LUX* Maldives Resort & Spa

  • Luxury
  • 5 star
  • 178 villas
  • Seaplane
  • 25 min
  • 140km
  • Ari Atoll
  • Dhidhoofinolhu

What sort of Trip was this?

  • Honeymoon
  • Diving
  • Family
  • Spa

A luxury resort in the Maldives made for peaceful off-the-grid retreats

Whether seeking a peaceful hideaway or active adventure, the picture-perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu is home to LUX* South Ari Atoll, a luxury resort where your fantasy of a laid-back, desert island paradise is about to come true.

Here, you’ll discover 190 private villas, dotted at the water’s edge along two miles of powder fine beaches and perched on stilts above a crystal lagoon. On land or above water, sunset facing or sunrise, these super spacious rooms and suites bring an entirely original vibe of coastal, beach house chic to the Maldives.

With a 5-Star PADI dive centre, the resort’s limpid waters are a diver’s nirvana but there’s an equal abundance of snorkelling and opportunities to visit the resident whale sharks. LUX* South Ari Atoll also offers two infinity pools, floodlit tennis courts and a Technogym fitness centre while the LUX* Me spa, is host to a wellness concierge and a menu of indulgent and stimulating treatments.

LUX* South Ari Atoll boasts seven eateries and six bars. East Market is a sophisticated take on a bustling local night market. Umami offers fine dining from separate sushi, teppanyaki and robata counters as well as the Maldives’ largest selection of sakes and Japanese whiskeys. Allegria, Senses and Island Kitchen stimulate international palettes and the new Beach Rouge introduces the dolce vita of a fashionable beach club to the island.

LUX* wouldn’t be LUX* without a few surprises. Expect island-roasted coffee in Café LUX*, impromptu screenings at cinema paradiso and the chance to hang your hopes on our magical tree of wishes.

SUITES & VILLAS

Whether suspended over the water or scattered along the beach, every room, suite and villa at LUX* South Ari Atoll is designed to make the most of its enchanting island surrounds.

Light, breezy and ever so spacious with splashes of bright island colour, each room has a sophisticated sense of simplicity with sweeping views over the sparkling lagoon and beach.

Villa Type of LUX* Maldives Resort & Spa

Beach Pavilion

Beach Pavilion

Located in:
Beach
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Take in all the sights, sounds and colours of authentic island living in the leisurely comfort of your Beach Pavilion. Sunlight filters through lofty thatched roofs, while the luxurious bathroom offer... read more

Beach Villa

Beach Villa

Located in:
Beach
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Light sand and ochre tones reflect the beautiful island setting beyond the terrace, while subtle décor echoes the ebb and flow of the ocean. All guestrooms enjoy en suite outdoor bathrooms where the ... read more

Beach Pool Villa

Beach Pool Villa

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Beach
Private Pool:
With Private Pool
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Enjoy sensational views over the lagoon from your spacious, west-facing Beach Pool Villa. Native wood accents and light sandy tones bring the natural beauty of island living inside, while a private te... read more

Water Villa

Water Villa

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Beach
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Enjoy sensational views over the lagoon from your spacious, west-facing Beach Pool Villa. Native wood accents and light sandy tones bring the natural beauty of island living inside, while a private te... read more

Romantic Signature Pool Water Villa

Romantic Signature Pool Water Villa

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Water
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The luxurious Prestige Water Villas are suspended on stilts over the water, offering incredible views of the Indian Ocean and direct access to the lagoon. With a spacious bedroom and king sized bed pl... read more

LUX* VILLA

LUX* VILLA

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Ocean
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Featuring 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 ... read more

CAFÉ LUX*

Excellent coffee is a must, not a luxury; that’s why you’ll find a Café LUX* at the heart of all our resorts and hotels. Café LUX* has revolutionised the world of hotel coffee, and our commitment remains clear: to offer our guests the finest barista-made coffee, day or night. Great coffee begins with freshly ground beans, so we roast our own in our on-site roasting rooms, which can be explored on our aromatic behind-the-scenes tour. Our specialist baristas keep up with all the latest trends and techniques – including Cold Press, Pour Overs and Nitro coffee. Bespoke ‘pod’ machines and a variety of Café LUX* blends allow guests to enjoy an aromatic cup in their room, and even at home.

LAGOON BAR

On the beach, facing the sunrise, and situated close to the lobby and Boat House, this is one of the favourite laid-back watering holes. Enjoy island music and reggae favourites while sharing your experiences from the last dive or your exciting water sports session.

THE ISLAND BAR

Watch the sun set over the shimmering water as your sip on a delicious island cocktail or aperitif and tasty canapés at The Island Bar. Go for a stroll along the beach or simply soak up the laid-back ambience on the wooden deck as you wind down after experiencing another amazing day on the island.

VELI POOL BAR & LUNCH

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.

THE BEACH

Straight from our wood-fired oven, enjoy our delicious fresh pizzas in the ultimate relaxed setting, right on the beach. Think crisp, thin crusts, topped with the freshest ingredients, baked to perfection and enjoyed with feet in the sand, eyes on the lagoon view and the breeze in your hair. Heaven.

SENSES

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.

THE ISLAND KITCHEN

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 fresh 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 BAR AND LOUNGE

Senses Bar and Lounge offers a selection of cocktails, rums, liqueurs, beers and spirits, as well as a refreshing selection of Sri Lankan teas in the afternoon. It also offers light Indian Ocean lunches in the shade or by the pool if you don't feel like visiting one of our more formal restaurants. Enjoy a light snack in the evening while swaying gently in a giant hammock or challenge someone to a friendly game of billiards as the sun sets over the ocean.

ALLEGRIA RESTAURANT AND BAR

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.

