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LUX* South Ari Atoll

LUX* South Ari Atoll

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3769 Reviews
Guide Price £2,239 per person
Based on 12 May 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Sri Lankan Airlines, staying for 7 nights bed and breakfast in a Beach Pavilion (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.

Laid back 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 it's authentic thatched-roof beach pavilions to the luxurious privacy of it's 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.
3769 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 3400
  • Very Good 284
  • Average 58
  • Poor 21
  • Terrible 6

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Jan 15, 2019

Beautiful Hotel, Great Food and Drinks and friendly staff

We visited Lux South Ari Atol on our Honeymoon for six nights following a week in Dubai. From the moment we entered the Male Airport lobby we were meet by the cheerful hotel staff. They assisted us with our baggage organised our sea plane transfer and guided us to the hotel's private sea plane lounge for drinks and refreshments. After a scenic 30 minute sea plane ride we arrived at the hotel and were again greeted by the friendly hotel staff who assisted us with our check-in and guided us to our room. The hotel itself is beautiful with lots of vegetation, greenery and fish swimming around the lagoon which the water villas are situated upon. Our villa was well designed and spacious. There was a generous size wardrobe, seperate bathroom and shower and the pool outside on the deck was perfect for watching the sunset in the afternoon. Once done swimming we relaxed on the deck in the swinging egg chair which was a nice touch. One of the reasons we booked this hotel besides a recommendation from a friend was because of the all inclusive food and drinks package. We weren't disappointed the six restaurants on the island were all special in their own way each serving up a unique cuisine and had a great selection of spirits, wines and cocktails included as part of our package. Finally, the Lux Cafe and Ice Cream shop were also included which was great when you wanted a treat during the day. The honeymoon inclusions such as the photo shoot and massage at the Lux Me spa were great too. Finally, being a big fan of the beach and taking part in the water sports offered by the hotel were great we did the whale shark snorkelling, fishing and guided jet ski tour. This was only a small part of what was on offer. We also attended the daily yoga classes and fitness classes to keep up a bit of fitness during our stay. The attention to detail of the staff deserves a special mention as they were always extremely friendly and were eager to help in whatever way they could. We were also impressed they remembered our names during our stay which added that personal touch to the experience. Even after you checkout the experience continued as there was a guest room with lockers and showers so you can still enjoy the last day before the sea plane flight back to Male airport. Overall is was a fantastic experience and we would highly recommend this hotel.
Jan 14, 2019

Absolute paradise.

Essex

Holiday was excellent from start to finish. Beautiful island, amazing food and wonderful staff. Being a larger island, there was a good choice of activities, bars and restaurants, all offering a good choice of excellent food, wine and cocktails. We stayed in a romantic water villa and booked the all inclusive package which we would recommend. Unlike many hotels, the all inclusive at Lux not only includes the two buffet restaurants, both of which are lovely, but also, apart from the Japanese, it includes the a la carte restaurants. Although there’s a supplement on some of the dishes and wines, the all inclusive offers a very good selection of both. All the staff were lovely, but a special mention to Jayantha at The Lagoon Bar and Chem, Munnim and Arul at The East bar. Musthafa did a fantastic job of looking after us and our room (number 144) for our two week stay. Nothing was too much trouble and we couldn’t have wished for a nicer, more conscientious person. When we return, hopefully next year, we will request one of the rooms looked after by him. Thank you so much Musthafa. All in all, we both decided this was the best holiday we have had. We really didn’t want to leave. If you’re thinking of booking, you won’t be disappointed.
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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

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.

Broadwalk

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, paddle 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, water skiing, 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 it's design the subtle tones and laid back 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 cosy love 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.

Lagoon Bar

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 will 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 it's 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 and dinner is served in East, MIXE, Senses or Allegria.

Full Board

Food: breakfast at MIXE, lunch is available in Senses Bar & Lounge, Veli, MIXE or the Lagoon Bar, and dinner is served 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 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

PLAY Kids' Club

The island's kids' club offers a range of supervised activities and adventures throughout the day for your children aged three 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%

Save 35% on your accommodation  

  • Black out dates may apply.
  • Applicable to Bed & Breakfast rates only.
  • Not applicable for Beach Pavilion category. 
  • Combinable with Meal Plan Upgrade offer only.

Travelling
Saturday, December 1, 2018 to Sunday, January 5, 2020
Offer ends in 12 days

Board basis upgrade

Enjoy a free Meal Plan upgrade

- Book Bed & Breakfast and receive a free Meal Plan upgrade to Half Board
- Book Half Board and receive a free Meal Plan upgrade to Full Board
- Book Full Board and receive a free Meal Plan upgrade to All Inclusive

  • Black out dates may apply.
  • Not applicable for Beach Pavilion category. 
  • Combinable with 35% Discount offer only.

Travelling
Saturday, December 1, 2018 to Sunday, January 5, 2020
Offer ends in 12 days

Honeymoon offer

Honeymoon & Anniversary Offer

Celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary and save 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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