LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives

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‘5-Star PADI Diving - Fabulous Dining Choices’

Nestled on the atoll of Dhidhoofinolhu, LUX* South Ari Atoll is an island paradise complete with 4km white-gold beach, only 25 minutes away by seaplane from the capital of Malé. There are 187 villas located alongside the beach or perched on stilts over the lagoon each with an outdoor private terrace. The resort has a 5* PADI dive centre and snorkelling in the Indian Ocean is a must along with unique experiences such as viewing the resident whale sharks here. There are two infinity pools, tennis courts, a fitness centre and spa as well as a Kids’ Club to keep the young ones entertained. On the island, there are 8 restaurants including East Market which is an Asian market-inspired venue and UMAMI which is dedicated to the theatrics of resident sushi and teppanyaki knife masters. For aperitifs or after-dinner drinks, there are five bars including Beach Rouge which has a fashionable beach club vibe. Sustainability is incredibly important to Lux* and they won the South Asian Travel Award 2019 as the leading eco-friendly resort. Diversity is also hugely welcome here including solo travellers, families and friends celebrating various chapters in their lives, there is something for everyone.

In Our Opinion

‘Take a Whale Shark Search – they are a sight to behold. In the sheltered lagoon you can snorkel with coral fish, baby black tip reef sharks and sometimes Manta Ray. This is an underwater paradise’

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Amy Williams

Lux* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives

Lux* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives understand that your holiday is precious time and is fully committed to ensuring a safe, clean & hygienic environment for all guests & staff.


To ensure that you can spend your holiday worry-free, in a safe & relaxing environment the resort has introduced the following measures:


Commitment to Clean

  • Tourists will not be subject to quarantine upon arrival and you will not be required to submit any medical tests for entry into the Maldives.
  • A health declaration card will be required as part of the on-arrival procedure
  • Doctor on call 24/7 and resident nurse present on all properties
  • Fogging equipment, electrostatic sprayers, automated sensors and wipes are used to clean all high touch points
  • Cleaning and disinfectant cycles are increased to ensure optimal hygiene standards
  • All restaurant tables are sanitised between guests and each outlet is thoroughly cleaned after service and tables are social distanced.
  • Contactless hand sanitising stations are place throughout the property
  • All gym equipment is sanitised between uses and entire fitness areas are sanitised after service
  • Sunbeds have been arranged to be 1m apart, follow the marks and signage
  • The layout of seats and loungers have been changed at the spa
  • Team members wear masks and gloves in all relevant areas
  • Daily temperature checks are carried out for everyone accessing the hotel
  • A trained COVID-19 officer is responsible for all procedures and regulations
  • No buffet-style options as live cooking stations are shielded with protective screens
  • Menus are on iPads or can be accessed via a QR code
  • Spa – in the changing rooms, clean towels are placed in individual lockers. A disposable face cradle, bedcover, sanitised eye pillow and disposable tissues are provided.
  • A biozone mobile disinfection atomiser is in the lobby, common areas and treatment rooms
  • Treatment rooms, showers and lockers are cleaned between treatments and therapists wear special disposable gowns
  • Gym – Shoe sanitising mat at the gym entrance, please book your time slot in advance
  • Private indoor sessions are replaced by outdoor group classes
  • Small fitness equipment is individually packed and sanitised


Housekeeping service

  • Sanitary wipes and sanitiser bottles in your room
  • Each room remains vacant for 24 hours between one departure and the next arrival
  • Pedal bin for face masks and other protective gear
  • Minibars are empty and can be filled up with your favourite items upon request


These measures are in compliance with the rules and regulations stipulated by the Maldivian authorities; and as the resort treats the health & safety off all hotel guests with the utmost importance, they also reserve the right to open or close, increase or decrease services and facilities as the situation around Covid-19, governmental stipulations and/or business demand develops

Beach Pavillion

Thatched room Maldivian accommodation with private garden and direct beach access.


  • 65sqm
  • One double bed
  • Maximum occupancy 2 adults & 1 child
  • Bathroom with tub
  • Private outdoor garden with shower
  • Furnished terrace
  • Direct beach access
  • Beach view

Beach Villa

Situated close to the beach this villa has a king-size bed and bathroom with outdoor tub. Perfect for families as their is direct beach access and space to play.


