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 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.

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Sep 20, 2019 Kameel_Alkhawaja Bahrain

We traveled to LUX in Sep 2019 and we spent a wonderful holiday, it was a good trip at all levels. The Lux* staff do there best to ensure that we have a great time especially Mr. Nacer, which delivered an extraordinary service by calling us every morning to ask us if we need anything and he was in touch with us 24/7.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A relaxing holiday

Sep 18, 2019 sallyktsw

We spent seven nights in a beach pool villa to celebrate our fortieth anniversary,incidentally it was also our first visit to the Maldives. LUX South Ari Atoll has an excellent reservations team ; it was such a joy to communicate with them and have our enquiries answered so promptly with such courtesy and warmth. We were met by the LUX rep at the… Read more
We spent seven nights in a beach pool villa to celebrate our fortieth anniversary,incidentally it was also our first visit to the Maldives. LUX South Ari Atoll has an excellent reservations team ; it was such a joy to communicate with them and have our enquiries answered so promptly with such courtesy and warmth. We were met by the LUX rep at the airport and had a short rest at their very own comfortable lounge, before going on our seaplane journey. Nadia assisted us here and she was most efficient and helpful.On arrival on the island we were greeted by Mr Maamoun and his team and later Nacer,took us on a buggy ride around the island to our villa. He was our contact person throughout our stay and was so responsive and helpful; our anniversary celebration came with a very meticulous bed decoration and delicious cake. The spa was most relaxing with excellent spa etiquette.A big thank you to LUX. The Beach pool villa was very comfortable,spacious and private, cleaned twice a day by Ahmad and on his off days by Hassan.We were on the sunset side, the beach here is wider than the sunrise side, but the sands, less powdery and the sea , a bit more choppy.We had rain on a few days, a bit of unpredictable weather but overall we enjoyed our swims on most days and even learned how to snorkel on our own ( we brought our own masks ). It’s a totally different experience here in the Maldives, the island scents and sounds are unique and we love to see the sea grass . We hope more awareness will be created on the importance of these beautiful green meadow and how vital they are to this low lying island. It was so wonderful to get up early in the morning ,go to the beach and just be there, in that calming presence .We even rode our bikes to witness sunrise, on the other side. We were on full board, our favourite restaurant was Senses, breakfast was great at both Mixe and East Market, with a better view at East Market but more variety of Kombuchas at Mixe. We also love the very relaxed atmosphere at Beach Rouge. We found the staff in all the restaurants most attentive. Our buggy rides were so pleasant ; all the drivers were courteous, Sowkat was very welcoming. There’s a place for everyone here in LUX South Ari Atoll, be it couples or families or a group of friends, or even single travellers. The presence of the general manager, Jonas and resort manager Maamoun, in the day to day running of the resort certainly made a difference. There was a very tender moment that we will always remember during our holiday in LUX, it was the fastening of the LUX bracelet on our wrists, a gesture that had brought tears to my eyes, so sweet and touching ,and In that moment, seven nights just seemed such a very short time Thank you LUX and all the staff in the resort for making our “Celebrate Life” moments most memorable. Read less
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Sep 18, 2019 oranitf

We spent a wonderful week at the risort. A nice welcoming staff who wait us and escort to the room and minwile gave all the ditails about the place. we combine between 2 option:ocean villa with private pool and 4 night at pool beach villa. we have had surprised by the staff who decorate our room with flowers all over the bad and we had bottle… Read more
We spent a wonderful week at the risort. A nice welcoming staff who wait us and escort to the room and minwile gave all the ditails about the place. we combine between 2 option:ocean villa with private pool and 4 night at pool beach villa. we have had surprised by the staff who decorate our room with flowers all over the bad and we had bottle Champlain with chocolate cake. The staff ,so nice and welcome we have ate almost all restaurants all of them are very good. We definitely will come back soon. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The best Honeymoon EVER

Sep 17, 2019 MrandMrsCA

We traveled to LUX in May 2017 on our Honeymoon Everything was 5 star service from arriving at male airport and taken to the LUX lounge to arriving in paradise with a friendly welcome from the staff on the jetty - lovely. We had 4 nights in a beach Villa and 4 Nights in a water Villa - both equally as nice as each other, our room was kept… Read more
We traveled to LUX in May 2017 on our Honeymoon Everything was 5 star service from arriving at male airport and taken to the LUX lounge to arriving in paradise with a friendly welcome from the staff on the jetty - lovely. We had 4 nights in a beach Villa and 4 Nights in a water Villa - both equally as nice as each other, our room was kept wonderfully clean morning and night. We was all inclusive - The food and drink is excellent some of the best food i have ever had with a big choice of restaurants and bars to dine in. The staff are wonderful and make this island so special , they went out of there way to make sure we had the most amazing time - which we did and already counting down the days ( 3 years ) till we return :-) Read less
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Sep 16, 2019 MargaritaKoz Almaty, Kazakhstan

Was in LUX* in february, and my vacation was fantastic! Thank you very much for an unforgettable vacation to all the staff of this resort. Personnel was very helpful and friendly, stayed in the Romantic Pool Villa, and it was amazing, nice style, very clean and comfortable, and especially i love private pool there(under the stars and with ocean… Read more
Was in LUX* in february, and my vacation was fantastic! Thank you very much for an unforgettable vacation to all the staff of this resort. Personnel was very helpful and friendly, stayed in the Romantic Pool Villa, and it was amazing, nice style, very clean and comfortable, and especially i love private pool there(under the stars and with ocean view 😍✨, best choice for couples) From the bars I mostly liked the Lagoon in the daytime and in the evening East. Restaurants Allegria and Beach Rouge exceeded all expectations! I highly recommend this place not only for couples but also for families. Read less