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 and 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, Veli Pool Bar and Beach Rouge. Dinner is available at Allegria (from 2021 Allegria is not included in the All Inclusive but you will receieve a 30% discount on the food menu), Beach Rouge or 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, Allegria, East Market or Beach Rouge as per opening schedules. 

Full Board option: includes breakfast in East Market or MIXE, lunch in Senses Bar, Veli Bar and Beach Rouge, and dinner in East Market, MIXE, Beach Rouge or Allegria.

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 from the 31 Dec.

* Denotes local charge.

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Dec 3, 2021 kirkfirmin Asheville, North Carolina

My wife and I just returned from this amazing resort. We have traveled to multiple locations throughout the world and this has been by far the most wonderful experience we have had. The resort is beautifully maintained, plenty of amenities, and always something to do. All of the restaurants were phenomenal ( put on 4 pounds). The staff is… Read more
My wife and I just returned from this amazing resort. We have traveled to multiple locations throughout the world and this has been by far the most wonderful experience we have had. The resort is beautifully maintained, plenty of amenities, and always something to do. All of the restaurants were phenomenal ( put on 4 pounds). The staff is extremely friendly and we never passed a staff member without them greeting us. Restaurant managers came out and checked on us at every dinner. Inthi, our concierge handled every request we had and made every reservation we needed. Ismael, our room attendant was awesome. I dove with my e cigarette and ruined it. He had one like it, gave it to me, and would not let me pay him for it. He also created a beautiful "I love you" bed design with towel animals and flowers to help me surprise my wife. If you are contemplating the journey I say take it, you will not be disappointed. Thank you to the entire resort team for the experience and memories! K.F. Read less
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Dec 3, 2021 Z7257BDdavidh

We stayed at this fantastic Resort for 10 nights (too short) and it was absolutely fantastic! More than enough to do on this stunning Island in the South Ari Atoll, Maldives. Whilst there Myself and my Daughter took the PADI Open Water SCUBA Diving Course with Euro Divers whom are at the resort. We were looked after and trained by the amazing… Read more
We stayed at this fantastic Resort for 10 nights (too short) and it was absolutely fantastic! More than enough to do on this stunning Island in the South Ari Atoll, Maldives. Whilst there Myself and my Daughter took the PADI Open Water SCUBA Diving Course with Euro Divers whom are at the resort. We were looked after and trained by the amazing Yuan & Rabbie, true professionals! They worked it in such a manner that we could enjoy our holiday but at the same time learn to dive with the highest level of professional PADI training. The confined Water aspect of the training is carried out in "The Lagoon" which is great as its a natural Sea water inlet right outside the Dive centre followed by Boat trips just off the reefs, about 15 minutes away for the Open Water aspect of the training. The Marine life here is some of the best in the world....amazing! A huge thanks once again to Yuan & Robbie, You're the best and see you soon! x Also huge thanks to all the staff at LUX* South Ari Atoll, absolutely flawless ! David & Erin x Read less
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Dec 3, 2021 williamhS5914QA London, England, United Kingdom

We had the best 2 weeks at Lux. The island is a paradise, and designed in a way to make you constantly feel like you are the only ones there. The beaches are full of soft sand, shells and coral, with crystal clear waters. We stayed in 3 types of accommodation while there - the romantic pool villa, the water villa and the beach villa - all were… Read more
We had the best 2 weeks at Lux. The island is a paradise, and designed in a way to make you constantly feel like you are the only ones there. The beaches are full of soft sand, shells and coral, with crystal clear waters. We stayed in 3 types of accommodation while there - the romantic pool villa, the water villa and the beach villa - all were different and still amazing experiences. The romantic pool villa was gorgeous with our own private plunge pool and our host Anfal went above and beyond to make sure that we had the best time ... he decorated our room, checked we had everything we needed at night, and even came to our next room to run us a beautiful bubble bath filled with flowers. We enjoyed the floating breakfast on our pool one morning. The water villa was also beautiful, featuring panoramic sea views, from a more shady and breezy terrace (making it easier to sit out on) and windows to the sea from the villa floor. Water villas on the north side of the island get more of a breeze and the view of the sunset. The beach villa felt extremely private with a private garden that went directly onto the stunning beach. Each accommodation had plenty of wildlife around it... crabs, hermit crabs, tropical fish, reef sharks, bats and birds. All rooms allowed excellent views of the stars above. When deciding which accommodation you would like, consider if you would prefer a breeze (north side), and note that when staying in beach villas you are more likely to hear some noise from birds and bats. All staff at Lux were extremely hospitable, saying hello every time we saw them and doing all they could to make our holiday most memorable. Nihaan and colleagues from the marine excursions pointed out all sorts of wildlife to us and even used our GoPros to capture the best footage of us with sea creatures. Zaeen who did our beach villa turndown service always made the room look immaculate and created all sorts of artistic designs on our bed. Katerina provided daily whatsapp updates for us on island activities and restaurant bookings. We felt well looked after. Activities on the island are also great - especially yoga with Praveen, who led incredible classes. All in all an amazing 2 weeks at Lux! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Truly magnificent in every way and very relaxing.

Dec 2, 2021 TonyB2936

We had a 10 day all inclusive stay in an over water villa and the whole experience from beginning to end was very relaxing and we were thoroughly spoilt every day. We particularly enjoyed the accommodation which was luxurious, spacious, private and very quiet. We also enjoyed all of the restaurants. It was nice to have such a broad range of… Read more
We had a 10 day all inclusive stay in an over water villa and the whole experience from beginning to end was very relaxing and we were thoroughly spoilt every day. We particularly enjoyed the accommodation which was luxurious, spacious, private and very quiet. We also enjoyed all of the restaurants. It was nice to have such a broad range of venues, all of which were of high quality. The service was discreet but friendly and all of the staff were very polite. Another good feature was the use of WhatsApp for daily updates on events and openings and also for making restaurant bookings and other service requests. The island/resort is quite large but the frequent and friendly buggy service worked very well when we didn't feel like walking. Read less
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Dec 2, 2021 CClarke74 Kent, United Kingdom

We had the most amazing 10 night stay in a beach villa. It was everything we hoped for. The villa was spacious, modern and with a fully stocked mini bar and extras it was a joy to stay in. There are 2 buffet restaurants, Mixe ana East Market - both great and the breakfasts are exceptional with lots to choose from including eggs benedict made to… Read more
We had the most amazing 10 night stay in a beach villa. It was everything we hoped for. The villa was spacious, modern and with a fully stocked mini bar and extras it was a joy to stay in. There are 2 buffet restaurants, Mixe ana East Market - both great and the breakfasts are exceptional with lots to choose from including eggs benedict made to order. There are a number of a la carte restaurants including my favourite, Umami - both a la carte and Teppinyaki (the best I’ve ever experienced) . As well as Allegria for Italian- not just pasta and pizza but lots of fish. Senses for stylish Indian cuisine and Beach Rouge, which has an amazing view to watch the sunset with a delicious cocktail. The Veli pool bar has an amazing menu and the Lagoon Bar playing chilled reggae all day on the beach. Right next to the on site dive centre. There are water sports, lots of snorkelling and tours. We swam with a whale shark and did a couple of great dives Golf buggies run up and down the island taking you from reception to villa to restaurants/bars. Staff are all so friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend for a romantic holiday. Lots of couples celebrating honeymoons there. It is a beautiful Instagramable island with lots of spots for posing on swings and chairs. It is paradise. Read less