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LUX* South Ari AtollMaldives

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In Three Words

  • Barefoot
  • Island
  • Luxury

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Above or below the waterline, the Maldives presents a kaleidoscope of colours, flavours, nature and activities that never fails to delight. LUX* Maldives is no exception. As the only settlement on the island of Dhidhoofinolhu in South Ari Atoll, this luxury child friendly hotel and resort in the Maldives offers real insight into unspoiled island living. A spontaneous atmosphere provides delights at every turn, with anything from impromptu cinema screenings on the beach to pop-up musical performances. The lagoon is ideal for snorkelling and whale shark spotting, while two pools and a spa at this idyllic Maldives resort offer a welcome break from the beach. Follow secret pathways through tropical gardens and taste authentic island cuisine at our numerous restaurants.

For Kids

  • Cake decorating bars where you can choose from a variety of pre-baked cakes and cupcakes and, with a helping hand from one of our passionate pastry chefs, let your creative spirit run free. With delicious butter and ganache icings, chocolate buttons, hundreds and thousands, sugar flowers, real blooms and lots more, this is perfect for kids (both large and small) who like to create their own yummy treats.
  • Activities from treasure hunts and sand castle competitions to water sports and outdoor games.
  • Teddy Tennis, which encourages children of eight and under to appreciate the importance of exercise and staying fit by teaching them how to play tennis.
  • PLAY offers children between the ages of 3 and 12 an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by trained staff 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.
  • Studio 17 is a complimentary teens' club, where guests between 12 and 17 can get together, explore the island or just hang out.
  • Both PLAY and Studio 17 are open every day from 9am to 9pm, with meal options available.
  • Retro-styled ice-cream parlours and mobile carts are dotted around - order a generous serving of low fat ice cream bursting with interesting combinations of island grown ingredients. 

For Adults

  • LUX* have their very own magazine library with a selection of entertaining reads in a variety of languages. The LUX* magazine library is a relaxed area where guests can browse the latest publications from around the world or feel free to wander down to the pool or beach with your copy, but please remember to pop it back on the shelf.
  • Musik, a lively island nightclub, where an eclectic mix of rock, salsa and techno mixed by the in-house DJ will have you dancing until the sun comes up.
  • 24-hour in-villa service so that you can enjoy all the delights the island has to offer without leaving the comfort of your room.
  • LUX* Me Spa and Fitness is a unique concept which combines fitness, spa, nutrition, yoga, retreats and experiences into one venue.
  • Saunter across the sand after dinner and you may well stumble across an impromptu, al fresco cinema. Sofas, beanbags, rugs and blankets are scattered around - take your pick and sink into your seat in front of a large screen erected between two palm trees or stretched across a wood frame.
  • You can even choose your very own Hotel minibar and contents. Expect fresh lemonade, rooibos iced tea or organic juices.
  • Complementary wifi throughout the resort.
  • 2 swimming pools, both on the sunset side of the island.
  • An extensive choice of 7 restaurants and 6 bars.
  • World-class PADI diving centre and water sports.
  • 24h in villa dinning (charges apply).
  • LUX* Me Spa with 11 garden and 4 over-water treatment villas.
  • How about settling down somewhere secluded with a picnic basket brimming with tasty snacks and chilled drinks for a leisurely lunch en plein air? Seek out your own private spot or ask for directions to a hidden corner and the hotel will take care of everything else. Unfold a beach mat and enjoy a variety of plates showcasing local ingredients, fresh breads, crisp salads, hot and cold courses, wines from both the old and new world, indulgent desserts and fresh fruit. Kids will love the junior platters topped off with lashings of ‘ici' ice cream or frozen yoghurt.



There are 193 PavilionsSuites and Villas either 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.

There are 36 Beach Pavilion (65m²) and these room types can interconnect. They sleep 2 adults + 1 teen or 1 child or 1 baby
There are 12 Sunset Junior Suite (70m²). Each spacious suite faces the sunset and enjoys breath-taking views over the ocean. These sleep 2 adults + 1 teen or 1 child or 1 baby.

There are 46 Water Villas (71m²) suspended on stilts over the water and offer incredible views of the Indian Ocean with direct access to the beach. These can sleep 2 adults + 1 teen or 1 child.
There are 38 Prestige Water Villas (98m²). Step out onto your private terrace and gaze at the turquoise waters drifting below your lofty villa on stilts. These can sleep 3 adults or 2 adults + 1 teen + 1 child.
There are 3 Family Water Villas (129m²). These spacious two-bedroom Villas are perched atop the water on stilts and provide the perfect secluded spot for families to spend an unforgettable holiday. It goes without saying that young children particularly should be supervised at all times if you choose accommodation surrounded by water. These can sleep 4 adults + 2 teens or 2 children.

