A luxury resort in Maldives where you can experience the best of island living on your very own paradise islet

The Maldives is one of those places that continue to pop up on travellers’ bucket lists, beckoning with luxurious resorts such as LUX* South Ari Atoll. And for a very good reason. If you’ve fantasized about experiencing a Maldives resort on a faraway tropical island, embodying a Robinson Crusoe lifestyle, you’re in the right place. At LUX* South Ari Atoll, you will ride your bicycle along the jetty, swim alongside whale sharks, hang out in your bungalow on stilts, dine at any of the eight restaurants, dance the night away, and partake in marine conservation… Whatever it is you love, you’ll find it here at our Maldives resort.


Hello 2024 Offer

If you know us, you know we love a reason to celebrate. And the start of a new year is certainly worth of a celebration in our books. That’s why we came up with a pretty, pretty special offer. It gives you up to 35% off your stay! Yes, you heard that right. And for parents travelling with kids? Hear us out. Little Travellers up to 17 years stay and eat for free. You don’t want to miss out on this. Book by the 30.11.2023 and stay between 06.01.2023 - 22.12.2024 to enjoy our Hello 2024 Offer.

Little Travellers of LUX*

Our resort in Maldives was designed with families in mind. Whether you’re travelling with one child or your whole extended family, we have a calendar of activities that will keep all generations busy. Our PLAY kids club offers unique adventures such as shell expeditions, an ice cream laboratory, palm leaf origami, aquatic collages, and a jungle gym. And because mindfulness is something we care deeply about, we have activities like kids yoga, grain-to-cookie masterclasses, and herb planting. You will never hear your teens say “I’m bored” - we’ll keep them busy with barista classes, the art of sushi-making, photography workshops and even circuit training.

Say I Do

Close your eyes. Now imagine your dream wedding (or a renewal of vows). Can you picture the deserted sandy beach, the postcard palm trees? A sunset. The sea. Picture you and your loved one. Maybe some close friends and family. Magic, right? Let’s turn that fantasy into reality, shall we? Whether your dream wedding involves a candlelit dinner party, a toes-in-the-sand barefoot beach wedding or an eco-chic zero waste wedding, we’ve got a team of planners who love nothing more than planning a celebration. 

The New Romantic Beach Pool Villa

Pool. Beach. Villa. Romantic. The name of the villa says it all. And while yes, many of the travellers with Maldives on their bucket list dream of overwater villas (we have plenty of those), others can’t do way without their toes in the sand. Our newest room category is nestled along our gorgeous shoreline and offers an escape for couples. The beachhut-style villa opens up to a private swimming pool and a stretch of sugar sand. The view? The Maldivian turquoise waters. Each villa features a roomy king-size bed, a terrace with with a reading nook and a table for two with a view. A gorgeous tropical bathrooms opens up onto the outdoors, letting the warm tropical breeze come through. There are many reasons why the Maldives is the most romantic escape, and this is one of them.

Sustainable Luxury

Luxury and sustainability don’t have to be mutually exclusive. And with the Maldives being one of the planet’s most unique ecosystems, it’s all the more important to take action. We built one of the world’s largest floating solar systems at sea. Even our island cruiser bikes are powered by the strong Maldivian sun. Single-use plastic is a no-go in our books. Our water plant has saved us nearly a million plastic bottles so far. We encourage those who love the sea to adopt a coral and help restore the reefs. And because we care about our Little Travellers, we made mindfulness a pillar of our PLAY kids club. There, your children can partake in kids yoga, learn to cultivate herbs in our harden, and take a cooking class to learn how grains are transformed into cookies. And if you are thinking of getting married, you’re in luck because we designed three weddings that have care in their DNA. By choosing one of them, you will fund the education of a child in a local shelter. 

8 Restaurants, 5 Bars

Our eight restaurants and five bars take you to Japan, the Mediterranean, Italy, the Middle-East, the Indian Ocean, throughout Asia, and on a trip around the globe at MIXE…

Amaa's Kitchen

“Amaa” is mother in Dhivehi. Experience a traditional homecooked meal alongside tales of Maldivian folklore under a Banyan tree in the most magical setting.

The most exclusive all-inclusive

Holidays are not the time to overthink. That’s why we designed an All-Inclusive offer that delivers both on style and substance. 

The World’s Only Year-Round Whale Shark Aggregation Site

Although the Maldives underwaters are brimming with sea life, whale sharks are a rare sighting. This is what makes South Ari Atoll so special. It’s where the largest congregation of these gentle giants occurs. The most fascinating aspect is that it’s a year-round affair, making if a unique site of its kind in the word. Hop onboard a traditional dhoni and set sail with a marine biologist to glimpse the famous whale sharks in their most natural habitat.

One of the Maldives' largest spas

To complement our holistic, 360 degree approach to wellness, we needed a big enough spa for our very own wellness brand, LUX* ME.



  • How many villas are there at LUX* South Ari Atoll?

    Our luxury resort in the Maldives offers 193 elegant villas and pavilions, dotted at the water's edge along two miles of powder fine beaches and perched on stilts above a crystal lagoon. With 10 accommodation categories to choose from, we have a perfect Maldives retreat spot for everyone.

  • What are the dining options at LUX* South Ari Atoll?

