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What We Love

  • The myriad activities on offer: snorkeling, kayaking, tennis, beach volleyball and more
  • The diving: The Ari Atoll has some of the Maldives' best
  • A four-hand massage at the elegant spa
  • One of the few family-friendly resorts in the Maldives
  • Seven restaurants and six bars to choose from

What To Know

  • The 28-acre resort is large by Maldivian standards, with 193 rooms
  • Getting to this remote island involves a 25-minute seaplane ride from Malé that costs about $363 per person each way
  • Better for families and active couples — romantics looking for complete privacy might be disappointed
  • A Green tax of $6 per person, per night will be collected at the property for stays from November 1 2015.


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Kids Club
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

With a stay at LUX* South Ari Atoll in Dhidhoofinolhu Island (South Ari Atoll), you’ll be minutes from Dhidhoofinolhu Marina. This 5-star resort is within the vicinity of Manta Point and Vakarufalhi Beach.

Make yourself at home in one of the 193 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and DVD players. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. LCD televisions with satellite programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature deep soaking bathtubs and complimentary toiletries.

Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. After dipping into one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools, you can spend some time at the private beach. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).

Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 7 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 6 bars/lounges. Buffet breakfasts are available daily for a fee.

Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, express check-in, and express check-out. Event facilities at this resort consist of a conference center and a meeting room.

How to Get There

LUX* South Ari Atoll
South Ari Atoll
Dhidhoofinolhu Island, 00000 Maldives


5.0 Excellent 3730 Reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago

What an experience to never forget! I was in Lux* south Ari Atoll for business two weeks ago. Never experienced hospitality like this. Thanks to Dave Minten and his team who made this visit one to never forget. Each moment surprises, as form arrival to departure, Wonderfull villas, sublime food and warm experienced staff that makes the visit unbelievable.
I can recommend Lux* south Ari Atoll to all who look for an experience in Maldives to never forget and will certainly go back with my family. COMPLIMENTS 5 STARS!!

Enjoyable experience at lux* south ari atoll
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our family of 5, booked 2 water villas, where we had private excess to the ocean. We stayed over for 4 days 3 night and we throughly enjoyed ourselves. The island os largely untouched and their beaches, pure, with clear blue water and fine white sand.

Compliments to Mr. Eaman for helping us during our stay there. He ensured we were comfortable and made sure we were at ease. He answered all our queries and was extremely patient w us.

Water sports were extremely enjoyable, snorkling was the best where they take you to a coral reef and you get to go exploring. Someone in our group managed to spot a baby shark there!

Breakfast at east market was fantastic. It is an asian spread buffet, where the spread is huge Dinner at allegria was the best. It is fine italian cuisine and the foodbwas really really good.

The sunsets there are beautiful, in the evening, there are sharks that go near the jetty and you can spot them swimming about. Sometimes if you are lucky, there are manta rays about. There are different types of fishes there, each are gorgeous in their own way.

Definitely highly recommended for a relaxing vacation.

Reviewed 5 days ago

From the minute we arrived with the seaplane, welcomed by the staff, we just already felt like royalty’s! Everything in the smallest detail was arranged for us! Our “room” was actually a big Beach Villa, were we slept for 7 nights! What else do you want, waking up in the morning, walking 2 steps to take a lovely swim in the warm, crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean! We enjoyed also the amazing and breathtaking sunsets...lying on our private beds on the beach in front of the Villa!
Every morning we had amazing breakfast, healthy and delightful, inspired by the Asian market, with live cooking stations, that made our beginning of the day a special one! All restaurants at LUX* are amazing! You can enjoy the Italian cuisine, the Asian Cuisine, the middle eastern an Indian cuisine...for us a 2 Michelin Star kitchen experience! Chefs and staff....thank you for taking so good care of us! Very special for us..the Truffle week..we enjoyed 2 Truffle workshops and the Truffle diner was the best ever...and with us..a fully booked restaurant!
Last bud not least...we never forget the SPA* experience...we felt like new born after! We could write another 5 pages...about tastes, feelings, but for now we would like to say: GO..for this 5 star luxury experience! We did love it and we will visit you another time! One big thank you to everybody at LUX* south ari atoll Maldives!

