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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 3671 Reviews
Don’t look any further for paradise
Reviewed 7 hours ago

My husband and I found this place on trip advisor when searching for over water bungalows. I had no idea how INCREDIBLE it would be. If you look at the pictures it is EXACTLY as it shows. Sugar sand beaches, extreme hospitality, and the most serene views and water you will ever find. We spent 10 days here and every single day has been beyond expectations. The food is delicious at every restaurant, drinks are perfection, and our over water pool villa is the epitome of romance. It is worth every second of the flight to arrive in this paradise and experience the beauty this amazing resort has to share. Thank you every single employee that helped us enjoy the most amazing indescribably beautiful vacation we have ever experienced.

Tropical paradise
Reviewed 2 days ago

From the moment we arrived, the views around each corner took our breath away. The staff here truly want to make your stay perfect. Everyone is very courteous and helpful. We took other reviewers’ advice and stayed in a beach villa and then moved to a water villa.

We had a few hiccups with the move - there were termites in our water villa, so they sprayed, but the chemical smell was overwhelming, so we asked to be moved to another room. Management was very accommodating and we are happy with our new room. I personally preferred the beach villa because of the layout and they may be more recently updated, but the water villas are definitely more secluded if you are looking to get away from the “crowds”.

We have tried almost every restaurant (we have reservations at Umami tonight). Senses has been our favorite so far - the flavors and vegetarian selections are amazing!

Whether you prefer the beach or pool, the resort has it all. Luxury resort all the way!

Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing place, sad to have left! Staff very attentive, very happy and friendly, accommodation breathtaking, food absolutely delicious, choice of restaurants.. absolute paradise on the planet!! 😊😊😊😊

Perfect honeymoon, perfect holiday
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took forever to pick just one of the Maldives resort (so many good options) but this kept jumping at me as I really like ultra-modern and chic places. It was perfect. From the airport pick-up to the chic arrival lounge, to the seaplane travel and the grand reception at arrival where everyone from the Manager stands and waves to welcome you in. Very beautiful and spacious resort and all the rooms (I can say all as I made sure to check out the different rooms whilst there) are great. We had a water village with our own plunge pool and It was fun to swim out to the ocean daily, we had private cinema too in-room. We even discovered a small private island. The rooms are everything and they keep it spotless. The honeymoon welcome is quite cute. The spa was lovely. Food topnotch. Top tip - Order the room-service! The resort has everything you need, if you are ever worried about being bored on a resort, this isn't the one. You can be as active or as quiet as you want. All the restaurants including the private beach sunset dinner were wonderful. The freebies and excitement from the message in a bottle was a lot of fun. I made a wish on the tree ceremony that came true weeks after. I would love to visit here every year if I could. We went in August 2017

Reviewed 1 week ago

TMA (seaplane) flight had technical issues flying out and we were delayed departing from Lux. Lux staff met us at the Getty and assured us of our rearagement to rebook our flight. Unfortunately we had a missed our flight and the next flight was scheduled for 12 hours later. Our ticket was a non changeable non refundable, just to add to the complications. The Lux staff was extremely extremely helpful, I have never encountered such an amazing customer experience.
Firstly the airlines put us in a very bad hotel with unclean water and mosquitoes. Upon calling Lux within 15 minutes we were moved to a very clean location in downtown Male.

Furthermore the LUX staff was keeping me updated and were working with the airlines to book us a new ticket. Not only did they put us in a decent hotel they covered all costs inclusive of meals. Again they went above and beyond the type of customer service which has been delivered was impeccable.
Mohammed Rasheed the airport /lounge manager is an excellent example of true customer service.

Furthermore, the stay at LUX South Ari is definitely amazing and the type of service the ground staff offered was truly amazing.

TMA is also to be thanked although working behind the scenes, they helped to ensure we get back to our destination.