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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating The best experience till date.

Feb 28, 2021 Sahithi-2021

I have visited this place for 5 days 4 nights for our 1st anniversary and I can vouch for it, this is the best place to stay and have an unforgettable experience. The staff are so warm and welcoming that I couldn’t resist myself from clicking pictures with them as a memory. Especially Mr. Humaid from Senses restaurant who made our stay the most… Read more
I have visited this place for 5 days 4 nights for our 1st anniversary and I can vouch for it, this is the best place to stay and have an unforgettable experience. The staff are so warm and welcoming that I couldn’t resist myself from clicking pictures with them as a memory. Especially Mr. Humaid from Senses restaurant who made our stay the most memorable one with a great surprise dinner on our anniversary day, Mr. Razeen and Razan took care of our stay and Ms. Mayumi was very sweet and suggested us with good food. The manager was so kind and welcoming and he even gave us a send off. I really regret for having planned such a short trip. As a whole it was a great stay which we would cherish for a lifetime. I would definitely visit this heavenly place again as soon as possible. Thank you Lux and it’s great team for making my Maldives trip such an amazing one. I miss you guys and the place so much. See you guys soon. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing resort for the whole family!

Feb 28, 2021 kajsag2021 Stockholm, Sweden

We visited Lux South Ari Atoll for the second time in October 2020 and were once again blown away by the scenery, the friendly staff, the amazing food, the relaxed feeling - yet luxury in all details. The place has it all - private beaches, quiet yet fun pool areas, water sports, interesting excursions, several restaurants and bars, all very nice.… Read more
We visited Lux South Ari Atoll for the second time in October 2020 and were once again blown away by the scenery, the friendly staff, the amazing food, the relaxed feeling - yet luxury in all details. The place has it all - private beaches, quiet yet fun pool areas, water sports, interesting excursions, several restaurants and bars, all very nice. High standard and great service (without being to much). The island is beautiful and big enough if you want to go for a run. And it feels very natural and authentic. It is a place where you can be you. Chose to leave your shoes at home and go barefoot for the full stay or wear your favourite golden high heals, all goes! We look forward to returning many times more! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Worst Resort & Management !!!

Feb 27, 2021 chani1987 Bengaluru, India

We were traveling with our 1 yr old to celebrate our 7th anniversary. After landing at the Male airport we were informed about the covid outbreak in the resort 2 days ago. We were then told that we would be transferred to a resort which included a domestic transfer of 1 hour and additional 25 minutes boat journey. It was very discomforting for us… Read more
We were traveling with our 1 yr old to celebrate our 7th anniversary. After landing at the Male airport we were informed about the covid outbreak in the resort 2 days ago. We were then told that we would be transferred to a resort which included a domestic transfer of 1 hour and additional 25 minutes boat journey. It was very discomforting for us and the 1 year old kid. We checked in at the hotel at around 6 pm in the evening and had to checkout early at 7:45 a.m. We spent a total of 6-8 hrs lesser than what we were supposed to. We paid for a seaplane transfer but that was ignored. Nobody informed us over mail or phone before our arrival at Maldives and were not given any option of refund or a choice to choose from other resorts. Till date nobody has gotten back to us regretting the inconvenience caused and jeopardising our vacation. It was a nightmare for us, won't recommend them to anyone. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Whaleshark paradise, COVID hideaway paradise

