LUX* South Ari Atoll

Welcome to LUX* South Ari Atoll

A luxury resort in the Maldives made for peaceful off-the-grid retreats

Whether seeking a peaceful hideaway or active adventure, the picture-perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu is home to LUX* South Ari Atoll, a luxury resort where your fantasy of a laid-back, desert island paradise is about to come true. 

Here, you’ll discover 193 private villas, dotted at the water’s edge along two miles of powder fine beaches and perched on stilts above a crystal lagoon. On land or above water, sunset facing or sunrise, these super spacious rooms and suites bring an entirely original vibe of coastal, beach house chic to the Maldives. 

With a 5-Star PADI dive centre, the resort’s limpid waters are a diver’s nirvana but there’s an equal abundance of snorkelling and opportunities to visit the resident whale sharks. LUX* South Ari Atoll also offers two infinity pools, floodlit tennis courts and a Technogym fitness centre while the LUX* Me spa, is host to a wellness concierge and a menu of indulgent and stimulating treatments. 

LUX* South Ari Atoll boasts eight eateries and five bars. East Market is a sophisticated take on a bustling local night market. Umami offers fine dining from separate sushi, teppanyaki and robata counters as well as the Maldives’ largest selection of sakes and Japanese whiskeys. Allegria, Senses and MIXE stimulate international palettes and the new Beach Rouge introduces the dolce vita of a fashionable beach club to the island. 

LUX* wouldn’t be LUX* without a few surprises. Expect island-roasted coffee in Café LUX*, impromptu screenings at cinema paradiso and the chance to hang your hopes on our magical tree of wishes.

Why LUX* South Ari Atoll ?

I do!
I do!

Beach weddings are all about getting away from it all. Boho brides rejoice: with a stretch of desert beach to call your own and ceremonies steeped in island traditions, LUX* South Ari Atoll knows h…

Active Holidays

At LUX* South Ari Atoll we are proud to present arguably the largest choice o…

All-inclusive thrills
All-inclusive thrills

Yes, we know. Holidays can be nerve-racking. Which fabulous sea-view restaurant…

IN THE SWIM
IN THE SWIM

Delightfully warm and clear, the waters surrounding LUX* South Ari Atoll are …

Beach Rouge
Beach Rouge

We are proud to present Beach Rouge - the only fully fledged beach club in the Maldives. Daytime chilled tunes accompany light bites and cool drinks enticing you to linger before taking your front ro…

Food Glorious Food
Food Glorious Food

Here at LUX* we understand that resort living in the Maldives can be an insul…

FUN-FILLED FAMILY STAYS
FUN-FILLED FAMILY STAYS

At LUX* South Ari Atoll, child-friendly stays come with irresistible perks: expect sparkling lagoons, all-inclusive offers and an indulgent tropical spa. We’ve thought of all the little touches for…

Whale Shark Experience
Whale Shark Experience

Board our traditional dhoni complete with resident marine biologist and excursion host who will guide you to an up close and personal swim with the biggest fish on earth. You’ll hear tales of the wha…

SPECIAL OFFERS AT LUX* SOUTH ARI ATOLL

All-Inclusive Offer in Mauritius and Maldives
All-Inclusive Offer
in Mauritius and Maldives

Enjoy a stress-free holiday with the best value for money.

LUX* COMBO OFFER IN MAURITIUS, REUNION ISLAND, MALDIVES & TURKEY
LUX* COMBO OFFER IN MAURITIUS, REUNION ISLAND, MALDIVES & TURKEY

Experience more of our resorts for less. Up to 30% off!

Honeymoon Offer in Mauritius and Maldives
Honeymoon Offer
in Mauritius and Maldives

A naturally perfect honeymoon setting with a lighter, brighter touch! 60% off for the 2nd person!

STAY LONGER OFFER
STAY LONGER OFFER

Make your tropical escape last even longer. Up to 35% off!

Kids Stay Free Offer in Mauritius, Maldives and Reunion Island
Kids Stay Free Offer
in Mauritius, Maldives and
Reunion Island

We treat kids like stars!
Up to 2 kids free of charge!

