Six Senses Laamu
Laamu Atoll, Maldives
“Six Senses Laamu was one of the best resorts we have visited and we had a fab time” Guest Comments Review: C. Graham
Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Maldives’ southern Laamu Atoll. An inter-island trip brings you to a paradise with 97 sustainable villas set over the lagoon and on the island.
Upon arrival at Malé (MLE) International Airport the guest will be transfered to the Island Aviation Lounge, which is just a two-minute stroll. A 35-minute flight gives a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Maldives archipelago. Another 20 minutes by speedboat and the guests arrive at the resort.
The Yin Yang, Maldives’ most famous surfing point, breaks just opposite the Resort, but one can catch beginners’ waves close to the beach. Diving and snorkeling give the chance to explore the house reef and it’s exotic underwater life and also a chance is given to see dolphins. The Chefs create dishes using fresh ingredients from the resorts’ organic garden.
The Six Senses Spa’s highly skilled therapists and visiting practitioners provide a comprehensive range of award-winning signature treatments, rejuvenation and wellness specialties.
- The only resort in this southern Maldives atoll, location of incredible natural beauty
- Unique design of water and beach villas made of sustainably-sourced materials
- Water theme at the resort (largest overwater facility in Maldives, most accommodations found over-water, expansive lagoon, housereef, diving)
- Healthy (home grown/organic garden) & several dining venues (8)
- Sustainable luxury vacation
“committed to reducing the ecological and carbon footprint”
being local - authentic experiences
Rooms & Amenities
- 97 sustainable villas set over the lagoon and on the beach
- Spa, Gym, 3 Restaurants, Bar, Deli, Ice Parlour, Overwater Cellar & Deli
- Lagoon Water Villa: located on the beachfront, with a direct sea view and a panaormic upper deck and direct beach access
- Ocean Water Villa: set with an ocean view, the villas offer upper and lower decks plus a glass sunken bathtub
- Laamu Water Villa:set at the end of the jetties, the villas offer upper and lower decks plus a glass sunken bathtub.
- Lagoon Beach Villa: located on the beachfront, with a panoramic upper deck and direct beach access.
- Ocean Beach Villa: located on the beachfront, providing more privacy, with panoramic upper deck and direct beach access
Six Senses’ philosophy
From its beginnings in 1995, Six Senses quickly became recognized as the hospitality industry’s pioneer of sustainable practices, demonstrating that responsibility can be successfully wedded to uncompromised high-end facilities.
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas are discovered in some of the world’s most unique and beautiful places. And whilst being part of the local fabric and culture, Six Senses is very much in tune with the wider world. It offers crafted guest experiences to stimulate, energise and revitalise the human spirit, delivered by experts from a wide range of backgrounds.
The responsible and caring attitude of Six Senses is intrinsic to the brand and extends to employees and local communities in which Six Senses operates. It is committed to preserving the environment through sustainable operations, guided by overarching goals and values.
Sustainable and Social Policies
To support the environmental and social sustainability activities Six Senses has developed policies and procedures in line with the Green Globe 21 standards. These policies and procedures are renewed at least annually to ensure that Six Senses is always current in their approaches.
- Save the Planet
- Energy Conservation
- Waste Reduction
- Nature, Island & Reef Protection
Save the Planet
Six Senses Laamu actively supports the worldwide movement of conserving water and protecting the environment. These two initiatives come together on 23 March 2013, when Six Senses Laamu has planned an awareness day, with activities that will give guests the opportunity to participate in the mission.
Producing energy usually creates pollution and is the biggest cause of global warming. Six Senses Laamu has taken several steps to reduce the energy usage and to use renewable energy.
Until more renewable energy options become practical, the electricity used at Six Senses Laamu will continue to be produced with diesel generators. Reducing the power demand, however, is something Six Senses Lamuu are continuously working on. Examples of this effort are displayed in the production of hot water and freshwater, two energy-intense processes.
Thousands of litres of water need to be heated each day for different uses at the resort. Now that a heat recovery (cogeneration) system is installed in the generators, heat is prevented from escaping and being wasted during power generation.
Instead it heats the cooling agent of the generator, gets passed on to a heat exchanger attached to the generator’s radiator and is transferred to the cold freshwater from the desalination plant via stainless steel plates. In this way, 30 °C water is heated to 50 °C, and a lot of electrical power is saved through this heat recovery.
Six Senses freshwater production works through reverse-osmosis desalination, whereby pressurised seawater is filtered via a semi-permeable membrane – an energy-intense operation.
To reduce this energy consumption, an innovative energy recovery system (ERI) is installed in the desalination plant; it uses the brine’s energy to pressurise seawater to the same pressure as the brine. This installation makes the desalination process much more efficient.
