Six Senses Laamu is located on Olhuveli Island in the Maldives’ Laamu Atoll. It’s the only resort in the atoll, and sits just 5 degrees north of the Equator.
Getting to Olhuveli Island involves a short transfer by seaplane from Malé International Airport, giving you a birds-eye view of the cobalt ocean below, bejewelled with tropical islands surrounded by turquoise lagoons.
Think uber-luxe meets eco-friendly. Charming beach villas have their own gardens and lead straight onto a private stretch of pristine beach or, if you prefer to opt for the experience of an overwater villa, you can look forward to enjoying a sumptuous sunken bath and roof terrace. The accommodation is constructed from sustainable materials; many villas have their own pools, and each has a Bose entertainment system and 37” flatscreen TV as standard.
Leaf – relaxed dining overlooking the organic garden at the resort’s signature restaurant
Zen – Japanese fusion cuisine with a live kitchen station
Longitude – international cuisine in an overwater setting
Sip Sip – chic sunken bar and all-day poolside dining
Chill Bar – multi-level overwater lounge bar serving mouthwatering cocktails
What to wear:
Barefoot chic (shoes are confiscated on arrival)
The Six Senses Spa enjoys a breathtaking beachside location, with couples’ treatment ‘nests’, pavilions, and a dedicated Ayurvedic room, tucked away amongst verdant island vegetation. Visiting practitioners offer personal consultations and therapies that are sure to imbue a sense of peace and wellbeing and a gym is at hand for those who want to maintain their fitness regime.
The resort’s Deep Blue Divers centre, owned and operated by the resort, is PADI certified and 100% AWARE listed. Its team of multilingual staff provides exceptional diving experiences so that guest can enjoy the colourful reefs close at hand while increasing their knowledge of the sub-aquatic world. Choose from full day excursions, early morning dives and a weekly night dive.
Watersports are a specialty, from catamaran sailing and water-skiing to surfing and wakeboarding. For surfers, Yin Yang, the Maldives’ best-known surfing wave, breaks just offshore. On the house reef, snorkelling is an entrancing experience bringing encounters with dazzling marine life such as Oriental Sweetlips, parrotfish and even green turtles.
When you’re not luxuriating in the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean, why not explore a neighbouring island and break bread with their inhabitants for a fascinating insight into local life. Enjoy the tranquility of uninhabited islands nearby or simply relax on secluded sandbanks and watch the sun set.
On land, an open-air cinema equipped with sunloungers, snacks and drinks is the perfect setting for a relaxing evening.
Laamu Six Senses is delightfully family friendly and flexible, from eating options to accommodation. Meals are complimentary for children under the age of 6, and there is a 50% percent on dining for children aged 7-11. All villas can accommodate two adults and two children under the age of 12 comfortably, with the opportunity for exclusive family barbecues arranged by your butler, with food prepared by a chef.
The Den children’s club will keep little ones entertained with games, crafts and fun on the beach while parents slip away to relax. There are plenty of complimentary family activities to enjoy together, too, from volleyball, football, badminton and table tennis to treasure hunts, cycling, snorkelling and non-motorised watersports.
The al fresco Ice & Chocolate Studio is sure to become a favourite with all ages, where more than 40 delectable flavours of ice cream are served.
All villas have wifi
Honeymooning, spa, gourmet dining, family holidays
In 2017, Six Senses Laamu won the first ever BlueGreen360 award to be awarded to a hotel or resort for commitment to sustainable operations.
Holidays start from £3915pp, including flights, 7 nights’ accommodation with breakfast and transfers.