We Love —
- Get away from it all at LUX* South Ari Atoll, the only settlement on the postcard-perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu
- Dreamy atolls of tropical islands scattered across the Indian Ocean the Maldives are a kaleidoscope of colours and earthly pleasures
- Our members will receive a guaranteed upgrade to a full board basis!
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Here to Help —
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)
For any additional information on this offer or assistance in making your reservation please call one of our dedicated team on 0844 8262098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours are Monday to Friday 08:00 – 20:00 and Saturdays & Sundays from 09:00 – 17:30.
Your Destination —
The Maldives archipelago consists of 1190 tiny islands scattered across the Indian Ocean. Only 185 of these islands are inhabited, while the others are used largely for tourism and agriculture. The atolls are composed of live coral reefs and sand bars perched atop a 960km submarine ridge, while the land features lush tropical vegetation with abundant local coconut palms.
The Maldives is renowned for its incredible diving opportunities. The crystal clear water and shallow lagoons are perfect for snorkelling, while the reef walls offer a kaleidoscope of sea life for more experienced divers. The Maldives have an amazing diversity of sea life, with corals and over 2000 species of fish, ranging from reef fish and reef sharks to moray eels, rays and whale sharks.
The local culture features a lively mix of South Indian, Sinhalese and Arab influences that is reflected in the traditional music, cuisine and art of the island.
Your Hotel —
Whether suspended over the water or scattered along the beach, every room, suite and villa at LUX* South Ari Atoll is designed to make the most of its enchanting island surrounds.
Light, breezy and ever so spacious with splashes of bright island colour, the hotel has a sophisticated sense of simplicity with sweeping views over the sparkling lagoon and beach.
Number of rooms: 193
Private beach area
Some services may incur additional charges, payable locally.
Your Room —
Choose a stay in a Beach Pavilion or Signature Pool Water Villa
Just for you: VIP welcome and early check-in or late check-out (subject to local availability - cannot be guaranteed)
Sunlight filters through lofty thatched roofs, while the luxurious bathroom offers a private garden with a refreshing outdoor shower.
Approximately 65sqm in size.
Signature Pool Water Villa
Beautifully crafted, the interior combines contemporary aesthetics with traditional cabana architecture.
Each villa boasts a stylish bedroom with all of the amenities you could need for a restful night sleep as well as a bright sunlit bathroom offering panoramic views with the added benefit of separate double rain-showers.
Experience state-of-the-art amenities including a 48-inch curved television or 110-inch projector screen with Home Theatre system.
Guests can also enjoy their own luxurious terrace with plunge pool, outdoor shower, a cosy, shaded love-nest overlooking the beauty of the Indian Ocean and direct access to the turquoise lagoon.
Your Board Basis —
Just for you: guaranteed upgrade to full board (breakfast, lunch and evening meal* - excludes drinks)
Light, fresh and ever so irresistible, LUX* restaurants offer everything that's exceptional about luxury island dining, with none of the heavy, overly indulgent extras. Enjoy the very best dishes, flavours and textures that the island's many cultures and influences have to offer at any one of these authentic dining environments.
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.
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 Restaurant 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.
The Island Bar
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.
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.
*Please note: some dining outlets/menu items may not be included within the full board upgrade and may incur a surcharge payable locally. Umami restaurant is not included within the full board upgrade.
Your Time —
Just for you: one sunset cruise for 2 adults (once per stay)
For those wanting to explore the depths of the ocean, LUX* 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.
For those who'd like to enjoy a more casual swim, LUX* South Ari Atoll has two spacious swimming pools located on the sunset side of the island.
Make the most of your LUX* island getaway with complimentary reef snorkelling, kayaking and pedal boats. There's also a wide range of water sports available at the boathouse, 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 the hotel's indoor games centre.
In the evening, head out to Musik, the lively island nightclub, where an eclectic mix of rock, salsa and techno mixed by the hotel's in-house DJ will have you dancing until the sun comes up.
LUX*Me Spa and Fitness
LUX* Me 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.
Your Journey —
Flights: choose flights in Economy, Business or First Class
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 transfers are included for members booking a flight inclusive package. 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.