From the eyes of our guests !

What do they say about us ?

"Nice service & good view Amazing"

  • 4
  • Trip Type: Everyone

Amazing service and activities, if the resort has discount, better book it ;)

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  • 5
  • Trip Type: Everyone

From the minute we arrived til we boarded the sea plane back to Male and checked in on our flight home the service was excellent.

"Stunning atoll the perfect place to relax recharge"

  • 5
  • Trip Type: Everyone

Good: Staff attentive, quiet, incredible beauty, lovely food, comfortable, outdoor shower, stunning beach, perfect water, facilities, snorkelling, sailing. Bad: No Location Tip: Water sports, snorkelling tours, food, relax, enjoy the natural beauty A wonderful haven, great staff, excellent service, lovely food, a heavenly location. Perfect, enjoy


"Amazing 8 night stay"

  • 5
  • Trip Type: Everyone

My husband and I had great time! Amazing place with great friendly staff, good food, good sightseeing and a perfect place to relax. We highly recommend staying in a romantic pool villa, it was worth the extra cost and we would definitely stay in one again as well as recommend it to our friends.


"Escape to Paradise"

  • 5
  • Trip Type: Everyone

I strongly recommend this hotel! Beach Villa beautiful, staff extremely helpful and friendly, great scenery, great food, great music.


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  • 5

We stayed at Lux South Ari in December for our honeymoon and it was unbelievable! We paid the all inclusive package and booked a romantic over water villa for 8 days. It was a lot of money up front, but worth every penny! We highly recommend the all inclusive as you dont need to think about anything once you are there and they have a wide variety of food and drink on over so it makes it worth while. We loved relaxing in our villa and at the lux spa, sitting poolside enjoying ... the amazing cocktails, going out to a different themed restaurant each night, taking part in the water activities and all the surprises that lux puts on for its guests. From the moment we arrived at lux all of the staff went above and beyond to make us feel like a king and queen. It was a dream come true heaven on earth, the feeling when you are there is indescribable. I would highly recommend this resort! We hope to one day come back.

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  • 5

The most amazing place I have ever been. So beautiful,stunning views . so peaceful, great accommodation,wonderful people that cannot do enough for you. I would love to go back ....

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  • 5

Staying here right now! Got nothing but good things to say about this place! Awesome service and lots of water sports! ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! Highly recommend!!!!


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  • 5

The place is amazing some of the best service I have ever seen, they all do there absolute best to make sure you get what you want when you want it. If this place is not on your list put it on now!

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  • 5

In love

"Beware the 1/2 board meal plan"

  • 4
  • Trip Type: AllOthers

We didnt plan on using to have pork meal plan but we were convinced in the waiting room that we should get it because it entre and a salad with cost over $100. The trick is to spend $90 per person takes a lot of food from the menu. We only paid about $45 per person for an entre and a salad

"Wonderful Vacations"

  • 5
  • Trip Type: Family

Wonderful and very relaxing place they will treat your as a family. From arrival time til the last seconds of your departure they will assist you. Thank you Marion and Vera for all the support

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  • 4
  • Trip Type: Romance

"overall recommended"

  • 4
  • Trip Type: Romance

nice rooms and facilities, friendly personnel, convenient shuttle service to move around the island (2km distance), many restaurants although food expensive for the quality slow wifi

"welcoming staff and great location"

  • 5
  • Trip Type: Romance

great staff amazing location

"Once-you-go-Lux*-you-aint-going-back hotel!"

