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Six Senses Laamu Maldives

Six Senses Laamu Maldives

EM has checked into ... Six Senses Laamu Maldives   #thathoneymoonparadise

Yes there are so many resort options in Maldives that you can spend months trying to decide which one is THE ONE nonetheless you should probably consider Six Senses Laamu into your list. I've always wanted to try a Six Senses property after hearing of its reputation and since we have an incredible excuse to splurge, why not?! 

The brand Six Senses prides itself being a luxury eco-resort that seeks to deliver a personalised experience. Each of its property is unique so *no brainer* a very smart strategy to encourage their existing guests to explore other properties. Overall, my stay here was exceptional but not perfect. Is it worth it? Read further and find out. 

 http://www.sixsenses.com/resorts/laamu/destination

 http://www.sixsenses.com/resorts/laamu/destination

I like it that it is simple and definitely easy to navigate. A smart strategy to have a larger picture carousel at the centre of the page to allow users to focus there as the 'first impression'. We can all admit that our eyes will instantly look for pictures when we go to any websites. 

Overall, their website gives off a very 'educative' sense through detailed descriptions but not overwhelming. Kinda like a newsletter which I can imagine appeals to their target market.

Both platforms are well executed with a combination of pictures and videos. In fact, I am actually surprised that they have posted video content regularly and each of them are very well done. So a big LIKE!

  • Arrival

They say all good things come for those who wait...well in this case, travel and wait times. But it is definitely worth the journey! Upon arrival at Male International Airport, you will have to take a domestic flight which the resort will prepare in advanced. After that, it is a 20minutes boat ride to the property. In a way, you feel like Indiana Jones searching for a hidden treasure. Good thing is that you even do the transfers late at night if your international flight arrives at night so you don't have to sleep in the airport to transfer to the resort the next day.

A refreshing, house-made iced lemon tea for us to enjoy in our boat ride...how cute is the bottle?!?!?!??!

A refreshing, house-made iced lemon tea for us to enjoy in our boat ride...how cute is the bottle?!?!?!??!

We were overwhelmed to see the resort on sight after a LONG journey from our departure city...literally felt like this place is in the middle of nowhere (the lost tomb of Maldives?) *cue Indiana Jones music*

We were overwhelmed to see the resort on sight after a LONG journey from our departure city...literally felt like this place is in the middle of nowhere (the lost tomb of Maldives?) *cue Indiana Jones music*

  • Room

I stayed at the Lagoon Water Villa...to be specific, Villa #6. It is the best villa in the room category since the Ocean Water Villa is the next room category. Highly recommend the Lagoon Water Villa and don't bother with the other room categories. Reason being is that you are closer to the lagoon and still having a great view of the ocean with partial view of the main restaurant (which looks fantastic by the way). A downside depending on how timid you are is that when the storm comes at night, you are in for an 'adventure'! What I mean is that the wind and rain were so crazy that the whole villa shock since there is literally nothing in front of you. And please remember to bring in whatever that you are drying outside at night because you don't want some unexpected surprise floating on the ocean the next morning...

Amazed at the turquoise green colour of the water. Taken at the stairs beside the outdoor shower area.

Amazed at the turquoise green colour of the water. Taken at the stairs beside the outdoor shower area.

The water is so clear that you can see fishes swimming at the villa...but please do not drink it...it's salty AF

The water is so clear that you can see fishes swimming at the villa...but please do not drink it...it's salty AF

The magical bed that provides a sense of rejuvenation...and yes you can have extra 'interesting' pillows that we just randomly ordered. And don't feel bad if you don't use them, you can switch to another one and try! Highly recommend the body pillow if you like to sleep in a hugging position...DA BEST!!!

The magical bed that provides a sense of rejuvenation...and yes you can have extra 'interesting' pillows that we just randomly ordered. And don't feel bad if you don't use them, you can switch to another one and try! Highly recommend the body pillow if you like to sleep in a hugging position...DA BEST!!!

