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Six Nights in Paradise – A Return to Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives

Maldives with kids - Relaxing in the hammocks at Chill Bar

The Maldives with Youngsters – Half Two

My son and I LOVED Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives final yr. In my weblog submit I referred to as it our favourite resort in the world. Nevertheless it was solely the two of us – my spouse and daughters missed out. So once I found that my youngsters have been getting out of faculty for Christmas break on December 14th, I noticed a chance to zip round the world to the Maldives for some overwater rest, and nonetheless be residence by Christmas. Loopy? Sure. There isn’t any fast method to get to the Maldives. However when it comes to journey planning I’m undoubtedly loopy. I booked in Might, and we departed after faculty on December 14th.

I considered revising final yr’s submit, however determined to do a brand new publish as an alternative with particulars from this journey – pretty totally different contemplating that we had new ages represented, it was at a unique time of yr, and we required two villas.

Enjoyable in the hammocks at Chill Bar

California to the Maldives for Christmas Break

It took us 4 flights to attain Six Senses Laamu: Santa Barbara to San Francisco and San Francisco to Singapore on United, Singapore to Malé on Silk Air, and Malé to Kadhdhoo on Maldivian Air. Door to door the journey took 33 hours, together with 24 hours or so truly flying. The most effective a part of the journey is the boat experience from the Kadhdhoo airport to Six Senses Laamu, the place you’re taking off your footwear, have a lemonade and know that you simply made it with none points. Time to chill out!

Maldives with kids - Arriving at Six Senses Laamu. With lemonade.

Arriving at Six Senses Laamu. With lemonade.

We booked separate tickets for the journey – Santa Barbara to Singapore, after which Singapore to Malé (Six Senses handles the Maldivian flights). We took carry-ons solely in order that we wouldn’t have to decide up our luggage in Singapore and re-examine them, which might have been robust if our inbound flight was late. And it’s straightforward to pack mild for a tropical island – particularly one the place you don’t put on footwear.

Maldives with kids - Our luggage for 6 nights in the Maldives and 2 in Singapore on the way home

Our carry-on baggage for six nights in the Maldives and a couple of in Singapore on the method house

Six Senses Laamu Villas

Six Senses Laamu has overwater villas and seashore villas. The overwater villas solely sleep two – or three by turning the couch right into a mattress. The seashore villas sleep up to six, in order that they work higher for households. We needed to be overwater although! That’s a part of the enjoyable of touring to the Maldives. So we opted for 2 overwater villas and have been assigned 47 and 48 on Jetty B.

Maldives with kids - Jetty B. Our villas were on the right, partway up.

Jetty B. Our villas have been halfway up on the proper.

Final yr my son and I had villa 14 on Jetty A. It labored nice for the two of us. It was in the direction of the finish of Jetty A, however he was assured on a bicycle (there are not any guardrails on the jetties) and we had a blast continually driving to and from the island. 47 and 48 on Jetty B have been completely good for us a household, although, since my eight-yr-previous wasn’t assured driving overwater for a number of days, and Jetty B is quite a bit shorter than Jetty A. My son and I took 47 and the women have been in 48. We continually went forwards and backwards – on foot, on bicycle and thru the water.

Maldives with kids - Villa 47

Villa 47

Maldives with kids - Looking out at the girl's villa

Searching at the woman’s villa

Maldives with kids - Our view. I preferred having a sunrise view to a sunset view, since we were always in the villa for sunrise, but rarely for sunset.

Our view – wanting east in the direction of Jetty C. I most popular having a dawn view to a sundown view, since we have been all the time in the villa for dawn, however not often for sundown.

Our Days

Final yr I commented that 4 nights wasn’t lengthy sufficient. So we booked six nights this time and…it nonetheless wasn’t lengthy sufficient! And we didn’t even do a lot. In two journeys we nonetheless haven’t gone snorkeling. And we didn’t do any of the provided excursions. We cycled quite a bit. We relaxed quite a bit. We swam rather a lot – principally at our villas, but in addition at the pool. We performed Frisbee, Big Jenga, ping pong, corn gap, volleyball and soccer on the seashore. We performed chess and the youngsters sketched at the villa. And the days flew by. If we had had two extra nights we nonetheless probably wouldn’t have achieved something main. However it’s a completely good place to chill out and stare at the water and do nothing!

Maldives with kids - Chess on our deck

Chess on our deck

Maldives with kids - Football (soccer) on the beach

Soccer (soccer) on the seashore

Maldives with kids - Sketching

Sketching

Meals

We have been on the half-board plan – so breakfast and dinner have been included day by day, and we have been on our personal for lunch.

Breakfast is at Longitude. We liked breakfast, and have been there proper once they opened day-after-day, getting the similar desk day-after-day however as soon as. They’ve just about something you possibly can probably need, after which some. There are even fifteen varieties of honey! If there wasn’t mango out, they might minimize one up and convey it to the desk. The youngsters liked the waffles, fruit and Greek yogurt.

