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LUX* South Ari Atoll, Maldives, South Ari Atoll

Tropic Breeze Rating:5.0

  • Ideal for Weddings / Honeymoons
  • Especially Romantic
  • Allows Children
  • Luxury resort
  • Gourmet food
  • Pool
  • Diving / Watersports
  • Spa
  • Kid's Club

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LUX* South Ari Atoll is a glamorous resort which a real haven of tranquility with an element of playfulness, with lush tropical vegetation running alongside white sandy beaches. The island is one of the largest in the Maldives at 1.8 kilometres long and 500 metres across, located about 100 kilometres south of Male in the Ari Atoll and reached by a seaplane flight of approximately 25 minutes. LUX* South Ari Atoll was named 'Indian Ocean's Leading Hotel' at the 2017 World Travel Awards.

The resort combines the natural beauty of the Maldives and a tropical outdoor lifestyle with refined luxury and elegance. The island's 5 star deluxe accommodation includes villas on the beach and over the water, the most luxurious of which boasts an infinity plunge pool and 24-hour butler service. All villas have private, furnished terraces with direct access to the beach or lagoon, as well as amenities including an LCD TV with DVD player, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. 
 
You're spoilt for choice when dining at LUX*South Ari Atoll thanks to a vast range of restaurants and bars. Options include a beachfront buffet with live cooking stations, Middle Eastern cuisine on a poolside deck, an over-water restaurant inspired by an Asian market, a chic setting offering contemporary Japanese cuisine and a beachside dining venue serving Mediterranean dishes. There are also six bars to choose from - try The Lagoon Bar for relaxed seating on the beach, the East Bar for cocktails and unforgettable local entertainment, or the Veli Bar overlooking the crystal clear lagoon for a relaxed atmosphere. Guests staying at LUX* South Ari Atoll on half board or an all-inclusive board basis have the flexibility to dine around and can eat in many of the restaurants.
 
The island is bordered by 4 kilometres of sandy beach and surrounded by a magnificent sheltered lagoon which is rich in marine life, with an abundance of rays and colourful tropical fish. This is one of the most beautiful dive sites in the Maldives, with a coral reef for guests to explore thanks to the 5 star PADI diving centre. Snorkelling trips are also available along with catamaran sailing, windsurfing, beach volleyball, tennis and numerous excursions such as desert island picnics and lagoon fishing. Guests staying at LUX*South Ari Atoll also have the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, as the resort is situated in the heart of FenMaaDhiguRan, the Maldives' first and largest Marine Protected Area with a significant population of whale sharks all year round. Take a traditional Dhoni or speedboat every Monday or Wednesday and enjoy this unique opportunity to swim with these harmless friendly giants!  A team of snorkel guides is on hand to lead you through the reefs to discover these wonderful creatures.
 
Other facilities at LUX* South Ari Atoll include two swimming pools, a fitness centre and three boutiques.Your stay at LUX* South Ari Atoll will be full of surprises, all of them good of course! Keep your eyes peeled for the surprise pop-up bar, grab a cooling and delicious ice cream from the parlour or even on the go from the mobile ice cream bike! If you can tear yourself away from all that rest and relaxation, you can even make a phone call home for free - just find the big red telephone box!
 
LUX* South Ari Atoll is a haven of wellbeing and the 'LUX* Me' spa combines fitness, spa, nutrition, yoga retreats and experiences into one venue. This allows guests to create their own integrated spa, fitness and lifestyle experience with the help of the LUX* Me experts.  The 'Me Time' Menu is designed to tailor-make an experience just for you. From luxurious facials, massages and scrubs to invigorating yoga classes and a broad array of dynamic and fun exercise programmes, LUX* Me is all about you.

Children and teenagers are well looked after at the PLAY Kids Club and Teens Club, STUDIO 17.  PLAY is available every day to look after children from 3 to 11 years from 9am until 7pm. With an excellent range of facilities including a touch tank - a brand new learning activity endorsed by the resident marine biologist offering an educational experience for the youngest - in addition to the TV and cinema lounge, dining room and buffet, library and computer area, siesta lounge and enclosed outdoor play area. A whole range of activities is organised and adapted to particular age groups.  STUDIO 17 is open to teenagers from 12 to 17 years from 10am - 7pm with facilities including a Play-station on loan, table football, pool table and table tennis. The club also arranges a whole host of activities and group games to make sure they too experience an unforgettable holiday.