There are 45 Beach Villas (95m²). All guestrooms enjoy en suite outdoor bathrooms and each Beach Villa has ample room for two adults and one teenager or child. It can sleep 3 adults or 2 adults + 1 teen or 2 adults + 2 children or 1 baby.

There are 12 Beach Pool Villas (116m²) these have a private terrace which unfolds into a luxurious living space outdoors. All guestrooms offer en suite bathrooms that open onto a private garden, along with a shower and separate bath. Relax in the privacy of your secluded garden with its sunken swimming pool, wooden deck, sun loungers and invigorating outdoor shower. These can sleep 2 adults + 1 baby.

The LUX* Villa (360m²) features unparalleled views over the lagoon and island surrounds, the LUX* Villa is the ultimate in luxury island living. Sink into your infinity plunge pool that merges with the lagoon or watch the kaleidoscope of sea life swim beneath your feet through the glass floor in the living room. With a master bedroom suite and guest bedroom both featuring handcrafted LUX* Sleep Tight beds and direct access to the deck, the LUX* Villa is ideal for a party of four. Make the most of your stay with a 24-hour personal butler to cater to all your needs. This can sleep 4 adults or 2 adults + 2 teens or 2 children 

Please note a baby is under 3 years old, a child 3 to 11 years old and a teen 12 to 17 years old. 


The Island Kitchen (7am to 10.30am / 7pm to 10pm) 
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.

Senses (7pm to 10pm) 
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. 

East Restaurant and Bar (7am to 10:30am / 7pm to 10pm) 
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.

Allegria Restaurant and Bar (7pm to 10 pm /6 pm to 11pm) 
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.

Umami (7pm to 10pm) 
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 Beach (12pm to 6pm) 
Pizza served in a 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 (8:30am to 6pm; light lunches served from 12:30) 
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. 


For those wanting to explore the depths of the ocean, LUX* offers access to some of the nation's most beautiful dive sites, where scuba enthusiasts can see an abundance of parrotfish, butterfly fish, sting rays, manta rays, tuna and barracuda, not to mention impressive yet gentle whale sharks. You might even encounter an elusive hawksbill, dolphin or green turtle.

Water Sport 
Make the most of your LUX* island getaway with complimentary reef snorkelling, kayaking and pedal boats. There's also a wide range of water sports available at the boathouse, such as windsurfing, rubber ring and banana rides, water-skiing, wakeboarding and jet-skiing for an additional fee.

Land-Based Activities 

Take a break from the ocean with a game of beach table tennis, volleyball and tennis on floodlit courts. Visit LUX* Me fitness to enjoy a tailor-made training session complete with beach yoga, cycle around the lush island setting or challenge someone to a game of billiards and table soccer at our indoor games centre. 

Top Tips

An impromptu area that is set up whenever there's a big match on. Embracing the notion of sport as a social ritual, all fans can gather to catch up on the latest action accompanied by ice-cold beers, fruit juices and deliciously indulgent snacks such as burgers, chips and lamb shawarma wraps. Some evening fixtures may be projected on our Screen on the Beach, while daytime games will be shown in the Bar, but whatever sport you're into –from football, rugby, cricket and tennis to the Olympics (Summer and Winter) or Formula One racing, you can enjoy all the action with a generous side order of atmosphere thrown in.
Hotels used to profit from overpriced international phone calls before mobile phones tipped the balance back in favour of the guest. Now it's the mobile phone networks who are cashing in as they charge an arm and a leg for roaming. We believe that holidays should be stress free, which is why if you explore our grounds you'll find an old telephone box that houses a VOIP phone, which will let you make local and international calls free of charge.

After a relaxing day spent on the beach, how surprising to stumble accross a random, lonely bottle carefully placed on the side of the winding path leading back to your room. Picking up this misterious vessel, you remove the stopper and coax out an intriguing scroll of paper that's been rolled up inside. You soon realise that this is, in fact, a surprise treat waiting to be discovered by an unsuspecting, lucky guest. Some days the scroll may reveal a complimentary spa treatment coupon for a pedicure, facial or massage on the house. Other days, the Message in a Bottle may contain written clues directing you towards the Secret Bar, or offering the opportunity to enjoy a special dining experience for two on the beach. LUX* is spontaneous. It's fun and lighthearted. And much like the Secret Bar, only those who find the Message in a Bottle can claim this treat.





Enjoy your luxury, relaxing holiday in the Maldives for even longer with an amazing free nights offer.

The longer you stay the more free night's you'll recieve:

  • Book 4 to 6 Nights = 1 Free Night
  • Book 7 to 9 Nights = 2 Free Nights
  • Book 10 to 11 = 3 Free Nights
  • Book 12 nights or more = 4 Free Nights

T&Cs: Applicable on best rate conditions only; available from 20/09/2015 to 31/10/2016; offer available on bed & breakfast, half board and all inclusive; pre-pay only; available on all rooms and villas; reservations to be guaranteed by credit card.

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