Six Senses Laamu has taken home the 2017 Eco-Hotel of the Year award by AsiaSpa, in the 13th annual ceremony held in Hong Kong recently.
The AsiaSpa Awards were created by AsiaSpa magazine in 2005 to recognize the leaders in Asia’s dynamic wellness industry. The prestigious accolade sets the benchmark for quality and innovation for spas in the region and celebrates properties and spas that constantly strive to evolve the wellness sector through innovation and excellence. Over the years, the AsiaSpa awards have established its uncompromised independence, transparency and objectivity, plus they are among the most accessible awards, as all spas and resorts in the region are eligible for nomination, regardless of size or ethos.
In this ceremony, Six Senses Laamu won the Eco-Spa/Hotel of the Year award that celebrates its commitment to sustainability throughout its operations and development. With many conservation projects and initiatives in place, Six Senses Laamu and its Six Senses Spa have committed to being a leader among Maldives resorts and of the industry by demonstrating such responsible operations, while providing high-quality services and experiences to its guests. In winning this award, the resort has been acknowledged for its pursuit of excellence and for striving to raise the bar in the region’s thriving wellness industry.
Marteyne van Well, general manager of Six Senses Laamu says, “We are very excited to receive this award from AsiaSpa. As we stay true to our core values of being environmentally responsible and caring, having been recognized for our efforts as the Eco-Hotel of the Year by AsiaSpa is a great honor. The Six Senses Laamu team shows great initiative when it comes to marine conservation, responsible energy and water consumption and overall reducing the resort’s carbon footprint and we try to be better and more effective every day. I am very proud of the team and we will continue to work together towards an even more sustainable Six Senses Laamu.”
About Six Senses LaamuSix Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, deep in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a beautiful coral house reef. Most of the villas and facilities are built overwater, however, beach villas and on-land dining is an option. All villas offer a sense of privacy and seclusion, with an amazing view of the Ocean and Maldivian nature.
Six Senses Laamu offers a wide range of dining options, with cuisines from around the world, an ice cream parlor, an overwater wine cellar and a signature Chill bar.
Many activities, excursions and options are available for everyone to enjoy, both over water and underwater, in addition to the Six Senses Spa.
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas announces the appointment of Julian Crane as director of sales & marketing, Six Senses Laamu Maldives and Seychelles. He brings to the role more than 20 years of international experience in the high-end hospitality sector.
Julian joins Six Senses from his previous role of director of marketing for Four Seasons Hotel Doha. He originally joined Four Seasons in 1993 at the Regent Kuala Lumpur as front desk manager before moving into sales. He then became director of sales in the Four Seasons properties in Chiang Mai, Tokyo and Sydney before becoming director of marketing in Damascus and then Doha.
The broad experience of his hotel career began in 1990 as a trainee at The Ritz Hotel London. He then joined the opening team of the Sheraton Towers in Melbourne as a guest service agent before joining Four Seasons.
Julian holds a Marketing Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) UK and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – Hotel and Business management from Portsmouth University, UK. In addition to his native English language, he also speaks Chinese (Hokkien dialect).
Julian is accompanied by his wife, Sandra and their two children. He will be based at the Six Senses home office in Bangkok.
About: Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 11 resorts and 30 spas in 20 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas.
Six Senses resorts are set in locations of incredible natural beauty that will stop you in your tracks, and an uncompromising level of service that will stay with you long after you’ve left. Each property has a distinctive personality, but shares a commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design. This award-winning approach extends to new openings, including the urban concept premiering in New York in 2019.
Six Senses Spas incorporate local healing traditions with holistic rejuvenation treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists and visiting practitioners. They constantly explore and rethink the typical spa model to offer pioneering wellness, not only in all resort spas, but also in standalone spas in prestigious hotels and premium class lounges.
Evason properties continue the philosophy to protect their natural environments and cultures. Family friendly, these properties also provide a strong value focus, while offering a vast array of personal guest experiences.
Starting in August, Six Senses Laamu will build on its already thriving surf culture by partnering with Tropicsurf. This Australian-based surf company has been operating internationally for over 30 years and has built a roster of 50 specialist coaches stationed in nine different countries.
