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), 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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Nov 24, 2020 louisebL4333MJ

We came to Lux South Ari Atoll on our honeymoon and had the best holiday ever. It took us quite a while to get through arrivals and the sea plane check in at the airport so it was a relief to arrive in the coolness of the Lux lounge. It was a nice way the start our holiday and we had cold drinks, sandwiches, fruit and cookies while we waited for… Read more
We came to Lux South Ari Atoll on our honeymoon and had the best holiday ever. It took us quite a while to get through arrivals and the sea plane check in at the airport so it was a relief to arrive in the coolness of the Lux lounge. It was a nice way the start our holiday and we had cold drinks, sandwiches, fruit and cookies while we waited for our sea place. Once we arrived at the resort we had a lovely welcome from the staff and hotel manager who were waving from the jetty as our sea plane landed. We stayed in an over water villa which was definitely the best choice for us. The room was modern, spacious and had uninterrupted views of the lagoon. The bed was so comfy and we loved sitting on the hammock net on our deck and watching the sea life below. Our concierge Aiman was very helpful, arranging our meals for us and some of our excursions/spa trips via a WhatsApp group that he set up soon after we arrived. He messaged us every day with details of the activities that were running and the bars and restaurants which were open. We hired bikes for the duration of our stay, which was a great way to get around the island during the day. The food in the resort was amazing, everything was of such a high quality and we never had a bad meal. The Thai Prawn salad in the lagoon bar and the duck tacos in Beach Rouge are among the best food I’ve ever eaten. The ice cream from ICI was also amazing, as were the homemade waffle comes. We ate in the Lagoon bar for lunch most days, and rotated around each of the a la carte restaurants in the evenings, with a few nights at the buffet restaurant as well. All of the a la carte’s were included in our all inclusive package. We enjoyed the afternoon trips to snorkel at the house reef and also took part in a whale shark hunting trip run by the water sports centre and did a scuba dive with Amir, who really put us at ease on our first dive. The stuff at LUX were absolutely fantastic. It really did help to make our holiday. Everyone we passed while moving around the island made a point of saying hello and all of the staff who served us were amazing. I never normally mention staff individually but the following people stood out for us; Shizuvee who worked tirelessly in the lagoon bar, and served us most lunchtimes, and Vishu who served us in the lagoon bar and also suggested nice wines in Allegria. Shifaz who really went above and beyond to arrange a nice meal for us in Senses. Aus and Mark in the East bar - the pineapple frozen margaritas were my favourite cocktail and the East Bar’s were the best. I’d highly recommend LUX to anyone looking to visit the Maldives and would love to return one day. Read less
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Nov 24, 2020 Rachana T Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We came here during pandemic as it was our anniversary and we really wanted to get away. We are glad we chose this property as it was a safe haven among all the Covid chaos going on around the world. They've got a great variety of restaurants so you never get bored of the good choice. We were here for 6 days and never felt short on choice of food.… Read more
We came here during pandemic as it was our anniversary and we really wanted to get away. We are glad we chose this property as it was a safe haven among all the Covid chaos going on around the world. They've got a great variety of restaurants so you never get bored of the good choice. We were here for 6 days and never felt short on choice of food. The staff is really friendly, especially our buggy driver, Mofizul, who took us around the whole property with a big smile on his face always and made our stay very comfortable. Our Room cleaner Anfal was super nice too. He made sure our room is always cleaned when we returned back after a day of fun activities. Service is excellent and we highly recommend it! Would love to come back here again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Paradise, Utopia, Eden, Heaven on Earth, LUX South Ari Atoll

Nov 23, 2020 Rebecca A

Stop. Stop doing TripAdvisor searches for the best vacation on earth. You've found it. LUX is absolute paradise. Hop on that seaplane and never look back. The Before: Even before arrival, Mamoun (the St. Peter of the Pearly Gates of LUX Heaven) and his team do everything in their power to arrange the perfect trip for you. They take care of… Read more
Stop. Stop doing TripAdvisor searches for the best vacation on earth. You've found it. LUX is absolute paradise. Hop on that seaplane and never look back. The Before: Even before arrival, Mamoun (the St. Peter of the Pearly Gates of LUX Heaven) and his team do everything in their power to arrange the perfect trip for you. They take care of restaurant and spa bookings, honeymoon surprises, anniversary gifts, weddings, and sea activities galore - nothing is too much for this team to handle. The During: I can't name specific people because the list would simply encompass every person working here. Literally, absolutely every single LUX staff member makes you feel like you belong in Paradise. It was so amazing that I canceled my stay at another Maldivian resort in order to remain at LUX for an extra week, not knowing whether or not I would be refunded thousands of dollars for the cancelation. The best restaurants, the most fabulous bars, the divine spa, the stunning bungalows, the water activities, the fitness activities, the beaches, the view. Nothing can top this vacation. The After: If you're anything like me, you'll be planning your next stay at LUX while you're still lounging on the beach at LUX. No matter what bungalow you get, where you dine, what you do, you'll be doing it in a true Utopia. So, see those whale sharks and manta rays, get that massage you so desperately need, drink the island's entire supply of Baileys, like I did. Just do it. You won't regret a thing. Read less
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Nov 22, 2020 L9731RI_ St. Petersburg, Russia

I travelled to LUX* South Ari Atoll with my mother and must say that this was one of the best holidays I have ever had! The resort is just wonderful. It has very beautiful nature, stylish, modern facilities and amazing food. The credit for this great experience goes to Mamoun and his team who were very friendly and helpful during our whole stay.… Read more
I travelled to LUX* South Ari Atoll with my mother and must say that this was one of the best holidays I have ever had! The resort is just wonderful. It has very beautiful nature, stylish, modern facilities and amazing food. The credit for this great experience goes to Mamoun and his team who were very friendly and helpful during our whole stay. We felt that we were taken care of 24/7. Especially I would recommend to visit the Sunday market where you can eat fresh and very delicious fish from the ocean (i. a. tuna and lobsters). We will definitely come again! Once again many thanks to the Resort Manager Mamoun, our contact person at the resort Ayman and our room boy Anfal for our amazing stay at LUX* South Ari Atoll! Regards, Anastasia Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Family Break......

Nov 20, 2020 696manishg Mumbai, India

Perfect gateway from covid pandemic. The moment from land upon to departure everyone and everything is perfect. Special thanks to Energetic and always smiling resort Manager Mr Mohamed Mamoun.You will find him everywhere in resort and he will greet you every time .apart from him each and everyone in resort staff everyone is great everyone will… Read more
Perfect gateway from covid pandemic. The moment from land upon to departure everyone and everything is perfect. Special thanks to Energetic and always smiling resort Manager Mr Mohamed Mamoun.You will find him everywhere in resort and he will greet you every time .apart from him each and everyone in resort staff everyone is great everyone will take care of you and smiling.special thanks to Razeen who took care of us and fulfilled our all demands, perfect . Special thanks to our Roomboy Anfal great guy ,done great job as it was our anniversary ,good decoration. As we are vegetarian thanks to shubbinhal for making delicious dosas in breakfast and tasty curries in dinner. Lux south ari atoll is situated in 3 km private island. Well maintained turquoise water white sand ,lots of fishes from small to black tip reef shark Manta so close to nature. There is lots and lots of thing about Lux like wish tree ,message in a bottle ,Luxe cafe,Chess board , library.water villa . I think you should experience once by yourself definitely you will not regret. We really enjoyed so far it was one of the great stay. Read less