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
Beach Pavilions are superb for families with their island chic décor and internal doors that interconnect two pavilions. For families looking for a bit more space, the Family Lagoon Pavilion's are perfect with two spacious bedrooms, sleeping up to six people. For couples, we love the Romantic Pool Water Villas. These luxurious overwater villas have direct lagoon access and a private plunge pool, making an ideal spot to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean. For the ultimate in indulgence, opt for the Temptation Pool Water Villa which has the added benefit of a 14 metre private pool, separate living room with glass floor and a Jacuzzi!
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 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.
For those with something more relaxing in mind, the LUX* Me spa has 15 spa villas including four water treatment villas, alongside plunge pools, a sauna and steam bath.
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!
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