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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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Dreamy atolls of tropical islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are a kaleidoscope of colours and earthly pleasures. Get away from it all at LUX South Ari Atoll (formerly LUX Maldives), the only settlement on the postcard-perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu. Fuss free and laid-back, the resort surprises with pop-up cinema screenings right on the beach, impromptu musical performances and strolls along secret pathways through the lush tropical gardens. Just steps from the thatch-roofed suites and ocean-perched villas, the island's unspoilt beaches are yours to claim. A prime spot for snorkelling and whale-shark spotting, the resort's unblemished lagoon is a diver's dreamworld. Back on land, island street food and fine dining await in the tempting restaurants and bars. In the shade of coconut palms, lounge by the two turquoise pools, luxuriate in the ocean-view spa and surrender to the charms of this castaway idyll.
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Jason G wrote a review Today
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I went to LuxSouthAri for my birthday and had epic experience. The Lux Team emphasize on making guest experience one they won't forget. From the minute you get there you sense the premium service and luxury of the resort. Lux team is so friendly and accommodating. I want to give a special thanks to Alessandra for organizing my daily activities/special arrangements possible. Made my experience stress free and allowed for me to focus on just relaxing. Furthermore thanks to Abdulla Dhaaee and Moosa (water sports) for giving me a special birthday sailing trip. These guys will show you the best of snorkeling and sunsets the Maldives has to offer. If your into water sports these are the guys you want to look up. Lastly thanks to Anfal for the excellent room service i received every day, cleanest rooms I've ever stayed in. For any American going I endorse this Maldives resort. Thank you again to the entire Lux Team for unforgettable experience.
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Date of stay: June 2022
Sarah_Pio wrote a review Yesterday
Galway, Ireland48 contributions22 helpful votes
We spent 10 nights in Lux resort for our honeymoon. I would 100% recommend this resort. We stayed in the overwater villas with a pool (stunning). We opted for the premium all inclusive package. It does appear very expensive at first, but when you get to the resort you basically don’t have to put your hand in your pocket at all. We were able to order things like champagne, premium wine, lobster, wagu steaks etc which were not included in the standard ‘all inclusive’ package. That being said, the standard all-inclusive package is very comprehensive. Each group of guests are assigned a rep on arrival and we were lucky enough to have Rachael as our rep. Rachael kept us updated on daily schedules and was our main point of contact if we ever required assistance with anything. Rachael booked 90% of our excursions, classes, dinner bookings etc. She was extremely responsive and so helpful. We are both big coffee drinkers and Cafe Lux in the main lobby area serves excellent coffee. They roast their own beans onsite. You also have the opportunity to do latte art class or coffee roasting class if you wish to. The staff here are insanely nice, with a special mention to Lishan, Shuja and Nabuhan. Across from Cafe Lux is the main reception desk. Ahmed in reception (who also does the sunset cruise) is such a lovely person and so friendly to all guests. All restaurants are fantastic, the food was incredible and far exceeded our expectations. Our favourite was the teppanyaki in Umami. We also really enjoyed our meal in Allegria. Beach rouge for a good steak. Maldivian night in Mixe was fantastic. Service in Senses was a little bit slow. Lux could definitely up their cocktail game. We found the cocktails to be too juicy and very basic. We did the floating breakfast one morning which was a cool experience but we both agreed that $50 for the tray service was way overpriced. On top of that you have to pay for your breakfast despite already having breakfast included in our package. Prices were crazy for that too, $40 for an ‘American’ breakfast and that doesn’t even include a fresh juice (which was included in our premium package). When ordering wine in the restaurants the island sommelier called Sumeet will be able to help you select a wine. He is extremely knowledgeable and so helpful. It’s very obvious he is passionate about his job. He asks you you’re likes and dislikes and he will also pair the wine with your food. We were not disappointed with any of the bottles he recommended for us. Excellent service and recommendations from Sumeet. We purchased the ‘honeymoon’ package at the water activity centre which included 4 different activities. We did jet skiing, wake boarding, fly boarding and the ‘fun rides’ (the inflatable pull-along rides). We really enjoyed all water activities and staff were very friendly and helpful. They were so generous with the time we got out on the water also. The water villas with the pools are absolutely stunning. You can literally step out the back of your villa and snorkel. You can see lots of fish and if you’re lucky a sting ray or a black tip shark. Villas are serviced by housekeeping twice in the day, the turndown service is so nice. If you like a pamper session then I would highly recommend going to the spa for a massage. I love a good massage, and I can safely say the 3 massages I got during my stay in Lux are up there with some of the best massages I’ve ever had, if not the best!! We opted to have our massages in the overwater huts ($50 extra but worth