Overview

The popular LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas lies on a paradisiacal island in the Maldives, where pure white sandy expanses meet shallow, crystal-clear waters. This luxurious five-star resort is surrounded by marine-protected lagoons, where you can participate in water sports, from diving to hoverboarding. Their classic Maldivian villas sit on stilts above the water and are dotted among palm trees, overlooking the wide sandy beach. During your stay you can watch a movie on the beach, indulge at the LUX* Me spa, lounge by two turquoise pools or learn about the native aquatic species with the resident marine biologist. The resort is also family-friendly, with dedicated clubs for kids and teens, and an excellent array of dining options.

LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas occupies the entire island of Dhidhoofinolhu in the Maldives’ South Ari Atoll. The island is situated within a spectacular, marine-protected area of the Indian Ocean, where 50 surrounding dive sites are brimming with wildlife – including manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins and whale sharks. You can scuba dive or snorkel alongside these incredible creatures and help the resident marine biologist gather data on endangered species. The resort can be reached via a 30-minute seaplane transfer from Male International Airport.

The ultra-chic thatched beachfront villas and pavilions are characteristic of the Maldives, and contemporary overwater villas have steps that lead directly into the lagoon. Spacious bathrooms contain a separate bathtub and shower – and some villas have an indoor-outdoor bathroom layout. Beach Pool Villas boast a private plunge pool and an outdoor shower, as well as a fabulous terrace with direct beach access. Romantic Pool Water Villas include a private sundeck with an infinity pool and spectacular sunset views, while Family Lagoon Villas provide two separate rooms for additional space and privacy. 

Accommodation details

Address:

Dhidhoofinolhu
South Ari Atoll
Male
Maldives

Check-in Details:

Normal Check-in: 14:00
Normal Check-out: 11:00

Location:

62.7 mi / 101.2 km from city centre

Room types and facilities

Total Number of Rooms - 193

Beach Pavilion

Sleeps 3, Bed Type: King(s) and single(s)  Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Bathtub/shower combination, Private bathroom, Ceiling fan, Satellite television, Separate Shower, Air conditioning, Separate Bath, Minibar, Television

Beach Pool Villa

Sleeps 3, Bed Type: King(s) and sofa bed  Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Bathtub/shower combination, Private bathroom, Ceiling fan, Satellite television, Separate Shower, Separate Bath, Minibar, Refrigerator, Television

Family Lagoon Pavilion

Sleeps 6, Bed Type: King(s) and sofa bed  Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Bathtub/shower combination, Private bathroom, Ceiling fan, Satellite television, Separate Shower, Air conditioning, Separate Bath, Minibar, Refrigerator, Television

Water Villa

Sleeps 3, Bed Type: King(s) and sofa bed  Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Bathtub/shower combination, Private bathroom, Ceiling fan, Satellite television, Separate Shower, Air conditioning, Separate Bath, Minibar, Refrigerator, Television

Romantic Pool Water Villa

Sleeps 2, Bed Type: King(s) and sofa bed  Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Bathtub/shower combination, Private bathroom, Ceiling fan, Satellite television, Separate Shower, Air conditioning, Separate Bath, Minibar, Refrigerator, Television

Beach Villa

Sleeps 4, Bed Type: King(s) and sofa bed  Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Bathtub/shower combination, Private bathroom, Ceiling fan, Satellite television, Separate Shower, Separate Bath, Minibar, Refrigerator, Television

General facilities

  • 2 Pool
  • Massage services
  • Live entertainment
  • Pool Bar
  • Spa
  • Game room
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Hairdresser/barber
  • Tennis court
  • Kids Club
  • Water sports
  • Whirlpool
  • 24-hour room service
  • Steam bath
  • Playground
  • Baby sitting
  • Dry cleaning
  • Safe deposit box
  • Children's nursery
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Sauna
  • Nightclub
  • Laundry/Valet service
  • 5 Lounges/bars
  • 8 Restaurant
  • Shop

Other facilities

Water sports enthusiasts will be in their element herewith complimentary snorkelling, kayaking and pedal boating in the crystal-clear waters. You can also head to the boat house to try windsurfing, water skiing, wake boarding, flyboarding and hoverboarding for a supplementary charge – or visit the resort’s PADI dive centre to book an unforgettable diving experience at the surrounding colourful reefs (available for additional charge).

The resort offers an incredible choice of land-based activities, too, including tennis and volleyball. You can also take a morning jog around the island, swim in two ocean view pools, or visit the gym if you’re feeling particularly energetic. Otherwise, relax during a guided meditation session. Romance is on the cards, too, with sunset cruises, outdoor cinema screenings and couples’ yoga sessions.

Children between the ages of 3 and 12 will be well cared for at PLAY, where trained staff supervise a wealth of cultural and ecological activities, as well as sports, outdoor games and art classes. Meanwhile, the complimentary Studio 17 teens' club for guests aged 12 to 17 provides local dance classes, language courses, beach activities and adventures around the island.

In the meantime, adults can luxuriate in the oceanfront spa, which features plunge pools, a sauna and a hammam. Expert therapists will use a range of natural organic products during your personalised treatment, whether you book the signature ‘Absolute Relaxing Massage’ or an authentic ‘Zhengliao Chinese Medicine Treatment’ (available for a supplement charge).

The resort’s focus on sustainability is paramount. The solar panels on the rooftops and out at sea generate enough energy to power all villas during the daytime, and there’s an on-site water plant, vegetable garden and a Junk Art Studio (where you can upcycle items). Single-use plastics have been banned on the island, and you are encouraged to use a bicycle or hop on one of the solar-powered shuttles to get around. 

Dining information

Start your day with a buffet breakfast at MIXE, where you can also catch dinner and local evening entertainment. If you’re in need of a caffeine fix, sip freshly roasted, house-blend coffee at Café LUX before enjoying a casual lunch at Lagoon Bar. You can also visit Beach Rouge to savour wood-fired pizzas and listen to chilled music during the day, before dancing the night away on the floating dance floor with a resident DJ. Senses Bar and Lounge also offers cocktails, Sri Lankan teas and light lunches.

Dine on salads and grilled seafood for lunch beside the pool, and tuck into tagines and tropical sorbets at Senses Restaurant over dinner. Indulge in Mediterranean favourites at Allegria Restaurant, accompanied by a varied wine list, or enjoy the finest Kobe beef at Umami. East Market promises a culinary fusion journey through Thailand, Taiwan, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, as well as international favourites. Make a final stop at the overwater East Bar in the evening for cocktails with fabulous Indian Ocean vistas.

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