LUX* South Ari Atoll

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

This stunning resort gives a true insight into island living. As well as being exceedingly laid back, there’s a spontaneous atmosphere with open air cinema on the beach, pop-up musical performances & much more. If you’re a water sport enthusiast you’re in for a treat, the diving here is spectacular, with plenty of underwater sites to explore for beginners to advanced divers. There’s also land sports aplenty, two pools (both fully serviced by poolside bars), two miles of sandy beach and the LUX* Me Spa, an oasis within an oasis. The kids, meanwhile, can engage in a variety of activities at PLAY, including decadent cake decorating and art classes. STUDIO 17 is for older kids with exciting excursions around the island on the agenda! There are plenty of eateries to choose from: at the core of the island, MIXE offers everything from wood-fired pizzas to grills & stir fries, with a tempting island twist; for Italian cuisine, there is Allegria or head to East Market for Asian-inspired dishes.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Families
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis

Where is it

On the island of Dhidhoofinolhu in the South Ari Atoll. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 25 minutes by seaplane.Please note: Seaplane transfers to/from your resort will only operate in daylight hours. Please ensure your international flights into and out of Malé allow for this schedule.

Hotel information

193 villas and pavilions. All with air-conditioning, private terrace or balcony, satellite TV, telephone, complimentary WiFi, mini-bar*, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer, iron and board (on request). Beach Pavilions, with thatched roof, private garden with direct access to the beach and outdoor shower, have 1 king-size bed plus rollaway bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 teen or 1 child or 1 infant. Interconnecting pairs available.

All Inclusive option: includes breakfast at MIXE and East Market, lunch at Senses Bar, Lagoon Bar, Veli Bar and Beach Rouge. A la carte dinner at Senses, Allegria, Beach Rouge (plus 30% discount on food at Umami Japanese restaurant) or buffet at MIXE and East Market. Afternoon tea at Senses Bar. ICI ice creams. A collection of wines from the old and new world, plus cocktails and mocktails and a selection of soft drinks, tea, coffee (including Café LUX* home-roasted coffee), beers, juices, mineral water, and a choice of spirits and liquors), as per the scheduled opening hours of the restaurants and bars. Mini-bar with water, juices, soft drinks and beer (replenished once a day). Beach and poolside service at Lagoon Bar and Senses. Yoga & stretching classes, access to the sauna, steam room, plunge pool and spa garden. Daily use of snorkeling equipment, kayaks, pedal boats and scheduled snorkelling trips on house reef (dependent on weather and tides). Unlimited access to the gym, floodlit tennis courts (rackets provided - tennis balls with a fee), table tennis, bocce balls, beach volleyball. Live music, Maldivian dance shows. 

Please note: all inclusive is available from your time of arrival until your time of departure. Each restaurant and bar has the 'All Inclusive' drinks menus available, with full details of all choices included. Some items may incur a supplement. Special evenings, events and dinners are not included. Reservations are mandatory at the spa and its facilities are subject to availability, for adults only. 

LUX* Me Vitalite Experience: can be added to any board basis and is an integrated approach to wellbeing, incorporating holistic and spa treatments. Please call for full details. 

Half Board option: includes breakfast in East Market or MIXE and dinner in East Market, MIXE, Senses Bar, Beach Rouge or Allegria, as per opening schedules. Guests may also enjoy a 30% discount on dinner at Umami Japanese restaurant.

Full Board option: includes breakfast in East Market or MIXE, lunch in Senses Bar, Veli Bar, Lagoon Bar and Beach Rouge, and dinner in East Market, MIXE, Senses, Beach Rouge or Allegria. Guests may also enjoy a 30% discount on dinner at Umami Japanese restaurant.

Beach Villas with outdoor bathrooms, 1 king-size bed, a sofa bed and single rollaway bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children or 2 adults and 1 teen.

Beach Pool Villas have a private pool and a terrace which unfolds into a luxurious living space, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 teen or 1 child or 1 infant.

Family Lagoon Pavilions are next to the lagoon, sleeping maximum 4 adults and 2 children/teens/infants or 2 adults and 4 teens/children/infants.

Water Villas are located directly over the lagoon on the far sunset side of the island and offer optimal privacy & seclusion, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 teen or 1 child.  

Romantic Pool Water Villas have a private plunge pool and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults (no children under 16 years). 

Temptation Pool Water Villas are ideal for couples, with a dedicated living space, spacious wooden deck with dining area and cabana, a 14-metre infinity pool, a glass Jacuzzi room and a circular king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults (no children under 16 years). 

