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south ari atoll

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.

LUX* South Ari Atoll is located 25 minutes seaplane journey from the main Airport during daylight hours or 20 minutes domestic flight plus 1 minutes speedboat, option also available late evening.

Here, you’ll discover 193 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 eight eateries and five 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 MIXE stimulate international palettes and the new Beach Rouge introduces the dolce vita of a fashionable beach club to the island. 

Reasons to go to LUX* South Ari Atoll

cinema paradiso

Screen on the beach

As evening falls, guests can sink into a beanbag or snuggle on a sofa, nibbling on delectable homemade popcorn… Stretched across two palm trees, LUX* Resorts & Hotels Screen on the Beach shows a range of movies, from art house films to blockbusters and kids' classics.

telephone booth

Phone Home
International calls can often break the bank whilst on holiday. We believe holidays should be stress free, which is why you’ll find vintage telephone boxes throughout our resorts, complete with VOIP phones for all guests to use free of charge. There’s only one rule: you’re not allowed to call the office!

ice cream

‘ICI’ Ice Cream

No… It isn’t a mirage! Guests wandering through our resorts will often spot retro carts and pop-up parlours serving generous scoops of ‘ici’ – our very own brand of low fat ice cream. Heaped into our handmade waffle cones, they’re bursting with the tropical flavours and deliciously authentic island-grown ingredients. 



Our step-by-step path to a healthier, better way of life, LUX* Me, will help sustain the holiday spirit long after you return home. Tailored to each individual by our Spa Concierge, LUX* Me programmes encompass fitness, spa, nutrition and cooking classes, yoga and meditation – with a fantastic range of products to take home (or order online), to help maintain your holiday glow.

message in a  bottle

Message in a bottle

Every day at LUX* is a treasure hunt. Spot a bottle buried in the sand or hidden in the gardens, and get an unexpected treat. It might be a candle-lit dinner for two by the water’s edge, a spa treatment, or a scuba diving lesson – there’s only one way to find out; pop that cork and unroll the scroll.


Café LUX* 

When you’re on holiday it is often impossible to find a decent cup of coffee… Not any more! Every LUX* Resort & Hotel has its very own Café LUX*, where guests can look forward to the delicious taste of ‘real’ organic coffee they crave and deserve, served with a side order of seaside sipping.

tree of wishes

Tree of Wishes 

Wishes makes the world go round and at LUX* you’ll find a specially commissioned Tree of Wishes sculpture. Upon check-in you’ll be presented with a unique ribbon or tag featuring your initials and the date of your visit. Tie the ribbon around one of the enchanting branches and make a wish.  While there is no guarantee your wish will come true, LUX* can only promise that once a year one tag will be selected and the lucky person who placed it there will win a free stay. Now let’s hope we get lucky

art studio

Junkart Studio and Gallery

At LUX*, rubbish artworks are highly appreciated. That’s why guests are invited to their shipping-container studio to try something new and up-cycle the old. Under the guidance of visiting artists, one can let their imagination run wild with salvaged materials, or turn driftwood or drinks cartons into sculptural souvenirs or quirky home furnishings.


Wanderlust Library

Appreciating the desire to try new things–especially on holiday–is a LUX* specialty, and this thought inspired the creation of the ultimate library of books and magazines for guests. The Wanderlust Library is a tranquil, calm and cool setting to stimulate the senses and expand horizons.



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