  • 5
  • Trip Type: Family

Lux* certainly lived up to its name. Luxurious, Oh Yeah!! Lets start from the beginning; as you drag your tired feet with your heavy bags through the airport, you will be greeted by a smiling Lux* rep waiting for you at the booth in the airport. Their smile took away a little bit of your tiredness away. Thts the last time you will see ur luggage, till u get to ur room. :) you will be waiting at Lux* lounge waiting for the seaplane. With complimentary coffee, pastries, macaroons n tidbits. You felt that your holiday has begun. Reaching Lux* after a quick 20mins seaplane ride, you will be greeted by Lux* amazing n cheerful staff and manager. This is where your holiday really start! Check in was so quick you feel lost as you will be surrounded by beautiful reception area facing the clear waters of Indian ocean. We stayed in the water villa ( A MUST) . I kid you not, we saw baby black tip shark, baby manta, fishes that look like nemo swimming outside our room. (I tried swimming with them, but they swam away)The 6 days stay in Lux* was incredible. Everyday, they have activities planned for us. Some are complimentary! Snorkelling and diving there was one of the best we had. Crystal clear waters and fantastic reefs. Paddle boats, jet skis, hover boarding. Just a few to name. Food could be a tat better. 5 star, definitely, wide variety, but a little pricey. Bfast spread could be better too. Our enormous villa is kept clean always. Already miss Lux*. So what r u guys waiting for!!!

"Summer holidays"

  • 5
  • Trip Type: BEACH

Hotel: Great Hotel, one of the best in the Maledives. All incl. package also include spirits like Jack Daniels and Gin which is normally excluded. Big thanks to the management !! we have been to the maledives 5 times and count this ressort as one of the best in the Maledives.

"Paradise on Earth"

  • 5
  • Trip Type: Badeurlaub

The LUX* Island Resort on Dhidhoofinolhu, located in the South Ari Atoll, satisfies every desire. Their heavenly white beaches and the crystal-clear blue indian ocean are unique and breathtaking. In the various restaurants and bars you get pampered with a variety of local as well as oriental delicacies, so that each dinner will be a special culinary experience. Basically you'll never be bored because they offer you an endless variety of entertainment facilities and activities. To name but a few: diving, snorkeling, kitesurfing, jetski, yoga, workout studio, ... The LUX*Island Resort is mainly due to it's friendly and warmhearted employees such a charming and paradisial place to stay. They really know how to spoil and satisfy their guests, every wish will be read from the lipps. For those who're looking for a relaxing but still memorable holiday experience we can highly recommend the LUX* Island Resort.

"Paradise island"

  • 5
  • Trip Type: Badeurlaub

The resort is wonderful,i recommend a water villa, but also the other types of villas are very nice.The villas are big, comfortable,and the water villas with direct access to the paradise lagoon. Everything is so great, you feel like in a little paradise on earth!!!

"Lux Maldives - vacation in paradise!"

  • 5
  • Trip Type: beach

The 8 days in lux * Maldives were a absolute dream! We stayed in a water villa used with huge large four-poster bed, bath and shower with a sea view, mini bar, large terrace with private access to the sea, 2 chairs and outdoor shower - all together discreet luxury and pure comfort atmosphere! The room service came twice a day past in cleanliness, made beds and enough water to ensure (4 bottles per day). The food was in all 5 restaurants fantastic-, whether Mediterranean, Asian or Arabian kitchen, live Cooking, buffet or la carte (reservation required!), it was missing to one at nothing. Also the excursion and evening entertainment left nothing to be desired. Especially great we found the cinema under the open sky, pants reef snorkeling and the full day Excursion, when we have a local island visited and lunch on a private island could enjoy. The beach at the island is absolutely clean, exactly like all premises in the resort. Pure relaxation you will find in the LUX * me spa for example a Thai massage, the steam room or jacuzzi. Everywhere on the island there small comfortable Seat-relax possibilities like hammocks or from wood carved Benches, small hidden' bars' with soft drinks to clear, even roasted coffee and even made it ice -no matter where you are in the resort is, the LUX * concept 'authentic Islandliving ' will everywhere noticably and everything is with attention to detail made. The vacation at Lux * Maldives was first until the last minute fantastically beautiful and we are still long of the impressions anything can be.

