- Resident marine biologist and excursion host who will guide you to an up close and personal swim with some of the biggest fish on earth.
- A beachlover's paradise with two miles of powder fine beaches.
- Great for fun-filled family stays.
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With 4km of beaches, charming water villas, and a world-class diving centre, LUX* South Ari Atoll is the vital ingredient to the ideal tropical escape. Both above and below the waterline the Maldives is a word renowned kaleidoscope of colours, flavours, adventures, with something to suit the sun worshippers and the thrill seekers. As the only settlement on the island of Dhidhoofinolhu in South Ari Atoll, LUX* South Ari Atoll is a rare insight into unspoiled island living. The lagoon is ideal for snorkelling and whale shark spotting, and two pools and a spa create a wonderfully welcome break from the beach. The clear waters of the ocean are home to an infinite variety of species, multi-coloured coral fish and other marine fauna. Here on the island, LUX* South Ari Atoll has opened a Marine Biology Centre, dedicated to research the presence and conservation of whale sharks in the South Ari Atoll waters. Secret pathways in the tropical gardens offer an irresistible mystery to the resort, and the authentic island gives you a taste of something really special. Wherever you venture at this LUX* South Ari Atoll, expect to be greeted with nothing short of perfection.
At a glance
- 2 Pools
- 7 Restaurants
- 5 Bars
- 193 Rooms
- Water sports
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. All villas include:
- Furnished terrace
- King-size or twin beds
- Possibility of connecting rooms, on request, subject to room category
- Individual air conditioning
- Ceiling fans
- Bathroom with bathtub, separate shower & separate toilets
- Outdoor shower
- LUX* bathroom amenities
- Full length mirror
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- Telephone with IDD
- Mini bar refilled daily
- Tea & coffee facilities
- Bottled water
- Safety deposit box
- Shaver sockets
- iPod dock
- Private sunbed
- WiFi access
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.
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.
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. Relax in the privacy of your secluded garden with its sunken plunge pool, wooden deck, sun loungers and invigorating outdoor shower.
Romantic Pool Water Villa
Suspended on stilts over water and boasting over 110 square meters, Romantic Pool Water Villas offer the ultimate in comfort and tranquil privacy. Each villa features a stylish bedroom complete with LUX* signature -~Sleep Tight' bed, and a bright sunlit bathroom and 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 private swimming pool, outdoor shower, a cosy, shaded love-nest overlooking ocean and direct access to the turquoise lagoon.
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.
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.
Temptation Pool Water Villa
Designed for couples with unparalleled sunrise views over the Indian Ocean, the Temptation Pool Water Villa features 220 square meters of pure romance. 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 meter 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.
Sample some of the best cuisine from around the world with the fabulous catalogue of restaurants at LUX* South Ari Atoll.
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 fresh buffets for breakfast and dinner. Live cooking stations offer everything from wood-fired pizzas and grills to stir-fries with a tempting island twist.
- Breakfast - 07:00-10:30.
- Dinner - 19:00 - 22:00.
Inspired by Middle Eastern 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.
- Dinner - 18:30-22:00.
The interactive stalls in our over-the-water Asian-market-inspired restaurant make it as fun to admire the action as it is to try authentic tastes from Thailand, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. Dim sum steam in bamboo mushiki. A parade of meats, vegetables and seasonings urges you to have noodle dishes or stir-fries whipped up in woks. A pushcart displays a perfect Peking duck. At East Market breakfast and dinner isn't just about grazing from the live cooking stations — our terraces promise heart-stopping Indian Ocean views. In the mood for a classic European start to your day? Follow the scent of baking to croissants, baguettes, pastries and seeded loaves, fresh from that glass-fronted oven. Rustic baskets spill over with fruit and vegetables, next to sacks of intriguing spices, while skilled chefs stand by to make your culinary cravings come alive in front of you. Open 07:00 - 10:30, and 19:00 - 22:00.
Escape to the Mediterranean embrace of Allegria, here on deck or right the beach. Quality Italian ingredients, and authentic southern European recipes, all created with expertise in an open kitchen that invites guests to spy our skilled chefs creating pastas, pizzas, gnocchi and just-caught seafood. There's also an à la carte menu which promises to wow to Italophiles and epicureans alike.
- Dinner - 18:30-22:00.