Tropicsurf is positioned as the masters of high-end surfing. Regardless of age, experience or competency, Tropicsurf asserts that everybody can enjoy surfing’s ultimate thrills in safety, comfort and style. Over the course of 30 years Tropicsurf has combed the planet to present surfers with an intimate selection of the world’s leading surfing resorts. These are all acclaimed five-star properties operated by the best hotel brands in the world, each selected because of its proximity to quality breaks that cater to a broad range of abilities.
Both Tropicsurf and Six Senses Laamu share a common vision: reconnecting people with themselves, others and the world around them and at the same time delivering out of the ordinary guest experiences. Tropicsurf locations are chosen because they offer appealing activities that the whole family can enjoy. With professional guides based on properties around the world, year round, it is assured there’s an expert smiling face upon arrival dedicated to delivering surfing triumphs.
In keeping with Six Senses widely recognized commitment to sustainability and obligation to the environment, Tropicsurf will extend its collaboration with Firewire surfboards and exclusively supply eco-friendly Timbertek boards to guests. Firewire remains the only global surfboard production to carry the Sustainable Surf Ecoboard certification and is headed up by 11-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater.
“A partnership with Tropicsurf feels like a natural progression for a resort already preferred by an enthusiastic faction of annual surfers,” says Marteyne van Well, general manager of Six Senses Laamu. “Those in the know have been surfing with us for years. Not just the pros, but families and first timers who have come to enjoy our privacy, nature and connect with the ocean. You can’t come to the Maldives and not try surfing. Partnering with Tropicsurf will enable us to extend our current program and offer more bespoke experiences commensurate with each guest’s ability and surfing appetite.”
Six Senses Laamu being the only resort in the atoll, offers the chance to its surfing guests to almost exclusively enjoy the surrounding surf breaks. One of these breaks is the Yin Yang, a renowned surf break in the Maldives which is just a five-minute boat ride away. For those who want to discover the surfing experience a beginner’s break is just off the shore.
“Tropicsurf has a long and proud association with the Maldives, having been guiding surfers through Laamu and to Yin Yang since 1988,” explains Mark Winson, the company’s general manager. “Without a doubt the area is a surfer’s paradise. There are so many waves to choose from. Add to that the seclusion of Six Senses Laamu as the only resort on the atoll, plus expert guiding, and you have a quintessential Maldives surfing experience in the making.”
Tropicsurf will also be operating a purpose-built state of the art surf center at Six Senses Fiji, which is scheduled to open in late 2017. The surf center will be perfectly positioned for strike missions to waves such as Cloudbreak, Restaurants, Wilkes and many more five star breaks.
Six Senses Laamu features an organic garden where 40 different herbs, vegetables, salad leaves and micro-herbs are grown. Chef Martin and his culinary team have teamed up with the gardeners to create a daily-changing menu, entirely based on fresh and organic ingredients, served by the pool at Sip Sip.
The menu features a different starter, salad, pizza and dessert every day for guests to choose from. “The idea is to offer guests an additional healthy set of light dish options to enjoy by the pool with locally sourced ingredients. Everything is prepared simply with no addition of processed or modified foods,” says Martin, executive chef.
Chef Martin shares one of his favorite, so far, Farm to Pool recipes for Six Senses Laamu Garden Salad.
Mixed lettuce Baby spinach Micro herbs Three carrot slices Sliced red radish Four avocado slices Lemon Juice Extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper Flaxseed cracker
Wash and picked lettuce, spinach and micro herbs.
Make the dressing by mixing lemon juice, salt and pepper, slowly pour the olive oil.
Dress the lettuce and avocado, arrange in the bowl, garnish with micro herbs and flaxseed cracker.
For the flaxseed crackers
50 grams golden flaxseed
60 ml water
Pour the water over the flaxseed, mix and stir thoroughly.
Leave to sit for 10 to 15 minutes, stir regularly until the mix becomes thickened.
Spread the mix thinly over one dehydrator tray and score lightly with a spatula.
Dry for 12 to 36 hours.
From all the Farmers and Chefs at Six Senses Laamu: Meerukon’ Kaalacchey (Bon Appétit).
Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, deep in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a beautiful coral house reef.
Most of the villas and facilities are built overwater, however, beach villas and on-land dining is an option. All villas offer a sense of privacy and seclusion, with an amazing view of the Ocean and Maldivian nature.
Six Senses Laamu offers a wide range of dining options, with cuisines from around the world, a swimming pool with a sunken bar, an ice cream parlor, an overwater wine cellar and a signature Chill bar.
