LUX* South Ari Atoll

LUX* South Ari Atoll

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Guide Price £2,399 per person
Based on November 19 departure from London Gatwick flying with Qatar, 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

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.

  • 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

Top Tips from our Experts


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


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.
4021 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 3638
  • Very Good 296
  • Average 58
  • Poor 23
  • Terrible 6

What to Expect

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


Jun 23, 2019

Simply Wonderful

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

I have recently returned from 8 nights at the resort with my two (young adult) daughters. Our usual holiday is normally more of a budget city break, however we chose Lux* to celebrate a special occasion and had high expectations which were definitely met and exceeded. Aside from the island itself and it’s facilities, what really makes the resort special is the staff. Everyone we met was so friendly and welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Every moment has been thought of from arrival at the airport to your check in for your departing flight and assistance will be available at each point if required. We were welcomed to the island by Chiara and she also ‘bumped into’ us on a few occasions during our stay to ensure that we were enjoying our stay and to check if we needed anything from the team. We chose Lux* as it was a larger island with a choice of restaurants and bars. This worked well for us and we enjoyed exploring the island as well as relaxing on the beach and by the pools. The island itself and the landscaping are beautiful and the ground staff work hard each day to maintain this. During our stay there were several heavy rain storms and each morning the staff would be out clearing the paths of fallen leaves and tidying the beachfront. We split our stay between a Family Lagoon Pavilion which was at the east and a Water Villa at the west point and we were glad to experience both, however we did find the Water Villa was more suited to 2 people, particularly the lack of storage which made it difficult to fully unpack. The Family Lagoon Pavilion was 2 interconnecting double rooms, both with a beautiful semi-outdoor bathroom and terrace leading directly into the beach and we really enjoyed the space this provided as well as having an extra bathroom when we were getting ready in the evenings. The housekeeping at both was exceptional and discrete. We spent a lot of time in and out of the villas and on the terraces during the day but rarely saw or heard anyone cleaning, however this was done at least twice a day. During our time on the island we visited all of the restaurants other than Unami and we enjoyed them all. The food was of a high quality and was well presented and the service was friendly and attentive throughout. If pushed I would say our favourites were: East Market for breakfast due to the overwater location and being able to watch the fish swimming below; Veli Bar for lunch due to the more extensive menu and the exceptionally friendly staff who also make the best cocktails on the island; Allegria for dinner as we love Italian food and also due to the amazing desserts and excellent service from Ahmed on both visits; East Bar for drinks in the evening due to the overwater net seating where we saw sharks and fish and the amazing service (also the toilets are worth a visit here). I’m not normally a fan of swimming in the sea and would prefer a swimming pool, however the sea surrounding the resort is so clean and warm that it was a pleasure to swim in. It was slightly rough at times around the Water Villa, probably due to the weather we had. It was also full of life and we saw sharks, rays, sea snakes and a multitude of other types of fish both from the beach and swimming under the Water Villas. My daughters also enjoyed a snorkelling trip with the marine biologist Nihan where they saw a number of manta rays in a nearby lagoon. We hired bikes to get around the island however the island is easily walkable as it is about a mile in length. There are also numerous buggies which drive a set route around the island so it is usually easy to get a lift if needed. The buggy drivers were some of the friendliest people that we came across. They always seemed happy in their work and took the time to introduce themselves and find out a bit about us. It was lovely to be shown pictures of wives and children and to hear of their excitement about upcoming visits home. If there was anything that we could have changed about our trip it would be the weather we had, however we did know that rain would be likely when we booked. It rained most nights so it was not possible for us to enjoy dinner outside but on the flip-side it was nice to have a bit of cloud cover and a breeze during the day. Another thing would be the mosquitoes, again something we were prepared for however despite the resort spraying for these and us using repellent we still managed to get several bites. Luckily these didn’t seem to be as itchy as the bites I’ve had from European mosquitoes! We booked this as a once in a lifetime trip, however after returning home from our wonderful trip, I’d definitely be sad to not return.
Jun 22, 2019


We booked thru EMIRATES holidays. Every thing was well organize from our arrival to departure. The hotel staff received us at the water jetty and were very hospitable and professional. They had a preplan made for us, they discussed ours and asked what to change. This was a really nice way to understand immediately how the resort operated and to also make good use of your time. We booked our extras, from SPA to trips and were shown to our room. Our assigned host NACER was great in every accept of the word. Attentive and helpful in a very nice way, he sent us messages every morning regarding the happenings of the day and always checked that we were comfortable and enjoying our time. The place is very clean, the villas/rooms are spotless and there is a true awareness regarding the use of environmentally friendly material. The island was paradise on earth with lovely clean water and calm surrounding. We loved every day of the 6 days we spend, we came back fully relaxed and nicely tanned. We will come back soon.
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LUX* South Ari Atoll


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.

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.

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

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

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

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


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.

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.

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

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 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

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 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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