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
My wife and I recently returned from a 13 night stay at Six Sense Laamu in the Maldives. We stayed in an over-the-water bungalow with its own private pool at the end of jetty A (sunrise side). We absolutely loved our room, loved our outdoor shower, and loved our view. Our room was very comfortable, private, and cozy. We wanted to stay there forever.
Our Guest Experience Manager(GEM) was Abdullah, a very friendly Maldivian gentleman who functioned as a proactive concierge and then some. He was our go to guy. If we had a question he could answer it. If we had a problem he could solve it. If we had a need he could fulfill. For example, my wife’s hair straightener failed on our very first day (my fault btw). A day and a half latter, Abdullah presented us with a new one that he obtained from his contact in Male’. He was excellent and a great resource throughout our stay. Thank you Abdullah!
When we weren’t relaxing at our bungalow, snorkeling at the house reef, or indulging at the excellent restaurants, we were scuba diving with the
resort owned and operated dive shop, Deep Blue Divers. My wife and I are relatively experienced divers and enjoyed 16 dives with Deep Blue Divers during our stay. The dive manager is Lauren Siba. Lauren is a warm attractive young woman who we befriended and bonded with quite quickly. She runs a very smooth dive operation and the dive experience was safe, service oriented, always interesting and often very exciting if frankly just not thrilling. We were fortunate to have her dive with us a couple of days when she was able to get away from the dive shop. She is very experienced, interesting, knowledgeable, and fun. She kept a good eye on us yet was not overbearing. My wife and I absolutely loved diving with her. In my opinion, Deep Blue Divers ranks among the top. Whether, beginner or pro, Deep Blue Divers will make your experience memorable.
Our dive guide who also is a certified instructor was a lovely young woman named Emily. We met and dived with Emily on our second dive and requested her to be our guide every dive thereafter. My wife and I quickly fell in love with Emily. She is a gentle and honest soul, and was always focused on providing a quality dive experience for us. Her diving skills and knowledge base are excellent. We always felt safe. Beyond that she was very attentive and very comfortable to be around. Her and my wife talked endlessly about diving , fish ID, and even lessons in life in general. I enjoyed watching their interaction together and by the time we left Six Senses Laamu, Emily had become part of our family.
The dive boats are will maintained and very well staffed. We usually had 3-4 young men on the boat who were there strictly to operate the vessel and care for the divers.
We often were the only two divers on the boat, but sometimes had additional divers with us on the boat, perhaps as many as four, for a total of six divers which were split into two groups. In addition to our dive guide we often had a marine biologist from Manta Trust or an expert on a particular dive site accompany us. All were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and very comfortable to be around. They were a true asset to any dive and knew the territory and animal behavior very well. The dive sites were varied and the fish life was abundant. We saw everything from sharks, to mantas, to tropical fish to turtles, and even saw a whale shark. We dove some deep dives and shallower dives, we
dove in calm waters and those with a stiff current, drift dives and channels.
Bottom line, the Laamu Atoll is a great place to dive and Deep Blue Divers at Six Senses Laamu provides a great diving experience. Thank you Deep Blue Divers for a trip of a life time. We hope to dive with you again soon.
I'm so glad that we made the decision to visit Six Senses Laamu for our honeymoon. It was indeed a paradise. Extraordinary natural environment and amazingly friendly crews provided the best experience you can ever imagine for a Maldives honeymoon. The ocean view, beach, room, foods, and SPA...everything was just perfect and we have created so many precious memories. (I was worried about the mosquitoes but it turns out that I haven't seen any mosquito during my stay. Not even one!)
We spent half of our stay in beach villa and another half in ocean villa. Both rooms are excellent. Although Maldives resorts are famous for ocean villas, beach villa actually has a more spacious bathroom and balcony, and it has more privacy than ocean villa. We enjoyed beautiful sunrise view from our beach villa. I will highly recommend to experience both room styles while staying in Laamu.
Especially thanks to our guest experience maker, Edith, who speaks mandarin Chinese, helped us to manage all the activities and took care for our every need. She even arranged free late check-out so we can enjoyed the sunset at the last day of our stay :)
The experience was too good that I almost started to miss Six Senses Laamu immediately after leaving. If you are considering where to go for your Maldives vacation, this is a place definitely worth visiting!
We will never forget everything we live in the Maldives, in this exceptional hotel. Our favorite place in the world. Thanks to everyone in Six Senses Laamu. We’re looking forward to coming back soon!!
We truly loved our stay at SS Laamu. The staff is very friendly and trying hard to make your stay memorable. They showed a great team spirit, hospitality and compassion. Food is great, and thanks to all chefs for being patient and creative with our requests. Our lovely GEM Mila ❤️ was super efficient, patient, kind, sweet helped so much during the trip! CJ - head of bartenders - thank you so much for joy your brought to this trip, you are so much fun 👏🏻. Dinesh - chief sommelier- what a pleasure to spend vine tasting dinners with you! So intelligent and humble 🙏🏻 All the waiters at Longitude, Leaf and Sip Sip, thank you for your great service. Housekeeping staff - you did and amazing job, your managers should be proud! Spa, I’ve spent so much time there 🙈, Phi, thank you for fixing my back! And last but not least - Tropicsurf team! Surfing was the reason we came to Maldives, and Ben, Elena, Francois, Uma... you guys are the best surf squad ever! Thank you for your support and motivation, your guidance and kindness, your attention and desire to make our trip one of a kind! We were not only lucky with the swell, but very lucky with the team. And extra kudos to the boat crew - photos from the lineup are amazing!!! Hope to see you all in August 😊
So... for years I've been wanting to travel to Maldives. Just like most travelers.. is on the bucket list! Thanks to a wonderful dear friend, she recommended Six Senses Laamu. One key decision factor for us was their corporate value on sustainability. Geographically, Australia is a long way to depart from to Six Senses Laamu! So for our 5th year wedding anniversary and our birthdays.. we booked the trip. Over water bungalow with 5 restaurants on the island - we were spoil for choice. We spent 7 days on the island and it was amazing. A few things really stood out for us and if they are of importance to you as well then this is definitely the place for you. 1) World class personable service from the day you arrive and in all areas of the island. A lot of places claim they do that and it is not always the case, unlike Six Senses - they delivered above expectations. 2) There is nothing pretentious with the decor as it reflects their passion for sustainability and we loved it. 3) Health and well being reflected through their activities and menu at the restaurants. There were many references on the menu to guide you through your diet requirements and we found it super helpful. No doubt jumping into clear turquoise water from our over water villa was just amazing. If you are into yoga or meditation like me... being able to do that at the crack of dawn surrounded by water, fresh air and breathtaking view is the best feeling. If you are not particularly adventurous or great with water... snorkeling, stand up paddle, kayaking are available. Personally, there are 2 experiences we thoroughly enjoyed; the back of house tour and reef cleaning. Unbeknownst to us, our trip coincided with school holiday plus Easter. I would have prefer less kids on the island although it wasn't too noisy. It was lovely to see the island accommodated families with plenty of fun activities. 7 days seemed to have just disappeared so quickly for us; I can definitely stay for another 7 days. We were not bored on the island or the food or the activities. Thanks team for the amazing experience.