it). There is a glass window on the floor of the villa which you can look down on while having your massage. The sound of the water is also so relaxing. We rented bikes for our entire stay. It costs $5 per bike a day but it’s well worth it. We got great use of the bikes day and night. Very convenient but also a fun way to explore the island. One criticism is that the bikes do not have a bell or a light on them, so it was a little dangerous to cycle after sunset as the island was quite dark in the evenings.There are also mini shuttle buses doing pick-up and drop-off trips around the island so this is another handy way to get around. Overall, we were extremely pleased with our experience and 100% hope to return again in the future. The staff really went above and beyond to make our honeymoon special. Certainly a holiday we will never forget. Thank you again to the entire team at Lux for everything.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ben wrote a review Yesterday
United Kingdom126 contributions148 helpful votes
From the moment you step ashore off the seaplane the welcome you receive is exceptional. The over the water Villa provided total relaxation and privacy which was exactly what we were searching for. It would be impossible to find any fault with the island, the staff and the dining options available all were first class. Thank you to Lux and all the staff who made our holiday exquisite
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Andrew Clifford wrote a review Yesterday
Kettering, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
Thank you to Mr Patrice and Team for making our 2 week holiday at Lux a memorable one. You clearly take guest experience very seriously and all staff are kind, friendly and passionate with guests. Also a special mention to the spa team who are lovely and provide truly magical treatments. These are some of the best massages I have experienced in the world. Thank you all and take care.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
jamieg2972017 wrote a review Yesterday
Dubai, United Arab Emirates5 contributions1 helpful vote
We’ve been to the Maldives several times and the staff at LUX were the best we’ve had. Every single one greeted you and with a smile when you saw them and made sure you were having a good time. In particular; the lady who works the front of house at breakfast, the gentleman who runs the ice cream shop, the gentleman who does the in room dining and also to Eman. He helped me to arrange my proposal and I can’t thank him enough. Thank you and see you again
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
lou_uden wrote a review 1 Jul
Guildford, United Kingdom2 contributions
We had the most unforgettable stay at the LUX resort celebrating our honeymoon and my birthday. Alessandra did the most amazing job at looking after us and each day would send us a full schedule of what was going on around the island. Our honeymoon was rescheduled 3 times due to covid so we had been waiting for nearly 3 years to go, and I can honestly say nothing could have prepared us for how stunning and amazing the island and resort is!!! We celebrated my birthday at the Beach Rouge restaurant, the staff were just incredible and set out a cute private table for us with an amazing view and all decorated beautifully!! I really recommend the speed boat whale shark excursion, it’s was just the most surreal experience! We managed to see and swim with a manta ray, the whale shark and even a turtle!! We even got to see dolphins! I must also say a big thank you to the IT team (Deepak) for helping us download our go pro footage from the excursion, our go pro wouldn’t connect to our phones and download the footage, however deepak managed to download the footage for us within the hour and send it all straight over!! Such amazing customer service. The buggy driver (Mopheeso) was also amazing, somehow remembered our names from just meeting us once and was always so joyful! Definitely recommend doing a beach villa and a water villa if you can, it was amazing to experience both as they both have completely different wow factors and we loved them both.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Defiantly do the sea plane transfer!! We brought and took snorkels but you can hire them for free
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Response from Executive Office LUX South Ari Atoll, Other at LUX* South Ari Atoll
Responded yesterday
Warm greetings from Deepak, Mofizul and everyone at LUX* ! Thank you very much for the review as well as the feedback given through our departure survey. We are really happy to know you had a wonderful celebrations for the honeymoon and birthday, and the team did not disappoint you in any way. If you have any plan to travel to the Maldives again, we do hope you will come back to visit us again. LUX* South Ari Atoll team is very much looking forward to helping you celebrate many more great moments in life on our little piece of paradise. Have a lovely weekend ! Best wishes and regards from the Indian Ocean, Patrice Aira General Manager
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sbelas551142 wrote a review Jun 2022
Düsseldorf, Germany3 contributions
It is hard to describe how wonderful this place is. My husband and I desperately needed this time out after more than two years of crisis management of our company during the pandemic. As soon as we arrived, the relaxation set in and we were able to find peace quickly. The perfect hospitality from the welcome at the seaplane to all areas of service at the resort was magnificent. The gastronomy - no matter in which location on the island - was almost outstanding. We needed nothing for perfect deceleration, pure enjoyment, accompanied by super beautiful stay in the romatntic water villas. Everything was simply wonderful and will remain in our thoughts for a long time.
