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 impromptu cinema screenings on the beach, pop-up musical performances, surprise secret bars & 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
  • Babysitting service
  • Windsurfing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volley Ball
  • Restaurant
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Families

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 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). 

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 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 lunch and dinner), 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/dry cleaning service*. 24-hour room service*. Complimentary WiFi in public areas.

4 nights: 31 Dec

*Denotes local charge.

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Jul 13, 2019 CocoFresh33 Dallas, Texas

LUX was such an amazing place! I would describe it as heaven on earth. My husband and I travel frequently, and this is the best place we have ever stayed. Atish took wonderful care of us from the time we arrived until we left. We say manta rays and did the whale shark adventures, which I would recommend to anyone. We rode our bikes around the… Read more
LUX was such an amazing place! I would describe it as heaven on earth. My husband and I travel frequently, and this is the best place we have ever stayed. Atish took wonderful care of us from the time we arrived until we left. We say manta rays and did the whale shark adventures, which I would recommend to anyone. We rode our bikes around the property to get to other areas quicker and it was a dream! The service was amazing, the food was really good and the people we met along the way were so friendly. It was truly the best holiday we have ever been on. I was almost in tears when we had to leave. I would 100% recommend this resort to anyone who is looking for paradise and relaxation along with 5 star service. Read less
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Jul 12, 2019 Fidza83

We had a great time at Lux, it’s a very calm, peaceful and romantic environment. The staff is very friendly and professional, A special mention goes to Nacer, his service was over and above the rest! He made our stay memorable.I would recommend this resort to anyone.
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Jul 11, 2019 Ryan2306 Colchester, United Kingdom

Me and my wife returned from our honeymoon at Lux south ari atoll Yesterday and it was the best holiday we have ever been on. The Island is a true paradise with clear water, loads of marine life, amazing views with plenty of photo opportunities. I can be a picky eater but all the food we had was some of the best food we have had while being… Read more
Me and my wife returned from our honeymoon at Lux south ari atoll Yesterday and it was the best holiday we have ever been on. The Island is a true paradise with clear water, loads of marine life, amazing views with plenty of photo opportunities. I can be a picky eater but all the food we had was some of the best food we have had while being abroad, plenty of different restaurants with good variety and very friendly staff, one member of staff at mixie restaurant called Zahir was so good to us by alway making sure we was well taken care of from drinks top ups to fresh cutlery and also surprised us on two occasions by reserving our table for us and decorating it to celebrate our honeymoon. We also enjoyed the buggy rides up and down the island, all drivers was very friendly and one of the driver called (shelcut) i think thats his name or (nick name for shortcut) was so kind to us and was great talking to him. The room was cleaned twice a day, late morning and eve always to a high standard and amazing decorations left on the bed. The pool areas was alway quiet with no more than a few couples of families at a time. My only minor criticism would be the bar staff, they seemed over staffed at times and still be abit slow and alot of times we ordered drinks and they was stood about not doing anything and we had to remind them half hour later we was still waiting for drinks, however they was still very friendly so didnt bother us as much once we got our drinks but this did happen alot. To sum it up, very friendly place, every member of team greet you as you walk through the island, clean and well maintained, greats Restaurants, highly recommend Read less
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Jul 11, 2019 rivozz

This was my first time at Maldives, I'm very happy to be at Lux Hotel. Exceptional services, super welcoming and supportive staff, very big resort, you may stay 3 weeks and not be bored because of the big number and varieties of activities, entertainments and restaurants. From the moment of arrival, Mr.Jonas (GM) and reception staff were waiting… Read more
This was my first time at Maldives, I'm very happy to be at Lux Hotel. Exceptional services, super welcoming and supportive staff, very big resort, you may stay 3 weeks and not be bored because of the big number and varieties of activities, entertainments and restaurants. From the moment of arrival, Mr.Jonas (GM) and reception staff were waiting for us, then the amazing Nasser took care of us from the beginning till we left the island, he was very supportive and always smiling, He makes you feel that you are the only guest on the Island and doing his maximum to make you feel satisfied and enjoy every moment. Super special thanks to Mr. Maamoun the resort manager. He is available anytime everywhere, always helping the other staff members and talking to all the guests and check the quality of services and the guests satisfaction, very friendly and polite. Finally the villa is very comfortable and clean, newly constructed with excellent facilities. It was really wonderful experience and I hope to repeat it soon. Read less
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Jul 10, 2019 328ginnyc Gold Coast, Australia

Lux resort was like heaven to us! The views were awesome and we could take photos everywhere we went. Privacy was great as each room was sufficiently distant from each other creating a perfect honeymoon experience. All the staff looked after us with great care from the start, especially Atish. We also received a honeymoon gift, which we loved.… Read more
Lux resort was like heaven to us! The views were awesome and we could take photos everywhere we went. Privacy was great as each room was sufficiently distant from each other creating a perfect honeymoon experience. All the staff looked after us with great care from the start, especially Atish. We also received a honeymoon gift, which we loved. The food was quite nice, in particular the Japanese restaurant. It was quite pricey, although that was expected for Maldives. The sunset fishing was an awesome experience as we caught many fish and someone nearly caught a shark too! It was definitely great fun. For anyone who thought about bringing an inflatable flamingo for photos, you don’t need to as there’s a free one available! There are also hammocks in the water for you to relax on. The water everywhere around the resort was sooooo clear! The marine life was not bad, but next time we would like to try other resorts further away from the airport as our friends have reported seeing a lot more marine life around other islands. Nevertheless, the service, activities and facilities offered by Lux were everything we could have asked for. Having a meal next to the water was such an enjoyable experience. There’s never many people on the beach so it was great to be isolated on the beautiful beach. We would definitely recommend this resort for people who want to go on a honeymoon. Read less