Many activities, excursions and options are available for everyone to enjoy, both overwater and underwater, in addition to the Six Senses Spa.
About Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 11 resorts and 29 spas in 20 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas. Aggressive development plans will triple the portfolio over the next five years with the resort, hotel and spa openings underway in Austria, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Fiji, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Six Senses operates resorts in far-flung locations of incredible natural beauty known for their distinctive and diverse design personalities. Each of the nine properties is supported by a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design. Six Senses hotels which share the same vision and values found at their award-winning resorts will premiere in urban locations in 2019.
Six Senses Spas offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists. Six Senses Spas are located in all Six Senses and Evason resorts; 18 additional standalone spas are located in prestigious hotels and resorts as well as the premier class lounges of two major airports.
Evason introduces a collection of two unique resorts that follow the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to sustainability and to the community. Family friendly, these properties also provide a strong value focus while offering a vast array of guest services and personal attention.
Six Senses Spas has spent the last two years working with some of the most highly respected doctors and wellness professionals including Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Michael Breus and Dr. Steven Gundry to develop an approach to wellness which addresses some of the most common issues people face as a result of their ultra-stressed daily lives.
The result is Six Senses Integrated Wellness – an innovative approach to wellness that allows the group’s in-house experts to measure and analyze key physiological biomarkers to provide guests with lifestyle and nutritional advice, and design a personalized program of spa treatments, fitness and wellness activities based on the preventative principles of the Eastern medicine approach and the result-oriented Western influences.
There are several building blocks that form the foundations of this concept, including nutrition to help guests understand the basic principles of healthy and nutritionally-balanced eating; sleep health to optimize sleep and understand its benefits on their overall well-being; movement through the variation of high and low intensity exercise; alternative therapies; holistic spa treatments as well as yoga, meditation and mindfulness to balance the nervous system.
The ultimate goal is to offer guests real benefits and guidance by providing in-depth information about their health and personalizing every aspect of their stay at Six Senses resorts to enhance their lives and well-being.
This winter sees the introduction of Six Senses Integrated Wellness through the launch of personalized wellness programs designed by Six Senses in-house wellness experts.
Each personalized wellness program begins with a wellness screening which uses a finger oximeter to observe the heart rate, tissue oxygen uptake and distribution, arterial stiffness and stress parameters. Furthermore, the screening technology uses the Electro Interstitial Scan-Galvanic Skin system that provides useful information by measuring and interpreting resistance to the flow of gentle electric current through interstitial fluid (fluid between the cells) throughout the body. In addition, bioelectrical impedance analysis, BIA, is a widely recognized technique for estimating body composition.
This information together with in-depth discussions about the guest’s lifestyle, concerns and personal goals, enables Six Senses wellness experts to recommend a personalized wellness program, including daily spa treatments, fitness and wellness activities as well as nutritional advice on foods to favor or avoid during their stay. Each screening is performed by an educated and experienced integrative wellness professional, who is competent to lead guests through results and able to develop customized, results-driven programs.
The programs help to address the most common concerns around digestion, weight loss, elimination of built up toxins, weakened immune system, sleep, stress relief, muscle toning or building better stamina. It also helps guests achieve their full potential should they wish to be challenged and improve their current performance.
At the end of the stay, each guest receives a post-program follow up consultation during which Six Senses wellness experts provide advice and tools on how to continue and maintain a healthy lifestyle at home. A follow-up wellness screening session is recommended for programs of one week and beyond.
The underlying principle of this approach is for guests to take charge of their health, while experiencing joy and fulfillment in what they do. AtSix Senses, we believe that without enjoyment, incentive diminishes and the results are simply more difficult to achieve and maintain long term into the future.
Six Senses Wellness Screening and program personalization are now available at Six Senses Zighy Bay, Six Senses Laamu, Six Senses Yao Noi and Six Senses Douro Valley as well as partner Six Senses spas at Puente Romano Resort & Spa in Marbella, Al Bustan Palace in Oman, Soneva Kiri in Thailand and Soneva Fushi in the Maldives.
Personalized programs at Six Senses Yao Noi and Six Senses Spa at Soneva Kiri also incorporate a performance test with Fusionetics, an evidence-based sports science platform to help guests understand, monitor and improve their personal fitness levels. Fusionetics is the compilation of over a decade of research and field-testing led by Dr. Michael A. Clark, scientists, sports medicine professionals, coaches, athletes and business leaders who have relentlessly pursued their passion for perfecting human movement.
