Dining at Six Senses Laamu

Dining - it’s a huge part of any luxury holiday and must hit the spot every time!

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Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives delivers this in spades!

Anytime I’m planning a holiday for a client they always ask about the restaurants and the food. They know the location is beautiful but what about the dining experiences? It’s no secret that travelling is all about exploring new places but equally important to most people is enjoying the delicious food on offer.

For me, a luxury holiday means a beautiful escape from the everyday so no endless cooking, no constantly stacking the dishwasher, no going to the grocery store seven times in one week and blissfully no meal prep. You want to be able to completely relax, enjoy the amazing food on offer and the great company.

So, it all makes sense that dining is a huge part of any luxury holiday.

One simple rule I have and always follow is that I will never visit an island with only one restaurant - after a few days of breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same restaurant you see me wanting to swim fast and far away.

And that’s definitely not the case with the luxurious private island resort Six Sense Laamu in the Maldives - here you’re definitely spoilt for choice with so many delicious dining options. Dining here is definitely treated as an experience and a central part of your luxury holiday to the Maldives.

Photo:  ladyv.me

Photo: ladyv.me

Six Senses Laamu has created a vibrant dining atmosphere with music, restaurants and an over-water bar with over-water hammocks and cushions providing the perfect location to watch the stunning Maldivian sunset. It’s the Maldives largest over-water amenities facility. And for the perfect afternoon treat, you must try the ice cream and chocolate studio, Ice.

Longitude, Six Senses main restaurant, is an outstanding dining option, built over water with two storeys. It’s divided into individual areas of ten or so tables connected by bridges or walk-ways. There’s even an area allocated for couples only and one for families so neither experience is compromised.

Leaf is their Signature Restaurant themed beautifully and one of the best restaurants in the Maldives. Built on stilts, high in the tree canopy with access via a swinging bridge, it's next to the resorts' own organic produce garden. For the most memorable dinner, I’d reserve one of the round dining tables so you can enjoy a delicious dinner under the stars!

And if that’s not enough there’s also Deck-a-Dence, another amazing dining option, set over-water on a private jetty in front of the main restaurant. Dine from a carbon neutral menu at one of six low set cushioned tables with a glass bottomed floor. The stars are simply amazing from these tables.

And I’m not done yet! If you’re looking for a unique over-water dining experience, then don’t miss out on Zen, which offers diners a modern twist on delicious Japanese cuisine. Enjoy a Six Senses signature cocktail while you dine. If you’re still looking for more options, then there’s Sip Sip their stunning sunken swimming pool bar and light lunch area offering a full bar, wood fired pizzas and al carte menu. Relax here during the day or drop by for a cocktail and enjoy an amazing sunset. At Six Senses Laamu wine lovers will be amazed by the Altitude Wine Cellar which has more than 420 old world and new world vintages housed in a wine tower 6.4 metres above the Indian Ocean.

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Finally, the Maldives is all about Destination Dining and there’s something so special about dining in the beautiful surroundings. It can be for a special occasion or honestly just because you can and you’re here. At Six Senses their Destination Dining covers a range of scheduled on island dining options: beach BBQ's, lobster dinners and decadent wine dinners. These dining experiences are extremely popular so I always book these in advance prior to arriving as you definitely don’t want to miss out. With so many options and experiences to choose from Six Senses Laamu takes dining to the next level. It’s easy to see why Six Senses Laamu is one of my favourite resorts in the Maldives - beautiful location, luxurious beach and water villas, endless activities and world class dining.

The Ultimate Private Island Resort

One&Only Reethi Rah is hands down one of our favourite exclusively private island resorts. So, if you’re looking for the ultimate in holiday luxury, then this is definitely the resort for you. And to be honest who isn’t?

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The island itself is stunning, the soft white sandy beaches are long, and the lagoon is iridescently turquoise. I can say for certain that the photos only partly do this beautiful island paradise justice. It’s one of those bucket worthy trips you do once and then you immediately add it to the list to do again.

 

Reethi Rah is an incredibly easy 45 minute transfer from Male on a luxury private yacht. So, after your long haul flight, there’s nothing better than being whisked away by the beautiful Reethi staff to your awaiting yacht. And, if you’re arriving on a day flight you might want to try the Seaplane so you can enjoy the amazing views of the Maldivian archipelago from above.

