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LUX* South Ari Atoll Resorts & Villas

LUX* South Ari Atoll Resorts & Villas

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

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 Resorts & Villas 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 Resorts & Villas 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.

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.

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Quick Facts


South Ari

Distance from Airport (INIA):
104 Kms

Transfer type:
25 minutes from airport by Seaplane

Number of rooms:
193 Rooms

Room types:
  • Beach Pavilions
  • Family Lagoon Pavilions
  • Beach Villas
  • Water Villas
  • Beach Pool Villas
  • Romantic Pool Water Villas
  • Temptation Pool Water Villas
  • LUX Villa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Flat screen TV and DVD player
  • IDD Telephone
  • Hairdryer and shaver sockets
  • Wireless internet access
  • Safe In Room
  • Private sunbed
  • LUX* Me Spa
  • LUX* Me Fitness Center
  • Water Sports
  • Land Sports
  • Play & studio 17


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36 Beach Pavilions

Occupancy: 2 adults + 1 teen or 1 child or 1 baby

6 Family Lagoon Pavilions

Occupancy: 2 adults + 2 teen or 2 children

2 adults + 2 teen or 2 children


45 Beach Villas

Occupancy: 3 adults

2 adults + 2 teen or 2 children

12 Beach Pool Villas

38 Water Villas

Occupancy: 3 adults

2 adults + 2 teen or 2 children


46 Romantic Pool Water Villas

Occupancy: 2 adults only

3 Temptation Pool Water Villas

Occupancy: 2 adults only

1 LUX Villa

Occupancy: 2 adults

2 adults + 1 teen or 1 child


Inventive international cuisine
120 seats


Oriental flavors with Indian ocean touch
60 seats


Tastes of Modern Japanese dining
40 seats

East Market
A culinary tour of the South East Asia
130 seats

East Bar
Over water Bar
50 seats

Lagoon Bar
Relaxed bar on the beach
70 seats

Italian Cuisine
60 seats

Beach Rouge
Beach Club
60 seats

Poolside drinks and seafood bistro
40 seats

Cafe LUX*
Enjoy our signature coffee roasted in house




  • 15 exclusive spa villas including 4 water treatment villas
  • Common relaxation area with sauna and hammam
  • Plunge pools
  • Showers and changing rooms with separate sauna and steam bath for ladies
  • 1 beauty room
  • 1 spa boutique
  • Pedicure/ Manicure facilities
  • Yoga Grove


LUX* Me Fitness Center

  • High quality modern equipment, body building, stretching, progressive and adapted exercises


Water Sports

  • Complimentary: snorkeling equipment, canoe, pedal boats, kayaks, snorkeling trips to the house reef
  • For a fee: diving, windsurfing, fun tubes rides, water skiing, jet-skiing, kite-surfing, catamaran trips, whale sharks safaries, flyboarding, 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


For families:

  • 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. From art classes and treasure hunts to engaging and educational Teddy Tennis lessons, PLAY is everything your kids could hope for on an island vacation.
  • Studio 17 is a 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.

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Conference facilities:

  • 1 Conference room

4 reviews of “LUX* South Ari Atoll Resorts & Villas

  1. Tatiana / August 30, 2014

    Family Resort,Family and friendly atmosphere.Riding bicycle is MUST activie around island.Morning Yoga classes amazing.Not much house reef but very good for swimming.There are many remarkable small things;handmade ice cream and coffee,free calling service in English phone booth,just like in London.

    Great kitchen,many restaurants very active resort.

    Natural Beauty4Hospitality5Room & Comfort4Food & Dining5Value for Money4

  2. Yuliya / August 30, 2014

    The impression of resort is good,staff is very attentive.Beach is good coral reef is ok.Resort has a huge variety of restaurants,Italian is the best ! A lot of small lovely things; free photos,London phone booth,bicycle service,home made icecreams…

    To sum it up;very friendly and family atmosphere.

