LUX* Maldives South Ari Atoll
A luxury resort in the Maldives made for peaceful off-the-grid retreats
Dreamy atolls of tropical islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are a kaleidoscope of colours and earthly pleasures. Get away from it all at LUX* Maldives, the only settlement on the postcard-perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu.
Fuss free and laid-back, the resort surprises with pop-up film shows right on the beach, impromptu musical performances and strolls along secret pathways through the lush tropical gardens. Just steps from the thatch-roofed suites and ocean-perched villas, the island’s unspoilt beaches are yours to claim.
A prime spot for snorkelling and whale-shark spotting, the resort’s unblemished lagoon is a diver’s dreamworld. Back on land, island street food and fine dining await in the tempting restaurants and bars. In the shade of coconut palms, lounge by the two turquoise pools, luxuriate in the ocean-view spa and surrender to the charms of this castaway idyll.
LUX* South Ari Atoll – is located on one of the biggest islands (Dhidhoofinolhu) with 4 KM of pristine white sandy beaches facing the clear lagoon. Learn more about our resort in Maldives.
Whether suspended over the water or scattered along the beach, every room, suite and villa at LUX* Maldives is designed to make the most of its enchanting island surrounds.
Light, breezy and ever so spacious with splashes of bright island colour, each room has a sophisticated sense of simplicity with sweeping views over the sparkling lagoon and beach.
Take in all the sights, sounds and colours of authentic island living in the leisurely comfort of your Beach Pavilion. Sunlight filters through lofty thatched roofs, while the luxurious bathroom offer ... read more
Light sand and ochre tones reflect the beautiful island setting beyond the terrace, while subtle décor echoes the ebb and flow of the ocean. All guestrooms enjoy en suite outdoor bathrooms where the ... read more
Prestige Water Villa
The luxurious Prestige Water Villas are suspended on stilts over the water, offering incredible views of the Indian Ocean and direct access to the lagoon. With a spacious bedroom with a king bed plus ... read more
Sports & Leisure
It's no secret that the Maldives is one of the most sought-after diving destinations in the world and while there is most certainly plenty to do and see underwater, there's also a whole lot going on back on dry land.
- Luxury Catamaran Excursions
- Swimming Pool
- Water Sports
- Land-Based Activities
PLAY and Studio 17
Island resort holidays aren't just for grownups anymore.
At LUX* Maldives, we've made sure there's always something for the whole family to enjoy.
PLAY offers children between the ages of 3 and 12 an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by a highly trained and enthusiastic team, kids are exposed to the nature and culture of the island's incredible surrounds, as well as a range of high-energy sports and outdoor activities. From art classes and treasure hunts to engaging and educational Teddy Tennis lessons, PLAY is everything your kids could hope for on an island vacation.
Studio 17 is our complimentary teens' club, where guests between 12 and 17 can get together, explore the island or just hang out. Run by trained and enthusiastic LUX* supervisors, teens can make the most of their island holiday with loads of activities including local dance and language classes, beach sports activities and exciting adventure trips around the island.
Both PLAY and Studio 17 are open every day from 9am to 7pm, with meal options available.
Wedding & Honeymoon in Maldives
Close your eyes and imagine your dream wedding - or vows renewal ceremony. Can you see the beautiful, deserted beach, with the waves gently lapping at your feet? The incomparable sunset, the coconut palms swaying gently in the breeze, the two of you hand in hand? Perhaps only your family and a few very special friends in attendance, an intimate and magical moment...
LUX* Resorts & Hotels offers a very special tropical island wedding experience.
Rather than hosting multiple weddings in one day, we have a policy of only one such occasion per resort each day.
Our LUX* wedding experts will invite you to choose from a variety of spectacular sun, sea and sand settings, taking special advantage of some of the quieter spots to stage a truly intimate and personal ceremony. The making of the vows is always magical and memorable, not least because of our experts' skill in using a variety of local wares and artefacts to add special, local touches - vintage sailing boats aged by sun and surf perhaps, or brightly-coloured sarongs hung between palm trees like an Indian Ocean equivalent of bunting.
The Maldives are the perfect location for utterly romantic vow renewals and symbolic ceremonies. How about saying I Do-AGAIN! on a Dhoni during a sunset cruise, or on a sand bank with the groom arriving by jet ski!
At LUX*, we are committed to the principle of Helping People Celebrate Life. What better promise to make when helping you plan what is surely the most important day of your lives?
