LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas

Waterside villas with undersea secrets

Find your own private stretch of the four kilometres of pristine white-sand beach. Follow a stilted pontoon to contemporary styled villas over the pure blue India Ocean waters. Experience exotic new flavours thanks to the award-winning eating and drinking. This remarkable remodelled resort is one of the largest five-star islands in the Maldives – a long, slender, easy-to-walk around island ready to wow you with extraordinary activities. A sheltered lagoon provides unbeatable viewings of stingrays, coral fish, baby back-tip reef sharks and manta rays.

The five-star PADI diving centre exhilarates pros and novices alike with whale shark excursions. Take to the waves and go water skiing, wake boarding or windsurfing; slice through the stillest sea on a jetsurf, or strap a jet pack to your feet and experience the high-octane thrills of flyboarding. On land, follow secret zigzagging pathways through orchid-dotted gardens; hone your backhand on the tennis courts and dip into one of the postcard-perfect turquoise pools.

With seven restaurants, you don’t have to venture far for dinner and, when you’re tempted by a cocktail, there are five bars with shakers at the ready. When darkness falls, Beach Rouge, the only fully -fledged beach club in the Maldives, promises to add some colour to your night-times …


As the only settlement on the island of Dhidhoofinolhu in South Ari Atoll, LUX* South Ari Atoll offers a real insight to unspoiled island living. At 2km long and 400m wide, the island is small and intimate, but large enough to explore if you’re seeking sanctuary and shade away from the fine coral sand beaches. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice, our world-class PADI diving centre will provide all the equipment you’ll need to navigate the crystal clear waters of the lagoon, where you’re likely to spot everything from dolphins and whale sharks to majestic stingrays and the myriad bejeweled colours of coral fish.


25-minute seaplane journey from Male International Airport during daylight hours

20-minute domestic flight to a nearby airport and 10-minute speedboat ride after dark



193 pavilions and villas

  • 36 Beach Pavilions (60 m2)
  • 6 Family Lagoon Pavilion (130 m2)
  • 45 Beach Villas (95 m2)
  • 12 Beach Pool Villas (116 m2)
  • 38 Water Villas (98 m2)
  • 46 Romantic Pool Water Villas (110 m2)
  • 3 Temptation Pool Water Villas (220 m2)
  • 1 LUX* Villa (360 m2)


Don’t miss …

  • Stingray and baby shark feeding or snorkeling the clear waters of the house reef.
  • Exploring exotic Asian flavors from Japanese fine dining to the aromatic tastes usually restricted to a bustling night market.
  • Experiencing restorative yoga overlooking the sea or floating on a paddle board or book a personal trainer for a workout in the jungle.
  • Discovering the secret disco … you’ll need to find it first.


You’ll also love …

  • Dipping into the authentic Maldivian culture with an evening of local delicacies and bodu beru drumming under the stars.
  • Get the ultimate holiday snapshot with a free session with the professional photographer from Photo Fanatics.
  • An encounter with whale sharks, join a safari on a traditional dhoni (wooden boat) to spy the world’s largest fish.


Restaurants and Bars:




East Market

East Bar

Lagoon Bar


Beach Rouge


Café LUX*


Spa – LUX* Me spa


Kids Club – Play:  3- 11 Years

Stud 17:  12 – 17 Years

Baby-sitting:  at an hourly rate


Water Sports:

COMPLIMENTARY snorkeling equipment, canoe, pedal boats, kayaks, snorkeling trips to the house reef

FOR A FEE diving, windsurfing, fun tube rides, water-skiing, jet-skiing, kite surfing, catamaran trips, whale shark safaris, fly-boarding, glass bottom boat excursions, private trips with speedboat or dhoni, morning and sunset fishing


Land Sports:

COMPLIMENTARY table tennis, tennis, billiard, table football

FOR A FEE bicycles


Wi-Fi – complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access throughout the resort


Fact Sheet


Spa & Wellness



Kids club & Play