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LUX* South Ari Atoll

LUX* South Ari Atoll

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3868 Reviews
Guide Price €2,499 per person
Based on May 2019, departure from Dublin, staying for 7 nights bed and breakfast in a Beach Pavillion (2 adults sharing) including return seaplane transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

Laidback island luxury

A whole island, bordered by pristine white sand and allowing spectacular ocean views into the horizon; LUX* South Ari Atoll offers unspoiled island living. From its authentic thatched-roof beach pavilions to the luxurious privacy of its water villas, there's an authentic feel blended seamlessly with contemporary style and modern convenience. Restaurants and bars offer dining experiences under the stars, on the sand, over the water, and even served to your villa; spa treatments treat you to moments of calm; and diving and snorkelling fill you with wonder. Families will enjoy the kids' and teens clubs, and for couples there are plenty of opportunities for cherished time together. 

  • Spacious and stylish island accommodation
  • Superb dining on the beach, over the water and under the stars
  • Exceptional diving and snorkelling opportunities
  • Very hospitable to families
  • Boost your relaxation at the islands fantastic spa

Top Tips from our Experts

Emma

Destination Manager

"Upgrade your room type to a Romantic Pool Water Villa and enjoy a private movie screening with a 110 inch projector screen in your room."

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Luxury

Location Type

Away from it all

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • H&J Recommended
  • Iconic
  • Luxury Collection
  • Private island

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive
  • Full Board
  • Half Board

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Family Rooms
  • Kid's Club
  • Teen's Club
Location Highlights

LUX* South Ari Atoll

  • Away from it all
  • Approx. 25 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport
3868 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 3492
  • Very Good 290
  • Average 58
  • Poor 22
  • Terrible 6

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Mar 20, 2019

A well earned break

London, United Kingdom

Amazing place beautiful beaches water amazing West Point fantastical based friendly staffed helpful respectful informative. Food AMAZING bar staff great at suggesting new drinks ask off the menu they can fix anything to your tastes the only small small - was everywhere we ate of an evening just too hot no air con once we ate we had to leave as I was pouring with sweat but that’s only due to the fact I’m not great with the heat in the evening the food was AMAZING though everywhere we ate but the veil pool bar was the best Khan and the rest of the team where amazing the general manager jonas was all ways very friendly and every time we sat him took the time to say hi and chat
Mar 17, 2019

A great honeymoon at Lux!

Tallinn, Estonia

We just returned from a 10 night stay at Lux for our honeymoon, staying at the romantic pool water villa. Couldn’t recommend this place enough! It was our first time in the Maldives so we read a lot of reviews and watched YouTube videos before booking. Lux was recommended by our travel agent, so we booked it, even though the pictures and videos of the hotel weren’t maybe as great as of some of the other resorts. The pictures and videos do not do the place justice - it is simply amazing! From the moment we were welcomed off the seaplane to the sweet sendoff by the staff, every detail was thought of. The quality of the service was outstanding - special thanks to Elena, helping us with any wishes we might have had and a huge thanks to Niluka, the manager of Allegria, for a wonderful experience at the restaurant! It’s quite a big resort, but it never once felt crowded. We hired bikes for our whole stay to get around, biking for their amazing coffee, ice cream, a drink at one of the several bars. Our villa was at the far end of the jetty, so the walk to the island was quite long - renting the bikes was well worth it. Our room was lovely - airy and bright and it was kept spotless by the housekeeping staff. The water villas are quite close to each other, so if you happen to have neighbours that are noisy on the terrace, it can be a bit disturbing. We booked the all inclusive package - it was very worth it! We were very happy with our stay - can’t wait to be back for another holiday!
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LUX* South Ari Atoll

Facilities

Dive Centre

The island's PADI Dive Centre is where you can start your journey to the beautiful underwater depths of the Indian Ocean. With classes, trips, courses and certification offered for beginners through to experienced divers, there are too many reasons not to enjoy yourself. There are a multitude of dive sites nearby including two ship wrecks to explore, and you can even partake in a night dive for something altogether more unique. Restrictions: Subject to additional charges. Terms and conditions apply.