Dreamy paradise
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were at the island for 5 nights and this resort has been a dreamy paradise. Right from the time we arrived at the pier we were greeted with smiles and the amazing services began.
This resort does a fair justice to all the beautiful reviews we came across and this is not less than a paradise. The clear blue water,impeccable beach villas and service from the staff was on point.
I was pleasantly surprised that every staff in resort was very helpful and always tried their level best to make your stay with them better

The breakfast buffet was lavish at East market and the food was fresh and delicious. Suresh from the egg station is simply the best as he would go all out to just match your egg preferences. By far out favourite from the east market was parvesh's wok station. The restaurant manager,Shappe was fantastic and took care of us very well at the restaurant.

Allegria was the star as the food was just brilliant and not to mention the outstanding service by Moosa and Shankar.

Afrah from the photo fanatics needs a special mention here as he is just impeccable at his work and make sure to get your family clicked by him. Totally worth it. Afrah,thanks again for capturing few good memories during our stay

Mr Mamoun,the resort manager,thanks for making sure we had a pleasant stay and making sure everything was on point.

Thanks lux for this wonderful holiday experience!cheers.

Understated 5 star luxury
Reviewed 6 days ago

We arrived at the airport to be greeted by a Lux member of staff and escorted to the Lux lounge where we waited for our seaplane, the opportunity to sit somewhere clean and cool where we could where we could get a lovely coffee and a snack was exactly what we needed after a long flight and very much appreciated, there we filled out some paperwork saving time on check in when we arrived at the resort.

The seaplane was a great experience, we had a very warm welcome when we arrived at Lux and were swiftly shown to our beach villa which we were delighted with, it was spacious, tastefully decorated, the outside bath and shower were wonderful. You literally stepped out straight onto the beach which was stunning and so peaceful. One tip is if you’re not particular about a brand of toiletries you use then there really is no need to take your own, lovely quality body wash, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion is provided in plentiful amounts and not in silly mini bottles so there really is no need to bring your own. We spend 7 days in the beach villa and 3 in a water villa, whilst we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of both, without a doubt the beach villa was our preferred accommodation. The water villa was lovely but only really got the sun for few hours a day so we found ourselves on the beach in the morning anyway.

We were all inclusive and food and drink quality was extremely high, by far the best we have ever experienced in any all inclusive resorts we have visited. The choice if restaurants/bars is vast and the choice is fantastic. We had read on previous reviews that booking the à la cart restaurants before arriving is advisable as they get booked up quite quickly, whilst I don’t agree with having to do this at a 5 star resort we did book our restaurants before we arrived and were pleased we had done so as a few people had said they were struggling to get a reservation. All the restaurants were great but I’d say Senses was probably our favourite but Allegria was also fantastic. Another thing we really liked which again is unusual in an all inclusive resort was that you had the opportunity to order bottles of wine and the choice on the all-inclusive menu was quite extensive. The coffee shop is lovely, the Coconut Divine Frappe is a MUST, the ICI ice-parlour is beautiful, so much choice and so delicious.

Before booking the one thing that we were slightly concerned about was the fact that the island is quite large in comparison to others but don’t let this put you off, it’s stunning, very well appointed and it feels very peaceful and quiet, when we were there it was 85% occupancy but never felt busy which is what Lux is trying to achieve.

All the staff are really friendly and work tirelessly to ensure you have a fantastic holiday, our room was cleaned twice a day and we often went back to lovely little touches like animals made from towels on the bed all lovely bubble bath run for us with petals floating on the top. If I had to list names of all the staff that made a holiday special I will be here all day but the three people that really stood out to us were Mode our cleaner, Arul from East bar and Sowkat the buggy driver.

If you’re wanting posh and formal this is not the island for you but if understated luxury is what you’re looking for then I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. The only slight negative I can think of is the service could have been a little better in some of the à la cart restaurants but all I mean is sometimes we have to ask for drinks or waited a long time for wine to be poured etc. but believe me in the grand scheme of things it really wasn’t a big problem.

Another little tip is when you arrive ask if you can be added to the WhatsApp system, this is really good as they text you with certain information and you can also text them any time for information, help with restaurants reservations etc. they are very responsive and we found this a great thing to use.