Our time at Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives
We had so many people ask about our Maldives trip with many asking, “What was it like to take children?” and, “Is the Maldives good for families?” so I decided to do a review of our holiday.
After our visit to Six Senses Laamu for our honeymoon two years previously, we immediately decided that we would love to go again with the children. Brad’s holiday times are extremely restricted, so we took the risk to go in May, which is typically the wet season in the Maldives. The weather was absolutely perfect last time, so we hoped this trip would be the same.
The best way for us to get to the Maldives was a layover in Dubai either side of the trip. We travelled with Emirates Airline on each leg of the journey, meaning that we had six hours from Amsterdam, then five hours to Malé.
Having loved the resort so much and it being one of our most incredible holidays, we decided to go back to the very same place again two years later.
Getting off the flight from Dubai, we were met by a Maldives Six Senses rep on arrival in Malé. He saw that we were checked into our domestic flight to Kadhdhoo, and then escorted us to the airport lounge. The flight from Malé is around thirty minutes, and going south means there is an hour time zone difference from other Maldivian destinations to get the most from the daylight.
Unfortunately, our flight was delayed by an hour and twenty minutes due to stormy weather, which meant after an uneventful flight we arrived at dusk. Previously, we travelled to the resort on a speedboat in daylight. Another Six Senses rep met us and said because of the weather, the boat trip would be around thirty-five minutes instead of the typical twenty.
Once on the boat in the pitch black I had a sudden panic. We were removing our shoes – which wouldn’t go back on until we left the island. With the wind and rain lashing on to the boat I leaned over to Brad and said, “What have we done bringing the kids to a remote island?!’ After an extremely bumpy ride in the pitch black, which our son loved, and actually sent our daughter to sleep. I realised that I might have been slightly dramatic.
One of the key aspects at the Maldives Six Senses Laamu Resort is that every set of guests are assigned a Guest Experience Maker (GEM). Now this was an excellent service, as it was very personal and they are there to help you to make the most out of your trip. He gave us a little tour and then took us on the buggy to our villa.
Beach Villa with Pool
On our honeymoon, we stayed in an Ocean Water Villa with Pool, which would always be my first choice. However, with a three and five-year old, we decided the Family Beach Villa with Pool would be a better option.
They are much bigger with a separate second bed/bathroom, a private pool and direct access to the beach via a private path. The second bedroom is only a couple of metres away from the master bedroom.
One of our favourite parts of the villa was the treetop deck, which gave a panoramic view of the Maldivian nature, incredible blue water and golden sand. We enjoyed breakfast here nearly every morning and we felt like we were in our own special tree house.
The personalised bikes (pictured) were an amazing touch. We had two bikes each, with a large canvas basket at the back, which was sturdy enough for the kids to sit in. They do have smaller bikes for children but the distance was just a little too far for Nico at the time. Plus, this was a much more relaxing way to get around the Maldivian island.
After our very stormy start to the holiday, the Six Senses staff explained that the weather at the time was usually bright in the mornings, before getting cloudy with the occasional shower in the afternoon, then brightening up again. We were very fortunate because the first day was extremely overcast and muggy, then luckily the following nine days consisted of perfect weather!
On our recent holidays, the children have enjoyed a few hours in a kids’ club, either before lunch or after, when the sun is at its hottest. They both like to play together or enjoy a rest from the sun/pool and it means that we can have a little sunbathe in peace or go to the gym.
A customised journal is provided for both the children, which included a wide range of activities that would be going on during the week. There were two rooms in the club, one for arts and crafts, which they loved, and another filled with toys, books, large beanbags. The club also had all the floors nicely padded out for comfort and safety.
Outside was a large wooded playing area on the sand, with a few canopies draped over to shade from the sun. Most of the time it was just the two of them, but on a few occasions they were joined by the cutest baby, who had just learnt to walk. The children bonded really quickly with the two ladies working there and from the third day they were asking to go more often!
Romi would sometimes nap in the afternoon on the huge snug beanbag. They saw Romi carrying Princess Poppy around every day, and our GEM came to the villa to surprises her with a handmade pink bed and blanket. This was such a lovely touch!
I don’t know how older children would fare at the kids’ club, but for the ages of our children it was really perfect.
Pool and Activities
Everyone enjoyed spending time by the pool and we usually had lunch at Sip Sip pool bar. The Kids’ Club is very close to the bar, making it very convenient.
The first time at the resort for our honeymoon, we did a surf lesson, which was absolutely incredible. The scuba diving was also a once in a lifetime experience that I would highly recommend. This time we didn’t do much apart from chill out and play with the kids on the beach or by the pool. They have a giant Jenga and bouls that we used quite a bit.
Other than that, we did the paddle boarding one afternoon, which is complementary. I didn’t realise it would be such a work out! We went half way round the island and back again, meaning breathtaking views and sore arms and core to boot!
Out of the four restaurants at Six Senses Laamu we only ate in two. We usually would eat in the Chill Bar, which is central within the main complex. A couple of times we had food from the Longitude bar brought over. There was a DJ playing in the Chill Bar each evening, so we really liked the vibe and atmosphere. On a few occasions we would eat right after sunset, which we’d watch it from the hammocks underneath the bar.
One night we enjoyed a beautiful meal in the resorts signature restaurant called the Leaf Bar, which is located just above the organic garden. It was like being in a huge tree house, getting access via a wooden bridge. It hosts a truly amazing set menu by award winning BAFTA chef Anton Manganaro, with an absolutely stunning variation of Michelin quality food and superb wine pairing.
The kids’ menu was really good and rotated each day for a week. You can also ask for anything in particular that they had enjoyed previously. Romi ate for free and Nico’s full meal was around $20.
Instead of dessert, we would usually head to the ice cream parlour. I’ve got to be honest, we were sometimes there twice a day! They had a selection of 40 homemade ice creams and sorbets. As a family, our collective favourites were watermelon, mango, lychee, passion fruit, and green melon sorbet. We also enjoyed the vanilla, strawberry, Nutella and coffee Oreo ice cream, all of which were complimentary.
Honestly there is just too much to say and describe about the spa! I could do a whole other blog post. Please comment below if you would like more details about the Six Senses Laamu Spa.
This holiday was just above and beyond. The staff were all extremely friendly, approachable and experienced. By the end of our ten-day stay, we felt like we were leaving family behind. Nico especially was really sad to leave and has asked to go back at every opportunity! He even asked if we could go for Christmas.
So, our expectations and trepidations about having a family holiday in the Maldives with younger children were completely matched and equally quashed.