    Natural Beauty4Hospitality4Room & Comfort4Food & Dining5Value for Money4

  3. Milana Abitova / July 10, 2018

    Отель расположен на острове Дидофинолу – одном из самых протяженных островов атолла Южный Ари, в 104 км от международного аэропорта Велана, 25 минут на гидросамолете или 20 минут самолетом внутренних авиалиний до аэропорта Маамигили + 10 минут на лодке.
    Уникальный природный оазис с широкой лазурной лагуной, белопесчаным пляжем и пышной тропической растительностью. Элегантный, стильный и роскошный остров. Прекрасное место как для уединенного созерцательного отдыха или романтического свадебного путешествия, так и для отдыха с детьми. Великолепные рестораны и замечательный спа-центр не оставят равнодушными даже самых требовательных гостей.
    Питание очень разнообразное и качественное, на территории 5 ресторанов (кухня стран Индийского океана, международная, итальянская, японская, азиатская кухня).
    В отеле предлагают уникальный кофе из трех видов зерен, который обжаривается на острове.
    Кроме всех широкого спектра водных видов развлечений на острове функционирует ночной клуб, который может испльзоваться как конференц – зал по надобности.
    Из приятных комплиментов отеля необходимо отметить красные лондонские телефонные будки, откуда можно совершать звонки в разные страны бесплатно.
    Каждое утро сотрудники прячут «Message in a Bottle» по всей территории, каждый нашедший такую бутылку получает в подарок бесплатные услуги спа, экскурсию, ароматный кофе, либо бутылку вина.
    Есть дерево желаний, куда вешаются ленточки с желаниями гостей, затем на новогодней вечеринке по ним разыгрываются 2 бесплатные ночи в отеле.
    Один из тех отелей где нужно приложить очень много усилий чтобы найти какой-то недостаток. Рекомендовано!

    The hotel is located on the Didofinolu island – one of the longest islands of the South Ari atoll, 104 km from the international airport of Velan, 25 minutes by seaplane or 20 minutes by domestic airline to Maamigili airport + 10 minutes by boat.
    A unique natural oasis with a wide azure lagoon, white sandy beach and lush tropical vegetation. Elegant, stylish and luxurious island. A great place for a secluded contemplative holiday or a romantic honeymoon, as well as for families with children. Magnificent restaurants and a wonderful spa will not leave indifferent even the most demanding guests.
    The food is very diverse and of high quality, there are 5 restaurants on the territory (kitchen of the Indian Ocean countries, international, Italian, Japanese, Asian cuisine).
    The hotel offers a unique coffee of three types of grains, which is fried on the island.
    In addition to all the wide range of water kinds of entertainment, there is a nightclub on the island, which can be used as a conference hall when needed.
    From the pleasant compliments of the hotel there are the red London telephone booths, from where guests can make calls to different countries free of charge.
    Every morning, employees hide “the Message in a Bottle” through the territory, everyone who finds this bottle receives free spa services, an excursion, aromatic coffee, or a bottle of wine.
    There is a tree of desires, where ribbons are hung with the desires of the guests, then at the New Year’s party they play 2 free nights in the hotel.
    This is one of those hotels where it is very difficult to find some disadvantages. Highly recommended!

    Natural Beauty5Hospitality5Room & Comfort5Food & Dining5Value for Money5

  4. Marina R. / January 31, 2023

    LUX Resort is one of the biggest island – resorts in Maldives. Very green and flowery. We enjoyed our family hollidays there and definitely will come back again.
    Foodwise, you could easily spend 10 days trying new type of cuisine daily. We have enjoyed the local dinner experience in traditional Maldives style. Mediterranean and italien restoraunts were over the top!
    LUX SPA offers treatments for adults and kids as well. We had our perfect daughter – mother time in it. )
    Swimming is great from the lagoon beach and snorkeling is cool at the house reef.
    Evening time you could enjoy DJ sets at Beach Rouge. We never got bored and time just flied!)

    Natural Beauty5Hospitality5Room & Comfort5Food & Dining5Value for Money5

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