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LUX* South Ari Atoll

Laid back island luxury

LUX* South Ari Atoll Hotel can be found off the coast of India among several other island chains. Bordered by pristine white sandy beaches, this upscale resort offers you the chance to enjoy unspoiled island life away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

Families will be kept on their toes with the kids’ club and various watersports the island has to offer, from snorkelling to shark safaris. Couples looking for some quality time together will be able to relax in the resort’s spa villas. For more active guests, the island boasts tennis courts, volleyball, tropical cycle trails and an indoor games centre. Or you can work up a sweat kite surfing, jet skiing or try testing your bravery on a Shark Safari.

If relaxing island life is what you’re after LUX* South Ari Atoll also has 15 exclusive spa villas, four of which stretch out over the crystal clear waters surrounding the island. With treatments including steam rooms, saunas, plunge pools and even private yoga classes, you can watch your aches and pains just melt away against a tropical Mediterranean background.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating

Guide Price

 £1,899  per person
Hotel Category
Location Type
Away from it all
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 4508 Reviews
Water Bungalows, Anantara Spa, Maldives

Hotel highlights

  • Private and spacious island accommodation
  • Spectacular sunsets
  • Snorkelling amongst the island’s reefs
  • Over the ocean spas
  • Boost your relaxation at the islands fantastic spa

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 193 rooms

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

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

LUX* South Ari Atoll

  • Away from it all
  • Approx. 25 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport.
4508 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 4103
  • Very Good 312
  • Average 63
  • Poor 23
  • Terrible 7

What to Expect

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


Mar 27, 2020

My 50th birthday holiday x

WoW sorry I haven’t written a review before .. but now have time ☹️... We stayed from the 13th feb to the 25th feb .. How lucky were we. We stayed in a water villa 401 which was just perfect we our son who is 13 was able to just drop in the water and snorkelling any time of the day. The weather was fantastic while we were there. This is our 3rd time to the Maldives and the best by far ... from the staff to the amazing food so much to choose from with Indian and the best buttered chicken in the world to tapas at beach rouge... the Italian and the outstanding Japanese restaurant.... it all was amazing 😉... the island had so much to offer our son is a real water baby so he had plenty to do from jet skiing to hover boarding to which he was a true ace at it... there’s so may things to do ... I just wanted to thank Mohamed and all his staff ... there a few that really stuck in our minds forgive me for not knowing everyone’s names but here goes Aladdin (uncle) at senses bar ... the smallest man on the island with the biggest smile on the buggy and last but not least the guy who worked at mixe he really did have the biggest smile with a passion for pleasing people ... I think he was new ish but what a real asset to your island. .. thank you ... I really hope your all well and we were truly blessed to have had our holiday when we did ... I really hope that we get the chance to see you all again ... sending much love 💕 stay safe all ... thinking of you ... Love Elaine Darren & Travis xx
Mar 27, 2020

Almost 5 stars!

A great holiday on the most beautiful Maldivian island Luxe Ari Atol South. The hotel is stunning with a great selection of bars and restaurants. Our favorite for breakfast was Mixe, The array of food is fantastic and the service from Hesham and all the staff there was always great, welcoming and friendly. Our favorite restaurant for evening meal was Senses, again for excellent service and fabulous cocktails made by Aladdin. It’s a shame that this great service wasn’t consistent through the hotel. We felt East market was just average, and the service poor.Although, early evening happy hour at East bar was good and with a relaxed vibe. We stayed in a beach villa, with outdoor bathroom and a huge comfortable bed. it felt very private like you we’re stepping out onto your very own beach each morning....wonderful! Overall, the hotel seems to appeal more to younger couples and families. We are a ‘young at heart’ couple (49 & 50) and have been lucky enough to have travelled quite extensively, staying in some amazing hotels and resorts around the world. We had a great time at Luxe south however, felt that some of the staff in varying areas of the hotel lacked in customer service skills that you might expect at a hotel with this high ratting.
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LUX* South Ari Atoll


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PADI Dive Centre

Featuring several dive sites, ship wrecks and trips catering to all skill levels, there are plenty of ways to get close to the island’s marine life.

LUX* Me Spa

LUX*Me Spa and Fitness

Experience a spa session in one of 15 villas. Featuring state of the art equipment and highly trained masseurs, there’s no better way to relax at the Lux South Ari Atoll.


Land Activities

Explore tropical trails by bike or work up a sweat on the tennis court before racking up a round of snooker at the games centre.

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Swimming Pools

Located on the sunset side of the island, these two pools offer fantastic views every single night. It’s the perfect way to end your day.

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Water Sports

Explore the island’s reefs by snorkelling or go further afield with a kayak before testing your bravery on an exciting underwater Whale Shark safari trip.

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Room Types

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Beach Pavilion

Featuring thatched roofs and luxurious bathroom suites, the Beach Pavilion is the best place for you to experience island life. Perfect for small families, these rooms feature sea views, king size or twin beds and direct access to the beach.

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

If a subtle and laid back stay is what you’re after, then the Beach Villas with their outdoor bathroom and walled off private garden should be top of your list. They come equipped with king size beds and a spacious furnished terrace to relax on as you enjoy spectacular sea views.

