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 منتجع رائع جداً

Jul 4, 2020 Yahyaa1048

المنتجع رائع جداً ، بكل تفاصيله منذ الوصول الى الوداع ، كانت الاقامة بين فيلا شطائية وفيلا على المحيط مع المسبح ، صحيح واجهت بعض الملاحظات ، لكن كانت الادارة ممتازه بالتعامل . كانت الخدمات والمطاعم والانشطة رائعه وكان هناك فعاليات جميله في المنتجع. فعلاً كانت ايام جميلة حجزت في المنتجع حوالي ٩ ايام لم اكن اشعر بالملل فكانت الاقامة قمة بالروعة… Read more
المنتجع رائع جداً ، بكل تفاصيله منذ الوصول الى الوداع ، كانت الاقامة بين فيلا شطائية وفيلا على المحيط مع المسبح ، صحيح واجهت بعض الملاحظات ، لكن كانت الادارة ممتازه بالتعامل . كانت الخدمات والمطاعم والانشطة رائعه وكان هناك فعاليات جميله في المنتجع. فعلاً كانت ايام جميلة حجزت في المنتجع حوالي ٩ ايام لم اكن اشعر بالملل فكانت الاقامة قمة بالروعة والجمال ومليئة بالانشطة واود اشكرك الموظف ناصر المميز النشيط حقاً سهل لنا الكثير ورتب لنا الجدول منذ البداية فشكراً جزيلاً لك وشكراً للاخت سارة وللادارة 🌼🌼 وسوف اعود قريباً باذن الله ..🙏🏻😍😘 The resort is very impressive, with all its details since arriving to the farewell, the stay was between a beach villa and a villa on the ocean with the pool, It is true that I encountered some observations, but the management was excellent in dealing. The services, restaurants and activities were great and there were beautiful events at the resort. It was really nice days I booked in the resort about 9 days I was not bored The stay was a summit of splendor, beauty and full of activities I would like to thank you employee Nasser Al-Momayaz, who is active Really easy for us a lot and arranged the schedule for us from the start So thank you very much Thank you, Sister Sarah, and to the management And I will return soon, God willing ..🙏🏻😍😘 Read less
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May 26, 2020 5StarGlobeBlogger

Casual Luxury in paradise, great food, friendly staff and perfect accommodation. Only little downside is the house riff which for experienced divers will not do the trick. However, many dive and snorkel sites can be reached within a 30 minutes boat trip.
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Apr 27, 2020 1kristian

After we have been here in November 2018, also our second trip was more than we ever could have hoped for! Not only did the holiday live up to our expectations, due to the open-heartedness of every single staff member, we have met throughout our stay on the island, we again really felt "home"!! We more than enjoyed the stunning location, nature,… Read more
After we have been here in November 2018, also our second trip was more than we ever could have hoped for! Not only did the holiday live up to our expectations, due to the open-heartedness of every single staff member, we have met throughout our stay on the island, we again really felt "home"!! We more than enjoyed the stunning location, nature, service, quality, tastiness of the food, sustained concept, luxury, etc. etc. and again wanted to address a heartfelt and honest Thank You, to everyone making our vacation more than perfectl!! As a returner to this beautiful place, we really enjoyed every second of our stay and as we knew what to expect, it even felt more like a relieve getting back to this small spot of paradise it is! Same as with our last vacation here, I cannot even put it into words, how perfect this vacation was. From the day we arrived, we felt how everyone made an effort to make our vacation just a little better! This is something we have never experienced so far and we never took for granted! Regardless of how stressed out or busy, everyone, from the gardener to the manager, welcomed us with a “good morning”, a small talk about weather or just a little smile, which really stepped it up, from any other vacation we have ever been on! The cusine on the various island restaurants was extraordinary, same goes for the room, the island and the rest of the trip. We have been to many places around the world, eaten many things and talked to a lot of people, but we never we felt so “home” in a foreign place! Read less
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Apr 25, 2020 Reg W Ottawa

