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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Apr 4, 2020 232franckm Montfort-l'Amaury, France

Hi everyone, we do one week every year in Maldives since 5 years and we are now able to compare. of course the Lux hotel is a 5 star and is great. all depends what you are looking for and what you are able to do. let me try to give you a good overview of the island. first the place : you need a seaplane. great welcome, quick transfer, nice people… Read more
Hi everyone, we do one week every year in Maldives since 5 years and we are now able to compare. of course the Lux hotel is a 5 star and is great. all depends what you are looking for and what you are able to do. let me try to give you a good overview of the island. first the place : you need a seaplane. great welcome, quick transfer, nice people and good surprise a lounge with nice food ans drinks which is good after a flight. you arrive in a very nice site. beach are beautiful all around the island and one part of the island is just sand and cristal water. beautiful. unfortunately, if you are looking for fish, except small reef shark, you can t spend your time looking at fish as there is none. again water is fantastic but not fish. only way to find fish is to go by boat to the reef or dive. if like my wife you can t go in water above 1.5m you won t see fish. additional, the island is windy. i don t know if it was because of the weather but it seems it is often like this with many clouds (we had friends in the north with a better weather) food is great, restaurant perfect except you need to book at the start of your trip but this can be understandable the island is bigger than what we used to see before (island is 2km) rooms (overwater villa) are ok but honestly need to be refreshed. we have upgrade our room after 4 days to be in the villa near the sand part because the wind didn t allow us to go in the water while in the villa and no fish which is a shame. bars are good, some nice animations. massage are great but really expensive much more than usual and if you want to be above the water, you pay an extra... this is unacceptable but that s the rules. the service is great people are really nice. scuba dives are nice but not the best one i have seen in maldives overall the island is nice and beautiful but we would not come back as it was not what we were hoping to live. enjoy Franck Read less
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Apr 2, 2020 RStarboy

BEST TRIP EVER !! This was my wife’s first trip after marriage. I was very much curious about our first trip but when we reached lux resort the kind of Welcome we got...it’s like when you see satisfaction in your partners eyes...the world look perfect So my review about the property-: An amazing stay, A wonderful hospitality and If I talk about… Read more
BEST TRIP EVER !! This was my wife’s first trip after marriage. I was very much curious about our first trip but when we reached lux resort the kind of Welcome we got...it’s like when you see satisfaction in your partners eyes...the world look perfect So my review about the property-: An amazing stay, A wonderful hospitality and If I talk about service quality I might have no words to express bcos everything thing was so smooth and well organised. Property was beautiful, staff was very friendly especially Chef faaruk, Chef Rana, Chef Naveen ,Mofizul (the buggy rider) My wife is pure veg but thanks you these Chefs we had our best trip ever Thank you so much 🙏🏻 Read less
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Apr 2, 2020 J8503ZSnicholash Braintree, United Kingdom

We couldn't have chosen a better resort for our first visit to the Maldives. The resort is very beautiful. Our Beach Pavilion accommodation was spacious and clean. Most importantly, our bed was wonderfully comfortable. The Lux is a very well managed operation - excellent service delivered by clearly well trained staff, managing the guest… Read more
We couldn't have chosen a better resort for our first visit to the Maldives. The resort is very beautiful. Our Beach Pavilion accommodation was spacious and clean. Most importantly, our bed was wonderfully comfortable. The Lux is a very well managed operation - excellent service delivered by clearly well trained staff, managing the guest experience very professionally. We enjoyed the variety of restaurants and the all inclusive option met our needs very well - the wine list is very good. All in all, a pleasure. Read less
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Apr 1, 2020 sharonlU9467PF London, United Kingdom

I wonder if we'll ever get bored of this place! From the moment our sea plane arrived to some friendly and familiar faces waving a welcome, we just slotted back in to our home from home. Our shoes came off and didn't go back on for ten days. Big thanks to Mamoun who helped with every request and also to the amazing staff that made it such a… Read more
I wonder if we'll ever get bored of this place! From the moment our sea plane arrived to some friendly and familiar faces waving a welcome, we just slotted back in to our home from home. Our shoes came off and didn't go back on for ten days. Big thanks to Mamoun who helped with every request and also to the amazing staff that made it such a lovely sixth stay. A special shout out for Aladdin who is always the perfect host and always makes us laugh and our son feel special. The food was great and our favourite restaurants are Senses, Beach Rouge and Alegria - well worth the all inclusive! Thanks all and see you for lucky number seven soon!! The Burns family x Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!!!

Apr 1, 2020 Stoyan T

Lux is a wonderful big island, with many restaurants and several bars. The food is great with excellent quality. We have chosen all-inclusive, and we are very pleased with the choice of alcoholic beverages and wines. The staff is very courteous and adequate. Many thanks to Cara who took care of us all the time. If you want to spend more than 6… Read more
Lux is a wonderful big island, with many restaurants and several bars. The food is great with excellent quality. We have chosen all-inclusive, and we are very pleased with the choice of alcoholic beverages and wines. The staff is very courteous and adequate. Many thanks to Cara who took care of us all the time. If you want to spend more than 6 days in the Maldives this is the best place to do it. I sincerely advise everyone to visit Lux. When everything in the coronavirus is over we will come back again. Read less