LUX* South Ari Atoll

‘All Inclusive Island Paradise'

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.  LUX* South Ari Atoll is a member of the prestigious LUX* Resorts & Hotels group, renowned for their luxury service and indulgent facilities.

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’


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.

Senses Restaurant

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 Lounge & 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 Pool 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.


  • 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 and hammam bath
  • Plunge pool
  • Beauty room
  • Spa boutique
  • Pedicures and manicures
  • Yoga grove


  • Whale shark safari
  • Speedboat & 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


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

*Additional charges apply

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 
  • High chairs are available
  • Allegria Restaurant and Bar is available for dinner


  • There is a doctor located on site

PLAY Kids Club

  • 3 – 12

Activities Include:

  • Island arts and crafts
  • Dancing
  • Yoga classes
  • Cake decorating
  • Kids disco
  • Crab racing
  • Treasure hunts
  • Mini Olympics
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Fish feeding
  • Visit to a herb and orchid garden

Studio 17

  • 12 – 17

Activities Include:

  • Video games
  • Soccer table
  • Darts
  • Billiards
  • Table tennis
  • Language classes
  • Local dance classes
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga
  • Water sports activities
  • Diving
  • Cinema night


  • A babysitting service is available on request

The captivating scenery of LUX* South Ari Atoll makes it the perfect location for a romantic break. 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 and one bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
  • One couple’s massage per stay


  • Not combinable with any other offers
  • Applicable to all room types
  • Copy of wedding certificate must be sent to booking department
  • Wedding certificate must be within 12 months of date of travel
  • Not applicable to early check-in/late check-out

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

 ‘Island Dream’ Wedding Package 

  • 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
  • It is not possible to have a legally recognised wedding in the Maldives, guests may choose to have this ceremony after a legal UK ceremony.
  • Dates and prices on application
  • All inclusive resort with access to 6 restaurants and 5 bars
  • The first "Vegan Friendly Hotel" in the Maldives
  • Complimentary reef snorkelling, kayaking and pedal boats



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.