LUX* South Ari Atoll

Maldives, Indian Ocean

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 5.0 Based on 3826 reviews

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 impromptu cinema screenings on the beach, pop-up musical performances, surprise secret bars & 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
  • Babysitting service
  • Windsurfing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volley Ball
  • Restaurant
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Families

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, Lagoon Bar, Veli Bar and Beach Rouge. A la carte dinner at Senses, Allegria, Beach Rouge (plus 30% discount on food at Umami Japanese restaurant) or buffet at 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, Senses Bar, Beach Rouge or Allegria, as per opening schedules. Guests may also enjoy a 30% discount on dinner at Umami Japanese restaurant.

Full Board option: includes breakfast in East Market or MIXE, lunch in Senses Bar, Veli Bar, Lagoon Bar and Beach Rouge, and dinner in East Market, MIXE, Senses, Beach Rouge or Allegria. Guests may also enjoy a 30% discount on dinner at Umami Japanese restaurant.

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 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). 

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 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 lunch and dinner), 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/dry cleaning service*. 24-hour room service*. Complimentary WiFi in public areas.

4 nights: 31 Dec

*Denotes local charge.

Trip advisor rating: 5.0 Based on 3826 reviews

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Feb 17, 2019 PatrickF708 King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Everything and more.....excellent food & service Great water villa from which we snorkelled daily Took a trip and swam with Whale Sharks - yes - plural - 2 Whale Sharks - very lucky indeed! Would return in a heartbeat if we could afford it - obviously not cheap but worth it to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary
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Feb 16, 2019 Elenaa1711_1989

The minute you arrive to LUX*, your soul feels hugged and loved, from all the care and luxury you feel at LUX*!!! I’ve been here 5 times with my family and friends, and we just can’t stop coming back for more! The beach is absolutely paradisiaque, food is incredible! If you want something (it may be whatever!!!) the chefs will make it for you! For… Read more
The minute you arrive to LUX*, your soul feels hugged and loved, from all the care and luxury you feel at LUX*!!! I’ve been here 5 times with my family and friends, and we just can’t stop coming back for more! The beach is absolutely paradisiaque, food is incredible! If you want something (it may be whatever!!!) the chefs will make it for you! For example once, we wanted sushi for lunch, whilst the Japanese restaurant is closed, they made us happy! I fell sick during 1 of our stays, the general and F&B managers were coming by to check on me, bringing me fresh coconuts... The GM showed us his “meditation spot” on the island, where it’s nice to go for sunrise meditation. The island is really big, you can bike around or hop on a buggy. It was one of the first resorts in the Maldives to get the hoverboard and flyboard! I love those toys!!! I’ve been nearly all over the world and I have NEVER EVER seen in ANY resort or hotel, “secret bottles”. LUX* hides bottles in the bushes and trees, that look like pirate bottles, with a real message in the bottle!! If you are lucky to find one, you can win a sunset cruise, free massage, free cocktails, etc etc.. This place guys, is a REAL home away from home ❤️ I cried when I was leaving, it was as if my soul belongs there! The service is fantastic, everyone is happy to help you, the SPA is breathtaking! The villas are modern and the resort has excellent WiFi in the villas. The property on the resort is beautiful, you can visit their jungle garden and see how they grow ingredients they use to cook :) this place has a real peaceful atmosphere to it, not only will your body and mind have a vacation here, but so will your soul! I really highly recommend, if you are choosing where to go to the Maldives, this is the place!!!! Read less
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Feb 14, 2019 lettygooo

In just four days and three nights, LUX brought me and my family full of laughter. Dad used the few words of poor English to spread our Chinese new year culture and our language on the LUX island. We finally found the lucky bottle at the last day in the island. I also sang Chinese songs in the Chinese New Year Eve. The beautiful scenery blends… Read more
In just four days and three nights, LUX brought me and my family full of laughter. Dad used the few words of poor English to spread our Chinese new year culture and our language on the LUX island. We finally found the lucky bottle at the last day in the island. I also sang Chinese songs in the Chinese New Year Eve. The beautiful scenery blends with our happy mood, LUX has left a deep impression on our hearts. Our family has also left our unique influence on the island. LUX has so many incredible opportunities and fun. We feel the seriousness and care of every LUX staff service, thank LUX*, thank you for your service, we will meet again next time(❤ ω ❤). Read less
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Feb 14, 2019 Travelingsam2000 Ontario, Canada

A well trained team at Lux maldives. I d like to congratulate the management for the service and the staff. Very detailed oriented at any touch point in the hotel. Outstanding food and special thanks to the lovely french girl "Lou" who took a very good care of us.. She was fantastic and everyday she ensure to ask us about the food and talk to us… Read more
A well trained team at Lux maldives. I d like to congratulate the management for the service and the staff. Very detailed oriented at any touch point in the hotel. Outstanding food and special thanks to the lovely french girl "Lou" who took a very good care of us.. She was fantastic and everyday she ensure to ask us about the food and talk to us about the hotel and our stay. All staff are warm and always smiling. We will definitely come back to the hotel and recommend to friends. Cheers Sam Read less
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Feb 10, 2019 anamaria_spinu Bologna, Italy

We have stayed at Lux* Ari Atoll for a week. We were expecting high standards but what we found exceeded our expectations. The travel from the airport to the island and back were perfectly organized. We had absolutely no delays. We were welcomed by a group of fantastic people and Chiara was our reference for the whole stay. We could ask her for… Read more
We have stayed at Lux* Ari Atoll for a week. We were expecting high standards but what we found exceeded our expectations. The travel from the airport to the island and back were perfectly organized. We had absolutely no delays. We were welcomed by a group of fantastic people and Chiara was our reference for the whole stay. We could ask her for advice, for information, for curiosities. She was always available and she would solve any issue in a very short time. Everything around the island is perfectly taken care of. Beaches are clean, trees and flowers are incredibly beautiful. There is a team of gardeners that are doing a great job. Food is of high-quality and services are perfect. We really appreciated the home-made bread, cakes and ice cream. They are trying to make as much as possible on the island by their skilled bakers and cooks and it really makes a difference. There are 7 excellent restaurants either buffet or à la carte. It is important to book in advance the à la carte ones. But Chiara informed us immediately about this detail so we booked the restaurants we were interested in. The rooms are huge and cleaned to the highest standards. We appreciated the outside shower and the high-quality toiletries offered. As we stayed on the beach villas with plenty of vegetation around, I was amazed by the fauna on the island. It was an additional surprise for us to have the chance to admire the birds and the orchids that are hanging from the trees. Absolutely fantastic! We absolutely loved the "no cash" system. Basically, everything you order in the different restaurants or bars or buy from the shop, and also the cost of the trips, it is registered on your room number and you pay at the end of your stay. We absolutely recommend a stay in this Paradise resort and we would definitely love to go back. Thank you all for our wonderful experience. Ana&Enzo Read less