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LUX* South Ari Atoll

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Dhidhoofinolhu, South Ari Atoll, Maldives

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Located on one of the largest islands in the Maldives, LUX* South Ari Atoll is the perfect destination for families or couples (it’s excellent value for money), providing a serene haven with its stunning natural surroundings, lush tropical vegetation and 4km of pristine beach. With natural Maldivian style décor, choices of accommodation are exceptional, either located directly on the white sands or perched over the sparkling lagoon. Interconnecting and family options are available, as well as alternatives for those looking for the utmost privacy and seclusion.

It’s the special touches that really delight guests here, from impromptu family games tournaments, to al fresco cinema screenings under the night sky or stargazing with your very own expert. Facilities around the resort are excellent which include two pools on the sunset side of the island, LUX* Me Spa with 11 garden villas and 4 over-water treatment villas, a world class PADI diving centre, tennis courts and a state of the art gym. The boathouse is the place to be for water sport fanatics where you can dive off a dhoni and enjoy the colourful aquatic life on offer including parrot fish, stingrays and whale sharks.

With seven restaurants serving authentic island delicacies, the resort serves up culinary triumphs taking influences from Indian, Italian and Japanese dishes. The Kids’ Club (PLAY) features a whole host of exciting and educational activities with a focus on the surrounding natural habitat, as well as a range of high-energy sports. The Teens’ Club (STUDIO 17) offers loads of activities including local dance and language classes, beach sports activities and exciting adventure trips around the island.


193 rooms, suites & villas.

Room Types

Beach Pavilion
Take in all the sights, sounds and colours of authentic island living in the leisurely comfort of your Beach Pavilion. Sunlight filters through lofty thatched roofs, while the luxurious bathroom offers a private garden with a refreshing outdoor shower. The Beach Pavilions are also ideal for families with a baby or child. 65m².

Beach Villa
Light sand and ochre tones reflect the beautiful island setting beyond the terrace, while subtle décor echoes the ebb and flow of the ocean. All guestrooms enjoy en suite outdoor bathrooms where the open sky, bright hibiscus and beautiful banana trees provide privacy in a natural setting. Each Beach Villa has ample room for two adults and one teenager or child. 95m².

Water Villa
The luxurious Water Villas are suspended on stilts over the water, offering incredible views of the Indian Ocean and direct access to the lagoon. With a spacious bedroom and king sized bed plus sofa bed, an over sized bathroom with a large bath tub and separate shower, plus a day bed and sun beds on the sun deck, the Water Villas make for the perfect romantic Maldives getaway. 71m².

Beach Pool Villa
Enjoy sensational views over the lagoon from your spacious, west-facing Beach Pool Villa. Light sandy tones bring the natural beauty of island living inside, while a private terrace unfolds into a luxurious living space outdoors. All guestrooms offer en suite bathrooms that open onto a private garden, along with a shower and separate bath. Relax in the privacy of your secluded garden with its sunken plunge pool, wooden deck, sun loungers and invigorating outdoor shower. 116m².

Temptation Pool Water Villa
Designed for couples with unparalleled sunrise views over the Indian Ocean. A dedicated living space is framed by floor to ceiling windows infusing the villa with natural light. Outside, a spacious wooden deck terrace boasts a dining area and a cabana overlooking nothing less than a 14 metre infinity pool. Inside, sheer curtains adjacent to the marble-white Jacuzzi glass room freshen up the bedroom’s modern look surrounding a round shape master bed. 220m².

LUX* Villa 
Featuring unparalleled views over the lagoon and island surrounds, the LUX* Villa is the ultimate in luxury island living. Sink into your infinity plunge pool that merges with the lagoon or watch the kaleidoscope of sea life swim beneath your feet through the glass floor in the living room. The villa features a master bedroom suite with handcrafted LUX* Sleep Tight bed and a spacious living room with direct access to the deck. 360m². 

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Room Service
  • Babysitting
  • Swimming Pools
  • Tennis
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Interconnecting Rooms
  • PADI Dive Centre
  • Water Sports

Child Care

PLAY Kids Club
Ages 2-11 years old

PLAY offers children an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by a highly trained and enthusiastic team, kids are exposed to the nature and culture of the island`s incredible surrounds, as well as a range of high-energy sports and outdoor activities. From art classes and treasure hunts to engaging and educational Teddy Tennis lessons, PLAY is everything your kids could hope for on an island vacation.