Maldives with kids - Longitude

Breakfast at Longitude

Maldives with kids - Our table at breakfast most mornings

Our desk at breakfast most mornings

By some means final yr my son and I missed the meat/cheese/sushi room? So I ate twice the breakfast sushi this journey to make up for it! Plus the Maldivian gadgets have been superb – assume numerous tuna and curry.

Maldives with kids - Sushi and Maldivian specialties for breakfast

Sushi and Maldivian specialties for breakfast

And the hammocks by the tables have been all the time an enormous hit. The youngsters might chill out or search for fish whereas we had a second cappuccino/espresso. Or we have been wonderful with them heading again to the villas on their very own.

Maldives with kids - Looking for fish from our breakfast hammock

On the lookout for fish from our breakfast desk hammock

For lunch we alternated between Sip Sip and Chill Bar, and we ordered room service as soon as, since the room service menu is totally different than the restaurant menus.

Maldives with kids - Room service being delivered

Room service being delivered. So good!

Final yr my son and I had drinks each sundown at Chill Bar. We did that half our evenings this time – just because the youngsters didn’t need to depart the seashore the different nights. As soon as once more we liked sitting out on the hammocks and watching the solar go down, and this time there have been lots of dolphin sightings as properly.

Maldives with kids - Sunset at Chill Bar

Sundown at Chill Bar

For dinner our GEM (Visitor Expertise Maker) Ali made dinner reservations for us in advance at Zen (Asian) one night time and at Leaf (Six Senses’ signature restaurant) one night time. We ate at Chill Bar two nights, and at Longitude the different two nights (for its particular barbecue and Mediterranean nights). All meals have been wonderful, though Leaf stays our favourite.

Six Senses Laamu Bicycles – The Good Resort Transportation

Our favourite aspect at Six Senses Laamu final yr was the bicycles. Each villa comes with bikes (child-sized for teenagers) they usually’re your transportation your whole keep.

Maldives with kids - Our kids' bikes, with custom plates

Our youngsters’ bikes, with customized plates

Our eight-yr-previous daughter hadn’t ridden lots in the previous – in California we stay on a hill and have a gravel driveway. She was nervous not solely about driving on the overwater jetties, but in addition on the island paths. So she began out with coaching wheels, had these eliminated after half a day, caught to driving on the island for the subsequent two days, after which was lastly assured sufficient to experience on the jetty the final three days of our keep. She by no means got here shut to going over the edge, and she or he felt nice about her accomplishment. I might guess she’ll by no means be nervous about driving once more.

Maldives with kids - Confident on the jetty - after a couple of days

Assured on the jetty – after a few days

Final yr we made a psychological word that the Six Senses bicycles all the time appeared to work nicely, whereas the bikes at the different Maldives resort we stayed at stored breaking down. This time we observed why: there’s bike upkeep happening once you park and head off to eat! We noticed Six Senses staff checking tire pressures, pedals, brakes and lights always, and most visitors do not know that it even goes on. It makes all the distinction although.

And one night time early in our keep our youngsters have been falling asleep at dinner jet lagged, so a GEM drove us again to our villas in a golf cart. We figured we might stroll to breakfast the subsequent morning after which retrieve our bikes afterward, however in the center of the night time all of our bikes have been returned to our villas. Such a pleasant contact.

Maldives with kids - Seriously, every resort that's fairly flat should have bicycles!

Significantly, each resort that’s pretty flat ought to have bicycles!

Ice Cream

There are 42 flavors of do-it-yourself ice cream at the ice cream parlor, and it’s all free. Final yr my son and I headed over typically. We have been there much more this journey. The youngsters would typically experience their bikes over with out us (the mother and father), and we stopped by after most meals. The flavors had modified since final yr. Our present favorites: bitter sop; blood orange; chocolate sorbet; and lemon/basil. However every part is sweet.

Maldives with kids - At the ice cream parlor. The sign on the wall reads: Let us please take care of our globe. It is the only planet (thus far) with free ice cream.

At the ice cream parlor. The signal on the wall reads: Allow us to please maintain our globe. It’s the solely planet (to date) with free ice cream.

Soccer

As talked about above, we have been at the seashore typically. We borrowed a soccer from the resort and left it at the seashore every single day, and my son would kick it round each time we handed by, and each afternoon for a superb hour earlier than sundown. Employees members stopped by a number of occasions to kick the ball with him and train him new expertise. After which they invited him to play in their day by day worker match in the host village.

Maldives with kids - Learning new skills with Coco on the beach

Studying new expertise with Coco on the seashore

Our ultimate afternoon we headed to the host village at 5pm. The workers’ talent degree is unimaginable. Our son was undoubtedly out of his aspect, however he warmed up with the groups and he performed half the recreation on protection, getting concerned in the motion from time to time. So good that they included him. And it motivated him to up his recreation earlier than our subsequent go to!