Lux* Villa feature unparalleled views over the lagoon with an infinity plunge pool, spacious living area with glass floor and direct access to the deck, a master bedroom suite and handcrafted LUX* Sleep Tight bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

MIXE (feet-in-the-sand international buffet, open for breakfast and dinner), Allegria Restaurant (Italian cuisine, open for dinner), Senses Restaurant (Middle Eastern and Indian ocean cuisine, open for lunch and dinner), East Market (over-the-water Asian market-inspired restaurant, open for European breakfasts and authentic Asian dinners), Umami (Japanese fusion, open for dinner), Beach Rouge (beach club and restaurant, open for all day dining), Cafe LUX* (freshly ground coffee served all day), Veli Pool Bar (all-day poolside drinks, open for lunch), Lagoon Bar (sociable beach bar, open for lunch), Senses Bar and Lounge (cocktails, drinks, teas, light lunches and evening snacks), East Bar (hip over-the-water hangout, open in the evenings). 2 swimming pools. Fitness centre. Spa*. Water sports* including snorkelling, diving, tube rides, waterskiing, kite surfing, fishing, flyboarding, kayaking, pedal boats and windsurfing. Whale shark safaris*. Table tennis, volleyball, floodlit tennis courts (tennis balls*), bicycles*. PLAY Kids Club (3–11 years), Studio 17 (12–17 years). Babysitting* (on request). Laundry service*. 24-hour room service*. Complimentary WiFi in public areas.

4 nights: 31 Dec.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing stay in an amazing island

Sep 22, 2020 A1alnuaimi Ajman, United Arab Emirates

Alot of things to do, free activities and paid ones. Villa is always cleaned well. And the whole experience was Amazing The weather was almost always sunny, with couple of light rain minutes every now and then.
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Sep 22, 2020 469naziam Manchester, United Kingdom

Trip advisor We have returned from a 9 night stay from the Lux South Ari Atol. We booked a water villa for our honeymoon which gave us amazing views every morning, looking straight out on to clear Maldivian water from our private balcony. The staff and service was amazing from start to finish. You can feel they are proud of the resort and… Read more
Trip advisor We have returned from a 9 night stay from the Lux South Ari Atol. We booked a water villa for our honeymoon which gave us amazing views every morning, looking straight out on to clear Maldivian water from our private balcony. The staff and service was amazing from start to finish. You can feel they are proud of the resort and focus on giving guests the best experience ever. Nothing is never too much to ask as the staff are more than willing and happy to make sure you are enjoying your stay. Our personal assistant Ahmed was amazing, constantly updating us with restaurant options and available activities and excursions for the day. Niya also made us feel extremely welcome and was very attentive with anything that we needed. A true gent who was friendly but extremely professional all at the same time, he is a true asset to the resort. The chef Marc was also an absolute star, accommodating for menu tweaks and delivering dishes to us from the menu of other restaurants giving us the options and flexibility to enjoy all different style of cuisine from one restaurant while showing us true hospitality with complimentary tasters of dishes we wanted to try. The kobe beef skewers are a must have when you visit the resort!! He also gave us some of infamously tasty Maldivian chilli peppers to take with us and advised how I could grow them back in the UK. P.s if you get a chance try to book a sunset beach BBQ, it was an u forgettable experience watching the sunset over dinner. The staff and the chefs for the BBQ were focused on making sure we had the amazing experience, it means a lot when you receive the personal service that the resort delivered. The island is absolutely beautiful and has so many complimentary features and services from free snorkelling, paddle boarding, and kayaking etc. I personally loved the art studio where they used recyclable materials from the island to help you unleash your creativity allowing us to paint on obsolete coconuts, wood trimmings and old bottles. The staff running the art studio were very friendly and helped me create my very own souvenir to take with me. Covid Safety The resort ensured all guests were PCR tested at the beginning of our stay and we were all regularly temperature tested to maintain a covid free and safe environment which made us feel at ease. Overall we would certainly urge anyone who is planning to visit the magical Maldives to book their stay at the south Lux resort. The island is a perfect size to explore without being too small, the services are great, the food is delicious and the staff are amazing. We feel we not only went on our honeymoon but we met some extremely nice people who became friends by the end of our trip. We were given a very warm send off by everyone from the staff to the resort manager when leaving the resort which was lovely! This resort is a must to book. If you ever go say hello to Ahmed, Niya and Marc from me ! Read less
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Sep 19, 2020 colintay94

