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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Jan 28, 2020 JoAlDerbyshire Derbyshire

Couldn't have picked a better holiday. Probably the best I have been on - outstanding service and quality. Totally chilled and spoilt from the moment we got there to when we left everything ran like clockwork. (Will elaborate later)
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Jan 27, 2020 AH1969 Kingsbridge, United Kingdom

Stayed here for new year. Can’t believe what the island has on it considering not that big. Staff super friendly. Food quality very good. Italian restaurant a real treat so book during stay as not guaranteed a reservation. Ice cream parlour a nice touch by the beach. Good gym. Good trips available. Stayed in a great room by the water. Buggies take… Read more
Stayed here for new year. Can’t believe what the island has on it considering not that big. Staff super friendly. Food quality very good. Italian restaurant a real treat so book during stay as not guaranteed a reservation. Ice cream parlour a nice touch by the beach. Good gym. Good trips available. Stayed in a great room by the water. Buggies take you around the island like a shuttle service. Only gripe is we had to reserve a seating area for the new year gala and to do that had to buy champagne which was expensive and not that nice. When spending the price of a small car on a weeks holiday this should be included (seating not the champagne) The seating wasn’t great and the DJ was playing music suitable for 20 year olds (average age of guest must have been late 40’s) so the crowd was lost early on - disappointing night but rest of holiday was very good. Read less
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Jan 26, 2020 Catxlr

It is a every happy Holliday in South Lux,on Chinese New Year .Thanks for all staff hard work,in particular our housekeeper Rachael ,Warm meticulous.My family every happy and relax on island,my son is every happy. we will come back.
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Jan 23, 2020 ann M

My husband and I travelled as a couple to celebrate my "special birthday". We loved the seaplane experience although everything was a little haphazard at the check in. It wasn't a problem though as we were well looked after. On arrival at the island we were greeted by Jonas and his team and specifically Vi-vien. Jonas certainly runs a well oiled… Read more
My husband and I travelled as a couple to celebrate my "special birthday". We loved the seaplane experience although everything was a little haphazard at the check in. It wasn't a problem though as we were well looked after. On arrival at the island we were greeted by Jonas and his team and specifically Vi-vien. Jonas certainly runs a well oiled operation as everything was pretty faultless. Vi-vien looked after us from a concierge perspective and did an excellent job. Indeed all the staff at the resort seem incredibly happy to be there and all have smiles on their faces. Particular credit to the boys at the Vill Bar. They had an incredible memory for remembering faces, names and even favourite cocktails! The food there was also varied and without fail delicious. We were fortunate to be able to experience both the sunset pool beach villas for the first few days and the over the water romantic pool villas for the second part. It is difficult to say which we preferred best. We loved the beach and the private pool with bath tub setting, but we also loved being over the water for sunrises. Both rooms were immaculately clean and the beds were extremely comfortable with high quality linens (as you would expect from a resort of this standard). The in room mini bar was regularly replenished, my only thought here was that an ice making facility would have been good but I'm certain had we asked for it, we would have got it. The restaurants were all outstanding and we had no problems getting into any of them but we did book in advance. The island itself is spectacular, especially the sand bank... pure paradise. I would not hesitate to recommend this resort to anyone and would certainly return in a heartbeat. Ann & Dave Read less
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Jan 21, 2020 452chiarac

We have visited LUX* a week ago and already want to go back! The resort is unique, nicely designed with attention to small details that make the difference. Food is great everywhere and our favorite was Beach Rouge with tapas style menu. We had a taste of ICI the home made ice-cream which was really delicious that you can find in this cute little… Read more
We have visited LUX* a week ago and already want to go back! The resort is unique, nicely designed with attention to small details that make the difference. Food is great everywhere and our favorite was Beach Rouge with tapas style menu. We had a taste of ICI the home made ice-cream which was really delicious that you can find in this cute little beach front ice cream hut. We were lucky with the weather and even enjoyed a movie night under the stars at Cinema Paradiso. Be sure not to miss the talented in-house duo of singers! We relaxed at East Bar one evening enjoying their music. At one hand of the island you can find a long sandbank with super clear water all around, a real breathtaking beauty of nature. We saw many sharks and rays passing by from the shore or from the decks, marine life is all around. The highlight of LUX* is definitely the friendliness of all the team, everyone made us feel at home and well cared. Will miss it and already cannot wait to go back to our home away from home! Thank you LUX* for everything, will never forget it! Until next time! Read less