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Children: Children are welcome at LUX* South Ari Atoll. PLAY offers children between 3 and 12 years an opportunity to explore the wonders of island living, both its nature and culture, under the supervision of trained team leaders (open from 9am - 7pm). In addition Teddy Tennis lessons are available for children between the ages of 3 and 8 years, STUDIO 17 is open for guests aged from 12 to 17 years with activities including local dance and language classes, beach sport activities and adventure trips around the island.

Transfers: 25 minutes by seaplane from Male Airport.  Luggage allowance on seaplane transfers at 25kg per adult or child.  Each extra kilo is charged at $4USD.  Infants under 2 years do not have a baggage allowance. Folded cots & buggies may be taken as part of the parents’ allowance. If this brings the total weight to more than 25kg, then an excess will need to be paid. Guests staying at LUX* South Ari Atoll have exclusive access to a lounge at Male airport.

Facilities: 2 infinity swimming pools, tennis, table tennis, table football, a gym,  5* PADI dive centre, nightflub and 3 boutiques. A water-sports centre offers catamaran excursions, windsurfing, rubber ring rides, banana rides, water skiing, wake boards, jet skiing and fishing. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.

Spa: LUX* ME offers luxurious facials, massages and scrubs as well as yoga classes and an array of exercise programmes.

Meal Arrangements: Room only, half, full board and all-inclusive options are available. The all-inclusive package includes breakfast at Mixe; lunch at Senses Lounge & Bar, Veli, Lagoon Bar or Beach Rouge; dinner at Senses, Allegria, Mixe or East Market; afternoon tea at Senses Lounge & Bar; and a selection of beverages throughout the day. 

Restaurants & Bars: Mixe is a buffet restaurant on the beach open for breakfast and dinner, with live cooking stations offering everything from wood-fired pizzas to stir fries and regular live entertainment. Senses Restaurant serves Middle Eastern and Indian Ocean cuisine by the infinity pool. East Market is an over-water restaurant inspired by Asian markets, serving dishes from Thailand, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines for dinner as well as European specialities at breakfast. Allegria Restaurant is open in the evening and serves Mediterranean dishes from an open kitchen. Umami serves Japanese cuisine in the evening in a chic, contemporary setting including sushi and teppanyaki. Beach Rouge serves wood-fired pizzas on the beach for lunch and dinner. Lagoon Bar, Veli Bar and Senses Lounge & Bar also serve snacks and light lunches, while Cafe LUX* is open throughout the day for barista-made coffee.

Dress Code: Casual dress, smart casual after 6.30 pm (shorts are not acceptable in the restaurant at dinner time).

Accommodation
The 187 pavilions, suites and villas all have sweeping views over the beach and lagoon - some are suspended on stilts over the water while others are set along the beach. All accommodation options have a furnished terrace, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, LUX* bathroom amenities, a full length mirror, 48 inch satellite TV & home theatre system, telephone with IDD, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, complimentary bottled water, safe, hairdryer and Wi-Fi. Villas are furnished in a subtle style, using light sand and ochre tones to reflect the natural surroundings. 

Beach Pavilion: These semi-detached villas have a private furnished terrace, king size bed or twin beds and a bathroom with private garden and outdoor shower. Beach Pavilions can interconnect. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 1 teen/child/infant (60sqm)

Beach Villa: These spacious villas have a private furnished terrace leading onto the beach, a king size bedroom, a dressing room and a bathroom with private garden and outdoor bathtub and shower. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 teens/children (95sqm)

Beach Pool Villa: These villas are located on the west side of the island and are similar to the Beach Villas but with the addition of a swimming pool in the private garden area. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 1 teen/child/infant (116sqm)

Water Villa: These luxurious villas are set on stilts over the water and have a king size bedroom, a dressing room and spacious bathroom with glass doors opening onto a furnished deck with direct access to the lagoon. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 1 teen/child (98sqm)

Romantic Pool Water Villa: These spacious villas are similar to the Water Villas but with sunrise views and the addition of a private swimming pool on the deck and a unique swinging love nest. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults (110sqm)

Temptation Pool Water Villa: These luxurious villas are similar to the Romantic Pool Water Villas but with a separate, glass-floored living room, a larger private pool on the deck and a Jacuzzi. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults (220sqm)

Family Lagoon Villa: These spacious two-bedroom villas are set on the beach overlooking the lagoon. Maximum occupancy: 4 adults + 2 teens/children or 2 adults + 4 teens/children/infants(130sqm)

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