 

If you’re arriving on a night flight like I usually do, the true beauty of this island will be revealed when you wake up the next morning. Reethi Rah was the first island I visited in the Maldives many years ago and I can honestly say I have never forgotten that morning I woke up in my over-water villa and went out on to my deck surrounded by the turquoise lagoon. Each time I visit now, I can still remember that amazing experience and my first taste of the beauty of the Maldives. This really is one of the reasons I love to travel, experiencing those moments that really do take your breath away.

 

Reethi Rah is also the second largest resort island in the Maldives so it caters brilliantly to both families and couples with enough space for everyone. You really do feel like this is your own private island. I love exploring this island by bike but there are also chauffeured golf buggy/carts that will take you wherever you want to go. I usually take advantage of this service back to my villa after sunset cocktails at Fanditha, a delicious Japanese dinner at Tapasake or one of my many visits to the One&Only Spa.

 

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The hardest decision you’ll face is whether to stay in a beach or water villa. You’ll be please to know that there’s definitely no wrong choice here as all the villas are luxuriously elegant, private and decorated with beautifully fresh orchids grown in their own Orchid Green House. The Beach Villas are some of the largest in the Maldives with high rafted ceilings and beautiful wooden doors that slide open to your own private beach. All Beach Villas have their own outdoor shower which I love as this really will make you feel like you’re on your own private island, not to mention completely relaxed. If you stay in the Two-Villa Residence with Pool, this villa comes with your very own golf buggy/cart - very luxurious and convenient!  

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The Water Villas are also extremely private and are located all over the island in clusters of only four villas per jetty connected by over-water walkways. Arranged in a semi-circle shape, each facing out towards the lagoon on a different angle offering the ultimate privacy. When you arrive, let your Villa Host arrange the complimentary unpacking service so you can relax immediately.

 

There’s no better time to visit One&Only Reethi Rah as we have amazing special offers including a huge 30% OFF when you stay 7 nights or more. Plus, FREE half board in Reethi Restaurant and FREE shared boat transfers from/to Velana International Airport. For stays now until the 16 December 2019.

 

This one is definitely worth the holiday splurge.

Manta Season

Photo by  Manta Trust

Photo by Manta Trust

One of my favourite times to visit the Maldives is Manta Season.  Mid May to Mid October is when these majestic creatures grace Hanifaru Bay with their impressive presence.  Hanifaru Bay is a UNESCO protected area where the Mantas go to feed and clean.  It is located in the Baa Atoll Maldives where it is estimated that 5000 Reef Mantas the largest population of Reef Mantas in the world.

In Hanifaru Bay over these months, you are not likely to see just one or two Mantas but literally so many you lose count.  They frolic about in the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean feeding on the tiny plankton, performing what Marine Biologists have called the Dance of the Mantas.  This Dance takes a number of different forms and involves the Mantas teaming up in lines and diving together helping each other scoop up the plankton with their filters.  It is truly mesmerising to watch.

 

On one occasion, I have been lucky enough to snorkel with the world renowned Manta expert, Dr Guy Stevens, who counted over 88 Mantas, all dancing and feeding around us.  They can work out how many there are at any time by taking photos of the marks on the Mantas bellies which are unique to each Manta.  It was a spectacular experience.  They come so close to you it is as if they may touch you, on some occasions the tips of their wings actually do and then they dive and tumble at the last minute.  I always point out on the boat ride from the resort to Hanifaru, especially to young children, that Mantas are plankton filter feeders and are completely harmless.

 
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Four Seasons Landaa has the Manta Trust Representative located there and the resort offers an experience called Manta on Call.  Once registered for this, you are given a cell phone which you are to carry everywhere you go and be ready with swimmers and snorkelling gear to be called to head immediately to the water sports centre if any Mantas are sited by the Manta Trust research boat out in Hanifaru.  Once called, you go straight to the departure area where you are whisked off to an experience of a lifetime.  It is so exciting and the best way to guarantee seeing these amazing creatures.  You may encounter a Whale Shark swimming with them.

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to many other places around the world.  Hawaii, Mexico and so on.  Nothing beats the Maldives and nothing comes close to this experience of snorkelling at Hanifaru with Mantas in the natural environment.  The best news is that Manta Season is shoulder season in the Maldives so prices are low and the specials we have are amazing.  We have Stay 7 pay 5 nights so 2 free nights and free half-board breakfasts and dinners at the Four Seasons Landaa and Soneva Fushi and then 30% off and free half-board breakfasts and dinners at Amilla Fushi and Anantara Kihavah. Plus its Manta seasons!  If you are a marine lover, you absolutely have to add this to your Bucket List.



Where to stay 

Best resorts for Manta diving are Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Amilla Fushi, Anantara Kihavah and Soneva Fushi.