It’s often said, the places that take you through the toughest and most challenging ways turn out to be most rewarding. This holds particularly true in the case of Six Senses Laamu. This heavenly piece of isolation is one of the farthest-flung properties in the Maldives but those audacious enough to step beyond the seaplane radar will witness a breath-taking pristine island.
In reality, Six Senses Laamu isn’t too hard to reach at all – in fact, from Male, all it takes is a 35-minute domestic flight followed by a 15-minute speedboat ride. However, the length of the journey and its absolute isolation as the sole resort in the entire Laamu Atoll make you feel like valiant travelers exploring an island no one else has before. From above the clouds and well along, getting on the resort’s luxury boat ride will feel like you are getting into the turquoise infinity of the Maldivian sea. The moment you get there, it’s a blissful mix of powder-white sands, lush vegetation, cobalt-blue waters, and above all else, exquisite seclusion. The simple yet classy aesthetics of the resort’s design have a major role to play in these impressions. Just like other Six Senses properties, the one at Laamu outshines in the trademark style that leverages rustic design in complementing a scenic location – the very tropical island of the Maldives.
At the guest villas of the Six Senses, the spirit of “no shoes luxury” is largely practiced and embraced, offering an abundance of open space and attractive features designed as a companion to extravagant island living. In the Six Senses style, you can take off your shoes right from the time you board the hotel’s boat and stay barefoot until your departure. Likewise, what makes the beach villas stand out from the rest is their dedicated alfresco spaces, with a private park, terrace deck, rain showers, and open-air dining arrangement. The ocean villas, on the other hand, are connected to the jetty and feature an outdoor platform with over-water netting, day beds, sunken dining area, and sun lounges. Bonus: these villas are immensely spacious and present innovative features, all designed in a manner that seamlessly aligns with the experience of a heavenly destination. On the interiors of these villas are king-sized beds facing the ocean and a restroom with a see-through jacuzzi. Let it be any of the villas, the joy of waking up to the calm lagoon panorama, with seemingly photoshopped blue waters is certain to be an experience unparalleled. Plus, what better than having direct access to the clear sea and a private infinity pool? Add to it the perks like having wooden tags attached to bicycles that are parked right in front of the villa for guests to enjoy a ride in and around the island. This sustainable step on the part of Six Senses, coupled with many others, is aimed at preserving its natural reserves for generations to come. This resort is tooled up in every way possible, from operating their in-house organic garden to the conservation of their house reef – a tour of the property gives visitors an overview of it all.
For those craving a little pampering of some kind, Six Senses houses an award-winning spa where treatment rooms are structured in the form of giant wicker nests, amalgamated with the island’s vegetation. With classic personal training programs, sauna, massages, and yoga, as well as a fully-equipped gym, this luxury resort delivers on the commitment of the ultimate relaxation experience. It doesn’t end at this. Six Senses also offers private picnics and barbecues; particularly preferred by families, on remote areas of sand, along with dolphin cruises, boat excursions, and snorkelling and diving training. The unquestionable highlight of the Six Senses Laamu property is the Leaf restaurant, which is sited above the garden and has a hanging bridge, put together with the help of planks of wood and ropes. Guests who have stayed at this resort swear by romantic dinner place, thanks to its traditional food, ambiance, and exclusive service. For sipping on a cocktail or two with the side of pizzas and salads for brunch or lunch, there’s Sip Sip and Chill. And how can we forget the most attractive dessert spot? The Ice and Chocolate parlor, which serves up authentic homemade chocolates, sorbets, and ice-creams. After your stay at Six Senses, you’ll admit it’s a heaven worth preserving. And spend a night gazing at the stars by the sound of subtle wavelets, you’ll be completely convinced the added effort in getting to Six Senses Laamu was more than worth the energy, time, and money!