How to book & stay at the sustainable Six Senses Laamu – on a budget
We’ll explore the sustainable innovation that the Maldives Six Senses in Laamu has introduced and how you can stay and get to this luxury resort on a budget.
Six Senses in Maldives is the place to go if you want a barefoot luxury holiday that makes you feel relaxed and also good about yourself. The resort is a paradise filled with exotic sea life, a cuisine filled with east meets west, an award winning marine conservation and activities for all ages from dusk to dawn.
The journey included flights to Singapore then onto Male the main island – from there a quick short flight to one of the local islands and then a quick 20 mins boat ride to Laamu. Once you arrive by boat you will be greeted by your GEM (guest experience manager) who will look after you during your stay to make sure you have all the info you need. The GEM takes your shoes and puts them in a sustainable bag for you to keep in your room while you are given a bike with your initials on it and ready to explore the resort for the week ahead with no shoes and a bike to get to and from your room and all parts of the resort. I couldn’t feel more in love with this place already.
We’ll start with food – our package included a half board which was breakfast and dinner included. By the time we sat and enjoyed our breakfast, we for sure did not need lunch. So the half board was more than enough for us. Kids also eat free including lunch.
Breakfast included the most amazing array of cuisine options – I’ve never seen anything more incredible in my life. The location is on an overwater styled location called Longitude which has areas of glass floor. The cuisine includes many different ethnic options included the traditional western breakfast options where you can order off the menu or pick from the buffer areas with live cooking stations. The cooks can make pancakes the shapes of sharks for the little ones while the adults can enjoy picking select fruit, eggs, bacon, croissants, specially made smoothies and juices as well as en entire range of delicious options from the ethnic areas.
Dinner includes options to dine at restaurants around the island – our first stop was at Leaf which was a Mediterranean cuisine with a farm to fork twist. They used mainly local ingredients grown in their local garden at the island and also from other local islands. We ordered off the menu of a 3 course (also included in package). The other dinner options includes a placed called Den which is a modern Japanese restaurant on top of a bungalow, the Chill Bar, Longitude and Sip Sip. One night a week Longitude hosts international nights where the overwater bungalows are transformed into many areas of ethnic offerings. Its truely amazing! As you walk up you can order all different types of noodles, skewers, fried rice, curries, prawns. I was almost full before I had made it to our table.
Also we cannot forget the free ice-cream served during the day at the Ice & Chocolate Studio.
We went on to spend our days highly focused on the food – and in-between our amazing brunch before dinner we had a good 6 hours to spare. A place we went daily was a pool area with a bar called Sip Sip – the pool was perfect for the family to relax and had happy hour also daily (another top money savings tip). We also rented free snorkels swimming our to see the local oceanlife in front of the Chill Bar. From the Longitude bar we often were able to spot stingrays and turtles. A small reef baby shark was spotted near the shore of Longitude bar also.
Our over water villa had glass floors in some areas, and outdoor shower and bath, a work desk station and the most amazing decking area for relaxing afternoons. We spotted many stingrays also from the villa.
Lastly, how you can get this all on a budget for a cost of approx $1750 each adult for 7 days following these steps.
Save all of your frequent flyer points for the flights. Use all avenues to gain frequent flyer points such as switching to private health companies when the deal is offered (if this suits you), using any card that gives you the higher points such as AMEX Qantas. Top up at petrol stations and also spend at grocery stores and always use your points card.
The Villa Cost – if you book well in advance which we did (12 months approx) you will more than likely get the best deal – our deal was the summer deal (noting sometimes the area is prone to storms during that time – we avoided any storms). We found a deal for 40% off the room rack rate, bringing the room cost down to less than $600 total. This also included half board, a free massage, free sports gear hire and half price local air fares from Male to Laamu.
If you are willing to put in the hard work and less time at the nail salon, you can easily get to the Maldives.
FLOC Journal by Ginette Emerson.