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Six Senses Laamu Maldives luxury diving resort - Indian Ocean

  • Villa accommodations provide an environmentally sustainable yet well-appointed interior design
  • Barefoot serenity! White sand, turquoise water, untouched beaches and lush vegetation
  • Nine amazing dinning options taking advantage of the idyllic views
  • Award-winning marine conservation initiative
  • Spa offering nine private treatment nests
  • Complimentary Ice Cream, cinema nights, yoga and paddle boarding
  • The only dive resort in the Laamu Atoll, with world-class diving virtually to yourself
  • 5* PADI dive centre taking you to world class dive sites

Six Senses Laamu Maldives luxury diving resort

An atoll utopia where sumptuous meets sustainable Could this be your idyllic palm-fringed paradise? It's the only resort on the remote Laamu Atoll in the southern Maldives yet just a short inter-island flight and boat hop away. On-land and over-water villas, dolphins playing in the warm sapphire seas and restaurants serving mouthwatering East-West cuisine create an exceptional, natural nirvana.

Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the archipelagos southern Laamu Atoll. The 97 award winning accommodations are a combination of on-land and over-water villas constructed of sustainable materials. Weathered timber jetties lead to the overwater havens secluded by high wooden enclosures. Lush forest surrounds the stylish beach villas in utmost privacy. They all offer the ultimate island lifestyle, with one or two bedrooms, private leisure and dining decks, and many well thought out features for guest comfort.

Award-winning marine conservation initiative based right here at Six Senses Laamu in collaboration with three partner NGOs: The Manta Trust, Blue Marine Foundation and Olive Ridley Project, all of which work together to reach research, guest education and community outreach goals.

Six Senses Laamu has 97 spacious thatched villas, all carefully designed to harmonize with the outstanding natural beauty of the island. They offer privacy, coziness, and comfort. True to the Six Senses philosophy of being in harmony with the environment, the Laamu water villas are crafted from local and sustainable materials.

Lagoon Beach Villa

- Private access to the beach
- Private garden with relaxing daybeds
- Panoramic upper dining deck at treetop level and viewing platform
- Lagoon Beach Villas face towards the turquoise lagoon of the island

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Ocean Water Villa

- Sunken ocean view all-glass bathtub
- Private water garden
- Outdoor relaxing platform with daybeds, sun lounges and over-water netting
- Aquarium dining deck with all-glass table
- Panoramic upper dining deck and viewing
- Ocean Water Villas face toward the ocean with uninterrupted views and are located further away from the main island

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Ocean Water Villa with pool

- Sunken ocean view all-glass bathtub
- Private water garden
- Outdoor relaxing platform with daybeds, sun lounges and over-water netting
- Aquarium dining deck with all-glass table
- Panoramic upper dining deck and viewing platform with day beds
- Ocean Water Villas with Pool face toward the ocean with uninterrupted views and are located further out in the jetty with more privacy

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Two bedroom Ocean Beach Villa with pool

- Private access to the beach
- Private garden with daybeds
- Panoramic upper dining deck at treetop level and viewing platform
- Two fully furnished bedrooms with individual shower areas
- Day Lounge on top of the Living Room Private Pool
- Face towards the turquoise lagoon of the island

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Choose a beachfront or over-water villa hideaway Six Senses Laamu has 97 spacious thatched villas, all carefully designed to harmonize with the outstanding natural beauty of the island. They offer privacy, coziness, and comfort. True to the Six Senses philosophy of being in harmony with the environment, the Laamu water villas are crafted from local and sustainable materials.

Covid Information for Six Senses Laamu



Country Covid Travel Information

Travel to the Maldives resumes from the UK from the 22nd Sept 2021
View the up to date list here

In July 2020 Maldives reopened it's borders

View entry requirements here All visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel.

All travellers must submit a self-declarative health declaration within 24 hours prior to travel online portal of Maldives Immigration, "Imuga", imuga.immigration.gov.mv.

All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival, are required to wear face masks, social distancing at the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces. Most resorts have their own additional protocols

Split-stay requests are approved and monitored by the government (HPA). You may need a PCR test to move between resorts.

Until the end of October, fully vaccinated travellers will need to take a day 2 PCR test on your return in the UK. From the end of October this will be replaced with a lateral flow.

Not fully vaccinated travellers will be required to take a day 2 & day 8 covid test plus 10 days quarantine at home or test to release on day 5

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

Updated 18th Sept 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

The Maldives is in the Indian Ocean, a 10-14hr flight from the UK, around 370 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. It is made up of 1200 islands, stretching over 500 miles from north to south. The main arrival airport for all flights to the Maldives is Male's airport island (MLE). The Maldives is famous for its great snorkelling, manta cleaning stations, whalesharks, shark dives and fast drift dives through channels. The water remains a constant 27-28 C year round.

Covid Travel Information

Travel to the Maldives resumes from the UK from the 22nd Sept 2021
View the up to date list here

In July 2020 Maldives reopened it's borders

View entry requirements here All visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel.

All travellers must submit a self-declarative health declaration within 24 hours prior to travel online portal of Maldives Immigration, "Imuga", imuga.immigration.gov.mv.

All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival, are required to wear face masks, social distancing at the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces. Most resorts have their own additional protocols

Split-stay requests are approved and monitored by the government (HPA). You may need a PCR test to move between resorts.

Until the end of October, fully vaccinated travellers will need to take a day 2 PCR test on your return in the UK. From the end of October this will be replaced with a lateral flow.