  • WIFI
  • swimming pool
  • television
  • coffee
  • air conditioning
  • fitness facility
  • fridge
  • wine bar
  • smoking allowed
  • entertainment
  • secure vault
  • room service
  • play place
  • complimentary breakfast
  • Handicap Accessible

Water Sports

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, Flyboarding, water-skiing, wakeboarding and jet-skiing for an additional fee. Or explore further afield with a private catamaran trip and picnic parties to neighboring islets.

Diving

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.

Dive sites include Maamagili, suitable for beginners and those who have never dived before, Aa Thila for the more experienced, and Thinfushi Beru Tila for advanced divers. Our dive centre offers 37 incredible dive sites, two wreck sites and night diving, all within a short boat ride offshore.

Two diving sessions are hosted daily, with at least one trained monitor for every four divers. The dive centre also has a Euro Divers five-star PADI certification for complete peace of mind. Courses include Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver (leading to PADI Scuba Diver certification), and an Open Water Diver Course. The latter lasts five to six days and leads to an internationally-recognised PADI scuba diving certificate and a card that entitles you to rent equipment and dive anywhere in the world to a depth of 18m during the day. NITROX diving courses are also available.

FITNESS

In conjunction with leading fitness group, SP&Co based in London, our trainers all work with functional fitness methods to optimise your own personal strengths and weaknesses. Take our complimentary Body Balance Analysis within the first few days of your stay and our fitness professionals will personally create a tailored programme just for you. We will pass on any specific requirements to our spa and wellness teams who will ensure your personal requirements are always addressed whether experiencing a spa treatment or yoga session.

SPA

At LUX* Me, our spa provides more than just pampering and offers a holistic, integrated approach to all our treatments. Our holistic therapists will personalise your treatment of choice using our exclusive range of LUX* ME products from our body or facial range.

We asked our essential oils Guru to create a facial tailored to your individual needs. With a combination of premium quality organic essential oils and our own LUX* products, it¹s a must-have treatment.

Yoga and meditation plays an integral role of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, and forms an integral component of LUX*Me. Available in group classes, or as part of our personalised experience, you can learn how to use yoga to improve your wellbeing and flexibility. When we are born our bodies are flexible and elastic. As we age our bodies become stiff and rigid. A key to healthy aging is to remain flexible and agile with regular yoga. Experience meditation and yoga in our introductory sessions that will get you started and fill your soul with positive energy.

The Balinese have a natural talent for massage; their techniques combine slow pressure movements with stretching.

An exclusive treatment designed by the guru of organic essential oils that will relax and rejuvenate. Using a combination of slow and rhythmic movements, we’ll balance your body¹s energy meridians.

A complete and totally relaxing treatment using pure organic essential oils. The treatment lures the guest into a deep sense of total relaxation using head massage, pressure points to rebalance the energy meridians, and deep tissue drainage massage techniques. The effect of the highest quality organic essential oils balances the nervous system and restores total calm.

An authentic treatment exclusive to LUX*, Chinese therapists will evaluate your needs and treat your individual aches and pains for the ultimate healing spa treatment.

At LUX* Resorts we offer you a unique service with our dedicated wellness concierge to personally programme your spa and wellness activities on vacation. Simply complete the online form prior to arrival and we will be in touch.

Beach Pavilion

Beach Pavilion

Take in all the sights, sounds and colours of authentic island living in the leisurely comfort of your Beach Pavilion. Sunlight filters through lofty thatched roofs, while the luxurious bathroom offer

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Beach Villa

Beach Villa

Light sand and ochre tones reflect the beautiful island setting beyond the terrace, while subtle décor echoes the ebb and flow of the ocean. All guestrooms enjoy en suite outdoor bathrooms where the

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Beach Pool Villa

Beach Pool Villa

Enjoy sensational views over the lagoon from your spacious, west-facing Beach Pool Villa. Native wood accents and light sandy tones bring the natural beauty of island living inside, while a private te

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Water Villa

Water Villa

Enjoy sensational views over the lagoon from your spacious, west-facing Beach Pool Villa. Native wood accents and light sandy tones bring the natural beauty of island living inside, while a private te

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Romantic Signature Pool Water Villa

Romantic Signature Pool Water Villa

The luxurious Prestige Water Villas are suspended on stilts over the water, offering incredible views of the Indian Ocean and direct access to the lagoon. With a spacious bedroom and king sized bed pl

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LUX* VILLA

LUX* VILLA

Featuring 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

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Beach Pavilion

Beach Pavilion

Take in all the sights, sounds and colours of authentic island living in the leisurely comfort of your Beach Pavilion. Sunlight filters through lofty thatched roofs, while the luxurious bathroom offer

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Beach Villa

Beach Villa

Light sand and ochre tones reflect the beautiful island setting beyond the terrace, while subtle décor echoes the ebb and flow of the ocean. All guestrooms enjoy en suite outdoor bathrooms where the

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Beach Pool Villa

Beach Pool Villa

Enjoy sensational views over the lagoon from your spacious, west-facing Beach Pool Villa. Native wood accents and light sandy tones bring the natural beauty of island living inside, while a private te

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Water Villa

Water Villa

Enjoy sensational views over the lagoon from your spacious, west-facing Beach Pool Villa. Native wood accents and light sandy tones bring the natural beauty of island living inside, while a private te

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Romantic Signature Pool Water Villa

Romantic Signature Pool Water Villa

The luxurious Prestige Water Villas are suspended on stilts over the water, offering incredible views of the Indian Ocean and direct access to the lagoon. With a spacious bedroom and king sized bed pl

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LUX* VILLA

LUX* VILLA

Featuring 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

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