The test involves conducting six different movements and the execution of these being registered on a platform. The results optimize performance and reduce the risk of injury through a variety of training techniques.
A personalized program includes one wellness screening, one spa treatment per day, one private wellness or fitness activity per day, access to spa facilities and complimentary access to selected group wellness classes.
Six Senses Wellness Board
Steven Gundry is a cardiac surgeon, former professor and chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Gundry has gone on to be internationally recognized as an inventor, researcher and one of America’s top doctors. He is the director of The International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs, California, and the founder/director of The Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. He also specializes in nutrition and is the author of the best-selling book “Dr Gundry’s Diet Evolution”.
Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and both a diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In addition to his private practice for 16 years, Dr. Breus also trains other sleep doctors and consults with major airlines, hotel companies, mattress manufacturers and retailers to provide the optimum sleep experience for their customers. He is the author of “The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan, Lose Weight Through Better Sleep” and a frequent guest on The Dr. Oz Show and a clinical advisor to the show as well.
Dr. Mehmet Oz has been a professor at the Department of Surgery at Columbia University since 2001. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery and health care policy. Oz appeared as a health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show for five seasons. He coauthored six New York Times best sellers including the popular “You: Manual” series as well as “Healing from the Heart.” His book “You: Having a Baby” was published by Free Press in 2009. Oz and the Hearst Corporation launched the bimonthly magazine Dr. Oz THE GOOD LIFE in 2014. Time magazine ranked Oz at 44th on its list of the “100 Most Influential People in 2008” and Esquire magazine placed him on its list of the “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century.
Six Senses Laamu is ready to welcome the 2015 Festive Season with special events and out of the ordinary experiences for everyone to enjoy. Special celebrations for guests of all ages will be taking place between December 23, 2015 and January 3, 2016 and these include the following holiday highlights:
Six Senses Spa experts suggest to start the day with a laughing yoga session or a Six Senses Mindfulness Meditation. A variety of classes and workshops have been added to the extensive range of signature treatments. For those seeking to discover yoga, aerial yoga, asanas, yoga nidra, pranayama and many more sessions will be available to choose from. The spa is also delighted to have Dr. Gopal, a naturopathic doctor and yoga expert from India, back. Dr. Gopal specializes in Ayurveda, wellness, and nutrition and will be offering, among others, Ayurveda workshops, royal Indian head massage and Chinese acupuncture.
Chef Martin and his team offer various culinary suggestions for this season; from a wine journey around the most famous vineyards of the world to an evening of authentic curries and spicy dishes from India and Sri Lanka or a Thai street market experience setup on the beach. And for more culinary adventures, the chef will be hosting another sought after pop-up dinner. While the details of the pop-up will remain a surprise until the actual start of the dinner, be assured that the pop-up will be Festive!
Making marshmallow snowmen, sandcastles and decorating festive ornaments is not an easy job for younger guests. A variety of creative, educational and sports activities will be organized by the resort’s hosts for children of all ages, along with a pirate snorkeling adventure.
Des Mitchell will be adding a soul twist to our sunsets on the decks of Chill Bar and Sip Sip and he will be jazzing it up with his good friend and fellow performer Sara France.
Everyone will be wishing Maruhaba aa’aharu, (Happy New Year) in the local language, in a locally-inspired New Year’s Eve setting. Des Mitchell will be hosting the New Year’s Eve party on the beach, inviting all to dance the old year away and to welcome a prosperous new year.
For those setting out for an adventure, there are plenty of excursion options available. Whether it be hopping on a boat to experience life in Maldives by visiting a nearby local island or having a deserted island to yourself for a day, boat captains are ready to take guests there. It is a great time for families to get together and spend some quality time.
But not everything happens on land. Discover the colorful underwater world of the Laamu Atoll with diving and snorkeling excursions or try the skills in your favorite watersports. The hosts are ready to be challenged in volleyball, football, water polo and other sports activities and games. Clear and starry skies away from the city lights are truly beautiful, so if you are fascinated by the universe with its stars, planets, comets and moon, join astronomer Dr. Parag for stargazing sessions on the beach at night. He will also be offering sun gazing sessions in the mornings.