LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives
Most Maldivian islands are no more than the size of a postage stamp, a sandy speck floating in the bold blue of the Indian Ocean. But LUX* South Ari Atoll is found on Dhidhoofinolhu, which at 2km long and 200m wide is one of the largest islands in the Maldives. They've certainly made this extra space count, keeping the 4km-long beach beautifully pristine and offering one of the most comprehensive dining offerings in the Maldives – eight restaurants and five bars, to be exact. It's an island perfect for couples or families who want that extra bit of room to explore (it takes an hour to wander around the island's entirety, much of it through manicured tropical gardens) or just a secluded sandy corner to discover and enjoy by themselves.
Beyond the beach lies countless marine meccas waiting to be explored. LUX* South Ari Atoll is one of the best places in the Maldives for diving and no less than 50 dive sites lie within an hour's dhoni ride away, each one promising rainbow-hued reefs and a rich array of marine life. Manta rays and whale sharks are the big draw here, especially as the resort is one of the few locations where you can witness the latter year-round, and a diving excursion with either is one of the most unforgettable things to do in the Maldives.
In the rare case you do find yourself missing home, you might stumble across a vintage red telephone box standing in the shade of a palm tree. One call home (international calls can be made at no extra cost) will only make you realise how special LUX* South Ari Atoll really is.
LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives
The accommodation at LUX* South Ari Atoll combines elegance with traditional Maldivian style. Whether you're on the beach or staying overwater, each villa and pavilion is beautifully beach chic, topped with a thatched roof and is angled towards sunrise or sunset so you can start or end your day right.
Inside, the whitewashed walls create a light, airy and relaxing atmosphere, while the turquoise and orange cushions and day beds on the outside terrace add bursts of bright colour. The beach pavilions and villas come with a terrace which looks onto the cashmere-soft beach and the surrounding foliage makes it feel like you have your own private strip of sand. The indoor-outdoor bathrooms all come with their own standalone tub and outdoor showers. Larger beach pavilions are perfect for families, with the Family Lagoon Pavilions sleeping up to six people.
When it comes to the overwater villas, all have standalone baths overlooking the glittering Indian Ocean and steps leading straight into the gin-clear lagoon below. Head up the overwater room categories and the pool villas have their own infinity pools, floating egg chairs and day beds for added relaxation.
You are really are spoilt for choice when it comes to cuisine at LUX* South Ari Atoll. With eight restaurants and five bars, it boasts one of the largest dining selections on one island in the Maldives. Senses Restaurant will make your mouth water with its oriental and Indian Ocean-inspired dishes (the tagines and tandoori prawns are to die for), especially when you're dining next to the infinity pool under a blanket of stars. Allegria is a tasty escape to the Mediterranean with Italian style cuisine, MIXE is superb barefoot beachside dining with live cooking stations from wood-fired pizza to sizzling stir-fries, Umami is all about modern Japanese cooking and East Market is a Southeast Asian spread of delicious choices.
More relaxed dining and drinks comes in the form of the beachfront Lagoon Bar and Beach Rouge, while Veli Bar is a seafood bistro by the pool. Coffee lovers can sip a range of blends at Café LUX*, while East Bar is a hip overwater hangout perfect for a sunset cocktail.
Children aged from 3-11 will love the magical adventure-land of PLAY, offering a wealth of activities ranging from treasure hunts and beach games to arts and crafts. Studio 17 is the cool hang-out for 12-17 year olds, where trained LUX* supervisors ensure that teens make the most out of their stay by engaging them in various activities, from language classes and cookery lessons to beach sports and island adventures.
Water babies will be spoilt for choice with the plethora of watersports available at LUX* South Ari Atoll. Dive into the hidden underwater world, or stay on the surface to experience everything from windsurfing to banana boat rides, water-skiing to jet-skiing – thrill-seekers will be in their element! If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, explore the island by bike or enjoy a game of beach volleyball or tennis on one of the resort’s floodlit courts. And if the weather takes a turn for the worse, head to the indoor game centre for a table football challenge.
If you really want to relax while you're away, the LUX* Me spa has 15 spa villas including four water treatment villas, alongside plunge pools, a sauna and steam bath. A team of therapists draw on holistic and Balinese techniques to carry out an impressive range of facials, massages and other treatments, including some curated by renowned aromatherapist Shirley Page. If you want more of a personal touch, skilled therapists will assess your specific needs and treat your individual aches and pains with Chinese Zhengliao, a medicinal treatment exclusive to LUX*.
Impromptu, surprising and pop-up are what LUX* like to be! An ice cream cart here and an unexpected prize in a bottle there is the norm at LUX* so keep a look out. Prepare to be surprised with their Reasons to go to LUX* Resorts & Hotels.
You can’t go on holiday without Ice Cream! Ici is their very own ice cream brand and is a fat free treat without the guilty feeling. Choose from flavours like bubblegum, crema with crunchy hazelnut and Sicilian Pistachio. All served from a retro styled mobile carts.
An integrated philosophy of well-being. Hosting outdoor classes, yoga, pilates, meditation classes and nutrition advice all tailored to your goals to make you feel fitter than ever.
Message in a bottle
Keeping things fun and spontaneous, LUX have hidden bottles in the beach or secret gardens for you to find. Discover the bottle and find out what unexpected treat you have won. It would be a candle-lit dinner at the water’s edge, a spa treatment or a diving lesson!
Tree of Wishes
Every LUX* Resort & Hotel has a tree of wishes. Tie your personalised unique ribbon around one of the enchanting branches and make a wish. Whilst they cant guarantee your wish will come true, they can promise that once a year one tag will be selected and the lucky person will win a free LUX* holiday.
Believing great coffee is a must and not a luxury, LUX* has created Café LUX* located at the heart of all hotels. Enjoy organically blended coffee, roasted on-site in a unique setting.
You will find a vintage red telephone box where you can make as many international calls as you like free of charge. The only condition – Please do not call the office!
Beanbags? Check. Fresh popcorn? You bet. Ice cream? Naturally. Our al fresco cinemas show blockbusters, family classics and much more - all under the stars, and completely on the house.
A wandering bar – You have to hunt it down! An ideal spot for socialising and packed full of tasty tapas style snacks and changing cocktails by the expert mixologist. You wont find it in the same bar twice!
LUX* South Ari Atoll FAQ
Yes. However, if you'd rather stay on an alternative board basis, such as bed and breakfast or half board, then LUX* South Ari Atoll has those options, too.
LUX* South Ari Atoll is found on Dhidhoofinolhu, one of the largest resort islands in the Maldives. As its name suggests, the resort is in the South Ari Atoll, a diving hotspot.
The quickest, most spectacular and most convenient way to get to LUX* South Ari Atoll is a 25-minute seaplane from Malé, the capital of the Maldives. You can also get a 20-minute flight, followed by a 10-minute speedboat.
Yes. Go snorkelling in the sheltered lagoon which rings the island and you'll come nose-to-fin with stingrays, crayon-coloured fish, black-tipped reef sharks and more. However, LUX* South Ari Atoll's excellent location means that there are also 50 dive sites within an hour's boat ride away.
At 200m wide and 2km long, LUX* South Ari Atoll is situated on one of the largest resort islands in the Maldives. The resort itself has 193 rooms, with accommodation found both on the beach and overwater, and an impressive dining offering of eight restaurants and five bars.
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