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Date of stay: June 2022
Response from Executive Office LUX South Ari Atoll, Other at LUX* South Ari Atoll
Responded 4 days ago
Thank you for the lovely message shared with the world on TripAdvisor. We are very happy to know you have enjoyed the stay, and most importantly is that you have totally recharged and relaxed after a long time. Hope you will be in touch again and share the plan of returning for another visit soon. LUX* South Ari Atoll team will always be available to help you celebrate any moment life at anytime. With the best regards, Patrice Aira General Manager
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Expl0ringFamily wrote a review Jun 2022
Camberley, United Kingdom5 contributions9 helpful votes
My husband and I just returned from Lux South Ari Atoll for our 25th wedding anniversary. We have been to many places in our lives but this island is something else. Palm trees, cocktails and white sandy beaches. The friendliest people you will ever meet and the most wonderful gluten free food. We had 5 nights in a beach pool villa and 5 nights in a water villa, both amazing. The big success factor of this resort is the staff, they are absolutely amazing, all of them, the staff in white but also those in blue. A big thank you to all and although I feel guilty to specify we have to give a big shout out to Ahmed for making our room look so beautiful every night, Rita for contacting us even on her day off , Mofizal, Mano & Ravi for the best cocktails, Mazoot at the Veli pool, Atohl, Adhuham and Envei the Turkish chef that made us the most amazing gluten free meal at the Beach Rouge. Rimaah and Nada for your beautiful smiles every morning, I still can't get my head around how quickly you remember everyone's name and room number. Amazing all of you.
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Date of stay: June 2022
Response from Executive Office LUX South Ari Atoll, Other at LUX* South Ari Atoll
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for choosing LUX* South Ari Atoll to celebrate the anniversary ! It is truly reassuring to hear that you had a great time and everyone on the island had made sure you were well looked after. On behalf of Ahmed, Rita, Mofizul, Mano, Ravi, Mashud, Enver, Adhuham, Rimaah, Nada and all team members on the island, I would like to send the greetings to you and hope you and your husband will be back to the Maldives soon for another celebration and many more holidays in the coming future. The team is here for you any time. Best wishes and regards from the Indian Ocean, Patrice Aira General Manager
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Adam B wrote a review Jun 2022
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We finally made it to Lux South Ari Atoll, after unfortunate Covid delays. I think the extra wait made the trip even better. The moment you step off the plane you are greeted and from that moment on, you are treated like royalty. The whole experience was fantastic, everyone goes out of their way to make sure you are looked after. The restaurants are all amazing, East Market for a more asian style menu, Lagoon Bar for more lunch style food, Veli for incredible lunch menus and that's before Algeria, Beach Rouge, Senses (Curry) and Umami (Teppanyaki and Sushi). Snorkelling and Scuba excursions are all worth a try, we were fortunate enough to see whale sharks, manta rays and turtles. The marine biology team are knowledgeable and ensure the sea life are priority over guests. Nihaan, Ahmed and Mark were great to go out on the boat with. The restaurant staff are always smiling and helpful, Sameet was a great sommelier and excited to share his favourite wines with anyone who wanted to try them. Do your self a favour and try all of the restaurants. Finally (as a honeymoon bonus) we had a photo shoot with Shazmyn at Photo Fanatics. He is incredibly talented and it was great to hear how he got into photography and to geek out with some of his kit.
