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LUX* South Ari Atoll

LUX* South Ari Atoll

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3516 Reviews
Guide Price £2,069 per person
Based on 01 July 18 departure from London Heathrow flying with Emirates, staying for 7 nights bed and breakfast in a Beach Pavillion (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.

Laidback 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 its authentic thatched-roof beach pavilions to the luxurious privacy of its 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
3516 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 3168
  • Very Good 271
  • Average 56
  • Poor 17
  • Terrible 4

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Jun 19, 2018

5* Location 3* service

Walsall, United Kingdom

We visited LUX Maldives after having a great experience with the LUX chain in Belle Mare in Mauritius, this was main reason why booked. The service at LUX Mauritius was top class so we thought this would be the same in the Maldives but unfortunately it was not. I don't want to go too much into the details as the manager did rectify our bad experience on our last day so credit goes it him as there was a catalogue of mishaps and bad service during our stay. The resort itself is amazing with even the cheapest rooms having a beach view and close beach access. We had a Beach Villa which was excellent, the cleaner was friendly, attentive, and very thorough, he made sure everything was above and beyond always. This Island itself is quite big and the resort offers a golf cart shuttle service to ferry people to and fro. Much has been said about this service but we found it quite good with shuttles coming and going every 5-10 mins. Facilities on the Island are good but.... as it was off peak many of the facilities looked closed and not for use. Staff on the resort really should have made an effort to make everything look open and inviting. For example the sofa's outside Beach Rouge were rarely made up ready for use putting a lot of people off to use them. The Restaurants: MIXE - This is the buffet restaurant that caters for all tastes and where breakfast is served. Breakfast at this is place is 'ok' and at times organised chaos especially around the obligatory omelette makers. I found the selection limited and a tad poor if I am honest. SENSES - This is the resort's Indian restaurant and I cant recommend this enough. The food in here is top notch and the service is also very good. The Senses Bar opposite is also very nice it boasts an relaxed atmosphere and the lunch menu is very good. Well done to Ibby and his staff! Allegria - This is the Italian eatery on the resort, again one of our favourites. The food here is 5* star Al La Carte. Shamoom and Rithesh provided excellent service. Its a shame Shankar the manager didn't train at the same place as them as he completely ruined of our evenings with his incompetence. Beach Rouge - The menu here is Gastro and does not change from lunch to dinner which is a real shame given where it is on the resort. The food and service here is good, we only ate here once so can't comment any more. - Its good for pre drinks before dinner. Lagoon Bar - This is situated on the beach area near reception emulating a surf shack set up. The food here is pub grub chips/burgers etc.. perfect for an afternoon drink and bite to eat. Staff here are also good and attentive - well done Ali! Veli Bar - This offers nice Oritental food next to the pool. The food and service here was also good. If you eat here make sure you protect yourself against mosquitos you will get eaten alive due to the open water. East Bar - Unable to comment as it was closed due a power issue. This brings me nicely onto my biggest disappointment of the whole resort and something that needs to be fixed straight away. So you will see that the resort 'boasts' about the number of restaurants however... during the off peak period they are NOT all open at the same time meaning you are limited for choices and you really have to plan your evening dinners for your stay which is a right pain. You have to call or visit the 'Celebration Desk' to book. I advise you to book early to avoid disappointment. This clearly needs to be explained on the website as you can stay in another resort which smaller choice of restaurants for considerably less money! If you are thinking of going all inclusive then please be aware there are some food and drink items which are not included as part of your package. Overall the resort is beautiful, power white sand clear warm water but as I said at the start of the review service here is way behind what we experienced at LUX Belle Mare which is a real shame. Hope this has been useful PS take plenty of mosquito repellent you will need it!
Jun 19, 2018

Marvelous place - you cant not want to come back!

Copenhagen, Denmark

The LUX brand is something quite special - the manage to stand out from the crowd with their lighter, brighter branding - not everyone on holiday wants to go all out in terms of food, alcohol etc and may actually want to stay healthy and keep with a vegan lifestyle (or dairy / gluten free) - LUX really caters to this! The home brewed coffee and ice cream shop are really special and a clear trademark. Island is gorg, long, so you can actually move your legs as you walk from one end to the other, and find nice little surprises along the way (freshly cut up coconut anyone) ? Rooms were good and amenities fine - water still and sparkling provided in room.
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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, waterskiing, 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 its design the subtle tones and laidback 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 cosylove 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'll 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 its 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; dinner in East, MIXE, Senses or Allegria.

Full Board

FOOD: Breakfast atMIXE; lunch in Senses Bar & Lounge, Veli, MIXE orLagoon Bar; dinner 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 at Senses and Allegeria, or buffet at MIXE and East Market. DRINK: Afternoon tea, soft drinks, tea, coffee, house beer, house wine, juice, mineral water, selected cocktails and spirits (in all bars and restaurants from all inclusive menus). ACTIVITIES: Yoga & stretching classes, and unlimited access to the gym centre. Water sports include snorkelling equipment, kayaks, pedal boat and scheduled snorkelling trips on house reef. Land activities include unlimited access to gym, floodlit tennis courts (rackets provided), table tennis, beach volleyball. All as per the hotel schedule and weather permitting. Live evening entertainment. Free Wi-Fi.

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 3 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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