    Crowned as the Leading Food & Beverages Hotel by South Asian Travel Awards, we offer eight restaurants and five bars to choose from during your holiday. Guests are invited to indulge in Italian, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Indian cuisines and more...

    Coffee at Café LUX* and ICI ice cream are our must-try signatures. Vegetarians and vegans will be impressed by our Keen On Green plant-based menus offered in every restaurant.

  • Which meal plans do you offer at the resort?

    We offer a variety of meal plan options for foodies of all levels. Our award-winning All-Inclusive resort package offers access to six restaurants with a variety of cuisines and is our most popular option. Note that In-Villa dining is not included in any of the plans.

    Bed & Breakfast: Breakfast only

    Half Board: Dinner & Breakfast

    Full Board: Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast

    All-Inclusive: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, minibar, water, soft drinks, coffee, ice cream, plus alcoholic beverages from our All-Inclusive menu.

  • Can I combine more than one meal plan during my stay?

    Combining meal plans within the same booking prior to arrival is, unfortunately, not applicable. However, if you wish to upgrade your meal plan during your stay, that is possible.

    Please note that guests staying in the same villa have to be on the same meal plan.

  • How do I reach LUX* South Ari Atoll?

    Our island paradise is located just a short 25-minute seaplane journey from Malé. As you exit the arrival hall of the Velana airport, you will be greeted by our team. They will promptly assist you to our LUX* Lounge, from where you will embark on your seaplane ride to the island.

  • Can a speedboat transfer be arranged from Malé to LUX* South Ari Atoll?

    Although LUX* South Ari Atoll can be reached by speedboat, we do not recommend this option as it may take 3 to 4 hours of travel time, depending on the weather.

  • Is LUX* South Ari Atoll a kid-friendly Maldives resort?

    Recognised among the Best Maldives Resorts for Families by Travel+Leisure Luxury Awards, we are proud to say that children are special guests to us. Interactive PLAY club welcomes kids from 3 to 11 years old, while teens are to enjoy their own daily programme. Cinema under the stars, coral planting, and game nights are only few of all family activities we offer. Even LUX* ME Spa offers a special treatment menu for the little ones.

  • How is the diving experience at LUX* South Ari Atoll?

    Located in a South Ari Marine Protected Area (SAMPA) we are surrounded with over 50 beautiful dive sites. Not only our lagoon brims with fish, turtles and manta rays, this is the world’s only year-round whale shark encounter spot. Not quite confident in deep ocean waters? Virtual reality diving sessions are available for all, and beginner diving lessons are offered to guests of 8 years and above.

  • What is the Maldives weather like throughout the year?

    Although it’s impossible to give a precise forecast, our beautiful tropical island is warm and typically sunny round the year. October to April is generally a dry season, while occasional rain showers are observed from May to October.

  • So when is the best time to visit LUX* South Ari Atoll resort in the Maldives?

    You can’t go wrong visiting the Maldives, and we truly mean it. Throughout the year you will be able to snorkel with the whale sharks, manta rays, and turtles. Don’t forget our exquisite culinary offerings, masterclasses, and fun events happening every day. Sometimes it rains even in paradise, but we make sure there is still plenty of things to do!

  • Is there a lot of seaweed in the resort?

    Maldivian seagrass is often mistaken for seaweed when in fact they are very different. Seagrasses are complex, flowering plants which live underwater. Tropical seascapes like the Maldives generally have three types of habitats: coral reefs, seagrass meadows and mangrove forests. Together, they provide environmental
    protection to local area.

    Seagrass supports coral reefs and provides home and food to thousands of marine animals and supports variety of fish species in our lagoon. It also helps to protect the coast from the impacts of storms and large waves, by preventing coastal erosion.

    To maintain our pristine white beach, we manage seagrass growth in the common guest swimming areas. Nevertheless, throughout the year, guest may spot seagrass patches around the lagoon, which changes with season and weather conditions.

  • Which languages are spoken by the team members of LUX* South Ari Atoll?

    We speak multiple languages, including English, Chinese, Arabic, French, German, Russian, and Korean.

  • What is there to do at LUX* South Ari Atoll?

    Fans of an active holiday have more than enough to stay happy. Sports enthusiasts can get busy with tennis, volleyball, badminton, table tennis plus weekly fitness and yoga classes. Up to a relaxing holiday? LUX* ME Spa welcomes for treatments, hair consultations, and workshops. Families will find plenty of activities to enjoy, too, from exciting excursions, beach cinema sessions, and game nights to educational craft workshops, coral planting, and latte art classes.

  • What kind of water activities are available at LUX* South Ari Atoll?

    Our dive center provides full training and PADI certification for all levels while the resort water sports center will have you snorkeling around remote sandbanks or trying any of their thrilling water sports. Kite surfing, parasailing, flyboarding and a range or non-motorised activities such as standup paddleboarding, canoeing, and more will satisfy the thirst of any action-seeker.

  • Does LUX* South Ari Atoll offer free booking cancellation for a full refund?

    A room rate refund is possible for advance cancellations. Make sure to check the exact terms and conditions of cancellation in your booking confirmation. For more details, don’t hesitate to contact our Reservations team at stay@luxmaldivesresort.com.

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