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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Spacious villas

    Spoiling spa

    Romantic dining

  • Kids will love

    Jungle cinema

    Glass-bottomed baths

    Ice-cream room

  • Don’t expect

    To wander off-site


    Baby monitors


Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives could have been dreamed up by a child: this family-friendly desert-island paradise has ice-cream and chocolate rooms, a jungle cinema and watersports a go-go. Villas are decorated with glass-bottomed bath tubs so you can spy on the fishes, and each one has its own patch of sand.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Six Senses Laamu with us:

Free full-board for up to two under-12s

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Six Senses Laamu

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‘Did a child with wanderlust dream up this family-friendly tropical paradise? We reckon it’s likely, since young fun seems to be at the forefront of Six Senses Laamu’s mind.’

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Need To Know


97, including one two-bedroom villa.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a charge (50 per cent of the daily room rate, up until 6pm). Earliest check-in, 2pm. Guests arriving early can freshen up in another villa’s bathroom (subject to availability).


Double rooms from £925.88 ($1,131), including tax at 23.2 per cent.

More details

Rates are based on two people; for three, add $40 a night (plus tax). Buffet breakfast and WiFi is usually included. Children All villas can accommodate two adults plus two under-12s (with one tot sleeping on the sofa bed; one on an extra rollaway bed). If the two beds provided aren’t enough for your clan, extra beds for over-12s (US$95.04 a night) and cots (free) can be added to rooms. Under-6s can eat for free; children aged 7–11 get a 50 per cent food discount.


Guests of all ages get free bicycles and tricycles to wheel around on. Each family is assigned a GEM (Guest Experience Maker), to look after them during their stay. Free yoga and aerobics classes are on offer, along with chargeable holistic extras, such as de-stress workshops (not that you should be frowning here) or acupressure sessions.

At the hotel

Swimming pool, beach, beachside volleyball court, watersports centre, three restaurants, bars, kids club, outside cinema, ice-cream and chocolate rooms, playground, library, free WiFi throughout.

In your room

TV, CD and DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, bathrobes, slippers. Books and puzzles can be provided, along with baby bedlinen, bottle sterilising facilities, highchairs, playmats and baby towels.

Our favourite rooms

The Beach Villas are great for families, thanks to their direct beach access and big sandy private garden just in front of each villa, for little ones to play in. These villas have one bedroom, but can sleep two adults and two children. They also have a shaded dining area out on the rooftop deck. Ocean Beach Villa 95 is very close to the kids club and main facilities, so would suit parents with children too small to be biking around the resort. If you need two bedrooms, book the Two-Bedroom Lagoon Beach Villa (there’s only one, so get in early).


Meandering around Sip Sip restaurant, the resort's free-form, unheated pool is a sociable spot. It's unsupervised – and there's no shallow end – but you can keep an eye on your little ones from two sunken decks with comfy sofas – there are also secluded spots with sunloungers for two and later on in the day a DJ ssets the soundtrack for sundown. The beach is safe and sandy – there’s no lifeguard, so you’ll need to keep an eye on little ones – but the waters are pretty calm and flat.  


Remind yourself where you are in the world (as if you could forget) with a tropical treatment at the gorgeous spa, open 9am until 9pm: opt for a locally inspired treatment, such as the exfoliating massage with sand, or the Kurumbaa Kaashi coconut rub, and request one of the four nest-like treatment rooms overlooking the sea. Over-9s are welcome in the spa, as long as they’re accompanied by parents. The hotel also has a brilliant scheme sure to please grown-ups: children’s massage workshops, where little ones learn the art of head and shoulder massages. Teens aged 13–16 can have a mini facial; 10–16-year olds can be pampered with a head, hand and foot massage and mini manicure/pedicure. Alternatively, if you want to drop the kids off and relax in utter quiet, Den is very close to the spa, or you can book babysitters through the kids club.

Book ahead

Babysitters need one day's notice. Book your sessions at the spa and kids club at least three days ahead.


Food and drink

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Children are welcome in all of the restaurants and at all times, but because there are nine dining spots to choose from, nowhere ever feels raucous. Longitude is the main restaurant, and the most casual, occupying a vast two-storey space housed in the main overwater area. Kids will love the theatrics of the twice-weekly buffet dinner, with live cooking stations and heaps of choice. There’s also Leaf, perched above the organic garden, which serves Vietnamese lunches and Med-inspired dinners, plus a more formal Japanese-style restaurant, Zen, which occupies a romantic overwater space on an upper deck near Chill Bar (children are welcome, but if parents are craving some quality time together, this might be the time to book a babysitter). Set within the main pool, Sip Sip is a laid-back all-day eatery with pizzas whisked from the oven, pastas, salads, burgers and a must-visit bar.

