As soon as you land on the Maldives island of Laamu, you realise that this is not going to be your average holiday.
As soon as you land on the Maldives island of Laamu, you realize that this is not going to be your average holiday. The remoteness of the location and its pristine natural environment ensure that.
The sense of luxury starts to catch up with you as soon as your seaplane touches down on the water runway, right next to your villa. A staff member greets you in a canoe and whisks you away to your accommodation, where another member stands by with champagne in hand – all in the space of five minutes.
And then it all hits home when there are no other guests around: just one resort, spread across a vast swathe of deserted beach and private lagoon surrounded by an immaculate coral reef.
Six Senses Laamu Resort Location
Six Senses Laamu resort is located at the Laamu Atoll 15090, Maldives.
You can trace the movements of turtles off the island’s coast by boat.
One of the things we loved most about our stay at Six Senses Laamu was that guests can join the resort’s Turtle Tracking Programme. This conservation programme is devoted to tracking sea turtles via satellite and guests can trace their movements by boat. The creatures are tagged with an acoustic transmitter, which emits a unique sound, and guests can use an underwater microphone to track their movements.
This popular activity allows island visitors to learn more about these threatened species, as well as take in the Maldives’ spectacular marine life at the same time. There are five species of turtle found in Maldivian waters: Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Green turtle, Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtles.
You can snorkel with manta rays, whale sharks and dolphins.
The Maldives is one of the world’s best diving spots, and anyone can enjoy snorkeling there. When you visit Six Senses Laamu, you’ll be able to snorkel in the ocean with manta rays, whale sharks and dolphins.
You don’t need a scuba certification to go snorkeling on the resort’s house reef. All you have to do is hop into a boat or kayak and sail out to the ocean. The hotel staff will show you how to strap on your mask and fins while they give you tips for spotting local sea life. You can casually float along or swim out over reefs brimming with fish, coral and other aquatic life without needing any special training or equipment.
The resort is almost entirely powered by solar energy.
In order to reduce its impact on the planet and make environmentally-friendly choices, Six Senses Laamu is almost entirely powered by solar energy. This helps decrease the burning of fossil fuels and the resulting carbon emissions, both of which contribute to global warming. It’s ideal for eco-conscious visitors looking to lower their own contributions to climate change while enjoying a luxurious resort experience.
There’s no Wi-Fi in the rooms and you can use as many devices as you want anywhere in the hotel without paying a penny; it’s almost like a digital detox.
Wi-Fi is included in all the rooms at Six Senses Laamu. However, it’s free and unlimited anywhere in the hotel. In fact, you can use as many devices as you want without paying a penny. We suppose that’s one way to make sure guests really get to enjoy every bit of paradise here on earth.
It’s almost like going through a digital detox without feeling forced to go cold turkey — it would be pretty tough trying to stream videos or download large files because the Wi-Fi speed is very slow, but we loved being able to check emails and upload some photos while we were chilling by the pool or on our private terrace.
I’m not one for spa treatments (a massage is lost on me when I have a deadline looming) but the Six Senses Spa scores highly for having one of the best yoga teachers I have ever encountered.
I’m not one for spa treatments (a massage is lost on me when I have a deadline looming) but the Six Senses Spa scores highly for having one of the best yoga teachers I have ever encountered. Yoga is available free at the resort, with classes taking place on the shoreline or over water. There’s also tai chi, pilates and meditation. And all other spa treatments are available here if that’s your thing too.
The food was interesting and varied, although I could have done with more vegetarian options.
The food at Six Senses Laamu is an adventure in itself. The resort has two main restaurants, a bar and lounge, and also offers private dining in different locations on the island. It is also possible to have cooking lessons at the resort with their team of chefs.
Personally I found that there was not much choice for vegetarians (I counted only three vegetarian options on the menu) but meat eaters will love it here as there are so many different dishes to choose from. The most memorable meal I had was probably at Longitude which is located on the water’s edge. This restaurant serves local seafood, organic salads, and other Asian dishes such as Maldivian fish curries and stir fries.
My advice would be to try out all of the different restaurants during your stay here, although if you want a night off from cooking then you can order room service to your villa (which I did every night as it was just so easy!). You can even put together a picnic basket if you plan on going for a walk around the island or relaxing on one of the pristine beaches.
Conclusion: This idyllic resort is perfect for romantic getaways and indulgent escapes from reality
Laamu is the kind of place that deserves to be kept a secret, or at least only shared with your most trusted friends. The resort is a world in itself, with attentive staff offering every luxury imaginable, and plenty of activities to do too. For us, it was a week spent soaking up sun next to some of the purest waters around—no heavy drinking, no loud music, no drama: just us and the fish.
The resort itself is designed so that there’s little need to leave your villa—the room service menu has exactly what you want and the bath tub comes with a spotless view over the lagoon. With such close proximity to nature and such simplicity (there are only two restaurants), Laamu allows for complete relaxation.
With so many resorts on offer throughout the Maldives, picking which one is best for you can be tricky: I’d recommend choosing between somewhere like Laamu which focuses on simplicity and indulging in quiet alone time, or somewhere like Huvafen Fushi which offers more social spaces where you can meet other couples and people during your stay.
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