The Island Kitchen
Savour the essence of authentic island living at The Island Kitchen. With tables set out on the beach under thatched roofs and slow turning ceiling fans, guests can sink their feet into the warm sand below while tucking into mouth-watering buffets for breakfast and dinner. Live cooking stations offer everything from wood-fired pizzas and grills to stir-fries with a tempting island twist. In the evening, enjoy genuine island entertainment performed by talented local performers.
Inspired by North African, Lebanese, Indian and Indian Ocean cuisine, Senses never fails to delights with its tempting menu of tagines, tandoori prawns and unique tropical sorbets. Enjoy a light lunch of fresh salads, grills and local seafood, then take a seat at the water's edge overlooking the infinity pool for an exquisite à la carte dinner under the stars.
Senses Bar & Lounge
Senses Bar and Lounge offers a selection of cocktails, rums, liqueurs, beers and spirits, as well as a refreshing selection of Sri Lankan teas in the afternoon. It also offers light Indian Ocean lunches in the shade or by the pool if you don't feel like visiting one of our more formal restaurants. Enjoy a light snack in the evening while swaying gently in a giant hammock or challenge someone to a friendly game of billiards as the sun sets over the ocean.
East Restaurant & Bar
Suspended above the water, East inspires with its incredible view out over the lagoon. Rustic decks and old ship's riggings add to the nautical theme, while bright cushions and light fabrics provide a lively island feel. The menu features the best of Cambodian, Indonesian, Thai, Sri Lankan, Hong Kong and Chinese-style buffets.
The adjacent East Bar offers fresh fruit cocktails and unforgettable local evening entertainment.
Allegria Restaurant & Bar
Vibrant Italian flair blends with the lively island ambience at Allegria. Located right on the beach, this open kitchen allows guests to watch our skilled chefs at work as they create pizzas, pastas and gnocchi dishes. For a more intimate atmosphere, Allegria's wine cellar can be booked for private dinners. Exclusive arrangements can also be made for small parties to dine in the cellar and indulge in a range cheeses complemented by our exceptional selection of French and New World wines.
Perched on stilts over the water, Umami features a Japanese-style teppanyaki table where our chefs entertain guests with their culinary skills. Sit under beautiful silk paper lanterns surrounded by wooden latticework while you enjoy the simple yet delicate flavours of Kobe beef sushi rolls served with scallops or fresh seaweed and squid salad.
The restaurant is open evenings only, and tables should be reserved in advance.
The best pizza we can make, in the most relaxing setting, right on the beach. Crisp, thin crusts, topped with the freshest ingredients, baked to perfection and enjoyed with the feet in the sand, the eyes on the lagoon and the breeze in your hair. Heaven.
Veli Pool Bar & Lunch
Located near the crystal clear swimming pool that extends out to sea, with shimmering views of the lagoon on three sides, Veli Pool Bar offers a casual menu of tasty pizzas, sandwiches and spring rolls, as well as Mediterranean-style tapas, mezze and antipasti.
The Island Bar
Watch the sun set over the shimmering water as your sip on a delicious island cocktail or aperitif and tasty canapés at The Island Bar. Go for a stroll along the beach or simply soak up the laid-back ambience on the wooden deck as you wind down another amazing day on the island.
On the beach, facing the sunrise, close to the lobby and the boat house, this is your regular laid-back watering hole. Enjoy island music and reggae favourites while sharing your experiences from the last dive or your exciting water sports session.
Nothing beats a really great cup of coffee. That's why at LUX* we only serve our very own delicious Island Blend of certified green organic beans. Roasted on the island and prepared for you with passion by our trained baristas, every cup of coffee served at our stylish Café LUX* is one to savour.
LUX*Me Spa and Fitness
LUX* Me is a unique concept which combines fitness, spa, nutrition, yoga, retreats and experiences into one venue. Our concept is to allow guests to create their own integrated spa, fitness and lifestyle experience with the help of our LUX* Me experts. Our unique 'Me Time' Menu is designed to tailor-make an experience just for you. From luxurious facials, massages and scrubs to invigorating yoga classes and a broad array of dynamic and fun exercise programmes, LUX* Me is all about you. Specialised programs such as our retreats or flexible Vitalité experience allow you to participate in a way to maximize wellbeing and vitality. Contact us to book your own LUX* Me expert to help program a truly personalized experience.