Studio 17 Teens Club
Ages 12-17 years old.

Guest can get together, explore the island or just hang out. Run by trained and enthusiastic LUX* supervisors, teens can make the most of their island holiday with loads of activities including local dance and language classes, beach sports activities and exciting adventure trips around the island.

Babysitting available on request.

Reviews

04-May-2015 / Cluny / Customer rating:★★★★★★ 
Island was lovely, service very good & friendly. Cleaning of rooms was really good & we loved coming back to find a new animal made out of towels on the bed every day. Snorkelling trip out to reef every day worked well, fish were amazing. It felt like there was plenty to do every day without feeling we were being pushed into things. Food was good, buffets much better than the usual.
We went all inclusive which felt very expensive - over £4k for 1 week, 2 adults, 2 children, but looking at menu prices made us think it wouldn`t have been any cheaper to go a la carte, & it was relaxing to have it all pre-paid.
Only grumble was that we had particularly asked via Travelbeam for twin beds for the children - we got a king size bed because hotel said there were no twin beds at our room level ( a downgraded room could have had twin beds). I thought Travelbeam should have told us that at booking, so we could have changed.

17-January-2015 / Ian Hargrove / Customer rating:★★★★★★  It was an excellent recommendation of hotel for our family holiday, with plenty to do for us and our teenage children. The rooms, facilities and service were all excellent, with wonderful scuba diving and snorkelling and a huge array of fish. My only criticism would be the food which is good on the whole but somewhat boring and unimaginative.

17-April-2014 / Lorna Tilsley / Customer rating:★★★★★★★ What a fantastic resort! Not a thing to fault...5 star luxury but executed in a laid-back, friendly fashion that allows you to really relax. The open air concept to all the bars and restaurants is very successful and enhances the feeling of the being cast away on the desert island of your dreams. Beautiful, welcoming and fun with lots of things to do for families of all ages. The all inclusive offer is also excellent value. We cannot wait to go back.

29-August-2012 / Marina Roberts / Customer rating: ★★★★★★
We had a fantastic holiday and are very happy with our choice of the Lux Maldives. We are a family of 6 and stayed in two Sunset Junior suites on the beach. The accommodation, the service, the food, the water sports facilities, the kids club all absolutely faultless. The staff were so friendly and couldn`t do enough for us and were very friendly towards the children and by the end of the holiday knew there names. It is very worthy to be called a 5 star resort and we were very sad to be leaving such a beautiful island. The best holiday we`ve ever had on all counts.Thank you too to Travelbeam for making the whole process absolutely faultless and to run as smoothly as it did. We would definitely recommend our family and friends to use Travelbeam and to holiday at the Lux Maldives. Thank you :)

17-April-2012 / Una Parkes / Customer rating
: ★★★★★
The only thing that was disappointing was the connection to the island. We had been delayed on our flight over. Then we had to wait another couple of hours for the connection to the island, which meant that by the time we got to the island most of the day was gone. The room was spacious and the interconnection room worked well. The food was good, and the service superb. The baby sitting and kids club were great and we all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. There was a lovely friendly environment and we felt well looked after. We rarely go anywhere twice, but would consider it with this place.


Special offers

  • 10% Off Children`s Room
    Valid for stays between 05Jan17-05Jan18
  • 20% Early Booking Discount
    Valid for stays between 05Jan17-05Jan18
    Minimum Stay: 04-06 Nights
  • 25% Early Booking Discount
    Valid for stays between 05Jan17-05Jan18
    Minimum Stay: 07-10 Nights
  • 30% Early Booking Discount
    Valid for stays between 05Jan17-05Jan18
    Minimum Stay: 11-20 Nights
  • 35% Early Booking Discount
    Valid for stays between 05Jan17-05Jan18
    Minimum Stay: 21 Nights
  • Honeymoon/Wedding Anniversary Offer
    Book a honeymoon or 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 year wedding anniversary (or civil partnership) and receive a 35% discount. Includes a romantic dinner (no drinks), a starlit cruise, one romantic flower petal ceremony, one cocktail making class and one romantic bath ceremony.
  • 20% Fabulous Special Offer
    Valid for stays between 01Mar17-07Apr17, 18Apr17-19Oct17, 29Oct17-24Dec17
    For reservations confirmed by 30Jun17

Transfers

25 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport.