Family fare

Highchairs are available in the restaurants, and Longitude has a children’s menu featuring young ’uns’ favourites, such as fish fingers, chicken nuggets and spaghetti bolognaise. Staff will happily heat up milk or baby food, and chefs will adapt menu items according to tots’ tastes. Sip Sip's kids' menu has a few healthy selections – roasted tomato soup and steamed fish and veggies – alongside tried-and-true favourites, such as burgers, nuggets and pastas.

Hotel Bar

Kids are very welcome at Chill Bar, an open-air wooden space with big, comfy day beds overlooking the sea. The lounge seats are perfect for lazy family lunches and kids can gambol in the water while parents polish off pudding. When the little ones get thirsty, they can order fruit smoothies and juices or pick from the mocktail menu: Little Face is made with cranberry, grapefruit, honey and apple; we also like the Pineapple and Ginger Nojito. For adults, there are no less than 14 signature cocktails, including flirty little libations such as Lamuu Beach Party (a muddle of whisky, rum, cranberry, mango and ginger) and Atoll Punch, a raspberry and vodka concoction that honours the local islands. An expert resident DJ serves up Cinematic Orchestra and the ilk at lunch, jazz in the afternoon and party tunes later. Sip Sip's perched-in-the-pool setting engenders a casual family-friendly atmosphere and its list of mocktails, made with zingy fresh juices and locally sourced herbs and spices, will tempt all ages. Mums and dads have plenty of cool cocktails to choose form too.  

Last orders

Breakfast is available at Longitude between 7.30am and 10.30am. Dinner is served until 10pm at Zen; 10.30pm at Leaf and Longitude. Late-risers: head down for breakfast before 10.30am or you’ll miss out. The bar serves drinks until your thirst is quenched (or you fall over). Sip Sip whips out tasty fare and cooling drinks from 10am to 8pm.  

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Have easy lunches and casual buffet dinners in Longitude’s overwater pavilion (kids will want to sit near the chefs, so they can spy on the action); dine romantically at Zen; eat outside at Leaf.

  • Room service

    Order nibbles to your room between 7am and 11pm. You can choose dishes from Longitude’s menu or pick from the in-villa dining menu, which features Mediterranean, Asian and local dishes. All rooms have an in-villa menu for infants, featuring dishes created without salt, sugar, spice or additives. Example dishes include: boiled vegetables with cream-cheese sauce; cream of organic vegetable purée; banana mash.  


    Heston, eat your heart out: there are 42 flavours of ice-cream to explore here, including tofu, wasabi and sour cream, orange Campari, and watermelon with feta and roasted pumpkin seeds.


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Parent approved

‘Did a child with wanderlust dream up this family-friendly tropical paradise? We reckon it’s likely, since young fun seems to be at the forefront of Six Senses Laamu’s mind.’

Smith & Family


No crèche, just Den, but under-3s can attend the kids club if they’re accompanied by a parent or babysitter.  

Kids Club

Den, designed for kids aged 3–12, occupies a beach hut set back from the waves and close to the Jungle Cinema and water sports area. The club is open 9am–1pm and 2pm–6pm daily, with a schedule of activities including hide and seek, sand art, dodgeball, water relay, pasta art and face painting. There are various areas to explore: a Book Zone, a Yum Zone (for a quick snack), an Expression Zone (to show off what children have done during the day), a Cinema Zone, an Art and Craft Zone and a Sleep Zone for tired explorers.  


Babysitting is available for US$15 an hour; just book at least a day ahead.


The hotel doesn’t offer a baby-listening service or provide baby monitors, so bring your own monitors and ask for one of the few Water Villas within range of the restaurant.

Other Services

The hotel provides bottle sterilising facilities, highchairs, playmats, books, puzzles and baby towels. Concerned parents will be glad to know that the hotel has its own 24-hour doctor on call.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Bottles • Baby cots• Cot bedlinen • Baby towels • Play mat • Soft toys

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Play mat • Toddler-proof toys • Scooters • Bicycles • Bike helmets • Sandpit • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• DVD library • Bikes to borrow • Board games • Craft materials • Books • Doll's house • Lego • Ping-pong table • Surfboards • Wetsuits


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Things to do

This is watersports central: go snorkelling in front of Chill Bar to spy the most eye-bogglingly beautiful fish, or go on a night snorkel or a tour of the house reef. The atoll also offers amazing diving, and the chance to peer at reef sharks and manta ray close up. Swim a few lazy circuits in the sizeable swimming pool, or spend lazy days down at the beach, or splashing around your villa's private pool, or spoil yourselves with treatments at the whisper-quiet spa. Little Smiths can play with other youngsters at the kids club; alternatively, have a family excursion on a traditional dhoni boat. 

