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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Aug 3, 2021 Aspoons123

We just arrived back from the magical Maldives... we had such an amazing experience at Lux South Atoll. The management, staff and service was all impeccable, and top notch. We were blessed to be able to stay in multiple types of villas.... from the beach villa which was private and serene, to the romantic water villa with a gorgeous pool… Read more
We just arrived back from the magical Maldives... we had such an amazing experience at Lux South Atoll. The management, staff and service was all impeccable, and top notch. We were blessed to be able to stay in multiple types of villas.... from the beach villa which was private and serene, to the romantic water villa with a gorgeous pool overlooking the sea (omg, amazing) to the very decedent, gorgeous, beautiful Lux Suite. Although my friend and I were treated like princesses for our whole time at Lux (10 days) , in the Lux suite we were treated like royalty. Part of the Lux Suite package, (besides staying in an absolute palace) is being accommodated with the most professional personal butler service I have ever experienced. Ahmed was the name of our butler, and he made sure we were set up with absolutely everything we needed. He had all of our dining reservations in place, and all of our water sports activities were scheduled appropriately with all the other activities we wanted to do. We wanted for nothing, when it came to service and amenities! He had our schedule down, and was there ready to transport us right on time. He is a warm, gracious host, and makes the Lux Suite experience, the experience it is supposed to be. Outstanding job. Read less
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Aug 3, 2021 LauraHahnel Liverpool, United Kingdom

We visited in July 2019 for 10 days and were so excited to return this July! This place has so many little extras that other Maldivian resorts don't provide! As soon as we landed in Male airport, we were whisked off to the Lux lounge to relax in whilst we waited for our sea plane. Whilst taking advantage of the lovely refreshments, we were… Read more
We visited in July 2019 for 10 days and were so excited to return this July! This place has so many little extras that other Maldivian resorts don't provide! As soon as we landed in Male airport, we were whisked off to the Lux lounge to relax in whilst we waited for our sea plane. Whilst taking advantage of the lovely refreshments, we were greeted by Yasir who recognised and remembered us from our previous stay. This also continued once we arrived at the actual Lux island were the staff made a special effort to come over and welcome us back - it was such a lovely touch! We were a little worried that our holiday wouldn't meet the expectations of our previous stay at the Lux, however this wasn't the case. The staff, food and drink, extra detail, excursions... Everything was just as amazing! Upon arrival we were assigned to Inthi, who showed us around the island and to our room. He was always on hand to amend any restaurant bookings and attended to any other queries or questions we had.He also sent us a list of daily activities each day and ensured that we had our PCR tests done in time for our return journey home - thank you. Also, a special mention to our wonderful butler Ahmed, who cleaned our room immaculately each day and created the most beautiful displays on our bed in the evenings. Also not forgetting spraying that amazing smelling room spray! We absolutely loved the breakfasts at East Market each day. Abu, Mifzaal, Alman and Michael were always there to greet us with the most friendly and welcoming smiles and we loved the daily chats we had. The selection of food at both breakfast areas is vast and you are literally spoilt for choice! We couldn't get enough of Amzad's amazing spring rolls and Mongolian rice each morning - they were delicious and we loved how much effort he put into his cooking and hearing all about it each day! Pong was also an amazing chef who again put so much pride into his cooking and was always around to have a little chat to. They not only provided excellent service during the breakfasts but also during the evening meals too! Every morning we enjoyed walking around the island in search for a bottle with a message in - this is such a fun activity to do. We loved visiting the Lux cafe beforehand and ordering delicious coffees. Thank you so much to the staff at Lux cafe - you were great. Also not forgetting the wonderful art latte class you provide. We loved that and also loved looking at one of the staffs wonderful paintings he creates in his own time. (Sorry I have forgotten your name!) We loved our daily sunset cocktails at East Bar. Alaudin remembered us from our previous stay and worked away at creating his own wonderful cocktails for us - they were delicous! We also loved popping over to Senses pool/bar to play snooker/pool - the staff there were amazing at replacing our drinks without us needing to even ask. We loved the extra addition of being able to hire bikes during this years holiday (these weren't available during our stay in 2019) It made travelling around the island a lot more easy - especially when running late for reservations! We also made full use of travelling about in the buggies and it was always great to catch up with Sowkat and Mufsal during our buggy rides up and down the island - they were always so friendly and happy to see us. They have such a lovely energy about them! The food is outstanding at Lux. We had fabulous lunches and drinks down at Lagoon bar most days - a big thank you to Ahmed, Mohammed and Saju who provided wonderful service and were always around to greet us with a smile each day. We also enjoyed delicious lunches Veli bar - Khan, along with the other staff made each visit very enjoyable! Also Hassan at ICI bar, who provided us with delicious daily ice creams for us to cool down with. We enjoyed all the wonderful food each evening in the variety of restaurants that LUX has to offer. Shuja really made our time at Senses very special. My husband particularly enjoyed chatting to him about their favourite films etc. We also loved the meals and service at Beach Rouge, along with the DJ and entertainment in the evenings. A big thank you to Rashid and all the other wonderful staff working there. Allegria was equally as delicious, a big thank you to Ahmed and Abu for making our final meal there so special. Another highlight of the trip was the speedboat trip we did. We were lucky enough to swim with manta rays, turtles and a huge 15 foot whale shark! The trip was amazing and the guys who took us around were wonderful. (Sorry we can't remember your names but thank you!) We can honestly say that one of the best things about this island, are the staff. They are such kind and caring people and really do go above and beyond to ensure that your stay if perfect - nothing is ever too much to ask! (I could add so many more names on here but sadly I can't remember them all) Thank you once again for such an amazing holiday, we will hopefully return again one day. Laura and David (Room 114) Read less
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Aug 3, 2021 Tour06300017461 Dhigurah Island