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Date of stay: June 2022
Room Tip: All are amazing, depends if you want a pool or the beach.
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Response from Executive Office LUX South Ari Atoll, Other at LUX* South Ari Atoll
Responded 5 days ago
Dear Adam, Warm greetings from LUX* South Ari Atoll ! Thank you for taking the time to share the experience with the world. Nihaan, Ahmed, Mark, Sumeet and Shazmyn are really happy to hear from you again, and everyone is really glad to know you have enjoyed a great celebration after a long wait. Please let us know if we will have the opportunities to help you celebrate many more special moments in life. LUX* South Ari Atoll is always ready to welcome you back at any time. With the best wishes and regards, Patrice Aira General Manager
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Petenchelle wrote a review Jun 2022
stoke6 contributions18 helpful votes
Well i really don't know where to start on this one. Weve been the Maldives a few times before so expectations were high. We You-tubed Lux SAA a lot before our vacation, so our excitement got to fever pitch before we arrived and the island didn't let us down. It's absolutely beautiful, swanky (without losing any of the Maldavian charm), rustic... i could go on forever. I need to keep this informative or else im at risk of getting lost in my memories of the place. Food - absolutely amazing all over the island from the buffets to the reservation only restaurants. Senses was my favourite, however the east market chefs (shout out to Esther)were on hand to knock up a wonderful east asian meal if you were at a bit of a loss what to have, absolutely no bother to them at all. Umami teppanyaki was fun and delicious. Allegria (Italian) birthday meal, was totally memorable, having had the beach dining experience. Drink - the island has pretty much everything you need. nothing more to say! Room - we had the beautiful sunrise beach villa, we loved this side as the sea was nice and shallow for a good way and like a millpond. What we weren't prepared for was the exceptional level of service, from start to finish. Quite frankly ive never experienced the like before anywhere. Vivian our concierge - simply made our holiday the most stress/problem free holiday weve ever had. Constantly at the end of a wattsapp message to sort anything out in super fast time. Also kept us informed of any island updates, events etc. An absolute angel. The girls at Mixe, Jaii and Rimaah so full of smiles. Jaii teared up when we left, that was also a first for us, a staff member getting emotional - such a sweetie! Hassan @ Ici - what a legend. Made sure we were topped up with drinks if ever we were in his eyeshot. Looked after us whenever we saw him, regardless of what it was. Showkat - best buggy driver in the world. Going from one end of the island to the other was never boring! Buggies always a short wait if you wanted to rest your feet. They were the stand out guys, but if im honest every single member of staff on the island were always smiling and courteous and busy as bees, making sure everything was like a well oiled machine. A truly magical experience, we didnt want to leave but 100% shall be returning next year. Thank you to Lux SAA and all the staff for making our stay so memorable and amazing. See you next year!
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Date of stay: June 2022
Room Tip: sunrise side for shallow, calm water. Sunset side for deeper more choppy water.
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Response from Executive Office LUX South Ari Atoll, Other at LUX* South Ari Atoll
Responded 5 days ago
We cannot wait to see you again in June next year ! Thank you very much for the message to Esther, Vi-vian, Jaii, Rimaah, Hassan and Shawkat. Your upcoming reservation is the most encouraging and valuable reward to everyone on the island and an absolute affirmation. Please keep in touch and do let us know if there is anything we could assist prior to your next visit as we would like to make sure everything is arranged prior to your arrival, and LUX* South Ari Atoll is ready to help you celebrate another special moment in life on our little piece of paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Warm regards, Patrice Aira General Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about LUX* South Ari Atoll
What are some of the property amenities at LUX* South Ari Atoll?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at LUX* South Ari Atoll?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at LUX* South Ari Atoll?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to LUX* South Ari Atoll?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hermit's, Green Park Cafe, and Allegria.
Are there opportunities to exercise at LUX* South Ari Atoll?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does LUX* South Ari Atoll have airport transportation?
Yes, LUX* South Ari Atoll offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at LUX* South Ari Atoll?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, and Filipino.
Does LUX* South Ari Atoll have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is LUX* South Ari Atoll accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.