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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 3826 Reviews
Incredible holiday
Reviewed 2 days ago

Everything and more.....excellent food & service
Great water villa from which we snorkelled daily
Took a trip and swam with Whale Sharks - yes - plural - 2 Whale Sharks - very lucky indeed!

Would return in a heartbeat if we could afford it - obviously not cheap but worth it to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary

A home away from home
Reviewed 2 days ago

The minute you arrive to LUX*, your soul feels hugged and loved, from all the care and luxury you feel at LUX*!!! I’ve been here 5 times with my family and friends, and we just can’t stop coming back for more! The beach is absolutely paradisiaque, food is incredible! If you want something (it may be whatever!!!) the chefs will make it for you! For example once, we wanted sushi for lunch, whilst the Japanese restaurant is closed, they made us happy! I fell sick during 1 of our stays, the general and F&B managers were coming by to check on me, bringing me fresh coconuts... The GM showed us his “meditation spot” on the island, where it’s nice to go for sunrise meditation. The island is really big, you can bike around or hop on a buggy. It was one of the first resorts in the Maldives to get the hoverboard and flyboard! I love those toys!!!
I’ve been nearly all over the world and I have NEVER EVER seen in ANY resort or hotel, “secret bottles”. LUX* hides bottles in the bushes and trees, that look like pirate bottles, with a real message in the bottle!! If you are lucky to find one, you can win a sunset cruise, free massage, free cocktails, etc etc.. This place guys, is a REAL home away from home ❤️ I cried when I was leaving, it was as if my soul belongs there! The service is fantastic, everyone is happy to help you, the SPA is breathtaking! The villas are modern and the resort has excellent WiFi in the villas. The property on the resort is beautiful, you can visit their jungle garden and see how they grow ingredients they use to cook :) this place has a real peaceful atmosphere to it, not only will your body and mind have a vacation here, but so will your soul! I really highly recommend, if you are choosing where to go to the Maldives, this is the place!!!!

The best Chinese New Year in Maldives-LUX
Reviewed 5 days ago

In just four days and three nights, LUX brought me and my family full of laughter. Dad used the few words of poor English to spread our Chinese new year culture and our language on the LUX island. We finally found the lucky bottle at the last day in the island. I also sang Chinese songs in the Chinese New Year Eve. The beautiful scenery blends with our happy mood, LUX has left a deep impression on our hearts. Our family has also left our unique influence on the island. LUX has so many incredible opportunities and fun. We feel the seriousness and care of every LUX staff service, thank LUX*, thank you for your service, we will meet again next time(❤ ω ❤).

Best time in Maldives at LUX..
Reviewed 5 days ago

A well trained team at Lux maldives. I d like to congratulate the management for the service and the staff. Very detailed oriented at any touch point in the hotel. Outstanding food and special thanks to the lovely french girl "Lou" who took a very good care of us.. She was fantastic and everyday she ensure to ask us about the food and talk to us about the hotel and our stay. All staff are warm and always smiling.
We will definitely come back to the hotel and recommend to friends.


Our best holiday by now
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have stayed at Lux* Ari Atoll for a week. We were expecting high standards but what we found exceeded our expectations. The travel from the airport to the island and back were perfectly organized. We had absolutely no delays.

We were welcomed by a group of fantastic people and Chiara was our reference for the whole stay. We could ask her for advice, for information, for curiosities. She was always available and she would solve any issue in a very short time.

Everything around the island is perfectly taken care of. Beaches are clean, trees and flowers are incredibly beautiful. There is a team of gardeners that are doing a great job.

Food is of high-quality and services are perfect. We really appreciated the home-made bread, cakes and ice cream. They are trying to make as much as possible on the island by their skilled bakers and cooks and it really makes a difference. There are 7 excellent restaurants either buffet or à la carte. It is important to book in advance the à la carte ones. But Chiara informed us immediately about this detail so we booked the restaurants we were interested in.

The rooms are huge and cleaned to the highest standards. We appreciated the outside shower and the high-quality toiletries offered. As we stayed on the beach villas with plenty of vegetation around, I was amazed by the fauna on the island. It was an additional surprise for us to have the chance to admire the birds and the orchids that are hanging from the trees. Absolutely fantastic!

We absolutely loved the "no cash" system. Basically, everything you order in the different restaurants or bars or buy from the shop, and also the cost of the trips, it is registered on your room number and you pay at the end of your stay.

We absolutely recommend a stay in this Paradise resort and we would definitely love to go back.

Thank you all for our wonderful experience.