Hotel activities

Go looking for spinner and bottlenose dolphins on a sunset dolphin cruise, with glasses of chilled champagne for mum and dad to keep you refreshed onboard. If you loved reading Robinson Crusoe, opt for the picnic island experience: a picnic lunch on your own private island. You can also stake out your own sandbank for the day for an early breakfast, sunbathing session, cocktails or a barbecue dinner. You’re in prime surfing territory: Yin Yang is the Maldives’ most famous break. The biggest waves are from June through til September. Kids and adults will both be bowled over by the Jungle Cinema, tucked away from the beach. Settle down with some popcorn on the deck chairs and relax. There are twice-weekly scheduled showings but the space is also available for exclusive hire, if you can’t bear rustling sweet-wrappers and the occasional burst of mid-cinema chatter. If the idea of having your eyes glued to a screen when you’re in tropical paradise leaves you cold, go sunset fishing (the locals reckon it's when you'll get the best catch). If you’re fruitful, the chef will cook up your catch for dinner.  

Sunny days

At Den, the highlight of the club is definitely the outdoor sandy area, which has climbing ropes and swings suspended between the trees. A fleet of bicycles is also on loan to guests. Make the most of the hotel’s watersports offering and go snorkelling in the still waters lapping the shore, then relax in the evening with a film at the outside cinema. Sporty types can play volleyball, badminton or cycle around the island.

Rainy days

Den has a stash of toys, puzzles and other games for wet days. If the sun is too fierce, staff will bring children inside Den to play with the building blocks, play darts with magnets and tootle away on the musical instruments. Alternatively, families can play games back at their villa, watch a movie in bed together, take part in a dance class or do some yoga.  

And there's more…

Go on a treasure hunt or a dolphin cruise.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

On the topic of picnics, the hotel has its own uninhabited island where guests can be dropped off with a hamper for the day for the full Crusoe effect.

If you like sharing the waves with dolphins, spotting the most gaudy and giddily coloured tropical fish, hopping on a boat to private islands and going on a night snorkel, you'll love Six Senses Laamu's location, which puts the ocean at your fingertips. Bump into Oriental Sweetlips, parrotfish and even green turtles at the hotel's coral-rich house reef, or grab your surfboard for Yin Yang, the atoll's most famous wave (spoken of in hallowed tones by tousled-haired break-junkies). The expert resident dive team will take you out for an early morning or after-dark underwater adventure; you can also see more of the watery surrounds by going out on a catamaran, going waterskiing, wakeboarding or windsurfing. 

Perhaps unexpectedly, many of the neighbouring islands are home to important archaeological sites. Go to Gan Island to see ruins dating back to the Maldivian Buddhist era, including Gamu Haiytheli, which is said to be the Maldives' last Buddhist temple; visit Isdhoo to admire the ancient mosque, built from coral, stones and wood. Staff will ship you across to these idyllic spots (if you ask nicely, you might even get a picnic lunch, too). 

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Six Senses Laamu
Olhuveli Island, Laamu, Laamu Atoll, 20015
Hotel setting

Atoll utopia

Getting There

Six Senses Laamu is the only hotel on Olhuveli Island in the untouched Laamu Atoll, meaning a minimum of other tourists and a maximum of flawless milk-white sand.


Catch a domestic flight to Kadhdhoo Airport with Maldivian ( You’ll be met at the airport by a member of Six Senses staff, and it’s a two-minute walk to the pick-up point for your speedy (15-minute) speedboat transfer to the hotel.


Forget wheels and be thankful for your own two feet: when you’re not coursing across waves in a boat, you’ll be cycling or strolling around this car-free island.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Six Senses Laamu – has been selected and approved by parents.

Smith & Family

Did a child with wanderlust dream up this family-friendly tropical paradise? We reckon it’s likely, since young fun seems to be at the forefront of Six Senses Laamu’s mind. There’s a brilliant kids club, an emphasis on barefoot beachtime, a jungle cinema, an ice-cream and chocolate room and more watersports than you can throw a dolphin at. Each villa has an in-room menu for very little ones, and for less little ones, there are more dining spots than there are days in the week.


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