About the Resort
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. The villas are 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.
Beach Pavilion – 60m² – 2 Adults & 1 child
Beach Villa – 95m² – 2 Adults & 2 children
Water villa – 98m² – 2 Adults & 1 child
Romantic pool water villa – 110m² – 2 Adults
Beach Pool villa – 116m² – 2 Adults & 1 child
Temptation pool villa – 220m² – 2 Adults
Lux Villa – 360m² – 2 Adults & 1 child
Restaurants & Bars
Savour the essence of authentic island living at Mixe. 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 their more formal restaurants. Relish a light snack in the evening while swaying gently in a giant hammock.
Inspired by Middle Eastern and Indian Ocean cuisine, Senses never fails to delight with its tempting menu of tagines, tandoori prawns and unique tropical sorbets. Taste buds tingling yet? Enjoy a light lunch of fresh salads, grills and local seafood, then later take a seat at the water’s edge overlooking the infinity pool for an exquisite à la carte dinner under the stars.
The interactive stalls in their over-the-water Asian-market-inspired restaurant make it as fun to admire the action as it is to try authentic tastes from Thailand, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. Dim sum steamed in bamboo mushiki. A parade of meats, vegetables and seasonings urges you to have noodle dishes or stir-fries whipped up in woks. A pushcart displays a perfect Peking duck.
A deck with swinging double seats and loungers-for-two on catamaran nets floating above turquoise waters – this hip little hangout is an atmospheric rendezvous for a sunset cocktail or low-key nightcap. Spend an evening mingling at this picturesque spot , and stray from the deck that overlooks the island and the ocean to find the biggest surprise that awaits… Seek out the secret under-the-sea-themed musical space where you may be tempted to take your drinks and start dancing.
Escape to the Mediterranean embrace of Allegria, right on the deck or right on the beach. Quality Italian ingredients, and authentic southern European recipes, all created with expertise in an open kitchen that invites guests to spy on the skilled chefs creating pastas, pizzas, gnocchi and just-caught seafood. There’s also an à la carte menu which promises to wow. Exclusive arrangements can also be made for small parties to dine privately and indulge in a range of cheeses complemented by their Scrucap wines and an exceptional selection of Italian, French and New World labels too.
Right by the beach, with a front-row view of the sunrise, this sociable enclave is situated near the reception, right by the water sports centre. Unwind to an island soundtrack and reggae vibes, while sharing your experiences from the last dive or your exciting water sports session. No wonder they say this is one of the favourite laid-back watering holes in the world.
It’s not just about full flavours in a chic, contemporary setting – Umami is as dedicated to drama as it is delicious dinners. A bright-red coral reef artwork covers one wall, competing with the theatrics of the knife-wielding, grill-tickling chefs. Perch on benches at the cobalt-blue sushi bar and watch masters crafting just-caught seafood into world-class sashimi, nigiri and maki. At a wood-smoky robata grill, see them barbecue Kobe beef or Australian lamb, just how the pickiest epicureans like it, right here in this elegant space. More visual thrills await thanks to the head chef’s entertaining teppanyaki skills. Drink connoisseurs have 30 sakés and nine fine Japanese whiskies with which to toast this remarkable dining experience.
Great coffee is a must at Café LUX* they ethically source their own green beans, roast them on-site, develop their own blends and pioneer the very latest techniques. Truly authentic coffee is delivered with care and passion from expertly trained barista’s with cold drips, frozen coffees, and hand-crafted blends ground to order. Open from sunrise to after sunset, Café LUX* is a place to pause and enjoy the best coffee and sweat treats on the island.
Near the crystal-clear swimming pool that extends out to sea, with shimmering views of the lagoon on three sides, pause at the Veli Pool Bar and enjoy a refreshing drink as you soak up those incredible watery views.
You’ve heard the album, now enjoy the ambience as you eat, drink and make merry. Pick at delicious fresh pizzas straight from being wood-fired in the ultimate relaxed setting, right on the soft-sand beach – crisp, thin crusts, topped with the freshest ingredients, baked to perfection… With your feet in the sand, eyes on the lagoon view and the breeze in your hair, that’s a recipe for good times.
Activities & Facilities
Snorkelling Equipment – Wind Surfing – Pedal Boat – Kayak – AquaGym – Mini Sails – Snorkelling – Glass Bottom Boat Trips – Water Skiing – Stand Up Paddle – Hobby Cat – 2 Swimming Pools – Tennis – Fitness Centre – Beach Cinema Screenings
Activities at Extra Cost
Speed Boat Ride – Scuba Diving – Big Game Fishing – Kite Surfing Nearby – Tube Rides – Catamaran Sailing – Private Water Skiing
Lux* Me 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.
Island resort holidays aren’t just for grownups anymore.
At LUX* South Ari Atoll, they have made sure there’s always something for the whole family to enjoy. PLAY offers children between the ages of 3 and 12 an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by a highly trained and enthusiastic team, kids are exposed to the nature and culture of the island’s incredible surrounds, as well as a range of high-energy sports and outdoor activities.
Studio 17 is the complimentary teens’ club, where guests between 12 and 17 can get together, explore the island or just hang out. Run by trained and enthusiastic LUX* supervisors, teens can make the most of their island holiday with loads of activities including local dance and language classes, beach sports activities and exciting adventure trips around the island. Both PLAY and Studio 17 are open every day from 9am to 7pm, with meal options available.