The Luxe List 2011, Maldives: Six Senses Laamu, Laamu Atoll

There is nothing like counting the dolphins that swim along Hithadhoo Kandu, a natural waterway for bottlenose and spinners that passes in front of Longitude, one of six eateries at the only resort in Laamu Atoll. Dine over water at the six glass tables of Deck-A-Dence or at the Chili Table inside Leaf, set among the property’s organic gardens, and be sure to try the Maldives’ first zero-carbon menu of entirely local fare like grilled reef fish over a fire of coconut shells with Maldivian spices, coriander, and lime. Located on the privately owned Olhuveli Island in Laamu Atoll, Six Senses offers azure waters and unspoiled white-sand beaches.

The resort’s eco-friendly, unvarnished 97 wooden villas come with all the mod cons, including big flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Bose entertainment systems. Already a favorite among serious surfers thanks to its proximity to Yin Yang, a popular Maldivian break, Six Senses’ third Maldives outpost offers other perks including a mixologist who grows her own ingredients.

Olhuveli Island; 960/680-0800; ; doubles from US$590

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