Not fully vaccinated travellers will be required to take a day 2 & day 8 covid test plus 10 days quarantine at home or test to release on day 5

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

Updated 18th Sept 2021

Weather and Climate

Whilst there are 2 monsoon seasons (Nov-Apr & May-Oct), the diving remains excellent year round. Diving operators will changes their dive sites in each season to find the best hot spots for the big fish! Traditionally, our summer months tend to be windier with a higher chance of rain, whilst the winter months are flatter. However, the seasons are much less predictable in reality and its a fabulous place to dive whatever time of year!

Travel

Flight options

Our holidays to the Maldives can be quoted with most major airlines. If you would like to depart from a regional UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. If you make your own flight arrangements to Male, please check the transfer arrangements before confirming your flights. Please do not finalise any flight arrangements yourself before your liveaboard space is confirmed as being held.

Stopovers

As most flights are not direct, it is simple to add a stop over en route - simply ask your travel consultant for a quote. Sri Lanka is our most popular, up coming destination - with beautiful beaches, it's a great alternative to staying in the Maldives resorts. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, why not head into the jungle for look for elephants and leopards. Or if you are a culture vulture, we highly recommend a Kandy city tour. The choice is yours! As we are able to book most major airlines to the Maldives, you can also add a stop to break up your flight. Popular locations include Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi.

Arrange before you go

Regular Entry Requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here . If transiting via Sri Lanka you must have a visa prior to travel click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in the Maldives, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please turn left from arrivals and go to the information desk at Male airport. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

If your holiday begins in Male you will be met and taken to your boat. The transfer takes around 20mins. Many of our Maldives holidays will include either a domestic flight or seaplane transfer. It takes approx 45mins -1 hour to clear immigration and collect your baggage at Male airport. We endeavour to keep the transit between flights as short as possible and your transfer will normally take place within 3 hours of your international arrival, but please be aware, you may have to wait at the airport between flights. The domestic terminal is right next door to arrivals. This has AC, bathrooms and a small cafe. You will usually be met by a rep, who will assist you in moving between the terminals. The baggage allowance on domestic flights is typically 20kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg. The seaplane check in desk is to your right on exiting the arrivals hall. You will check your bag in here and then be transferred to the seaplane terminal by bus. This has AC, bathrooms, a small cafe and shop. The seaplanes run regularly throughout the day and due to the way the scheduling is organised, the exact time of your seaplane cannot be confirmed prior to arrival in Male. Seaplanes do not run in the dark - the fist seaplane is around 06:00 Male time and ends around 16:00 Male time. The baggage allowance on seaplane flights is typically 20kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg.

Departures

You will be taken back to Male airport in time for your international flight. Domestic flights and seaplanes will arrive in time for you to make your connections. Typically you will arrive at the airport 1 1/2- 2 hours before your flight time. There is currently no departure tax when leaving the Maldives.

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Six Senses Laamu is the only dive resort in the Laamu Atoll so we are virtually guaranteed of having the dive sites to ourselves when we go out, something that is extremely rare for a world-class diving area and almost unheard of for a place with mantas year-round.

Deep Blue Divers is a PADI 5* dive center.
With multilingual team of professional diving instructors teaches PADI courses ranging from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster. We teach in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Swedish and Dhivehi. All PADI courses are for adults, with youth aged 10+ and children aged 8+ welcome to participate in our children and youth diving programs.

To accommodate all divers needs, Laamu schedule their dive boats to go out three times a day. Choose the option(s) that suits you best. All our boat dives include a light snack (fruit skewers, pastry, coffee, tea and drinking water).

All dives are a maximum of 60 minutes in duration and the maximum guest to guide ratio is 6:1 but is typically 4:1 or fewer.
9:00 am 1:30 pm 2-Tank Dive Trip these trips often do one channel or outer reef dive followed by one inner reef dive. The channel dives are geared towards the more advanced divers, as often these sites are exposed to stronger currents, with the potential reward of seeing more megafauna and bigger schools of fish. For these dives, Advanced Open Water and Nitrox are strongly recommended.

10:30 am 12:30 pm 1-Tank Dive Trip these trips are for those who want to sleep in or only want to do one dive and typically take place at a close-by dive site where there are no currents, making for very relaxed, easy dives.

3:00 pm 5:00 pm 1-Tank Dive Trip these trips are for those who only want to do one dive, or a second or third dive of the day and usually take place at a close by dive site where there are no currents, making for very relaxed, easy dives.

All certified divers must show proof of certification. This is required to participate in fun diving activities. If you forget to bring your certification card we will do our best to try to find your certification online. However, the onus is on the diver to provide proof of certification and inability to do so will result in not being able to dive as a certified diver and pre-booked dives will not be refunded.

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Six Senses Laamus dining alternatives have been designed to take the best advantage of the islands idyllic beauty with panoramic views and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The over-water amenities facility of Six Senses Laamu is the largest in the Maldives, offering many options. In addition, organic meals served around the organic garden on the island.

Latitude

This open-air, two-story overwater dining venue begins each day with a bountiful breakfast. Dinner is an a-la-carte international menu of fresh catch, grilled meats, pastas and Asian flavors. Twice a week, the resorts chefs create a unique buffet experience for guests, with local and fresh ingredients. Each Tuesday Mediterranean spice souk and an Asian street market is featured on Fridays.

Leaf

Perched above the organic garden, talented chefs work with local ingredients sourced from Maldivian fishermen and farmers to create innovative dishes. The restaurant features an ever-changing Mediterranean menu for dinner.

Sip Sip

Sip Sip with its sunken bar and adjacent poolside seating, emerges from the swimming pool and offers a great casual all day dining alternative. Homemade pizzas, crisp salads, juicy burgers, a variety of pasta and locally inspired desserts. It is the perfect place to spend the day and enjoy refreshing mocktails or a fresh juice or to simply relax on a sun lounger and watch the sun set over the island of the Laamu atoll while enjoying a cocktail or a glass of wine.