November 2012 | by Clare Turner

A touch of the Maldives

They say life is tough, but someone has to do it. The Maldives is situated just south-west of Sri Lanka and is an hour’s flight from the capital Colombo. We were looking for the perfect Maldives experience to offer to our guests who wanted to combine this with our Sri Lanka journey. After much research and deliberation we settled on Six Senses Laamu - remote and stylish but with a sense of place.

From Male, we took a 45 minute flight south to Kadhdhdoo in the company of some incredible views of blindingly blue atolls. Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the remote Laamu Atoll, which lies five degrees north of the Equator. Located on the privately owned Olhuveli Island, its location is unique because it is also home to one of the Maldives most famous surf breaks, Yin Yang.

After a 25 minute boat ride to the resort, all the fun begins. In true Six Senses style, the resort effortlessly combines beach chic with a light footprint. The mode of transport here is by bicycle, and with the island covered with lush tropical vegetation, we loved popping our snorkel and fins in our baskets, hopping on our bikes and exploring.

We road-tested both the beach and over-water villas. The beach villas are extremely private with spacious gardens leading straight to the beach. A great use of space, these villas are the epitome of indoor-outdoor living. Beach villa 93 is the pick for its large garden and broad beach frontage. The over-water villas are located on three jetties (A, B and C) that fan out over the lagoon. We chose Jetty C for the ultimate privacy, and villa number 69 is the pick here. At the end of Jetty C, enjoy a 180 degree view of the lagoon and Yin Yang, but be prepared for a slightly longer ride to the restaurant.

If this whets your appetite, contact us about combining a Maldives experience with your Sri Lanka journey.

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