The Escape | Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

BY Maddison Glendinning / Jan 24 2017 / 21:49 PM

Once you check in, you're never going to want to check out

The Escape | Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
The Escape | Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
The view from the water villa with pool deck
The Escape | Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
Pull up a plush day bed at Chill Bar and relax
The Escape | Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
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The pool at Six Senses Laamu is as inviting as they come
The Escape | Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
The interior of the water villa with pool
The Escape | Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
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The family villa with pool

From the moment you arrive at Six Senses Laamu, you’ll immediately regret having booked a flight home.

The only resort in the Laamu Atoll, Six Senses’ barefoot-luxury ethos is evident from the moment you step off the speedboat. There’s an island-wide ‘no shoes’ rule, which was a welcome respite for our Choo-weary soles, and as we were ushered to our villa, our host explained that the resort places a lot of significance on being kind to the island on which it has made its home. It’s a refreshing approach, and one that is all the more impressive given the standard of luxury we encounter during our stay. The resort is home to 10 different villa options, from lagoon- or beachside to overwater, and five restaurants offering a wide variety of fresh regional and international cuisine. Each room and restaurant boasts incredible, Insta-worthy views of the Indian Ocean, making it difficult to decide whether to eat in or venture out, given the beauty of both. The one location that did have us back (almost) every day of our stay was the dedicated ice cream parlour – which has over 40 flavours on offer – on the resort’s front jetty. The myth that fashion girls don’t eat was well and truly busted while we were here. 

If after a few scoops you’re keen to do something active, the island has its own dedicated, fully-equipped gym, with personal trainers on call and newly-introduced aerial yoga classes. Whilst here, we also recommend stopping in at the spa. Bringing the outdoors in, the massage rooms are open-air cocoons set slightly back from the water’s edge in amongst the lush tropical rainforest, providing you with your very own soothing soundtrack of gently crashing waves and wildlife calls. 
Whilst Bazaar visited sans children, there are plenty of things to keep the little ones entertained during your stay (did we mention the ice cream bar?!), thanks to the dedicated kids’ club, outdoor cinema and various child-friendly activities on offer. 
A must-see is the stunning house reef that is accessible by simply jumping off the jetty at the front of resort, or by boat if you’re up for a little more adventure. When you’re done, we recommend pulling up a plush daybed at Chill Bar or a lounger at Sip Sip, ordering a colourful beverage and settling in to watch the sky dramatically change hue as the sun sets over the mind-blowingly clear water that stretches out in front of you. This is Maldivian luxury at its postcard-best. 
From Dhs3,037 a night; Sixsenses.com

This article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia