In the Maldives, we’re blessed with plenty of options when it comes to luxury island retreats. Across a series of blogs, we’ve handpicked some of our far-flung favourites so you can get a flavour of what each of these beautiful boltholes has to offer in terms of its whereabouts, food, accommodation and unique experiences. It’s the turn of island playground LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives

Location, location, location

A laid-back escape on Dhidhoofinolhu island only a 25-minute seaplane hop from Malé, LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives boasts a beautiful 4km-long stretch of sand. Beyond its white fringes lies the bold blues of the Indian Ocean, the atoll’s iridescent reef a diver’s dream, with plenty of locations where you can glide alongside manta rays and whale sharks.

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Food for thought

With eight restaurants and five bars, LUX* South Ari Atoll has one of the largest dining selections you can find on one island in the Maldives. Whatever your stomach fancies, you’ll find it here. There’s Middle Eastern mezzes to wood-fired pizzas on the beach and barista-grade coffee to cocktails above the water. Chill out at the beachfront Lagoon Bar and Beach Rouge or opt for the Veli Bar for some seafood by the pool, or take in the sunset with a cocktail at the East Bar.

LUX* restaurant

A good night’s sleep

Whether you’re suspended on stilts above the gin-clear lagoon or speckling the cashmere-soft sands, each of the 181 villas (62 with their own private plunge pool) or pavilions emits a ‘polished rustic’ experience. Every one either faces the sunrise or sunset, so you can start or end the day right. Some of the beach villas are interconnecting which is perfect for multi-gen travellers and groups!


LUX* South Ari Atoll is home to one of the world’s largest floating solar systems which provides over 30% of the island’s energy. Sustainability is a key part of every island’s philosophy however this is a unique and pioneering approach in the Maldives that is definitely worth shouting about! Even the island cruiser bikes that are available for guests are powered by the sun’s energy…


Activities are in abundance for all ages at this resort, making it the perfect stay for those on a Maldives family holiday. From floating yoga and sound baths to fishing to sunset DJ sessions, tennis courts, group fitness classes, there’s plenty to enjoy. Are you a water lover? If so, take the opportunity to swim with whale sharks or participate in morning and sunset fishing.

Fun fact

Have a wander around the island and you’ll stumble upon a vintage red telephone box. You can make as many international phone calls as you like – free of charge!

Our Turquoise tip

As well as diving, LUX* South Ari Atoll also has one of the Maldives’ best selections of complimentary water sports available to guests. You can go water-skiing, kayaking, windsurfing and more!












Our Magical Maldives Couples Offer

7 nights at LUX* South Ari Atoll in a Beach Pavilion
Bed and Breakfast
Includes international flights and transfers
From £2,180 per person

Our Magical Maldives Family Offer

7 nights at LUX* South Ari Atoll in a Beach Villa
Bed and Breakfast
Includes international flights and transfers
From £8,790 per person


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