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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May 6, 2021 Gaby11870 Altendorf, Switzerland

just back from a absolut fantastic stay at LUX! a perfect stay at a perfect location! thank you ALL of the staff, Patrice you have a fantastic team! everyone is very nice and helpful! the rooms are very nice and the food is excellent! all of you made our stay unforgotten! and we will be back for sure! thank you eurodivers! we had a fantastic… Read more
just back from a absolut fantastic stay at LUX! a perfect stay at a perfect location! thank you ALL of the staff, Patrice you have a fantastic team! everyone is very nice and helpful! the rooms are very nice and the food is excellent! all of you made our stay unforgotten! and we will be back for sure! thank you eurodivers! we had a fantastic time with you rabie, yuan, zameer! we did 17 dives with you and were very happy to see 3 whalesharks! everything is very good organized. even the dive equipment was washed and dried, a perfect service! and also all the other dive placec were very nice! we can highly recommend rabie and his whole team! see you soon! Read less
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May 6, 2021 leozzz0819

Stayed 6 nights in this fantastic resort and it was for sure so far the best vacation we ever had, and we will definitely recommend this to anyone who’s planning to visit Maldives. We would like to say thank you to our Island host Rachael, thanks for your hospitality and for arranging everything proactively and attentively, as a hotelier myself,… Read more
Stayed 6 nights in this fantastic resort and it was for sure so far the best vacation we ever had, and we will definitely recommend this to anyone who’s planning to visit Maldives. We would like to say thank you to our Island host Rachael, thanks for your hospitality and for arranging everything proactively and attentively, as a hotelier myself, I really think she delivered the mission of your brand to the fullest and definitely deserves some recognition! Also, we would like to extend our appreciation to Chef Pong from the East Market, we really felt his passion and hospitality through the conversations from the past few days, and to be honest, the Tom Yum he made for us, was the best one we have ever tried outside of Thailand. We were also pretty lucky with our ocean excursion, we saw Manta, Whale Shark and sea turtle in one trip! Thank you Dhaai and Ismail! The foods are delicious in general, however we believed there are some more details to be respected in regards to the setup and services, for example it makes no sense for me to have a hot plate in cold dish & desert session. Also, we really appreciate to see all the labels are translated in Chinese, however, we found many of them are translated into something completely irrelevant.(e.g in East Market the organic milk was translated into Shrimp cocktail in Chinese and soya milk was translated into Pumpkin Pie). The setup would looked more professional if your team can actually review it. Lastly we would like to say thank you to Ashfag in Airport, what a helpful guy, thank you for assisting us with our departure. Will definitely revisit Lux in the future. Read less
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May 5, 2021 tamarmai England, United Kingdom

are stay at the hotel was beyond expectations the views, and the landscape are just phenomenal, the staff of the hotel was making sure we are enjoying every bit of the Maldivian landscape. our butler Nacar was very nice and kind he made sure our stay was superior, updated us and booked for us everything we needed via Whatsapp that was very good… Read more
are stay at the hotel was beyond expectations the views, and the landscape are just phenomenal, the staff of the hotel was making sure we are enjoying every bit of the Maldivian landscape. our butler Nacar was very nice and kind he made sure our stay was superior, updated us and booked for us everything we needed via Whatsapp that was very good and answered us quickly and optimally .socat the was a huge verity of excellent food (6 amazing restaurants) we loved the food at beach rouge the chef helped us with all our requests. niya - socat - chefs - titus - the manager - definitely will come again and will be happy to see all the LUX team. Read less
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May 5, 2021 Esskayy2222

We had an amazing stay at lux ! The staff were all so sweet but one person in particular made our stay extra special - Pong , the chef at east market . Coming from Vancouver with a huge Asian scene for food , I was not expecting a lot of food that would Appeal to me , but I was suprised ! Pong made sure I didn’t miss home food at all ! Everyday I… Read more
We had an amazing stay at lux ! The staff were all so sweet but one person in particular made our stay extra special - Pong , the chef at east market . Coming from Vancouver with a huge Asian scene for food , I was not expecting a lot of food that would Appeal to me , but I was suprised ! Pong made sure I didn’t miss home food at all ! Everyday I was suprised by a new creative dish he put together for the guests . I was amazed at how delicious the food was here . We will definelty be returning and I hope Pong is there ! We travelled through 2 other countries prior to Maldives and the food at east market was our favourite ! The chef puts in so much thought and effort into his cooking . Everything is home made and super fresh . I am so sad I’m home now and missing his food . The hospitality Pong provided us with was unmatched ! We are forever grateful for how well he took care of us during the trip . My fiancé requested Thai Tom yum and they next day he put it on the menu ! He really made our stay so enjoyable and tasty ! Thank you Pong for being such a wonderful chef and making our trip amazing ! We haven’t been able to stop telling our friends and family about our wonderful stay at Lux ! Can’t wait to visit this beautiful resort again ! Read less
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May 3, 2021 troykeeping Little Rock, Arkansas

Our stay was incredible. We booked for 11 nights. The pool villas are amazing. We loved the morning and evening breeze just chilling in the “nest” on our deck. The infinity pool or steps into the ocean were just perfect. You never really needed to leave the villa!! The service and food were both exceptional! The team from the GM to our room… Read more
Our stay was incredible. We booked for 11 nights. The pool villas are amazing. We loved the morning and evening breeze just chilling in the “nest” on our deck. The infinity pool or steps into the ocean were just perfect. You never really needed to leave the villa!! The service and food were both exceptional! The team from the GM to our room attendant went above and beyond to ensure we will come back...and we will!! Special shout out to Sangeeth in F&B, Alessandra our concierge, and Patrice the GM. Another shout out to the teams at Veli Bar, East and Senses. Frankly, every outlet and experience was special. Things to know: prepare to walk. They do offer land buggy shuttles. It’s healthy, but your walk to your pool villa could be a long one depending on where you are. They offer bikes for $5 a day and that is a nice option. The all-inclusive is better than most in the Maldives. There are only restrictions at 2 outlets and they do spell it out. It was an excellent deal for the money. I do wish they had an all-inclusive package that included room service. That can get pricey. If there is something you want, just ask. They work very hard to make your stay perfect and never disappointed. The location is ideal. Diving with whale sharks and all the sea life is amazing too. From rays, to sharks, to turtles, to eels...it is all there! Every detail is important there. Even the restrooms are amazing. There motto is the ensure we celebrate life, and they delivered. I can’t say enough about how cool this place is! Add it to your bucket list. It filled mine up and we are going back for an over-flow experience! Read less