LUX* South Ari Atoll

5* out of 5 stars

The secluded and serene island ambience found at LUX Maldives South Ari Atoll may well just provide the holiday experience of a lifetime. With broad stretches of soft, white sand upon which to stroll, shimmering blue-green waters in which to splash and luxury comforts and activities to cater to your every need, it's easy to see how the resort has gained such an impressive reputation among discerning visitors.

The Maldives is world-renowned for its spectacular diving opportunities, and this resort is no exception, offering awe-inspiring snorkelling and scuba trips to many of the area's most inspiring locations. Partake in an excellent array of activities during your stay, including all manner of water sports, from water-skiing to pedal boats. Alternatively enjoy the gym, tennis courts or a simply relax in the indulgent surrounds of the tranquil island spa.

With a truly remarkable range of restaurants, offering a wide variety of mood-appropriate cuisines and atmospheres, guests can enjoy unsurpassed dining experiences at all hours of the day or night. With the service, facilities and location offered at LUX* South Ari Atoll, visitors will be sure to enjoy a genuinely remarkable and memorable holiday. 

As one of our top picks for all-inclusive resorts in the Maldives, LUX* South Ari Atoll is superb. It gives guests daily use of snorkelling equipment, kayaks, pedal boats and scheduled snorkelling trips. For the foodies, you can pick from up to four restaurants for dinner, and receive a wide selection of beverages including soft drinks, tea, coffee, beer, wine, juice, mineral water, cocktails and liqueurs. To tie things up, the all-inclusive  package also includes a yoga & stretching class, access to the sauna, steam room, plunge pool and spa garden. Pure bliss.



Beach Pavilion

Take in all the sights, sounds and colours of authentic island living in the leisurely comfort of your Beach Pavilion. Sunlight filters through lofty thatched roofs, while the luxurious bathroom offers a private garden with a refreshing outdoor shower. The Beach Pavilions are also ideal for families with a baby or child.

Beach Villa

Light sand and ochre tones reflect the beautiful island setting beyond the terrace, while subtle décor echoes the ebb and flow of the ocean. All guest rooms enjoy en suite outdoor bathrooms where the open sky, bright hibiscus flowers and beautiful banana trees provide privacy in a natural setting. Each Beach Villa has plenty of room, and is flexible for your needs: it can sleep three adults, or two adults and two teens, or two children, or one baby - whatever works best for you.

Water Villa

Our spectacular Water Villas are suspended on stilts over the water and offer incredible views of the Indian Ocean with direct access to the beach. Fall asleep to the gentle sound of the ocean, and then sink into a generously sized bathtub with sweeping views out the large bay windows.

Two Bedroom Family Beach Pavilion

You can't be closer to the beach even if you tried. The thatched-roof beach pavilion is as chic as can be with the  interconnected rooms, making this a suitable fit for families with little travellers in tow or friends who like to go on double-dates.

Romantic Pool Water Villa

These charming villas offer the ultimate in comfort and tranquil privacy. Beautifully crafted, the interior combines contemporary aesthetics with traditional cabana architecture. Each villa features a stylish bedroom complete with LUX* signature ‘Sleep Tight’ bed, and a bright sunlit bathroom offering panoramic views and separate double rain-showers. Experience state-of-the-art amenities including a 48 inch curved television or 110 inch projector screen with Home Theatre system. Guests can also enjoy their own luxurious terrace with private plunge pool, outdoor shower plus a cosy, shaded love-nest.

Beach Pool Villa

Enjoy sensational views over the lagoon from your spacious, west-facing Beach Pool Villa. Native wood accents and light sandy tones bring the natural beauty of island living inside, while a private terrace unfolds into a luxurious living space outdoors. All guest rooms offer en suite bathrooms that open onto a private garden, along with a shower and separate bath. Relax in the privacy of your secluded garden with its sunken swimming pool, wooden deck, sun loungers and invigorating outdoor shower.

Family Lagoon Pavilion

Family Lagoon Pavilion - Wake up to the sounds of waves, sights of blues and white sandy beaches in the comfort of your own Family Lagoon Pavilions. Located adjacent to the lagoon with a common entrance area, enjoy private family bonding time on your terrace while kids run around the open space bathroom. Ideal for families with babies or children.

Temptation Pool Water Villa

Temptation Pool Water Villa - These villas represent the ultimate in plush comfort and tranquil privacy. Interiors combine contemporary aesthetics with traditional cabana architecture. Each villa features a stylish bedroom complete with LUX* signature ‘Sleep Tight’ bed, and a bright sunlit bathroom offering panoramic views and separate double rain-showers. Experience state-of-the-art amenities including a 48 inch curved television or 110 inch projector screen with Home Theatre system. Guests can also enjoy their own luxurious terrace with private plunge pool. 

