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LUX* South Ari Atoll

LUX* South Ari Atoll

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3675 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.
3675 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 3320
  • Very Good 275
  • Average 57
  • Poor 19
  • Terrible 4

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Oct 19, 2018

JUST LIKE THE PICTURES

London, United Kingdom

EVERYTHING and I mean everything in the Lux is incredible. The service, food, rooms, people, organisation ...everything was top quality. We came here for our honeymoon and immediately knew we made the right decision. Our beach villa was next door to another villa which was undergoing some construction, we let the staff know we would like to be moved because of the noise, and they upgraded us for our trouble - fantastic. The service was incredible, Ivan, Masood, Sharkar, and many others, so many names who I can't remember were fantastic, and really made our honeymoon special. The lady who greated us off the sea plane said that she would be our point of contact and that she would be looking after us during our stay, we tipped her, and then we never saw her again! So I'd say to be weary of these hosts. The shuttle taking us around the island could have come more often, but of course that's not their fault, we had a lot of fun looking for the message in a bottle, which unfortunately we didn't find. I'd recommend to go to each restaurant and each bar when you are there, they are all fantastic in their own right, check your food though because at times there were a lot of little flies around the food which you could then be served! We went for a half board option, after doing a lot of maths, and reallised that the best value for money was half board. We had breakfast and dinner included. We only ordered a small kids meal for lunch, plus drinks,and we didn't go over $50 a day for each of us. A large lunch meal is really not needed in this place. Our final day, we upgraded to all inclusive, which was great, because we kept the drinks and food flowing, and made our all inclusive money back three times over. For the excursions, we didn't feel the local island visit was worth it, as there isn't that much to see. The maldivian night you really don't need to pay for, as you can see it from the beach, and after a few minutes, you get the idea anyway. The turtle snorkelling was wonderful and we had a fantastic time, definitely worth the money. Don't bother with the whale shark tour, you won't see a whale shark! One of the staff members on the island said that he hasn't seen a whale shark in the maldives for years - so don't waste your money. Overall, a fantastic time and if you want to watch what you spend, there are definitely ways to do that!
Oct 17, 2018

Maldives Magic

Folkestone, United Kingdom

If you are trying to find a place that will enable you to experience everything you imagine The Maldives and its Indian Ocean location will provide you can stop searching now! My partner and I have just returned from 12 nights at this idyllic spot where we had the most wonderful holiday. We had been keen to visit The Maldives for some time and having previously enjoyed a fabulous stay at a LUX* resort in Mauritius we needed no convincing that LUX* South Ari Atoll would be the right place for us. From the first greeting at the sea plane jetty (following a not to be missed sea plane flight with enchanting views of some of the other islands of this incredible country) to the final farewell this was a quality experience. I endorse all previous reviews that recommend the quality of service, the fabulous food and the friendly and hard working staff. Nothing is too much trouble and you are made to feel extremely welcome. This is not restricted to management or staff from traditionally customer facing departments such as reception, housekeeping and restaurants who will always give a cheery greeting and go out of their way to help but also the maintenance workers who discreetly toil in hot conditions to make sure everything is well maintained and in working order. They are recognisable from their blue T-shirts and are also never short of a smile and friendly 'hello'. The quality of accommodation is excellent. The various choices will no doubt have their pros and cons depending on your particular requirements but we opted for a Beach Pavilion and were accommodated on the sunset side of the island (having said that I don't think there is a bad location at this resort whichever accommodation you choose). I have never had a bigger bathroom anywhere I have stayed around the world and the location right on the beach made you feel relaxed and like you were definitely on holiday! As for the sunsets...simply breathtaking! The resort has everything you would expect to find and more including excellent spa facilities with over water treatment rooms where we watched octopus and heron hunting and baby black tip reef sharks swimming around whilst enjoying a relaxing couples massage. There are also several fantastic restaurants as well as a number of bars providing great quality food and drink. At one, Senses, the chef (Subini) even cooked a meal to order that did not appear on the menu which is typical of the level of customer service you can expect. It was suggested to me before travelling, by a friend who had visited a different resort in Maldives, that we might get bored during such a long stay. Forget it!! There is as much or as little to do here as you want. If you like to lay on the beach doing as little as possible this is definitely the place, but equally if you enjoy water sports or diving there is plenty to occupy you. There are also regular opportunities to go snorkeling, sailing, parascending and more. The marine life here is mesmerising. You can see plenty of fantastic stuff (including reef sharks, stingrays and numerous varieties of colourful fish) simply walking around the island or over breakfast at East Market restaurant but in addition the snorkeling trips include opportunities to see such beautiful ocean dwellers as the elusive whale shark and serene manta rays. We were lucky enough to see and swim with both...amazing experiences never to be forgotten. I could go on and on but you should really go and experience this place for yourself, you will not be disappointed as all the glowing reviews before this one suggest. Before finishing, I must make a few special mentions. Firstly, to the fabulous dive team at Eurodivers, Mauro, Elodie, Yuan and Tomoko together with all their support staff and boat captains and crew. All fantastic people who make diving here such an incredible experience. My particular thanks to Tomoko with whom I had been diving when we saw the amazing whale shark and who made sure I got the best possible view of this wondrous creature. To all the guys at Lagoon Bar, thank you for providing the cool island vibe over several relaxed lunches and to Khan at Veli Bar who never forgot your face or your favourite drink! How I am missing the Tiger draught!! Thanks, also, to Shafeeu at Senses restaurant for his great service and cheeky humour! It was a pleasure to meet you as it was Saeed at East Market who made every breakfast a treat with his charm and smile. Also to Naseer the Food and Beverage manager who could not have been more attentive in ensuring we had an excellent culinary experience. Our thanks and best wishes also to Kim and Ken (aka Isla Musikka) who provided live musical entertainment around the resort during our stay. They are both very talented entertainers who not only played and sang fantastically but also worked hard to engage the guests by encouraging them to make requests and even to sing with them. Their talent was well highlighted when, on a couple of occasions, they managed to deliver requests for songs they had not previously played or even heard of and they were also able to sing in several different languages. Thanks, also, to all the spa staff especially Sindy who helped us to choose a great spa package and organised everything with smooth efficiency and to the guys running ICI, the ice cream shop in the middle of the ocean...funny how many of our journeys around the island took us past this little piece of paradise!!! Not forgetting Mustapha and his colleagues from housekeeping who made sure our room was always comfortable and well stocked and who provided the incredibly skilful towel animals (mostly sea creatures once they became aware of my interest in diving) and the romantic surprise of the flowers in the bath. It is these small touches that make you feel that you are treasured guests and not simply being processed. I hope not to have forgotten anyone who had a specific role in helping us to enjoy a truly fantastic experience but to be honest everyone here is deserving of a mention whether you have direct contact or not as it is so obviously a great team effort led by the resort manager who was always prominent and available to ensure your every need was adequately catered for. In summary, this is a beautiful and well run tropical paradise full of friendly and attentive staff and managers who will go out of their way to make sure you too are left feeling you have to write a glowing review!
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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, padal 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% when you stay longer

Save up to 35% on your accommodation when you stay longer.

  • Black out dates may apply.
  • Discount will vary depending on stay duration.
  • Minimum 4 night stay required.
  • Not combinable with any other offer.

Honeymoon offer

Honeymoon & Anniversary Offer

Celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary andsave 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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