  • 95sqm
  • One king-size bed
  • Maximum occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children
  • En-suite-open air bathroom with tub, outdoor shower & twin vanities
  • Furnished terrace
  • Direct beach access
  • Sea/garden views

Water Villa (formerly Prestige Water Villa)

Situated over water this villa has direct access to the lagoon from a sun deck with day bed. 


  • 98sqm
  • One king-size bed
  • Maximum occupancy 3 persons
  • Sitting area with sofa bed
  • Outdoor deck
  • Ocean views

Family Lagoon Pavilion

These pavilions feature two bedrooms, an open-space bathroom and living area. The private terrace overlooks lagoon views.


  • One bedroom with king size bed
  • Second bedroom with twin beds
  • Maximum occupancy 4 adults + 2 teens/2 children
  • Open-space bathroom
  • Living area
  • Private terrace
  • Lagoon view
  • Air conditioning/ceiling fans
  • LUX* bathroom amenities
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Full length mirror
  • Television/DVD
  • Telephone with IDD
  • Minibar
  • Complimentary tea & coffee
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • iPod dock
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • IP TV with satellite and movies on demand
  • Café Lux* coffee machine & kettle
  • Minibar

Beach Villa with Pool

Overlooking the lagoon this villa has an outdoor terrace and sunken plunge pool.


  • 116sqm
  • One king-size bed
  • Maximum occupancy 2 adults and 1 infant
  • Open air en-suite bathroom with circular bathtub, outdoor shower & twin vanities
  • Sunken private swimming pool
  • Furnished terrace
  • Sun loungers
  • Lagoon view

Romantic Pool Water Villa (formerly Signature Pool Water Villa)

Suspended on stilts over water this villa has direct access to the lagoon. The villa has a terrace with day bed and private pool.


  • 110sqm
  • One bedroom with Sleep Tight king-size bed
  • Maximum occupancy 2 adults and a baby (under 3)
  • Bathroom with separate double rain-showers
  • Sitting area
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Pool
  • Ocean view

Temptation Pool Water Villa

Designed for couples this villa has a terrace with dining area and cabana overlooking a private infinity pool.


  • 220sqm
  • One bedroom with circular master bed
  • Maximum occupancy 2 persons
  • Living area
  • Outdoor dining terrace
  • Private pool minimum 14m
  • Indian ocean view

LUX* Villa (formerly Presidential Villa)

The LUX* Villa has a private infinity pool and glass floored areas of the living room to allow direct fish-watching beneath. There is a bedroom, living/dining room and bathroom with tub looking out over the ocean, separate shower and two vanities.



  • 360sqm
  • One bedroom with king-size bed
  • Maximum occupancy 2 adults plus 1 teen/child
  • Bathroom with bathtub & shower
  • Private infinity pool which merges with lagoon
  • Glass floored living room
  • Furnished terrace
  • Kitchenette
  • Views of the lagoon
  • Air conditioning/ceiling fans
  • LUX* bathroom amenities
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Full length mirror
  • Television/DVD
  • Telephone with IDD
  • Minibar
  • Complimentary tea & coffee
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • iPod dock
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • IP TV with satellite and movies on demand
  • Café Lux* coffee machine & kettle
  • Minibar

You can choose to take an All Inclusive package at this resort; you can also opt for the LUX* It Up as detailed below (subject to change and update)


Included in the All-Inclusive Package:

Food & drinks
• Breakfast at MIXE and East Market
• Lunch at Senses, Veli Pool Bar or Beach Rouge
• Dinner in MIXE, East Market or Beach Rouge
• Afternoon high tea served at Senses Lounge and Bar 15:00 - 17:00
• Soft drinks, tea, coffee, beer, wine, juices, mineral water, cocktails and liquors are available at all restaurants and bars
• Tea & coffee facilities in each room
• Mini bar which includes: water, soft drinks and beers (replenished once per day)

• Yoga & stretching classes, access to sauna, steam room plunge pool and spa garden
• Daily use of snorkelling equipment, kayaks, pedal boats and scheduled snorkelling trips on the house reef
• Access to the gym, floodlit tennis courts, table tennis, bocce balls and beach volleyball
• Live music
• Weekly Maldivian cultural performance