You can pretend to be a mermaid while soaking in this awesome glass bathtub   #thatmermaidlife

You can pretend to be a mermaid while soaking in this awesome glass bathtub   #thatmermaidlife

Welcome to *probably* the world's most insane toilet...while you can pee and shit with a view (most of the time you can see the tiny crabs on the poles during the day)...and no your pee and shit do not go down there

Welcome to *probably* the world's most insane toilet...while you can pee and shit with a view (most of the time you can see the tiny crabs on the poles during the day)...and no your pee and shit do not go down there

  • Breakfast

Breakfast is served daily at their Longitude restaurant. The restaurant itself looks incredible and spacious hence we still feel secluded and not overwhelmed by people-noise pollution. Which is a good thing when you have paid lots of $$$ to have an intimate honeymoon/vacation. 

Unfortunately there was a slight let down with their breakfast offerings as they were serving the same buffet everyday. Did they not ever think that people who stay in this location normally stay for more than 3 nights? I don't know about the rest of the guests but I was certainly bored of breakfast by day 3. Nonetheless, the buffet deco does look impressive.

One of the restaurant sitting area...you do have various sitting areas to choose from so you won't get bored of the different views

One of the restaurant sitting area...you do have various sitting areas to choose from so you won't get bored of the different views

The charcuterie station/room...I'm still dreaming of this everyday since we got back home

The charcuterie station/room...I'm still dreaming of this everyday since we got back home

The cheese station/room...by the way both charcuterie and cheese stations are located in their cellar rooms, pretty cool ey!

The cheese station/room...by the way both charcuterie and cheese stations are located in their cellar rooms, pretty cool ey!

The infamous glass bottom at the main buffet station

The infamous glass bottom at the main buffet station

  • Back-of-house tour (Highly recommended!)

At first we weren't too keen about going for this walking tour. But we had some time to spare and didn't want to go for snorkelling (seriously you can't snorkel 24/7, we are not mermaids), so we thought why not give this tour a try and it's free. And yes it was totally worth it, they gave us so much insights on how they can recycle and focus on conservation. I am amazed at their creativity and their long-term sustainable plans. Additionally, it was also interesting to observe the staff living quarters.

One of their project to grow cabbage on-site with a recyclable water system for the plants

One of their project to grow cabbage on-site with a recyclable water system for the plants

The wheel of staff members

The wheel of staff members

In summary, the resort is truly remarkable. I was concerned at first that we might be bored by day 3 but boy we were wrong. There were quite a few activities and they do provide you with a daily schedule on a weekly basis for your inspiration, some which you have to pay and some were free. We really enjoyed the free massage workshops that you also get to meet with other couples in a small class. I didn't manage to get some pictures but the Finding Nemo snorkelling excursion is insanely top-notch and it was worth the money spent.

In terms of service, it is pretty much what you would expect in a luxury hotel brand. You do get a GEM (Guest Experience Manager) that will be your assistance on everything...literally EVERYTHING! One thing that I have to take note is that they are seriously hardworking. I see them all the time from early morning to late night and do wonder if they ever sleep at all. However, the Food and Beverage team might need a bit more of a service consistency and training as I find different waiters were having different service tones as well as frequent errors on our orders. 

With a slight let down from the Food and Beverage department, I thereby rate this property incredible but not 100% perfect. When you have paid big bucks, every tiny little detail needs to be perfected and demonstrated. Consistency is key. This is what being a luxury hotel brand means. Nevertheless, Six Senses Laamu is a once-a-lifetime experience and if you like variety in your Maldivian vacation, do consider this resort. Their fresh herbs on every dining plate is to DIE for since they have an on-site garden patch. AND my god their wooden floors (both indoors and outdoors) were SENSATIONAL which is critical considering that the resort encourage guests to walk barefoot #mindblown

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xoxo EM

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