It was the Best of Times; it was the worst of times... Imagine your self on a remote island in Paradise, wishing that you would nver have to return ? Be careful what you wish for... Imagine that you were on that island and could not return ! The day we arrived, all of our flights were cancelled - via India; Britain; USA and even Canada. Shortly… Read more
It was the Best of Times; it was the worst of times... Imagine your self on a remote island in Paradise, wishing that you would nver have to return ? Be careful what you wish for... Imagine that you were on that island and could not return ! The day we arrived, all of our flights were cancelled - via India; Britain; USA and even Canada. Shortly thereafter, flights into and out of Maldives were cancelled. So there we were.. a tiny band in Paradise - virtually our own private paradise. outnumbered by staff by at least a 50-1 ratio.(others vacationers had already left) . But, with no assurance of a way home. Even the Staff were told that they had to leave.. Yet , the staff and management despite the obvious stresses were exemplary.. Every tiny detail taken care of - evan a birthday, chocolates and champagne on my Birthday.. So very much more that I would love to tell you about Lux, and how this ended. But Trip Advisor word limits make this problematic. Will send photos or gladly answer questions later or on request. Suffice it to say for now, that if anything, the glowing reviews that you have already read were guilty of understatement. Would we go back Ha. Ha. In a funny way, I wish that we were still there. Read less
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Apr 21, 2020 alisa g

This island is far beyond the images you see online it is absolutely stunningly beautiful. From arriving in Malle you are ushered into the private Luxe lounge to await your seaplane. Refreshments and relaxing facilities are at you disposal, cannot comment further as fortunately our seaplane was ready for us to board shortly after arriving. The… Read more
This island is far beyond the images you see online it is absolutely stunningly beautiful. From arriving in Malle you are ushered into the private Luxe lounge to await your seaplane. Refreshments and relaxing facilities are at you disposal, cannot comment further as fortunately our seaplane was ready for us to board shortly after arriving. The seaplane is an exhilarating experience taking approximately 30 mins, something not to be missed. On arriving at Luxe you are greeted by a number of staff and whisked to reception to checkin. We had booked a beach villa which was the second cheapest option, this was not just a financial decision but we wanted to be directly on the beach. Well we were not disappointed as it was perfect. Large sleeping and lounging area leading straight out to a veranda and then onto a huge stretch of beach before reaching clear turquoise sea. Two separate dressing areas, his and her basins, shower and loo, not to mention outside bath and shower which we adored. I will say that we were on the north side of the island which has a much larger beach area to the sea. Superb cleaning and replenishing service together with an evening turndown. Bath robes, flip flops and beach bags are provided. We were all inclusive and dined in all the restaurants, some of which required reservations. Breakfast can be taken at either Mixe or East market, both very extensive choices of almost anything and cannot be faulted. Veli beach bar is a relaxed eatery and is great for lunch offering a good selection of eats light bites or something more. The lagoon bar, for drinks or lunch has more of a beach vibe with music and again anything from light salads to burgers and sandwiches, occasional barbecue. Beach rouge is open for lunch and dinner using the same menu for both, grills and salads, a kind of tapas type of eating, the truffle chips were amazing. Dinner at Allegria the Italian restaurant seems to be the Islands favourite offering a four course menu to AI guests, we had 3 dinners and they were very good. Senses was our favourite bar for evening drinks and is located opposite the Indian restaurant which was fair but not great, but perhaps we chose wrong. We booked the teppanyaki at Umani and had a superb meal, we also dined a la carte and had an equally good meal albeit needed guidance on the menu. The ice cream parlour serves cones and tubs and great sorbets for a refreshing treat. Fresh coffee (every variety hot and cold) and cakes can be taken throughout the day. There are plenty of activities to partake but we only took up on the boat trip snorkelling, which was brilliant around 40 mins snorkelling. There is a superb spa and gym should you desire. Drinks and cocktails were extensive and on the whole very good, although the cocktails were the same in all the bars the end product was not consistent, some speciality brands along with specialty foods in the restaurants had supplements to AI guests. We took the opportunity to stay in a romantic water villa with pool for our last 2 nights which was superb albeit for us not as special as the beach villa. The outside areas with your own mini infinity pool is breath taking. Some that are far out on the pontoon are quite a distance to walk. A great touch was the 2 British phone booths which could be used for free calls around the world. The staff were willing to please, nothing was too much, I would say that in some areas particularly the restaurants it was not 5* service we believe this was due to lack of guidance and direction. All in all an amazing 10 day trip of a lifetime. Read less