Perch on benches at the cobalt-blue sushi bar and watch master chefs crafting just-caught seafood into world-class sashimi, nigiri and maki. More visual thrills await thanks to the head chef's entertaining teppanyaki skills. Drink connoisseurs have 30 sakés and nine fine Japanese whiskies with which to toast this remarkable dining experience.
- Dinner - 17:00-22:00.
Pick at delicious fresh pizzas straight from wood-fires in the ultimate relaxed setting, right on the soft-sand beach — crisp, thin crusts, topped with the freshest ingredients, baked to perfection. And your feet in the sand, eyes on the lagoon view and the breeze in your hair.
- Lunch - 12:00-17:00.
- Dinner - 18:30-22:00.
You'll always be close to your tipple of choice at LUX* South Ari Atoll.
Sunset Bar & 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. Relish a light snack in the evening while swaying gently in a giant hammock.
- Open - 10:30-17:00.
- High Tea - 17:00-19:00.
A deck with swinging double seats and loungers-for-two on catamaran nets floating above turquoise waters — this hip little hangout is an atmospheric rendezvous. Spend an evening socialising at this picturesque perch.
- Open - 17:00-00:00.
Right by the beach, with a front-row view of the sunrise, this sociable enclave is situated near reception, right by the watersports centre. Unwind to an island soundtrack and reggae vibes, while sharing your experiences from the last dive or your exciting watersports session.
- Open - 10:00-18:00.
Excellent coffee is a must, not a luxury. Great coffee begins with freshly ground beans, so Lux* Resort roast their own in our on-site roasting rooms, which can be explored on the aromatic behind-the-scenes tour.
- Open - 06:00-18:00.
Near the crystal-clear swimming pool that extends out to sea, with shimmering views of the lagoon on three sides, pause at the Veli Pool Bar next to the water, and enjoy a refreshing drink as you soak up those incredible watery views.
- Open 11:00-17:00.
- Breakfast and dinner in any restaurant, as per opening schedule
- Excludes Umami
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner in any restaurant, as per opening schedule
- Excluded Umami
- Breakfast at MIXE and East Market
- Lunch at Senses, Lagoon Bar and Beach Rouge
- Á la carte dinner in Sense, Allegria or buffet at MIXE and East Market
- Afternoon tea served at Senses Bar from 17:00-19:00
- Selection of local alcoholic and soft drinks served as per bar opening hours
- Mini-bar with water, juices, soft drinks and beer, replenished daily
- Beach and poolside service at Lagoon Bar and Senses
- Yoga and stretching classes
- Access to the sauna, steam room, plunge pool and spa garden, mandatory reservations, adults-only
- Use of snorkeling equipment, kayaks, pedal boats and scheduled snorkelling trips on house reef
- Unlimited access to the gym, floodlit tennis courts, table tennis, bocce balls, beach volleyball
- Tennis racquets available, tennis balls at an additional fee
- Live music, Maldivian dance shows
For the Family
- Kids club, 09:00-19:00.
- Teens club 09:00-19:00.
- Free high speed internet connection in all rooms and public areas
- On-site doctor*
- Laundry service*
- Baby sitting service (on request)*
- Wedding and renewal of vows ceremonies*
- Private dining*
- 24 hour in-villa dining*
- Hotel boutique*
*Additional charges apply, payable locally.
- Pedal boats
- Snorkelling trips to the house reef
- Tube rides
- Stand-up paddleboarding
- Kite surfing
- Catamaran trip
- Whale shark safaris
- Glass bottom boat excursions
- Private trips by speedboat or dhoni
- Morning and sunset fishing
Experience the unique underwater world of the Maldives, offering some of the world's best dive sites and colourful reefs boasting an abundance of marine life. The dive centre provides full training and PADI certification for all levels while the resort water sports centre will have you snorkelling around remote sandbanks or trying any of their thrilling water sports.
PLAY Kids Club
The kids aged 3 -11 are looked after by quality team members who organize activities each day from 09:00 - 23:00. Activities include: indoor games, pool games, Creole lessons, face painting, crab hunting, fun on the beach, treasure hunt, glass bottom boat trips and more.
Studio 17 Teens Club
A club for Teens aged 12 - 17, with activities that include pool, bocci balls, tennis, beach football, water-polo, beach volley, yoga, bike riding, giant chess and more.
LUX* Me Spa
At LUX* Me spa provides more than just pampering, it offers a holistic, integrated approach to all treatments. Holistic therapists will personalise your treatment of choice using an exclusive range of LUX* ME products from their body or facial range.