• Free Wi-Fi connection in the resort
• Beach service
• Poolside service – available at the Lagoon Bar and Senses beach only

• All-Inclusive begins upon arrival and finishes at departure time from hotel for individual guests
• The remaining duration of stay must be on the same meal plan basis
• No compensation in cash or kind will be offered for non-consumed items
• Families or friends travelling as a group or party must be booked under the same package conditions
• All drink and food items are for personal consumption only and must be ordered one at a time. Any drink or food item offered to a non-resident or visitor will be charged at list prices

Not Included
• Unami Restaurant
• Items not included in the menus in the restaurants, bars and minibars
• In villa dining
• Tennis balls
• Cigars / cigarettes / shisha
• Telephone calls, fax, laptop rental and postal services
• Laundry
• Items from the boutiques
• Bicycle rentals
• Private lessons, such as: tennis, sailing, kite-surfing fitness
• Treatments at the spa
• Scuba diving
• Deep sea fishing
• Excursions
• Special evenings, events and dinners



An island unlike any other, LUX* South Ari Atoll is the only settlement in the stunning atoll of Dhidhoofinolhu. The captivating scenery certainly lends itself to romance and lovers will find their natural habitat here.

Lux* South Ari Atoll is a romantic destination in the Indian Ocean the perfect spot for a honeymoon. The resort welcomes newly wed couples with the following:

  • 60% discount for the second person per night or 30% discount per villa per night on bed & breakfast basis only
  • One fruit platter & one bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
  • One couple’s massage per stay to be taken between 10.00 – 16.00


  • Not combinable with any other offers
  • Applicable to all room types
  • Half Board/Full Board/All-Inclusive supplements remain payable in full
  • Cannot be exchanged, refunded or offered to any other person
  • Copy of wedding certificate must be sent to booking department
  • Wedding certificate must be within 12 months of date of travel
  • Applicable for wedding anniversary – 5,10,15,20…
  • Not applicable to early check-in/late check-out
  • Voucher must specify ‘Honeymoon/Pacs – Same Sex Couple/Wedding Anniversary Special Offer’

The Maldives makes an idyllic destination for your special day, and the resort offers the following packages to help you celebrate.

It is not possible to have a legally recognised wedding in the Maldives; this ceremony is for effect only. Guests may choose to have this ceremony after a legal UK ceremony.

 ‘Island Dream’ Wedding Package (subject to change)

  • Tropical beach set up and coconut lover drink
  • Flower bouquet for bride & buttonhole for groom
  • Traditional Bodu Beru performance
  • Symbolic wedding certificate
  • Sparkling wind & wedding cake or selection of tropical fruits
  • Palm tree planting ceremony
  • Wedding photo shoot including digital album with 40 images
  • Tropical decorated buggy
  • Sunset Dhoni cruise with sparkling wine & canapes
  • Exclusive dinner
  • In-villa flowers & romantic bed decoration
  • One in-villa breakfast
  • One 30 minute Balinese massage for the bridal couple


  • Drinks are not included other than those stated
  • Activities are per couple, per stay
  • The ceremony is purely symbolic
  • Information is subject to change

Dates and prices on application


  • Two swimming pools
  • Beach club
  • Fitness centre

Land Sports

  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Beach yoga
  • Cycling*

Water Sports

  • Canoes
  • Pedal boats
  • Kayaks
  • Snorkelling
  • Topcat sailing*
  • Kite surfing*
  • Windsurfing*
  • Wake boarding*
  • Flyboarding*
  • Hoverboarding*

Spa & Wellbeing

  • 15 spa villas including 4 over water
  • Relaxation area with sauna & hammam bath
  • Plunge pool
  • 1 beauty room
  • 1 spa boutique
  • Pedicure/manicure facitilities
  • Yoga grove


  • Whale shark safari
  • Speadboat & Dhoni trips
  • Sunrise or Sunset fishing


The waters around LUX* South Ari Atoll are famous for its collection of beautiful dive sites. The PADI dive centre here at the resort provides two dive sessions, hosted daily with at least one trained monitor for every four divers.