We chose LUX* South Ari Atoll for our honeymoon and it was honestly the best experience we've ever had so far. Absolutely amazing staff, everyone seems to know us by name and what happened to us (one of us was a little under the weather on one of the days and every one of the staff we met, from the buggy driver to the restaurant waiter seemed to… Read more
We chose LUX* South Ari Atoll for our honeymoon and it was honestly the best experience we've ever had so far. Absolutely amazing staff, everyone seems to know us by name and what happened to us (one of us was a little under the weather on one of the days and every one of the staff we met, from the buggy driver to the restaurant waiter seemed to know about it and checked that we were feeling better) and that's just one of the little things we noticed that made it feel like the staff really cared about us. Eman was in charge of us and he made sure we were kept informed of the restaurants that were opened everyday and was quick to reply to any questions we had and organized all of our trips for us. We were a little worried about the weather as it is supposed to be the wet season but it only drizzled for 5minutes on one day and rained heavily for 20-30minutes another day which we spent indoors anyway with the yoga which was one of the free activities at the resort. The rest of the days were either really sunny or slightly cloudy which is nice as it provides some shade from the sun! We just didn't have enough time to do all of the activities as there were so many and we were just too tired! We had the free couples massage, free professional photoshoot, free yoga sessions almost everyday, free sunset cruise. Not to mention the bicycles that were provided free of charge which we thought were chargeable! Food wise, there was a variety of options available and it did not feel boring or like we were stuck with the same food for the time we spent there. We particularly enjoyed our teppanyaki experience at Umami which is a must try with Allan, the chef. For the excursions, with the current situation, there are much less travellers so the excursions feel really private. On the manta ray excursion, there were only 2 couples in the boat which felt like we hired a private excursion. Mr Mamoun, the resort manager was there every single morning to check on us during breakfast to see if he can do something for us or whether we had any complaints whatsoever, which was close to none! The only slight issue we had was immediately addressed with a lot of professionalism and we were honestly impressed as it was really not a big deal but they treated it as such which made it feel like the staff at LUX* really do want our experience to be nothing short of amazing. Even with the current ongoing situation, we did not feel unsafe at all as they do regular temperature checks on all guests and all staff wear masks throughout the day, We will definitely visit LUX* again in hopefully not too distant future! Read less
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Sep 19, 2020 Ruh_222

Stayed here with my dad beginning of September 2020. The entire stay from touch down to Male to leaving the island, has been an amazing experience. Every member of staff that we have encountered have been wonderful- kind, helpful and always wanting to go the extra mile to make us comfortable and ensure we're enjoying our stay. If you're concerned… Read more
Stayed here with my dad beginning of September 2020. The entire stay from touch down to Male to leaving the island, has been an amazing experience. Every member of staff that we have encountered have been wonderful- kind, helpful and always wanting to go the extra mile to make us comfortable and ensure we're enjoying our stay. If you're concerned about COVID here- don't be. Every person on the island has been tested negative and they've taken maximum precautions to ensure our safety. We stayed in the beach pavilion with the all inclusive package- highly recommended to go all inclusive. The room was spacious and comfortable, footsteps away from the shore. Hearing the waves as you fall asleep- ahhh, bliss. Room's got all the amenities and essentials you could ask for. Every meal, coffee, mocktail, dessert we've had on the island has been exceptional quality and you can taste the love and care it's been prepared with. Special thanks to Ibrahim at Beach Rouge who always took our requests on and gave us AMAZING pasta! and HUGE thanks to Chef Subbunhi at Senses who blew us away with his special starters and mains that he spoiled my Dad and I with!! Oh how I miss the food and sounds and smells of the ocean with every meal. Did I mention the icecream bar? Unlimited ice cream for the win! Special thanks to Riley I could write a book about how good the food was but I'll move on. I came here mainly for the diving. The dive center is a great setup and very reasonably priced. I've done 10 dives with Sandrine and Amir who kept me safe and made my dives memorable. 2 words- WHALE SHARKS!- Just magnificent; and a once in a lifetime experience being in their presence. Special thanks to Nihaan the island's marine biologist. He'll amaze you with his knowledge about the whale sharks, the ocean and all that dwells in it. Highly recommend the snorkeling trips with him! Last but not the least, Imaad who looked after us and ensured we were enjoying our stay- thank you!! It's the experiences and people you meet that make your trip memorable. And Lux exceeded our expectations. Thanks to the hotel manger Mr. Mamoun, Irshad, Jam, Hassan, Mofizul and Centey and everyone else we've met here. You guys are magic. If you're looking to come to Maldives- save yourself the trouble of researching and looking at other hotels and atolls, just choose Lux South Ari. I doubt you'll find better. Read less
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Sep 19, 2020 onsec2020

It is a wonderful island with a good service and it has a Arabic manager Mr.Mamoun who talk in Arabic that help to get more tourists from Arabic countries not to forget Mr. Ali ismael (water sport ) , Mr. Ayman and Centy and Mofuzil were so cooperative that makes are trip much fun thank you so much 💙