Six Senses "Laamu" Surfers Paradise in Maldives

Dolphins swim and spin all along the seashell dappled shores of Six Senses Laamu, the only resort in Laamu Atoll, just five degrees north of the Equator. Snorkel in Laamu’s coral rich house reef among Oriental Sweetlips, parrotfish and even green turtles. Surf Yin Yang, one of the Maldives’ most famous waves, that breaks just offshore.
 At six waterside and overwater lounges and restaurants, their resident mixologist whips up bespoke concoctions while chefs from East and West prepare wholesome recipes made with herbs, vegetables and fruits grown in the island’s organic garden.
 Take relaxing refuge in your unvarnished chic beachfront or overwater villa built of sustainable materials and spread generously around its palm fringed paradise found 45 minutes south by scheduled flight from Male International Airport.
Built of weathered woods and nestled among shoreline mangroves or perched above the Indian Ocean, Six Senses Laamu’s 97 expansive one and two bedroom villas make minimal impact on the pristine environment while maximizing every possible pleasure. Design details that evoke the golden age of exploration conceal modern technologies like flat screen swivel televisions and Bose entertainment systems with fully loaded iPods plus docking stations while all guestrooms inside and out can access Laamu’s complimentary high speed wireless internet.
 Five treatment rooms and four stunning nests line the beach front at Six Senses Spa, each one a dramatic tangle of sustainable branches. Set among Laamu’s abundant vegetation overlooking the Indian Ocean, these airy, private cocoons provide naturally restorative environments where fresh products, many grown on Laamu, enrich every therapeutic treatment delivered by our talented, highly trained Indonesian and Thai therapists.
Stand outs on the spa menu include the coconut oil, ginger, clove and nutmeg of Laamu Bliss and Kurumbaa Kaashi Coconut Rub with its organic honey and papaya wrap.

Visiting experts in healing traditions from acupuncture to shiatsu round out the comprehensive wellness menu while rejuvenating facilities include herbal steam rooms, outdoor experience showers, a sea facing fitness centre with upstairs yoga and meditation pavilion, fresh juice bar and our spa shop stocked with Six Senses Spa products good to go.
An al fresco ice cream parlour with forty plus ever-changing flavours on a tropical isle might encourage some to stick with sorbet. For them they make enticing licks like mango jasmine and pink guava.
Everyone else can indulge daily and nightly too in more decadent homemade ice creams including banana dark chocolate, green apple and salty caramel.
Top that freshly made waffle cone with gooey chocolate sauce, sliced nuts or colourful candies. Crave more sweet treats? Enter the chilled Chocolate Studio where the pastry chef infuses chocolate truffles with cinnamon, green tea, lavender and mint mojito.
Rising 6.4 metres above the Indian Ocean, this one-of-a-kind sunlit, spun glass wine tower holds 400 Old and New world vintages, half of which are organic. Many are otherwise unavailable in the Maldives. Tastings take place at the intimate, elevated table.
Down below, the Deli stocks imported European charcuterie and cheeses, plus inventive chutneys and sushi fresh from the surrounding sea.
Along Hithadhoo Kandu, a natural waterway for bottlenose dolphins to the open sea, this open air, two story dining space begins each day with Parisians’ approved croissants and fresh from the oven breads, best topped with their own passion fruit, banana or fig jam. Add pancakes, waffles or eggs made to order.
Sea breezes drift among the rustic woods under high palm roofs at Laamu’s six bars and restaurants, most set over water. Edible memories at each are enhanced by exquisite tropical vistas, from pulsating equatorial sunrises above translucent turquoise waters to romantic rose coloured sunsets into the inky evening sea.
A Six Senses host greets every Laamu bound guest on arrival at Male International Airport (MLE), the gateway to the Maldives’ 1,192 palm covered islands off the southwest coast of India in the fabled Indian Ocean. Several onward flights depart daily for Kadhdhoo Airport, 45 minutes south in unspoiled Laamu Atoll where their speed boat awaits for the 25-minute jaunt over calm indigo waters to Olhuveli Island, home of Six Senses Laamu.
Travelscore Magazine: article by Luca Centoni - photos by Luca Centoni


Per i lettori Italiani / For Italian language readers

Aperto nel Maggio 2011 abbiamo inaugurato questa innovativa struttura maldiviana concepita interamente sull' acqua. E' destinato ad una clientela giovane e trend chic che ricerca un lusso casual e ama sport come il surf. Il resort ha un bassissimo impatto ambientale ed e' costruito con questo concetto in ogni suo dettaglio. Molto ricercate le finiture delle water villa costruite su palafitte circondate da una discreta privacy. Si ha la sensazione di essere soli su una barca in mezzo all' oceano indiano con illimitata visuale all' orizzonte. Molto bella l'unica cantina al mondo costruita sull' acqua, la gelateria artigianale, la salumeria sospesa sul mare e la il liquor bar realizzato in cristallo tra i due piani della palafitta ricca di ogni distillato raro e invecchiato reperibile sul pianeta. Per gli amanti degli infusi e dei the un'area interamente dedicata che continua poi con angolo degustazione di sigari e una fornitissima biblioteca sul mare. I pavimenti del resort,tutto in legno, sono costruiti anche con cristallo per valorizzare i fondali marini. Curiosita' particolari sono la vasca da bagno trasparente sopra il mare e il W.C. con pavimento di vetro per vedere i pesci, ma senza essere visti da nessuno. Completa il resort una SPA costruita in nidi vegetali sospesi sopra la spiaggia e immersi nel verde. Anche questa struttura Six Senses e' S.L.O.W. L.I.F.E. (Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wholesome Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences) concetto ideato dai suoi creatori Sonu Shivdasani e sua moglie Eva. 

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