Lux* Villa

This villa comes with a butler, private buggy service, premium bicycles and a selection of wine and spirits. The villa is located at the tip of the jetty, which means unobstructed views, secluded relaxation and a front-row seat overlooking the sunsets from your own infinity pool. Thatched roofs, white-washed wood, floor-to-ceiling glass panes, and see-through glass floors create a stylish seaside heaven. The round bathtub in the spacious bathroom is a signature must-try!


  • All Inclusive Dine-Around Option
  • All Inclusive Option
  • Babysitting Facilities
  • Dive Sites
  • Early Check-in & Late Check-out
  • Floating Breakfasts Available
  • Half Board Dine-Around Option
  • Inter-leading Rooms Available
  • PADI Dive School
  • PCR Centre on Island
  • Pool Villas
  • Private Beach
  • Seaplane Transfer
  • Spa
  • Teens Club
  • Villas with Pool

Food & Drink

Allegria Restaurant

6.30 pm to 10pm. Escape to the Mediterranean embrace of Allegria, here on the deck or right the beach. Quality Italian ingredients, and authentic southern European recipes, all created with expertise in an open kitchen that invites guests to spy the skilled chefs creating pastas, pizzas, gnocchi and just-caught seafood. There’s also an à la carte menu which promises to wow to Italophiles and epicureans alike. Exclusive arrangements can also be made for small parties to dine privately and indulge in a range of cheeses complemented by the Scrucap wines and an exceptional selection of Italian, French and New World labels too.

Beach Rouge

Lunch a la carte: 12 noon to 5pm / Dinner a la carte 6:30pm to 10pm. The only fully fledged beach club in the Maldives. Daytime chilled tunes accompany light bites and cool drinks enticing you to linger before taking your front row sunset seat. After dusk, a floating dance floor set out at sea with unique seating areas provides the ultimate place to party and enjoy the best in cocktails and service.

Café LUX*

6am to 6pm. Excellent coffee is a must, not a luxury; that’s why you’ll find a Café LUX* at the heart of LUX* South Ari Atoll. Café LUX* has revolutionised the world of hotel coffee, and the commitment remains clear: to offer guests the finest barista-made coffee, day or night. Great coffee begins with freshly ground beans, so the hotel roasts their own in the on-site roasting rooms, which can be explored on a aromatic behind-the-scenes tour. Specialist baristas keep up with all the latest trends and techniques - including Cold Press, Pour Overs and Nitro coffee. Bespoke ‘pod’ machines and a variety of Café LUX* blends allow guests to enjoy an aromatic cup in their room, and even at home.

East Bar

5pm to midnight. 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. Sunset cocktail or low-key nightcap? The above-the-water bar invites you to relax with exactly the chilled drink you wanted. Spend an evening socialising at this picturesque perch and why not 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. Can’t see it? Or hear it? This might be where you least expect it...

East Market

7am to 10:30am / 7pm to 10pm. The interactive stalls in the 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 steam 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. At East Market breakfast and dinner isn’t just about grazing from the live cooking stations - the terraces promise heart-stopping Indian Ocean views. In the mood for a classic European start to your day? Follow the scent of baking to croissants, baguettes, pastries and seeded loaves, fresh from that glass-fronted oven. Rustic baskets spill over with fruit and vegetables, next to sacks of intriguing spices, while skilled chefs stand by to make your culinary cravings come alive in front of you.

Lagoon Bar

10am to 6pm. Right by the beach, with a front-row view of the sunrise, this sociable enclave is situated near the reception, right by the watersports centre. Unwind to an island soundtrack and reggae vibes, while sharing your experiences from the last dive or your exciting watersports session. No wonder you tell us this is one of your favourite laid-back watering holes in the world.


7am to 10.30am / 7pm to 10pm. 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

10:30 am to 5pm / High Tea 3pm to 5pm. 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 the more formal restaurants. Relish a light snack in the evening while swaying gently in a giant hammock.

Senses Restaurant

6.30 pm to 10pm. Inspired by Middle Eastern and Indian Ocean cuisine, Senses never fails to delights with its tempting menu of tagines, tandoori prawns and unique tropical sorbets. Tastebuds tingling yet? Enjoy a light lunch of fresh salads, grills and local seafood, then take a seat at the water’s edge overlooking the infinity pool for an exquisite à la carte dinner under the stars.


6:30pm to 10pm. 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 the hotel’s masters crafting just-caught seafood into world-class sashimi, nigiri and maki. At a wood-smoky robata grill, see us 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.

Veli Bar

11am to 5pm. Here, 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 next to the water, and enjoy a refreshing drink as you soak up those incredible watery views.