LUX* South Ari Atoll

Maldives, Indian Ocean

Virgin rating

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. 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

  • Bicycle Rental
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Windsurfing
  • Babysitting service
  • Kids Club
  • Families
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access

Where is it

On the island of Dhidhoofinolhu in the South Ari Atoll. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 25 minutes by seaplane (remember to pack light for the seaplane transfer as luggage allowance is 20kg plus 5kg hand luggage, per person).

Hotel information

Choice of thatched roof beach villas/pavilions and overwater villas, including 62 with a private pool. 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 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 buffet breakfast: at MIXE and East Market. Lunch: à la carte at Senses Restaurant, Veli Bar, Lagoon Bar and Beach Rouge. Dinner: à la carte at Senses Restaurant and Beach Rouge/buffet at MIXE and East Market. Umami and Allegria are open for dinner only. These restaurants are excluded from the All Inclusive Package but are accessible with 30% discount. For guests staying in LUX* Villa and/or Temptation Pool Water Villa, one dinner at Umami and one dinner at Allergia are included per 7-night stay period. A wide selection of beverages (soft drinks, tea/coffee, beers, wines, sparkling wine, juices, water, cocktails and liquors) as per the scheduled opening hours of the restaurants and bars.

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.

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.

Romantic Pool Water Villas have a private plunge pool and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

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.

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.

  • Book by 15 May 2024 to receive up to 45% off the accommodation costs, plus a complimentary meal upgrade from half board to full board or half board to all-inclusive. Valid for stays between 26 Mar– 31 Jan '25. Terms and conditions apply. Blackout Dates apply. Applies to certain room types. 
  • Booking Bonus: Book by 30 Jun '24 to receive up to 45% off the accommodation cost between 01 Feb–15 Oct '25. Plus, receive a complimentary upgrade from Half Board to Full Board when staying between 01 Feb–26 Dec '25. 

    Terms and conditions apply. Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. Blackout dates apply. 

8 restaurants; MIXE (feet-in-the-sand international buffet, open for breakfast and dinner), Allegria Restaurant (Mediterranean 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). Ice cream once a day from the ICI tricycle.

Daily programme for adults and children including performances by local artists and themed evenings. Cinema Paradiso - open air movies on the beach.

2 swimming pools. Spa*. Fitness centre. Complimentary snorkeling equipment, canoe, pedal boats, kayaks,snorkeling trips to the house reef. Water sports* including diving, tube rides, waterskiing, kite surfing, fishing, flyboarding and windsurfing. Whale shark safaris*. Access to volleyball court and tennis courts with complimentary rackets and balls (upon availability). Bicycles*. Beach yoga. PLAY kids club (3–11 years), Teens programme.

 Babysitting* (on request). Laundry service*. 24-hour room service*. Complimentary WiFi in public areas.

4 nights from the 31st December.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: to ensure our customer's safety, we are unable to offer over water accommodation to children under the age of 12.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Really nice place to have holiday!

May 28, 2024 G G

Really good place to have holiday, enjoyed all restaurants and activities here, especially thanks to our bulter Rachael, she organised everything for us during the stay, we were quite relaxed with the nice schedule, althought the weather was not that good few days, but we do happy here, would like to come back again
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May 28, 2024 照 苏

Experience an unparalleled vacation here, Lux's staff brought a great experience. The romantic swimming pool and water house experience here is great, and it feels great to wake up every day and see the sea. Overall, this was an unforgettable experience.
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May 25, 2024 Narain25 Mauritius

Exceptional levels of service and customer care. Great hospitality, the quality of facilities and delivery of services was above expectation. The staff members provide an exceptional service that was both friendly and professional, helping to make guests' stay memorable and comfortable as possible. Daily housekeeping was exceptional. The… Read more
Exceptional levels of service and customer care. Great hospitality, the quality of facilities and delivery of services was above expectation. The staff members provide an exceptional service that was both friendly and professional, helping to make guests' stay memorable and comfortable as possible. Daily housekeeping was exceptional. The restaurants are excellent! The breakfast at Mixe restaurant is very good and tasty. East Market and Senses restaurants food are amazing. The live Maldivian night show and entertainment was excellent. The Resort is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches and also have a well-equipped gym and a Spa with professional service and many other facilities. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful island !!wonderful honeymoon and amazing service

May 24, 2024 Kurtava P

The best vacation l' ve had in a while wonderful hotels very friendly very kind and attentive staff!!! I mention Zahir he is working very hard always all time very helpful 👍 very comfortable. water villa and good activities!!! Very special thank to our waiter Mr Zahir who made sure our HONEYMOON was memorable. Thank you very much… Read more
The best vacation l' ve had in a while wonderful hotels very friendly very kind and attentive staff!!! I mention Zahir he is working very hard always all time very helpful 👍 very comfortable. water villa and good activities!!! Very special thank to our waiter Mr Zahir who made sure our HONEYMOON was memorable. Thank you very much much Zahir !!🥰🥰 I would love to come back in this amazing island!!!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing time had by all

May 24, 2024 Ellisj395 London, United Kingdom

This holiday was out of this world!!! We went as a family of 5 with another family of 5 and had the best time. The choice and quality of good was incredible!! the views, the rooms, the staff, the kids club it was all faultless and we would love to return!! It felt like a dream the second we left the plane and it really is as beautiful as the… Read more
This holiday was out of this world!!! We went as a family of 5 with another family of 5 and had the best time. The choice and quality of good was incredible!! the views, the rooms, the staff, the kids club it was all faultless and we would love to return!! It felt like a dream the second we left the plane and it really is as beautiful as the pictures! Thanks for the best family holiday! Read less