PADI courses:
• Euro Divers five-star PADI certification
• Discover scuba diving
• Scuba diver
• Open water diver
• Nitrox

*Additional charges apply


• Laundry service
• Hotel boutique
• Free internet connection in public areas
• Private lounge at Malé International Airport

*Additional charges apply

Dining Options
For guidance only - subject to change

Half Board

  • Breakfast at Mixe, East Market
  • Dinner at MIXE, East Market or Beach Rouge

Full Board

  • Breakfast at Mixe, East Market
  • Lunch at Senses, Veli Pool Bar, Beach Rouge
  • Dinner at MIXE, East Market or Beach Rouge

All Inclusive – please refer to our All Inclusive section for full details




Tables are set out under thatched roofs on the beach and live cooking stations and wood fired ovens provide the food. In the evening enjoy performances by local entertainers. Open for breakfast and lunch.


Inspired by Middle Eastern and Indian Ocean food, Senses specialises in tagines, tandoori dishes and tropical sorbets. Overlooks the infinity pool. Open for light lunch and dinner.

Senses Bar

The place for cocktails, rums, liquers, beers and spirits as well as Sri Lankan teas in the afternoon. Open during the day. Afternoon tea from 17.00 – 19.00.

East Market

Asian-market inspired restaurant where dishes from Thailand, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines are served from interactive stalls and live cooking stations. The terrace overlooks the ocean. Breakfasts are European, fresh baguettes, pastries and croissants alongside fresh fruits. Open for breakfast and dinner.

Allegria Restaurant & Bar

Located on the beach and specialising in Italian fare this restaurant and bar presents live cooking stations where pizzas pastas and gnocchi are created. Wine cellar. Open for dinner.


Umami is perched on stilts over the water and is where chefs prepare Japanese-style teppanyaki dishes along with sake and Japanese whiskies. Open for dinner.

Beach Rouge

Fresh pizzas from a wood-fired oven baked to perfection. A beach club in the Maldives. Open for lunch and dinner.

Veli Bar

Poolside venue with far reaching ocean views and refreshing drinks. Open during the day.

Lagoon Bar

On the beach and perfect for the sunrise the Lagoon bar is by the water sports centre and is a laid back watering hole. Open during the day.

Café LUX*

LUX*’s very own island coffee blend served here, derived from green organic beans roasted on the island and prepared with care and passion by its baristas. Open during the day.

East Bar

East Bar is the hip place to hang out, literally! Relax in nets floating above the waters of swing on double seats on the deck. Spend the evening sipping on a chilled drink or socialising. Open in the evening until midnight.

Situated in the South Ari Atoll just 25 minutes by sea plane from the capital Malé, and from the airport. Flights operate during daylight hours.

LUX* South Ari Atoll welcomes families with children of all ages and offers the following facilities and services to ensure they have an enjoyable stay.

• All room types can accommodate at least one child
• The Family Lagoon Pavilion can accommodate a large family

• Lunch is served at PLAY between 12:00 – 13:00 for children ages 3 – 12
• High chairs are available
• Allegria Restaurant And Bar is available for dinner 18:00 – 23:00

Beach & Sea
• 4km of sand around the resort
• Calm waters
• White sand

• There is a doctor located on site

Kids Club
• 3 – 12
Opening times
• 09:00 – 19:00

Indoor activities include
• Coconut painting
• Calligraphy
• Bodu beru dance
• Shell necklace making
• Henna painting
• Palm weaving
• Pirate crafts
• Puppet making
• Yoga classes
• Cake decorating
• Kids disco

Outdoor activities include
• Crab racing
• Treasure hunts
• Teddy tennis
• Banana ride
• Mini Olympics
• Mixology classes
• Swimming
• Tennis
• Fish feeding
• Visit to a herb and orchid garden

Studio 17
• 12 – 17
Opening times
• 10:00 – 19:00
• Complimentary

Indoor activities include:
• Video game consoles
• Soccer table
• Darts
• Billiards
• Table tennis
• Non-alcoholic bar
• Language classes
• Local dance classes

Outdoor activities include:
• Volleyball
• Yoga
• Water sports activities
• Diving
• Excursions
• Cinema night

• A babysitting service is available on request
• One 3 hour session of babysitting per stay is available as part of the LUX* It Up package

LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives Offers

Price quoted is a guide only please click Check Live Price & Availability for up to date pricing. 2 adults sharing a room.
Other departure airports, durations and guest configurations are available when you check availability on any given date.

LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives Offers

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