Bet holiday ever appreciate the service and staff are kind helpfull food are amazing in all restaurant Mixe fish market , Senses , villa are beautful clean we stayed in romatic nice for privacy as well for bech pool villa thanks to Nacer who was taken care pf us during stay assist and answear all our needs as also special thanks to Mr Maamoun… Read more
Bet holiday ever appreciate the service and staff are kind helpfull food are amazing in all restaurant Mixe fish market , Senses , villa are beautful clean we stayed in romatic nice for privacy as well for bech pool villa thanks to Nacer who was taken care pf us during stay assist and answear all our needs as also special thanks to Mr Maamoun for his care Definitely we will be back with family for another holiday Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Our favorite holiday we’ve ever had, and been to the Maldives 3 times

Aug 1, 2021 OnAir42646261289 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Visited this hotel in July 2018, it was our first trip to the Maldives. I’ve decided to write a review now as I’ve been the Maldives 3 times now, and this was by far the best trip we have ever had! Nothing has compared yet! We have also stayed in 2 lux hotels in the Mauritius and they were incredible too! The rooms are mordern and stunning, we… Read more
Visited this hotel in July 2018, it was our first trip to the Maldives. I’ve decided to write a review now as I’ve been the Maldives 3 times now, and this was by far the best trip we have ever had! Nothing has compared yet! We have also stayed in 2 lux hotels in the Mauritius and they were incredible too! The rooms are mordern and stunning, we stayed in a water villa with a pool. The over water bar with the nets to sit on was our favorite and no where else has had this yet. We always do all inclusive as my partner drinks beer like it’s water! The mini bar in the room is park of the all inclusive package (not all the hotels do this-even more expensive ones don’t). The all inclusive package also kicked in straight away (we arrived early morning and left late at night)- also other hotels start and stop the all inclusive at check in/out times… The food was out of this world!! I put on a lot of weight on this holiday cos we couldn’t stop eating! The alternating restaurants for breakfast each day kept us from being bored. The coffee shop is also something no where else seems to have, where we have been anyway that’s not a lux hotel. Every holiday since we moan that it doesn’t smell like lux! I kick myself for not buying the room fragrance when I was there. Also the private seaplane airport is such a wonderful experience. We’ve not had this since either! We always said we wouldn’t go back to the same resort as there is so many in the Maldives, and thought we would get bored going to the same Place again, but we are at the point where we are always comparing to this holiday and never coming close, even after trying more expensive resorts. We need to come back and stop wasting our time! I have never recommended a hotel so much before! Read less
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Jul 31, 2021 Riham S

Quality and variety of food and drinks is a little disappointing.. it is below my expectations compared to other place Vs value of money . All inclusive package is not very competitive .. most of the nice and quality things to do or good restaurants are excluded from the package.