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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


Worth of money

We came with 4 of us. We have received by Rachael our butler and she is very professional. She gave us we chat and easily for us to look for her.

We have tried all the restaurant , we love allegria so much and also east market. MIXE restaurant has a lot of mosquitoes. Senses environment was good and romantic good for couple. Beach rouge too loud but food was good.

Overall, we enjoy a lot and the service was amazing especially our villa attendant.

Great resort, even greater people!

From the moment we arrived, we were treated with kindness and great hospitality. The resort is beautiful, but what really made the difference were the people of LSAA. They are genuinely nice and so accommodating to our needs. I had requested for specific villas, having read previous Trip Advisor tips, and Lux actually arranged those villas for us. All our restaurant bookings were confirmed and correct, and when we celebrated our son's 10th birthday at Allegria, they set up a beautiful table on the beach for us and though I had only requested for a slice of cake, they presented us with a whole cake and sang the birthday song. I was really touched with how they went the extra mile to make my son's birthday celebration such a memorable one for our family.

We met some truly amazing people at Lux - Mamoun the Resort Manager welcomed us when we got off the seaplane with his big warm smile and always stopped to chat with us whenever we bumped into him throughout our stay. He even remembered our names, though the resort was at 90% capacity! Rachael and Lara took amazing care of us, making sure we were comfortable throughout our stay, right up to the point when we got on the seaplane to leave. Sowkat, Mofizul and Ali were our favourite buggy drivers - they were so sweet and their cheerfulness is so infectious! And not forgetting Ahmad.H who made beautiful towel and leaf decors in our room, with an extra special one on my son's bed on his birthday. The entire staff of LSAA is so friendly and truly display an exceptional level of hospitality.

We stayed the first 3 nights in a Beach Villa (#249, with a bit more privacy as it was towards the end of the strip of villas, sunrise facing) then moved to a Water Villa (#429, in the middle of the strip of villas so didn't have to walk too far to get to it, sunset facing) for the remaining 3 nights. The villas are well-appointed and spacious, which is a big plus for us since we were traveling with our son, and have all the necessary amenities.

Food was also great! We do not take pork, so the restaurants would accommodate and omit/substitute pork with other meats for us. Lux Cafe was our first stop every morning for our daily fix of good coffee. And ICI is a must-try for delicious homemade ice-cream and sorbets.

There were indeed a lot of activities around the resort, and I really liked that the resort sent me updates daily on WhatsApp about which restaurants were available, and what activities were planned. My personal favourite activities were the Tree of Wishes, the Coffee Roasting and Latte Art sessions, and Cinema Paradiso - there's nothing like watching a movie under the stars while being treated with popcorn and ice cream!

It was difficult to leave. We miss it dearly and on the last day of our holiday, we were already making plans to go back to LSAA!

p/s: we booked directly with the resort, and enjoyed much better room rates than what we were able to find on other travel websites.

Favourite resort in the Maldives

Having visited the Maldives a number of times, we typically try a different resort each year, until we stayed at the Lux. Since then, we have visited 3 times and wouldn’t stay anywhere else.
Everything about the Island is perfect for our family and from the minute you land to the minute you leave, you feel completely at home. Travelling with two children, including a small baby, can be challenging however the Lux made it so easy with all of the little things they prepared for us like a sterilisers, travel cot and toys. The kids club is amazing, Carline and her team are professional, welcoming and fantastic with children of all ages (to the point where our 4 year old doesn’t want to hang out with us at all).
Every member of staff on the island from house keeping to gardeners to waiters to management is so accommodating and kind, and cannot do enough for every guest. (Shout our to Modi and Mohammad for their amazing towel and palm leaf animals to entertain the children).

The range and quality of the restaurants is superb and the Spa facilities and treatments are fantastic. Activities are well priced and varied however there is enough to do on the island without having to sign up to anything. There is enough space and variety on the island to mean you can have family time, couple time and individual time. Literally paradise.