"Paradise with 'increase guarantee'"

  • 5
  • Trip Type: beach

A very nice and maintained hotel complex. All are very willing to make an effort an unforgettable days of vacation to give. The first highlight is the seaplane- transfer. In the 4 la carte restaurant is the food top and the 2 buffet- restaurants are only just behind. It has lots of possibilities to keep busy: cycling, water sports, of course diving and snorkeling, tennis, and many other more is held available. Also island taxis around so ' bewegungsfaule ' completely on the food and relaxation can focus. For the relaxation there is a spa with tons of treatments. The prices, if that you have to pay, in the level of a Swiss 3a four star hotels. All inclusive is advisable, as the selection of Getranken, cocktails and food is for the all inclusive-travelers really good and extensive. To the reef nearby daily boats for free, while it already within the reef lots to see returns. TOP gladly again!

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  • 5

Great place.

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  • 4

The Lux* hotel on the south Ari atoll is one of the higher end resorts in the Maldives. As being such, you get all what you'd expect from a top level facility. What sets Lux apart from its competitors, in what is a highly competitive market, is its subtle stylish unique branding which permeates every aspect of the Lux experience. From its website, it's lounge at Velana airport, it's reception, the rooms and even the activities on the resort itself. All feel connected to central concept which is "Lux" In terms of dining, there are a couple of restaurants to choose from, all of which are high quality. For some of them though you will have to make a reservation beforehand or you will be turned away. That was a bit disappointing, considering everyone is on an island and if you get turned away your left with either in room dining or eating at the restaurant which serves a buffet. Some flexibility would be expected when you are paying top dollar for a hotel. For sports activities, again the usual suspects are available to select from including diving, snorkeling, jet skis, sailing, tours, etc..There is also a good beach volley ball set up if you have enough people to play with. The island the resort sits on has a superb lagoon which boasts beautiful clear calm and shallow waters with lovely hues of blue and turquoise. Excellent if you want a relaxing snorkel, or have very young kids with you. Additionally, the resort is close to an area where whale sharks are regularly spotted throughout the year (no guarantee you will see one though). Finally, some other worthy things to mention are the stand alone library (which has a great selection of books), the junk art studio, the tree of wishes, the kids club, and the treasure hunt held on the island. In terms of service, the hotel staff are all highly capable, friendly and respectful. Its pleasant how everyone greats you and smiles. Also, I love that I never had to call for a buggy to get from one point to another. The layout of the resort helps since it's a single path that goes up the island, and there are always buggies going back and forth. This is important to note since some other resorts aren't as efficient when it comes to this. It may be different if you are on a villa which is further away. In those cases you may need to call for one. I had a small annoyance when I arrived. My luggage took over an hour to get to my room. But a minor issue that could written off.

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  • 5

This is paradise! Great luxury resort. Lots to do and fabulous food. Even at its busiest you still feel like your on your own private island. Wonderful friendly staff.

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  • 5

The staff are brilliantly trained and everything is planned down to the last detail: without a hint of pretension LUX* delivered the most magnificently indulgent and relaxing holiday of our lives. The food is fit for foodies. We went all inclusive; covering everything from fresh cold drop coffee in the morning before breakfast, to the ice cream parlour and cocktails at sundown. There are lots of hidden spots to enjoy, you never felt like you are on a busy island. The spa was terrific and everything throughout the resort is designed to the last detail. We went as a group with a young child who was welcomed and accommodated brilliantly with a playgroup at the heart of the resort. We stayed in a water villa and waking up to the glow of pink purple and blue every morning was breathtaking. The sunset from the bar at Senses was .

