Summer was on the way; Jem and I awaited it with impatience. Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the tree house; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill.” ―Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Lisbon Flower Shop
“In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible.” ―Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride
One & Only Cabo
Outdoor Shower Chable Resort Merida Mexico
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Lake Como Villa d’ Este Aperol Spritz
“We thread our way through a moving forest of ice-cream cones and crimson thighs.” ―Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Lake Como Summer Lunch Villa d’Este
Puglia Coconut Treats
“When people went on vacation, they shed their home skins, thought they could be a new person.” ―Aimee Friedman, Sea Change
Lanai Four Seasons Hotel
“At these times, the things that troubled her seemed far away and unimportant: all that mattered was the hum of the bees and the chirp of birdsong, the way the sun gleamed on the edge of a blue wildflower, the distant bleat and clink of grazing goats.” ―Alison Croggon, The Naming
Ol Doyno Lodge Kenya
“All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”
Amid a lush tropical forest on a coral atoll, this remote luxury resort is reached by plane, then boat, from Malé Island. Six Senses is known for their unique sensual spas. Set right on the edge of an overgrown jungle and fronting a pure white sandy beach, Six Senses in Maldives offers four uniquely designed couple’s treatment nests, four secluded couple’s treatment pavilions plus one Ayurvedic treatment pavilion, all within the island’s natural vegetation.
Six Senses Spa Laamu
While out on a leisurely bike ride, I followed an aromatic fragrance trail to the spa and was richly rewarded! Do arrive early and use the steam room and the outdoor rain showers, a gentle reminder that you are in a tropical environment, life is in the slow lane as it should be! Jet lag cure, do reserve soon after arrival.
Led from the steam room through a jungle full of chirping birds, I was surprised to arrive at the most beautiful nest massage salon. An outdoor space designed with woven reeds and inverted like an upside-down bird nest, with a stunning view of the turquoise seas. Nothing more restful than this pleasure cocoon with lapping seas and cooling breezes – what a sensational setting to enjoy my Hot Stone Massage. This full body massage uses heated basalt stones to release stress and tension and increase blood flow. The heat from the stones provides extra relaxation for fatigued and overworked muscles and has a healing effect on damaged soft tissue. It is also known to promote better sleep. Noodle limp condition results – absolutely essential after arrival!
Before you arrive to Six Senses, do plot a Spa Plan, decide if you want to be a casual day visitor or treat yourself to a wellness screening. The spa offers may individual treatments, but it also offers an inclusive wellness program to guide you on your path to well-being and provide inspiration to make you feel your best every day, at every age.
A personal consultation uses advanced technology which analyzes key physiological biomarkers of health, which include body composition, metabolism, oxygen distribution, and heart function and circulation, as well as stress parameters. The results are used to prepare a wellness program specific to your individual needs.
Six Senses Spa Laamu
For those who prefer a spa dalliance, I would recommend Laamu Bliss to begin. A Maldivian-inspired massage using coconut oil is followed by the application of a warm wrap made of ginger, cloves and nutmeg, and a relaxing head massage. A cucumber conditioner is then applied to cool and refresh the skin making it feel smooth and hydrated.
Rasayana Detox Body Wrap. Revitalize and tone the body with this purifying treatment starting with a zesty exfoliation using essential oils with cinnamon powder and walnut shells. It continues with a mineral-rich clay mask infused with powerful herbs of spiked ginger lily, spirulina and green tea to detoxify the skin. This experience concludes with the application of customized and aromatically infused body butter, lotions or oils to provide intense nourishment, leaving the skin glowing and the body re-energized.
Based on the results, their wellness expert recommends a personalized wellness program which includes one spa treatment of 90 minutes and one fitness /wellness activity of 60 minutes per day, as well as advice on foods to favor and avoid during your stay. The spa programs are tailored around the most common concerns and include:
Sleep & Resilience
Trim & Fit Cleanse & Detox Live to your full potential
Six Senses spa also has a guest program where they bring in well-known practitioners at their resorts. Some of the best visiting practitioners offer guests personal consultations and holistic therapies to achieve a better state of mind and more fulfilling life experiences. During my visit, there was a delightful couple from England who had specialized treatment training.
The spa also offers facials and mani -pedi treatments.
Aerial Yoga – This yoga practice brings together stretching, breathing and meditation with gymnastics and aerial arts. A hammock, made of a soft and supple parachute-silk fabric, is suspended from the ceiling and used to support the body weight during a sequence of postures. Hatha Yoga – Yoga combines postures with conscious breathing and focus, and helps develop strength, flexibility and mental clarity. Practitioners can expect to learn how the body engages in each posture, while the yoga master guides the awareness to specific areas and aspects of the practice to enhance the body’s natural intuition.
Pranayama – (breathing exercise) utilizes breathing techniques to remove blockages in energy channels, strengthen the respiratory system and tame the monkey mind, calming down its extrovert tendencies and minimizing the thought process. You will learn more about the art of breathing and how to implement it in your daily life.
Yoga Nidra – Also known as yogic sleep or sleep with awareness, this simple meditation practice is taught lying down while being guided by a teacher. Its goal is to induce full body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness, addressing psychological, neurological and subconscious needs. The above wellness classes are also available for couples and groups.
Mindfulness Meditation – Reduce stress, boost immune system and improve overall state of mind with this deeply relaxing experience, combining breathing techniques with the practice of keeping one’s mind in the present.
So many options, do indulge at Six Senses Spa Laamu, rejuvenation guaranteed!