Food & Drink

Seven restaurants, one cafe / six bars and a nightclub

The Island Kitchen
Savour the essence of authentic island living at The Island Kitchen. With tables set out on the beach under thatched roofs and slow turning ceiling fans, guests can sink their feet into the warm sand below while tucking into mouth-watering buffets for breakfast and dinner. Live cooking stations offer everything from wood-fired pizzas and grills to stir-fries with a tempting island twist. In the evening, enjoy genuine island entertainment performed by talented local performers.

Senses
Inspired by North African, Lebanese, Indian and Indian Ocean cuisine, Senses never fails to delights with its tempting menu of tagines, tandoori prawns and unique tropical sorbets. Enjoy a light lunch of fresh salads, grills and local seafood, then take a seat at the water`s edge overlooking the infinity pool for an exquisite à la carte dinner under the stars.

East
Suspended above the water, East inspires with its incredible view out over the lagoon. Rustic decks and old ship`s riggings add to the nautical theme, while bright cushions and light fabrics provide a lively island feel. The menu features the best of Cambodian, Indonesian, Thai, Sri Lankan, Hong Kong and Chinese-style buffets.

Allegria
Vibrant Italian flair blends with the lively island ambience at Allegria. Located right on the beach, this open kitchen allows guests to watch our skilled chefs at work as they create pizzas, pastas and gnocchi dishes. For a more intimate atmosphere, Allegria`s wine cellar can be booked for private dinners. Exclusive arrangements can also be made for small parties to dine in the cellar and indulge in a range cheeses complemented by our exceptional selection of French and New World wines.

Umami
Perched on stilts over the water, Umami features a Japanese-style teppanyaki table where our chefs entertain guests with their culinary skills. Sit under beautiful silk paper lanterns surrounded by wooden latticework while you enjoy the simple yet delicate flavours of Kobe beef sushi rolls served with scallops or fresh seaweed and squid salad. N.B. Tables need to be reserved in advance.

The Beach
The best pizza, in the most relaxing setting, right on the beach. Crisp, thin crusts, topped with the freshest ingredients, baked to perfection and enjoyed with the feet in the sand, the eyes on the lagoon and the breeze in your hair. Heaven.

Veli Pool Bar
Located near the crystal clear swimming pool that extends out to sea, with shimmering views of the lagoon on three sides, Veli Pool Bar offers a casual menu of tasty pizzas, sandwiches and spring rolls, as well as Mediterranean-style tapas, mezze and antipasti.

Senses Bar and Lounge
Senses Bar and Lounge offers a selection of cocktails, rums, liqueurs, beers and spirits, as well as a refreshing selection of Sri Lankan teas in the afternoon. It also offers light Indian Ocean lunches in the shade or by the pool if you don`t feel like visiting one of the more formal restaurants. Enjoy a light snack in the evening while swaying gently in a giant hammock or challenge someone to a friendly game of billiards as the sun sets over the ocean. The Island Bar (12.00pm to 4pm for lunch, open for drinks until 2am) Watch the sun set over the shimmering water as your sip on a delicious island cocktail or aperitif and tasty canapés at The Island Bar. Go for a stroll along the beach or simply soak up the laid-back ambience on the wooden deck as you wind down another amazing day on the island.

Lagoon Bar
On the beach, facing the sunrise, close to the lobby and the boat house, this is your regular laid-back watering hole. Enjoy island music and reggae favourites while sharing your experiences from the last dive or your exciting water sports session.

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  • Beach
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  • Arrival Jetty
    Arrival Jetty
  • Beach Pavilion
    Beach Pavilion
  • Beach Pool Villa
    Beach Pool Villa
  • Beach Villa
    Beach Villa
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    Beach Villa
  • Beach Villa
    Beach Villa
  • Beach Villa
    Beach Villa
  • Grand Water Pool Villa
    Grand Water Pool Villa
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    Grand Water Pool Villa
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    Grand Water Pool Villa
  • Lagoon Pavilion
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  • Signature Water Pool Villa
    Signature Water Pool Villa
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    Signature Water Pool Villa
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    Signature Water Pool Villa
  • Pool
    Pool
  • Spa
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  • Nest
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  • Lagoon Bar
    Lagoon Bar
  • Island Kitchen
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  • East Market
    East Market
  • Beach Rouge
    Beach Rouge
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  • Allegria
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Our Experts

Kate is one of our LUX Maldives experts
"The largest Island that I have visited and one of the best, fantastic rooms, food & facilities & great value"
01625 538631 email me

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