- 1 The Maldives with Youngsters – Half Two
- 2 California to the Maldives for Christmas Break
- 3 Six Senses Laamu Villas
- 4 Our Days
- 5 Meals
- 6 Six Senses Laamu Bicycles – The Good Resort Transportation
- 7 Ice Cream
- 8 Soccer
- 9 Christmas
- 10 A 13th Birthday
- 11 The Supervisor’s Reception
- 12 Sustainability
- 13 Abstract
- 14 Finance
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.