Maldives with kids - At the football pitch in the host village

At the soccer pitch in the host village

Christmas

The inhabitants of the Maldives is 100% Muslim, and tropical islands aren’t usually related to Christmas anyway, however Six Senses Laamu did an incredible job of adorning simply sufficient for Christmas that we have been conscious that it was arising, with out altering the really feel of the resort. They crafted a Christmas tree out of recycled coconut husks, adorned the youngsters membership and put a Santa outfit on the backyard scarecrow. And their Christmas lights have been scheduled to go on the night time that we departed – the 22nd. We took a Santa hat for some photograph ops, however in any other case it was good having an island mentality, and never a Christmas mentality, after a month of Christmas music and buying reminders at house!

Maldives with kids - The coconut husk Christmas tree at Six Senses Laaamu

The coconut husk Christmas tree at Six Senses Laamu

Maldives with kids - The North Pole was added to the sign post - such a fun touch!

The North Pole was added to the signal submit – such a enjoyable contact!

Maldives with kids - At our villas

Between our villas. Merry Christmas from the Maldives!

A 13th Birthday

My daughter’s 13th birthday occurred to fall on our journey day to the Maldives. Not perfect, however United made an announcement once we landed in Singapore, and Six Senses Laamu had a cake ready for her.

Maldives with kids - A birthday cake for my daughter at her villa

A small birthday cake for my daughter at her villa

Maldives with kids - A Happy Birthday greeting on the bed in her villa

A Completely satisfied Birthday greeting on the mattress in her villa

The Supervisor’s Reception

There’s a supervisor’s reception on the seashore each Friday night time. We missed it final yr, however fortunately our keep included a Friday this time. We beloved the reception. There was a musical/drumming efficiency, a number of meals, drinks for teenagers and adults, and a naming ceremony for 2 just lately-found manta rays. A enjoyable night.

Maldives with kids - Prosecco on the beach

Prosecco on the seashore

Maldives with kids - A jetpack demonstration

A jetpack demonstration

Maldives with kids - Six Senses Laamu - A manta ray sand sculpture

A manta ray sand sculpture

Sustainability

Six Senses Resorts are recognized for his or her sustainability initiatives, and it’s really inspiring to go to and see how little single-use plastic is used (actually simply plastic wrap in the kitchens), and the way the whole lot attainable is recycled. Plus they develop every little thing that they will on the island. We took the Behind the Scenes tour and have been extraordinarily impressed at all the things happening that visitors by no means see. I extremely advocate taking the tour!

Maldives with kids - In the recycling area on our behind the scenes tour

In the recycling space on our behind the scenes tour

Abstract

I liked returning to Six Senses Laamu – nonetheless my favourite resort in the world. My 11-year-previous and eight-yr-previous liked it as properly – particularly the bicycles, ice cream, swimming and overwater villa expertise. My 13-year-previous favored Laamu, however stated that she would have most popular to keep house for her birthday. My spouse actually appreciated the keep, however felt like the timing simply earlier than Christmas was awkward – going from a Christmas mentality to an island mentality after which getting again on the 24th and instantly having to change to Christmas mode once more.

Maldives with kids - Christmas in the Maldives

Christmas in the Maldives

This was a LONG approach to go for a six-night time keep. We skilled just a little jet lag heading over, however lots coming residence. It took a great week and a half as soon as we returned to get again on California time. On Christmas Day we have been all wakeful early, and opened presents at 3am. I wrote up my ideas on jet lag instantly after this journey!

My youngsters are nice vacationers, so the time on planes and in airports wasn’t an enormous deal.

Maldives with kids - Leaving our villa one night at sunset

Leaving our villa one night time at sundown

Finance

We visited proper earlier than the resort’s costs peaked for Christmas. Our villas have been roughly $800/night time every plus taxes once I booked. I acquired a small media low cost. The half-board eating choice is presently $136/day for adults and $68/day for teenagers. I paid for all of that in advance. After which our invoice at checkout was a further $1,596, together with six days of lunches and drinks and $450 in ideas for our GEM and room steward. Transfers (flight/boat) between Malé and Six Senses Laamu are $590 for adults and $455 for teenagers.

Maldives with kids - Mango and watermelon juice at breakfast. Some rates include breakfast, but half-board or full-board may make sense for you too.

Mango and watermelon juice at breakfast. Some charges embrace breakfast, however half-board or full-board might make sense for you too.

The least-costly time to go to is Might-September, with 2019 charges beginning at $547/night time (with a 5-night time low cost). All the time take a look at resorts.com/enterprise too, in case you have a Capital One Enterprise card. You successfully get 20% again by reserving there. In fact you need to examine the fee there to the price at Six Senses’ web site.

Maldives with kids - Sunsets in the Maldives rarely disappoint!

Sunsets in the Maldives not often disappoint!

 

 

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