LUX*Me Spa and Fitness

At LUX*, the spa and fitness experience is based on a concept of individual tailor-made moments which combine to make you look and feel your very best. There are 15 spa villas with four over-the-water for exceptionally relaxing treatments; and facilities also include a steam room and sauna, beauty room, private relaxation areas, and two plunge pools. The fitness centre meanwhile offers state-of-the-art equipment, and a range of classes including yoga to take part in.

Land Activities

There are tennis courts on the island to enjoy a game on, and you'll also be able to rent a bike and have a tropical cycle. Other activities include beach yoga and volleyball, and you can also rack up a game of billiards or play table football at the indoor games centre.

Two Swimming Pools

The island's two swimming pools are located on the sunset side of the island so you can end your day in the water with spectacular sights every day.

Water Sports

Compliments of LUX*, you'll be able to enjoy snorkelling equipment and trips to explore the island's gorgeous house reef, and there are also kayaks, padal boarding and pedal boats for serene moments on the water. For an extra fee, there is: windsurfing, tube rides, jet skiing, kite surfing, catamaran trips, whale shark safaris, waterskiing, private boat trips, top cat sailing,and sea fishing.

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Room Types

Beach Pavilion

With thatched roofs and a luxurious bathroom, the Beach Pavilion offers the perfect chance to taste island life at its best. Ideal for small families, they are available in interconnecting pairs and come with king-sized or twin beds, minibars, and direct access to the beach from an outdoor terrace.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Beach Villa

The Beach Villa reflects in its design the subtle tones and laidback lifestyle of the island, with an outdoor bathroom shaded by a walled private garden, and a king-sized bed with seating areas leading through to a spacious furnished terrace with outstanding views of the sea and direct access down to the sand and waters beyond.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Beach Pool Villa

These are the largest of the beach villas; offering you a luxurious private garden with a sunken pool and sun loungers for the utmost relaxation and calm. Located right on the beach, you'll benefit from direct access to the sand and water whenever you want, and inside they are stylish and ambient with soothing colour palettes and a king-sized bed, as well as a full bathroom, minibar, and more.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Water Villa

Suspended on stilts over the water, these water villas offer direct access to the lagoon and fantastic views of the Indian Ocean. Each water villa will have a day day bed and sun beds on the sun deck. Perfect for a romantic getaway.

Temptation Pool Water Villa

The temptation pool villas feature 220 square meters of pure romance. With a 14 meter infinity pool and spacious wooden deck terrace with a cabana overlook the ocean. Inside, the bedrooms modern look surrounds a round shape master bed.

Romantic Pool Water Villa

Enjoy a private swimming pool on your water villa deck, an outdoor shower and a cosylove nest overlooking the ocean. Each romantic pool water villa offers a LUX* signature 'Sleep Tight' bed and a 110 inch projector screen with a home theatre system.

LUX* Villa

The LUX* villa is the ultimate luxury island living. Take a dip in your infinity plunge pool, or gaze upon the magnificent sea life beneath your feet through the glass floor in the living room.

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Food & Drink

Senses Bar and Lounge

Quench your thirst and hunger in the laid back setting of this bar and lounge, with light lunches featuring fresh local seafood, and tropical drinks including cocktails and Sri Lankan tea. In the evening, sit back and relax with a drink or two while observing the moonlit sea. Dress code: Swimwear should be covered inside bars and restaurants during the day.

The Lagoon Bar

Settle into the laid back island lifestyle with a drink at this bar, sipping on cocktails while you look over the ocean, and unwind to an island soundtrack and reggae.

East Bar

Fresh and fruity cocktails and other favourite drinks are served here at the East Bar, with local entertainment as the perfect accompaniment to your evening. Dress code: Smart casual Breakfast: 07:00am to 10:30am Dinner: 19:00pm to 22:00pm

MIXE

A relaxed and informal island dining spot set on the warm sandy beach; you'll find extensive breakfast buffets and an array of dinner choices which come alive with live cooking stations including wood-fired pizzas and grills. Dress code: Swimwear requested to be covered at breakfast. Island Chic for dinner: smart shorts and flip flops are suitable. Breakfast: 07:00am to 10:00am Dinner: 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Senses Restaurant

Authentic cuisine inspired by the traditions of the Middle East and the Indian Ocean. A wonderful setting for an evening of a la carte delights under the stars. Dress code: Island Chic: Smart shorts and flip flops are acceptable.

