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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Nov 13, 2019 Chendingfeng

Stay 3 nights here to celebrate my son 18 years birthday. Water villa was amazing and we love it very much. The facility was good and well equip. The staff was professional and also friendly. We love beach rouge so much as the seafood platter was so fresh and taste good. Especially the lobster and the tuna.
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Nov 12, 2019 Sunyingli

We came with 4 of us. We have received by Rachael our butler and she is very professional. She gave us we chat and easily for us to look for her. We have tried all the restaurant , we love allegria so much and also east market. MIXE restaurant has a lot of mosquitoes. Senses environment was good and romantic good for couple. Beach rouge too loud… Read more
We came with 4 of us. We have received by Rachael our butler and she is very professional. She gave us we chat and easily for us to look for her. We have tried all the restaurant , we love allegria so much and also east market. MIXE restaurant has a lot of mosquitoes. Senses environment was good and romantic good for couple. Beach rouge too loud but food was good. Overall, we enjoy a lot and the service was amazing especially our villa attendant. Read less
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Nov 11, 2019 JYAbdullah Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

From the moment we arrived, we were treated with kindness and great hospitality. The resort is beautiful, but what really made the difference were the people of LSAA. They are genuinely nice and so accommodating to our needs. I had requested for specific villas, having read previous Trip Advisor tips, and Lux actually arranged those villas for us.… Read more
From the moment we arrived, we were treated with kindness and great hospitality. The resort is beautiful, but what really made the difference were the people of LSAA. They are genuinely nice and so accommodating to our needs. I had requested for specific villas, having read previous Trip Advisor tips, and Lux actually arranged those villas for us. All our restaurant bookings were confirmed and correct, and when we celebrated our son's 10th birthday at Allegria, they set up a beautiful table on the beach for us and though I had only requested for a slice of cake, they presented us with a whole cake and sang the birthday song. I was really touched with how they went the extra mile to make my son's birthday celebration such a memorable one for our family. We met some truly amazing people at Lux - Mamoun the Resort Manager welcomed us when we got off the seaplane with his big warm smile and always stopped to chat with us whenever we bumped into him throughout our stay. He even remembered our names, though the resort was at 90% capacity! Rachael and Lara took amazing care of us, making sure we were comfortable throughout our stay, right up to the point when we got on the seaplane to leave. Sowkat, Mofizul and Ali were our favourite buggy drivers - they were so sweet and their cheerfulness is so infectious! And not forgetting Ahmad.H who made beautiful towel and leaf decors in our room, with an extra special one on my son's bed on his birthday. The entire staff of LSAA is so friendly and truly display an exceptional level of hospitality. We stayed the first 3 nights in a Beach Villa (#249, with a bit more privacy as it was towards the end of the strip of villas, sunrise facing) then moved to a Water Villa (#429, in the middle of the strip of villas so didn't have to walk too far to get to it, sunset facing) for the remaining 3 nights. The villas are well-appointed and spacious, which is a big plus for us since we were traveling with our son, and have all the necessary amenities. Food was also great! We do not take pork, so the restaurants would accommodate and omit/substitute pork with other meats for us. Lux Cafe was our first stop every morning for our daily fix of good coffee. And ICI is a must-try for delicious homemade ice-cream and sorbets. There were indeed a lot of activities around the resort, and I really liked that the resort sent me updates daily on WhatsApp about which restaurants were available, and what activities were planned. My personal favourite activities were the Tree of Wishes, the Coffee Roasting and Latte Art sessions, and Cinema Paradiso - there's nothing like watching a movie under the stars while being treated with popcorn and ice cream! It was difficult to leave. We miss it dearly and on the last day of our holiday, we were already making plans to go back to LSAA! p/s: we booked directly with the resort, and enjoyed much better room rates than what we were able to find on other travel websites. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Favourite resort in the Maldives

Nov 11, 2019 Excursion12734285376

Having visited the Maldives a number of times, we typically try a different resort each year, until we stayed at the Lux. Since then, we have visited 3 times and wouldn’t stay anywhere else. Everything about the Island is perfect for our family and from the minute you land to the minute you leave, you feel completely at home. Travelling with two… Read more
Having visited the Maldives a number of times, we typically try a different resort each year, until we stayed at the Lux. Since then, we have visited 3 times and wouldn’t stay anywhere else. Everything about the Island is perfect for our family and from the minute you land to the minute you leave, you feel completely at home. Travelling with two children, including a small baby, can be challenging however the Lux made it so easy with all of the little things they prepared for us like a sterilisers, travel cot and toys. The kids club is amazing, Carline and her team are professional, welcoming and fantastic with children of all ages (to the point where our 4 year old doesn’t want to hang out with us at all). Every member of staff on the island from house keeping to gardeners to waiters to management is so accommodating and kind, and cannot do enough for every guest. (Shout our to Modi and Mohammad for their amazing towel and palm leaf animals to entertain the children). The range and quality of the restaurants is superb and the Spa facilities and treatments are fantastic. Activities are well priced and varied however there is enough to do on the island without having to sign up to anything. There is enough space and variety on the island to mean you can have family time, couple time and individual time. Literally paradise. Read less
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Nov 11, 2019 liuqing12

upob arrival we have greeted by the resort manager and raxhael help for us to check in and she help us alot. we love MIXE food but the restaurant too much mosqitour. east market environment was good but the food not nice and salty. allegria is the best for us and the service was good espcially tholaal if the name correct.