Passive Villa Cooling:
From early stages in the design, consideration of energy conservation was taken. All villas have been designed to take advantage of passive cooling and overhanging roofs creates shade for the windows, thus reducing the need for air-conditioning.
Six Senses has tried to create as many areas utilizing natural ventilation as choice of cooling, thus reducing energy consumption. Where air-conditioning is required Six Senses only uses low energy consuming units.
Waste, garbage, trash, rubbish, whatever you like to call it, is a huge source and cause of environmental degradation – either through litter illegally dumped/dropped, which washes up on beaches all over the world and which is lying around, or that which is legally disposed of in landfill sites, often in pristine areas, destroying them forever.
Waste disposal, litter, and debris on beaches and adequate recycling facilities are major concerns in the Maldives. The country currently lacks the facilities to separate, collect and recycle or reuse materials generated by households and businesses. Most resources and items that could be recycled or composted are at present treated as waste and transported from resorts and local islands to landfill.
As the country develops it seems inevitable that more consumer goods will become available, consumption will increase and so will the amount of material that will need to be recycled, reused or disposed.
Six Senses Laamu is actively looking for ways to reduce the waste generated and dispose of it properly:
- Talk with suppliers to reduce packaging when delivering supplies.
- Printing paper is eco-labelled or recycled and re-use of the reverse side of printed paper for notes, reducing numbers of trees needed to be cut down.
- Try to reduce use of plastic bags as much as possible to reduce waste, instead using bins that can be washed or linen bags.
- Both guests and hosts are provided with re-usable glass water bottles rather than disposable plastic bottles.
- Have stopped importing well-known brands of bottled water, thereby reducing the amount of waste glass (and carbon emissions).
- Guests are encouraged to take disposable and hazardous waste items back to their own countries, where recycling facilities are more sophisticated.
- Rechargeable batteries, energy-saving light bulbs with a long lifespan, bamboo tubes for documents, purchases in bulk to avoid unnecessary packaging, the re-use of office paper, kitchen oil, waste wood and other materials are some of the many measures, through which the amount of waste on the island is reduced.
Six Senses has created their own recycling corner where waste is separated into paper, plastic, metal, glass, organic waste and toxic waste. The compactor reduces the space required to store the waste before it is sent for recycling and proper handling. It is also easier for the recyclers to collect the waste and they do not have to come as many times. Furthermore, an own shredding machine is used for shredding garden waste, which is re-used in the garden, pathways and for composting.
A composting site has been built in which all our food waste from the kitchen and restaurants is composted together with garden waste. The composting soil generated from this activity is reused in landscaping and gardening.
To make composting as effective and odourless as possible Six Senses has implemented waste separation in the kitchen where all the food, except meat and seafood, is collected for composting. The reason meat and seafood is excluded is that these items decompose slower as well as to avoid attracting rodents.
The garden waste is shredded using a chipping machine, in which some garden waste is used for composting and some for footpaths and around plants reducing unwanted weeds. The composting is taking place in a specially built area at the Eco Centro away from guest areas.
As a final note, guests are encouraged not to wrap their luggage with plastic wrapping as plastic is non-biodegradable item. When thrown away it takes over 100 years for it to degrade.
Nature, Island & Reef Protection
Six Senses believes in living in harmony with nature and not manipulating it. Because the island flora and fauna and the biologically diverse reef communities have survived for millions of years without human assistance and they are poorly understood, Six Senses suspects that non-interference is the best approach. Accordingly, Six Senses has adopted several good practices for the health of the island and reef.
- During Six Senses Laamu’s construction, buildings were designed to minimise the damage to the island and lagoon.
- Branches were cut in a controlled way, old plant matter is left to decompose, and only fallen flowers are used for decoration.
- Six Senses has taken aboard a horticulturalist to enhance the green footprint of the resort by addressing its waste management system, the garden productivity and other issues.
- A resident Marine Biologist is employed to inform guests and hosts about the coral reef ecosystem and about responsible behaviour in the reef environment. Other scientists are contracted to quantitatively monitor the reef and advise management when needed.
Six Senses endeavours to keep the reefs healthy by:
- Informing all visitors about responsible snorkelling and diving behaviour;
- Installing mooring buoys for boats to avoid anchor damage;
- Not carrying out any destructive night-fishing activities for guest amusement;
- Not engaging in coral transplantation or propagation projects of dubious value;
- Discouraging both guests and hosts from feeding wildlife and fish;
- Encouraging guests to leave all debris, shells, coral pieces and sand on the beach or in the reef;
- Not selling any shells, coral or other animal products in our gift shop