Feb 26, 2021 victoriaxyz Zurich, Switzerland

Whaleshark paradise, Covid hideaway paradise! 11 days without a mask for the guests, life felt extra sweet! We were back after 5 years this time. The resort got even more fun! The water sports department is absolutely amazing! Head to this pace first when you land and book yourself a whaleshark trip. It is so popular I had to wait a week… Read more
Whaleshark paradise, Covid hideaway paradise! 11 days without a mask for the guests, life felt extra sweet! We were back after 5 years this time. The resort got even more fun! The water sports department is absolutely amazing! Head to this pace first when you land and book yourself a whaleshark trip. It is so popular I had to wait a week before there was a free spot. We did almost everything from whaleshark snorkel trip, parasailing, flyboard, fishing, to diving. On our whaleshark trip we spotted 2 whalesharks, a turtle and a pod of dolphins. They even sent their best underwater photographer to film us w Gopro 9. I also tried my first dive ever. After about 90 mins of theory and practice in the lagoon, I went down in a dive to 12m. It was quite nerve-racking, but thanks to Yuen, the dive master, she held my hand the whole 42 mins under water! It was the most surreal experience for me considering I wear a life jacket when snorkeling. There is so much to do on this beautiful island, play some tennis/badminton for free, practice your yoga stretches, visit the Wanderlust library for food for thought, unleash some creative juice in their Art Studio on the beach, grab a drink by the sunset bar at Beach Rouge, groove w live DJ, chill out at Surf Beach BBQ bar, reward yourself by looking for Message in a Bottle(my son found a free jetski session), pick up a free kayak or pedal boat for a ride in the lagoon, or walk to a sand bank for your instragrammable photo moments... definitely don’t miss the coolest toilet in their East restaurant over the water!!! There are 6 restaurants to choose from, covering pretty much a global palate. We loved the fish market day in Mixe on Valentine’s Day. It was absolutely worthwhile to pay the supplement, great sushi/sashimi, lobsters, shrimps, seafood on a portable grill for each table. The desserts were to die for. I thought I walked into a Parisian patisserie. In fact, kudos to the patisserie chef, whoever that might be. The cakes are artistic and delicious, the croissants are very much on the level of what one finds in France. The East restaurant was subpar 5 years ago, it is now one of our fav places to chill and eat. Try the overwater mat for relaxation, stop by the toilet!! I thought I walked into a nightclub. Thai Chef Pong even asked me what I would like for my dinner and cooked a roasted duck at my request. It was delicious. At Beach Rouge, one always finds great music during the sunset, and after dinner for a dance. I loved the tapas style served food. They even prepared a birthday cake for my son. I have to say it was bigger and better than the one we had in Four Seasons Langkawi the year before. Senses prepared a wonderful lunch of the fish we caught from our fishing trip the eve before. We also enjoyed the massage in the water villa watching hundreds of fish swim by. Maybe I just got luck, normally I don’t see so many fish during a massage session. They also provided free sauna and steam which we enjoyed daily. The beach is absolutely a joy to walk on. It is almost 2km long and for a round tour of the island, you would need a good hour to explore. Heart felt thanks to the resort manager Mamoun and his great team for making our stay so memorable! It was absolutely delightful to see you and the watersports manager after 5 years, what a warm surprise! I read some recent negative reviews on google. I feel obliged to tell you that before our departure that some Brazilian guests were tested positive for their departing PCR test. And according to the Maladivian regulation, the resort is not allowed to take in new guests in order to contain the virus. The resort was very transparent about the situation, closed down all the activities immediately and informed the staying guests. Everyone arriving on this island is tested negative and every staff member is quarantined 10 days before they are allowed to start their duty. Unfortunately this virus has a very long incubation period, I was also surprised to learn. But believe me it can happen on any island any resort. I can totally understand your disappointment if Lux has to put you up with another resort. Unfortunately traveling during Covid just requires all stars aligned. Keep your fingers crossed and I hope you will have as splendid a time as we did. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Like home, but better😉🏝

Feb 26, 2021 613katerinas Moscow, Russia

We were 2 families, beach pool villa. And it was our 4th stay at Lux. Of course world crisis affected, but it’s still our Lux) shady and colourful island with white sand and 50 shades of turquoise.... and lovely garden) we don’t use kids club, but it usually offers very nice activities. Restaurants - the friendly staff and cuisine 👌 we remember… Read more
We were 2 families, beach pool villa. And it was our 4th stay at Lux. Of course world crisis affected, but it’s still our Lux) shady and colourful island with white sand and 50 shades of turquoise.... and lovely garden) we don’t use kids club, but it usually offers very nice activities. Restaurants - the friendly staff and cuisine 👌 we remember some guys from our first trip) Wanted to say thank you and mark Lux cafe with its all staff, Lagoon bar and Saju, East market-Umami-Bar and all the staff, of course Mixe with ALL the staff and the chef and the girl from egg station, and guys from the juices and Indian corner! And of course Veli bar with always on duty Khan, unforgettable Masud and Channa)) and Rouge with really everybody)) and you changed a DJ - good discos)) And of course Sences) And our lovely housekeeper Shlyiam) and of course wanted to say a BIG thank you to Inthi, our manager) Thank you guys) take care and hope to see you soon))) 🤘 Read less