We Love —
- Experience a true tropical island paradise at LUX* South Ari Atoll, where facilities include eight eateries and five bars, a LUX* Spa and 5* PADI Dive Centre.
- Choose from a Water Villa or a Romantic Pool Water Villa perched above the azure Indian Ocean.
- Both rooms include a complimentary sunset cruise. Why not upgrade to All Inclusive for an utterly indulgent holiday in the sun?
Customer reviews —
“Everything......the location is idyllic, the resort is gorgeous & all the staff are absolutely wonderful! ”
Posted on 03 March 2018
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Book Now, Pay Later —
Booking 35 days in advance and spending over £500 per person? No need to pay in full today! Just select the 30% deposit option on our payment page (terms & conditions apply)
Your Destination —
The wonderfully renovated LUX* South Ari Atoll on the island of Dhidhoofinolhu is one of the largest island resorts in the Maldives, reachable via seaplane and lapped by the dreamy turquoise ocean.
LUX* South Ari Atoll 5* —
Whether suspended over the water or scattered along the beach, every villa at LUX* South Ari Atoll is designed to make the most of its enchanting island surrounds. Light, breezy and spacious, with splashes of bright island colour, the hotel has a sophisticated sense of simplicity with sweeping views over the sparkling lagoon and beach. With a 5-Star PADI dive centre, two infinity pools, floodlit tennis courts and the LUX* Me spa, you certainly won't be left wanting for activities to fill your days. Your tastebuds will be spoiled for choice too at LUX* South Ari Atoll - expect island-roasted coffee at Café LUX*, sushi and teppanyaki at Umami and a fashionable beach club vibe at Beach Rouge.
- Number of rooms: 187
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Outdoor pool
- 8 Restaurants
- 5 Bars
- Water sports
- Tennis court
- Fitness centre
- Private beach area
Some services may incur additional charges, payable locally.
Your Room —
Choose a stay in a Water Villa or Romantic Pool Villa
Sleeps up to
The luxurious and iconic Water Villas are suspended on stilts over the sparkling Indian Ocean, offering incredible views of the sea and direct access to the lagoon. With a spacious bedroom and a plush king sized bed plus sofa bed, a picturesque sun deck for romantic sunsets, and an oversized private bathroom with large bath tub and separate shower, this is an upscale and contemporary paradise perched above the sea.
Sleeps up to
Suspended on stilts over water, the unique 110sqm Romantic Pool Villas at LUX* South Ari Atoll offer the ultimate in comfort and tranquil privacy. Beautifully crafted, the interior combines contemporary aesthetics with traditional cabana architecture.
Each villa boasts a stylish bedroom, a bright sunlit bathroom offering panoramic views and separate double rain-showers. Guests can also enjoy their own luxurious terrace with plunge pool and direct access to the turquoise lagoon. Experience state-of-the-art amenities including a 48-inch curved television or 110-inch projector screen with Home Theatre system.
Your Board Basis —
This offer is based on an upgrade to half board dining (breakfast and dinner in the main restaurant at LUX* South Ari Atoll - excludes drinks)
Our members can choose to upgrade to a Full Board or All Inclusive stay at the next stage of the booking process for an additional fee.
Just for you: Accommodation and Meal plan free for Kids under 12
Savour the essence of authentic island living at MIXE. 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.
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.
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 our 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.
East Market and Bar
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. The adjacent East Bar offers fresh fruit cocktails and unforgettable local evening entertainment.
Allegria Restaurant and Bar
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 the exceptional selection of French and New World wines.
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. The restaurant is open evenings only, and tables should be reserved in advance.
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 & Lunch
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.
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.
Nothing beats a really great cup of coffee. That's why at LUX* they only serve their very own delicious Island Blend of certified green organic beans. Roasted on the island and prepared for you with passion by our trained baristas, every cup of coffee served at this stylish Café LUX* is one to savour.
Why not Upgrade to All Inclusive?
Food & Beverages
- Breakfast: at MIXE
- Lunch: Senses Lounge & Bar, Veli, Lagoon Bar and Beach Rouge
- Dinner: A la carte at Senses and Allegria; buffet at MIXE and East Market
- Drinks: All-Inclusive beverages menu available, as per opening hours of restaurants and bars
- Tea: afternoon tea served at Senses Lounge and Bar from 4 pm to 6 pm; tea/coffee facilities available in room
Yoga & Stretching classes, access to the Sauna, Steam Room, Plunge Pool, and Spa Garden (adults only) at LUX* South Ari Atoll.
Unlimited access to the gym centre, floodlit tennis courts (rackets only provided), table tennis, bocce Balls, beach-volley
Daily use of snorkelling equipment, kayaks, pedal boat and scheduled snorkelling trips on house reef as per weather and tide conditions
Your Time —
Just for you:
- One sunset cruise for 2 adults (once per stay)
- Free bicycle for the entire stay
- Free yoga session
- 20% discount at the spa
LUX* Me at LUX* South Ari Atoll is a unique concept which combines fitness, spa, nutrition, yoga, retreats and experiences into one venue. The Spa's concept is to allow guests to create their own integrated spa, fitness and lifestyle experience with the help of the hotel's LUX* Me experts. The unique 'Me Time' Menu is designed to tailor-make an experience just for you. From luxurious facials, massages and scrubs to invigorating yoga classes and a broad array of dynamic and fun exercise programmes, LUX* Me is all about you.
For those wanting to explore the depths of the ocean, LUX* South Ari Atoll offers access to some of the nation's most beautiful dive sites, where scuba enthusiasts can see an abundance of parrotfish, butterfly fish, sting rays, manta rays, tuna and barracuda, not to mention impressive yet gentle whale sharks. You might even encounter an elusive hawksbill, dolphin or green turtle.
Dive sites include Maamagili, suitable for beginners and those who have never dived before, Aa Thila for the more experienced, and Thinfushi Beru Tila for advanced divers. The hotel's dive centre offers 37 incredible dive sites, two wreck sites and night diving, all within a short boat ride offshore.
Make the most of your LUX* South Ari Atoll island getaway with complimentary reef snorkelling, kayaking and pedal boats. There's also a wide range of water sports available at the water sport centre, such as windsurfing, rubber ring and banana rides, water-skiing, wakeboarding and jet-skiing for an additional fee. Or explore further afield with a private catamaran trip and picnic parties to neighbouring islets.
Take a break from the ocean with a game of beach table tennis, volleyball and tennis on floodlit courts. Visit LUX* Me fitness to enjoy a tailor-made training session complete with beach yoga, cycle around the lush island setting or challenge someone to a game of billiards and table soccer at LUX* South Ari Atoll's indoor games centre.
Your Journey to LUX* South Ari Atoll 5* —
Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Shared Return Seaplane transfers to LUX* South Ari Atoll are included.
Transfers consist of domestic flight (20 minute flying time to Maamigili Airport) and a 10 minute speed boat ride from Maamigili Airport to LUX* South Ari Atoll.
Please note: luggage restrictions do apply to both the domestic flight and speed boat transfers. The allowance is 20kg per person + 5kg per person for hand luggage. These limits are irrespective of your international flight allowance and a local surcharge will apply if your luggage exceeds this restriction. On rare occasion, your luggage may follow you on a separate transfer.