Allegria Restaurant

This Italian restaurant is located right on the beach and features a wine cellar which you can hire out for private dining. Watch the chefs prepare your favourite Mediterranean dishes in the open-kitchen and choose something special from the wine list to accompany your delicious meal. Dress code: Island Chic: smart shorts and flip flops accepted.

Beach Rouge

Pick a delicious fresh pizza from Beach Rouge. With your feet in the sand, and stunning views of the lagoon, it has the the perfect relaxed setting. Lunch: 12:00pm to 17:00pm Dinner: 18:30pm to 22:00pm

Umami

Umami is set on stilts over the lagoon and offers classic Japanese dining with teppanyaki show cooking that adds a unique flair to evening dining. Restrictions: Reservations required Dress code: Island Chic: smart shorts and flip flops accepted.

East Market

This Asian market inspired restaurant and its interactive stalls, are based over-the-water.Offering breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean and authentic tastes from Thailand, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. Dress code: Please avoid uncovered swimwear during breakfast, for dinner smart shorts and flip flops accepted.

Veli Bar

Situated by the pool, this is the place to go for drinks with shimmering views of the lagoon. Dress code: Swimwear must be covered for lunch.

Café LUX*

Using certified organic coffee beans roasted directly on the island, Cafe LUX* offers the finest barista-made coffee. You're sure to be overjoyed to get your regular caffeine fix here.

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

FOOD: Breakfast in MIXE daily.

Half Board

FOOD: Breakfast in MIXE; dinner in East, MIXE, Senses or Allegria.

Full Board

FOOD: Breakfast atMIXE; lunch in Senses Bar & Lounge, Veli, MIXE orLagoon Bar; dinner in East, MIXE, Senses or Allegria.

All Inclusive

FOOD: Buffet breakfast at MIXE. Enjoy lunch at Senses Lounge & Bar, Veli, Lagoon Bar and Beach Rouge. A la carte dinner at Senses and Allegeria, or buffet at MIXE and East Market. DRINK: Afternoon tea, soft drinks, tea, coffee, house beer, house wine, juice, mineral water, selected cocktails and spirits (in all bars and restaurants from all inclusive menus). ACTIVITIES: Yoga & stretching classes, and unlimited access to the gym centre. Water sports include snorkelling equipment, kayaks, pedal boat and scheduled snorkelling trips on house reef. Land activities include unlimited access to gym, floodlit tennis courts (rackets provided), table tennis, beach volleyball. All as per the hotel schedule and weather permitting. Live evening entertainment. Free Wi-Fi.

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Family Friendly Facilities

PLAY Kids' Club

The island's kids' club offers a range of supervised activities and adventures throughout the day for your children aged 3 to 12, and includes sports, arts and crafts, treasure hunts and more. There is even a special midday meal.

Studio 17 Teens' Club

For teens aged 12 to 17 on the island there are exciting and sociable tailored activities and group games including sports, dance and language lessons, and island trips to enjoy compliments of LUX*.

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Special Offers

Early booking discount

Save up to 35% when you stay longer

Save up to 35% on your accommodation when you stay longer.

  • Black out dates may apply.
  • Discount will vary depending on stay duration.
  • Minimum 4 night stay required.
  • Not combinable with any other offer.

Honeymoon offer

Honeymoon & Anniversary Offer

Celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary andsave up to 35% on your accommodation.

  • Black out dates may apply.
  • Not combinable with any other offer.
  • A wedding/civil partnership certificate must be provided at time of check-in and must not exceed 12 months from the issue at time of travel.
  • Wedding anniversary as from 5 years, and then every 5 years following (5,10,15,20..)

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