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

Beach Pool Villa

The largest of the resort’s beach villas, the Beach Pool Villas offer visitors a private sunken pool, sun loungers and serene private gardens where you can meditate your cares away. Located on the beach, these stylish spots feature king size beds, separate showers and sun loungers.

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

Water Villa

Standing tall on stilts above the water, these villas are an iconic landmark of the resort. With direct access to the lagoon and unique views of the ocean, this beautiful villa is ideal for couples looking for a romantic getaway.

Temptation Pool Water Villa

These 220 square metre huts are perfect for a romantic getaway. Take a plunge in your own infinity pool and relax on the circular master bed. There’s also a spacious deck and cabana which provides fantastic views of the ocean.

Romantic Pool Water Villa

Take advantage of your own private swimming pool or cool off with an outdoor shower as you look out over the ocean. Each villa also comes with a 110 inch projector screen for an exciting home cinema experience.

LUX* Villa

Perhaps the ultimate in luxury island getaways, these luxurious villas will make you feel like a VIP. Relax in your very own plunge pool, or gaze at beautiful fish swimming below your feet through a glass floored living room.

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Food & Drink

Senses Bar and Lounge

Enjoy a laidback lunch of seafood and tropical cocktails. Or try some traditional Sri Lankan tea before dining under the stars against a moonlit sea. Dress code: Swimwear should be covered inside bars and restaurants during the day.

Lagoon Bar

The Lagoon Bar

Unwind and get into the island lifestyle with this beachfront bar. Let their sounds of reggae relax you as you gaze out over the ocean.

East Bar

East Bar

The place to be to take in local entertainment. Fruity cocktails and other classic drinks await as you dance away until the early hours.

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Featuring a relaxed atmosphere, this sandy spot offers breakfast buffets and live cooking in the evening that includes wood fired pizzas and a grill menu.

Senses Restaurant

Inspired by the traditions of the Middle East and Indian Ocean, Senses is the best choice for authentic cuisine and other a la carte delights.

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Allegria Restaurant

This beachfront Italian restaurant features an impressive wine cellar and the opportunity to watch skilled chefs prepare delicious Mediterranean dishes from their world class kitchen.

Beach Rouge

Bury your feet in the sand and enjoy stunning lagoon views as you pick up a freshly cooked artisanal pizza from this contemporary beachfront restaurant.


Set on stilts over the lagoon, this Asian inspired locale offers Japanese dining with teppanyaki cooking shows that add an exciting flair to any evening.

East Market

With stalls over the water, there’s no better place to take in views of the Indian Ocean while dining on delicacies from across East Asia.

Veli Bar

If poolside drinks and jaw dropping views of the shimmering lagoon are what you’re after, then an afternoon relaxing at the Veli Bar is a must.

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Café LUX*

Providing the best organic coffee beans that have been roasted to perfection, Café Lux serves the finest barista made coffee on the island.

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

A Bed and Breakfast stay at Lux features breakfast in the beachfront Mixe restaurant every day. Enjoy a selection from their grill and pizza menu.

Half Board

Food: breakfast in MIXE and dinner is served in East, MIXE, Senses or Allegria.

Full Board

Full Board stays include breakfast at Mixe as well as lunch at Sense and the Lagoon Bar. Dinner is served in East Market and Allegria.

All Inclusive

Food: buffet breakfast at MIXE. Enjoy lunch at Senses Lounge & Bar, Veli, Lagoon Bar and Beach Rouge. A la carte dinner is served at the Senses and Allegeria, or buffet menu at the MIXE and East Market.

Drink: Afternoon tea, soft drinks, tea and coffee, house beer, house wine, juice, mineral water, selected cocktails and spirits in all bars and restaurants from the all inclusive menus.

Activities: Yoga & stretching classes and unlimited access to the gym centre is available. Watersports include kayaks, pedal boats and snorkelling equipment with scheduled trips on the house reef. Land activities include floodlit tennis courts with rackets provided, table tennis and beach volleyball. All as per the hotel schedule and weather permitting. Live entertainment is available and complimentary WiFi.

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Family Friendly Facilities

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PLAY Kids' Club

Catering to guests aged 3 to twelve, the island’s kids’ club provides a variety of supervised adventures for kids, from treasures hunts to arts and crafts.

Studio Games Room

Studio 17 Teens' Club

Suitable for ages 12 to 17, this club for teens offers dance and language lessons as well as trips to other islands.

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Special Offers

Special offer

Extended Winter Sale Offer

Book by 30th June 2020 to receive the incredible offers below:

- Up to 20% off your accommodation.
- Discounted All Inclusive supplement.
- Kid's and teens stay free when sharing parent's accommodation.
- Discounted return seaplane transfers.

  • Black out dates may apply.
  • Not combinable with any other offers.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 to Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Offer ends in 92 days

Honeymoon offer

Honeymoon & Anniversary Offer

Honeymoon bookings will receive the below benefits:

  • One Fruit platter and One bottle of sparkling wine from our private reserve "Popcap".
  • One free couple massage (30mn) – to be taken at the Spa between 10AM and 12PM (appointment compulsory).
  • One sunset cruise.
  • Capture each moment in paradise with "Photo Fanatics" (one printed A5 photo offered).

  • 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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