Six Senses Laamu
The first stop on my recent three island, luxury Maldives escape (after three flights and a boat ride!) was the fabulous Six Senses Laamu. Singapore Airlines did a fine job of swiftly delivering me to Male via Singapore…in the luxury of their award-winning Business Class.
After arrival in Male, the fab team at Six Senses Laamu were there to greet and transfer me next door to the domestic terminal for my connecting 45 minute flight with Maldivian Airlines in 1A no less (nice touch!) to Kadhdhoo Airport on the island of Kadhoo. It was here that “Sense of Speed” was waiting to whisk me across the calm moonlit waters to Olhuveli Island where the Six Senses Laamu resort is located. It was a very early morning arrival (2am local island time and 8am in Sydney – so 24 hours door to door) when I was met by my GEM ( the unflappable Waheed) and taken directly to my over water villa on Jetty A , Villa 11.
GEM = a Guest Experience Maker who is allocated to you personally for the duration of your stay.They are on call 24 hours a day and nothing is too small or too hard ask of them.
Marteyne Van Well the GM has this stunning resort running like clockwork, not an easy task considering this isolated location. Six Senses Laamu is chic in a rustic way and successfully creates an authentic castaway feel…complete with every luxury mod con you could wish for!
- My three night stay was glamorous and luxurious. Villa 11 was perfect with its private outlook and deck, along with the beautiful all natural outdoor bathroom that is de rigueur in these glamorous island destinations.
Activities include everything from sunset dolphin cruises (champagne included of course), romantic beach drop offs to private deserted islands, snorkelling on the house reef, sunrise yoga and surfing the local break – Yin Yang. As only a few of the surf safari boats come down this far to surf the breaks of Laamu Atoll, the resort has the break all to itself.
So you can be as active as you like (…. I went to well equipped gym once!), or simply do nothing at all but stare at the magnificent colour of the water that changes daily. You can even recline under the stars at the Jungle Cinema with warm popcorn and chilled Champagne. The Spa is world-class also, but sadly I didn’t get time to enjoy.
The restaurants are all seaside breezy and located nearby to each other. My last night I dined at their fine dining restaurant Leaf which was superb. I also experienced Maldivian cuisine for the first time at the restaurant Longitude at their weekly International Buffet night and fell in love with the Bajiya (pastry stuffed with fish, coconut and onions) and the Masroshi (a pastry not dissimilar to Bajiya).
The other guests I shared this piece of paradise with were a mix of professional young couples, stylish surfers and chic families from around the globe. It’s a sexy, sophisticated resort and I loved it.
Go now, it’s fabulous.
So … there were three days I won’t forget, thank you to the team at Six Senses Laamu for creating one of the most rewarding and unique luxury travel destinations and resort experiences in the world today (and for looking after me so beautifully!).