August 9, 2016

Six Senses Laamu

A return to one of the best resorts in the world.

Introduction: Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, deep in the Indian Ocean. Just an inter-island plane trip from Malé International Airport and a short boat ride brings you to a place where dolphins swim. The luxury Maldives resort is a combination of on-land and over-water villas constructed of sustainable materials and set around the palm-fringed paradise. At several lounges and restaurants our chefs from East and West prepare mouthwatering dishes, many created from produce grown in the island’s organic gardens.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival Experience: Warm welcome from the team including the GEM (butler). GEM stands for Guest Experience Manager and each villa at Six Senses have one to take care of anything during your stay.
What I Loved: Almost everything, but first and foremost, the design and concept. That is what makes Six Senses Laamu a world class resort and an incredible experience.
What About the Food: The food is expensive, but I am happy to say you pretty much get what you pay for in the Maldives. Together with Soneva Fushi and Gili Lankanfushi, I found Six Senses Laamu to have the best breakfast buffet. Smoked tuna and expensive imported cheeses are examples of things Six Senses Laamu do and where many other Maldivian resorts instead focus on cost-saving. Want something fresh from the kitchen? Not a problem. I got just what I wanted to be made fresh from the kitchen. The service at the restaurant is also among the best in the Maldives. Since my first stay here in 2011, Six Senses Laamu has implemented complimentary, unlimited ice cream with a lot of different flavours. A very nice addition to an already fantastic resort.
What About the Service: The GEM is a big part of the experience at Six Senses Laamu. Most of your requests go through the GEM, which is different from most resorts in the Maldives. It’s a more personalised experience, but it will also be more hit and miss. I found my GEM in 2011, called Ms Friday at the time, to be one of the best staff I have experienced in the Maldives and while my GEM at this time was good, it just wasn’t the same. I like the concept and if you are planning on being a repeat guest at Six Senses Laamu, simply make a request to have the same GEM every time. The staff trough the resort are kind and well-trained. Of 51 resorts stayed in the Maldives, I found the service at Six Senses Laamu to be in the top 10. In fact, I can only say Four Seasons do a slightly better job, but I like the design and concept more at Six Senses.
What About the Rooms: My favourite villa (with Gili Lankanfushi) in the Maldives. Maybe in the whole world. I stayed on the beach in 2011, and this time in a water villa. Both are outstanding, and I don’t have a preference. They have the same features. First of all, an amazingly comfortable bed, uniquely designed suitcase-sinks, outdoor bathroom, outdoor rain shower and a large private swimming pool. The eco-friendly design and the attention to details make it an outstanding experience in itself, even if you should decide not to leave your villa during your stay.
Number of Rooms: 97.
Website: www.sixsenses.com/laamu
Type of Property: Resort.
Location: Maldives.
Facilities: Spa, gym and pool.
Complimentary Internet: Yes and fast enough for videos and calls. Very impressive on a private island resort.
My Overall Impression: Fantastic experience. Wonderful to be back at one of the best resorts in the world. I love the Six Senses concept and look forward to hopefully experience more of their unique properties in a not too distant future.http://www.hotels25.com/SearchBox/170108