It’s not much of a secret for our regular readers that we are huge fans of the Six Senses Resorts, and their concept of rustic luxury. The chain’s Maldivian outpost is perhaps the best example yet of the philosophy that masterfully combines beautiful remote locations, eco living and uncompromising luxury.
This all-villa resort is the only hotel in the Laamu Atoll, some 150 km from the equator. Getting there is a bit of a journey, but of course this is part of the Six Senses allure—they deliberately picks remote locations.
From above the clouds and later, riding the resort’s luxury boat, it felt like getting deeper and deeper into the blue infinity of the Maldivian sea. As we docked to the jetty this feeling transcribed into a sense of stepping into a different kind of reality.
The simple aesthetics of the resort’s design play a huge role in these impressions. Similarly to other Six Senses properties we stayed at, Laamu excels in the trademark style that utilises rustic design in complementing a beautiful location—here the lush, green Maldivian island.
The no-shoes luxury
The guest villas follow this spirit of “barefoot luxury”, offering plenty of open space and cool features designed as a companion to luxury island living.
Beach Villas stand out thanks to their outdoor areas, with rain showers, private gardens and terrace deck for alfresco dining (or sleeping!). For us however the epitome of Maldivian dream were the villas-on-stilts, build along three wooden jetties.
Our Ocean Water Villa was attached to the Jetty B. It had outdoor platform with day beds, sun lounges, over-water netting and sunken dining area with glass floor. Inside there was a big four-poster bed looking out to the ocean, and further a bathroom with see-through bathtub and rain shower… which we loved.
As always at Six Senses, we appreciated some of the simplest of things. Among them were our personalised wooden tags attached to the bicycles parked in front of the villa—and barefoot-cycling around the island was the best thing, especially in the morning when the air smelled of fresh mist and the light seemed the brightest.
For all senses
Speaking of the mornings—breakfasts were fantastic, with a bountiful buffet selection at the Longitude restaurant, which is an open air, two storey dining space set over water. There are three other restaurants on the island, to which fresh vegetables and spices are supplied from the immaculately maintained organic garden, while local fishermen provide sea catch.
Overlooking the beach and located directly above the garden is The Leaf restaurant, which has a hanging bridge, made of planks of wood and ropes, leading to its entrance—true to the Six Senses style. The Leaf is a great place for a romantic dinner. Lunchtime hangouts include Chill and the Sip Sip, adjacent to the swimming pool, with sunken bar and seating, where we would pop in for fantastic homemade pizzas or some drinks. There is also the sweet department, which we could never resist. The Ice & Chocolate parlour serves home-made chocolate and 40+ flavours of ice cream and sorbets.
For other kind of pampering there is the award-winning spa. The treatment rooms are housed in stunning spherical wicker nests, merged with the island’s greenery. With classic massages, sauna, yoga and personal training programs, as well as the fully equipped gym, the spa delivers on the promise of the ultimate relaxation experience.
Then of course there is the sea, the beach, and the simple beauty of a tropical island. After a day filled with swimming, sunbathing, and all other attractions, just about all we needed to round off another perfect day in the Maldives were sundowners at the Chill Bar, sipped to the sounds of the sea… and some chillout tunes.
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Number of rooms & suites: 97
Rate per night: From USD 505 (EUR 371)
*The rate is only approximate and is based on our own independent research, at the time of writing. We cannot guarantee the rate in any way.
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