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  • 2

This is my first ever review, even though I travel and stay in hotels on average 2-3 times a month. This is the first time I feel the need to share so my fellow travelers are aware and dont get violated as I feel I have. I've been to many tropical resorts around the world and this is my feedback on the Lux South Ari resort. The hotel itself and island are very nice. It is definitely not great for the price (get to that later) but certainly clean and welcoming. We were a group of 4 and stayed in an over-water villa and a beach villa. The deception started during the check in. I rarely opt for all-inclusive options as I really dont mind paying for quality. I am the type to spend the money to enjoy the best a resort has to offer. However I was convinced by our host Mohamed that the all-inclusive was the way to go. I had already booked with breakfast included and the $180 all-inclusive per person per day (including alcohol) extra charge covered almost everything except for some top shelf alcohol (as it was explained). Although not being a big drinker I thought why not, and I reluctantly went for it and paid the extra. As is the norm with many all-inclusives, this hotel excludes a restaurant from the arrangement but does offer a discount specifically at Umami (30%, the best restaurant by the way). All restaurants have a large selection of chefs specials and premium drinks which are not covered by the all-inclusive. On the whole the selection and quality of food (even on the all-inclusive package) was average. However, I wouldnt recommend you stay there for longer than a week, otherwise the food choices will become quite monotonous. The selection of spirits and cocktails on the all-inclusive are below average and by day 3 you find yourself ordering the same cocktails unless you go beyond the all-inclusive. I personally found the all-inclusive wines terrible and in some cases undrinkable. Bikes in my experience at other resorts are free. Here they cost me $5 per day per person. My biggest issue however is something quite simple. You would think all-inclusive would include fresh juices, but apparently Lux would like to gouge its guests that little bit more. Asking for a water melon juice on day 2, I was shocked to be told that this is not inclusive and even more shocked that they charge $10 a glass. How about coconut water? nah. So I asked at reception why this was so and they gave me what I assume is the standard answer, that it comes from the main land and it cost more etc, etc. Then I asked them whether they have an abundance of coconuts on the Island and they answered yes of course sir, hmm and you charge extra for that too? How about the fact that juices are inclusive at breakfast? All I got was a dumb stare at the lack of logic. Other things not included in the package: Snacks in the mini-bar in the room and no in-villa dining. I really feel deceived and done dirty by the time I left. My message to others is to make sure you are well aware of every price point and check every cost factor with Lux. Don't trust or leave it to them to force the all-inclusive by throwing numbers at you about the savings. I will not say it was intentional, but it sure smacks of price gouging. It happened to me and after calculating my all-inclusive cost and the actual cost on my receipts I was more than $1,500 lighter. I felt so violated that I even asked at one stage whether I could reverse the all-inclusive payment, and I was told that was not possible. If Lux was more upfront about the all-inclusiveness they would have taken far more than the $1,500 from me as I would have spent more on the non-exclusive items. I would suggest to the management of Lux that they are more transparent and give a price to enjoy the entire hotel ahead of time. In the end, if you don't mind average dining at best and being deceived, the resort and ocean experience is just okay, but nowhere near value for money. Be aware fellow travelers.

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  • 5
  • Trip Type: romance

Spotless service, perfect beach, incredible romantic experience - everybody will consistently go above&beyond to give you that one in a lifetime experience you will cherish forever.

"Awesome"

  • 5

"Fair"

  • 3

"Exceptional"

  • 5

"Exceptional"

  • 5

"Exceptional"

  • 5

"Fabulous dream"

  • 5
  • Trip Type: Couple

Fantastique sjour, un grand merci tout le staff du LUX pour leur engagement et leur professionnalisme, la nourriture au top, des lieux super propres et trs bien entretenus, nos particulires remerciements Shareef, et le personnel du Restaurant MIX, nous nous rjouissons d'y retourner et invitons tous les amoureux s'y rendre.

"Superbe htel"

  • 5

Good: emplacement, personnel, qualit du service, attentions Super htel aux Maldives. Trajet en hydravision. Atoll d'Ari. Tres belle rnovation de l'htel. L'le fait 1,8 KM, soit une trentaine de minutes pied. Des vlos sont disponibles. Bons restaurants. Personnel tres accueillant et au service. Bonne salle de sport Cours de yoga gratuit ne pas manquer. A recommander donc.

"Superbe Ile . Personnel charmant Pas Obseqieux"

  • 5

Good: Magnifique Jardins . Bon entrteien de la Chambre Excellente quipe de sport Nautiques. Tres Bonne quipe de sport nautiques Maldivienne . Sympathiques et professionels. Tarifs des Sports nautique non motoriss tout a fait correcte.

"Htel exceptionnel, haut de gamme"

  • 5

Good: Cadre, dcoration, service, restaurants Haut de gamme et cher, les prestations sont en proportion ; personnel trs attentionn et trs efficace, table remarquable en qualit, prsentation, quantit ;

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