the Laamu atoll, making it extra exclusive. The island is insanely beautiful and the architecture is incredible, embracing all the local elements. It is also the main employer of all the local islands, and the people are the nicest I’ve ever met - never had so many people greet me every time they saw me. They were also genuinely interested in knowing us, making it a super personal experience.
Our GEM (Guest Experience Manager) Aslah was the most incredible host, going above and beyond to make our trip extra special. Will genuinely miss talking to and learning from him!
We stayed in a breathtaking water villa, from which we could directly snorkel into the clear Maldivian waters. The room is very comfortable and romantic, with a glass bathtub overseeing the ocean, open shower and roofdeck perfect for star gazing at the clear skies.
Would recommend snorkeling and diving as much as possible - the marine life is incredibly rich and the hotel’s army of marine biologists are always happy to chat and answer questions. They also do daily presentations on marine life and conservation projects.
Speaking of conservation, we were glad to have chosen SSL because of their sustainability approach - to the extent possible, it is an incredibly “green” hotel, with a zero-plastic policy, its own water desalination system (worth taking the Back of the House tour to learn everything that happens on the island regarding sustainability), among other incredible things.
Also recommend trying every single one of the restaurants and some dining experiences. Our favorite restaurant was Leaf and we truly loved the Lobster BBQ at the beach.
Worth mentioning that the hotel produces its own chocolate (make sure to watch Alvina’s presentation!) and 42 flavors of sorbets and ice cream (which are free!!!).
We also recommend taking yoga classes, going on the dolphin sunset cruise, night snorkel and getting a massage by the ocean. And make sure to stay barefeet and ride your bike!
This was by far the most special trip of our lives and the whole staff of SSL (from housekeeping to restaurant and GEMs) made it extra special. I wish we could name every single person here. We’ll most certainly come back!
Our stay at Six Senses resort on the Laamu atoll was absolutely amazing. The staff is incredible( especially our GEM Abdulla) and make the stay extraordinary from making sure you have the right pillows to planning almost anything you want to do. The island, resort and restaurants are beautifully kept and clean and the restaurants offer a wide variety of dietary options. Our favorite part of the trip was going barefoot the entire time. I’m not sure that my explanation does it justice. You have to truly experience for yourself, but I can promise you that you won’t be disappointed.
This place has it all. Amazing property, mostly overwater villas. Beautifully fitted out. Brilliant restaurants and spa. Fantastic kids club. 500 friendly, attentive, smiling and relaxed staff for 97 rooms. Totally barefoot and relaxed. Turquoise water. Stargazing- dolphins - manta Rays - turtles - reefs - Ice cream and chocolate studio - just fabulous