From world-renowned surf to incredible wildlife encounters, the summer season
at Six Senses Laamu is shaping up to provide a range of unforgettable
Since April, the Tropicsurf team at Six Senses Laamu has been treated to first-
rate waves, and as the summer surf season approaches, the swell is expected to
only improve. “From the sheltered lagoons where we provide beginner lessons,
to Yin Yang, our most famous wave just minutes away, we’re lucky to have the
perfect conditions for any surfer,” say Tropicsurf Base leaders, Hamish and Holly,
as they look forward to the Aqua Season in Laamu.
The MUI team is also excited to show the wonders of these marine events to
budding conservationists visiting the resort. With school out for summer holidays,
the Junior Marine Biology program provides children with the opportunity to
experience an education not normally covered in mainstream curriculum. By focusing on outdoor and hands-on education, it offers a breath of fresh air for
any little ones suffering a bit of ‘zoom- fatigue’.
From the summer swell to a wellness retreat or showing kids the wonders of
marine conservation, whatever brings travelers to Laamu this summer, they will
leave feeling reconnected with themselves, their loved ones and the world
around them. “Since the pandemic began, we noticed guests were traveling with
a greater sense of purpose,” explains Marteyne van Well, General Manager of
Six Senses Laamu. “So, we have incorporated new experiences to help facilitate
this journey, such as our rituals, which are guided moments of reflection and
gratitude, a snorkel checklist to help guests reconnect with nature and Wellness
Days in our spa for those who might need a bit of ‘me-time’.”
Like many high-end properties in The Maldives, Six Senses Laamu dominates its
own island within an atoll. It takes an hour-long flight and speed-boat transfer
south from the international airport to get there but the reward is vibrant coral
reefs, schools of manta rays and profound darkness in the evenings. Truth be
told, they’ve achieved a neat trick of keeping everything organic and sustainable
while offering the utmost decadence. Woodwork features heavily, especially with
the stilted ocean villas which stretch out from the island into the Indian Ocean.
Guests are requested to stay barefoot the entire time they are in the resort –
unless they’re wearing flippers for snorkeling – and get around on personalized
bikes which are provided to each villa. If you’re the sort of person who believes
that dinner can only be enjoyed when adhering to a strict dress code, this
probably isn’t the place for you.
There’s something miraculous about being able to create a resort as perfect as
this in a place with no natural water supply and disconnected from the mainland.
The spa is first rate and the snorkeling right off the villas is world class. For a real
treat, it’s possible to take a picnic lunch on a nearby deserted island which, for
several hours, you’ll have all to yourself. Back at the main resort, each villa is
assigned a ‘guest experience maker’ – or butler, as they’re more commonly
known. Opt for an Ocean Water Villa, where guests can jump off a jetty into the
psychedelic reef below, or to stay put on a hammock just above the turquoise
waters. All room options are spacious and make the most of natural materials:
wood, hessian, leather, linen and thatch. Showers are outdoors (the water
doesn’t drain into the sea) but clever design allows for the utmost privacy.
The resort is home to six bars and restaurants. Vegetables and herbs are grown
on-site where possible and, if you don’t mind munching on fish you may well
have seen earlier in the day around the reef, the seafood is first rate. The Chill
Bar is the best spot to take in the epic sunsets, Leaf offers the finest dining
options, and Longitude – a great spot for catching a glimpse of dolphins – serves sprawling breakfasts. Perhaps best of all, there’s a bottomless ice-cream stand
with more than 40 flavors on offer. Need I say more?
A must experience. You can thank me later.
Only the best,