Spread across a whole private island, LUX* South Ari Atoll offers a peaceful island paradise fused with world-class underwater action 

Set in a picturesque corner of the Maldives, LUX* South Ari Atoll offers an enchanting island paradise holiday.

LUX* South Ari Atoll offers a relaxed luxury island experience

It’s the only resort on the beautiful island of Dhidhoofinolhu, providing an off-the-grid experience where you can truly immerse yourself within your beautiful surroundings.

After arriving at the international airport in Male, you’ll be welcomed in the LUX* private airport lounge to await your seaplane transfer. You’ll be whisked to the resort in just 30 minutes, taking in your first glimpse of the spellbinding Maldives archipelago from the air.

LUX* South Ari Atoll recently reopened in 2016 after undergoing a complete refurbishment, taking the resort to a world-class level.

You can stay in stunning overwater villas and pool water villas, stylishly designed with natural materials, featuring private infinity pools and direct ocean access.

Couples and honeymooners will adore the romantic stilted villas, with a suspended daybed over the luminous water and a private pool, perfect for a midnight dip beneath the stars.

Families are welcomed with multi-bedroom overwater villas and beach villas, a kids' club, and babysitting services.

The resort also offers plenty of action, with a 5-star PADI dive center and one of the largest offerings of water sports in the Maldives.

Get an adrenaline fix with flyboarding, hoverboarding and jet-surfboarding, or go snorkeling and sink beneath the ocean to discover colorful marine life, including the resident whale sharks.


The Resort

LUX* South Ari Atoll has 193 water-suspended, thatched-roof villas, fusing chic beach-house design with sophisticated amenities. Perched on stilts above a turquoise lagoon, close to the sugary white shoreline, each villa has a private terrace, outdoor shower and panoramic views across the ocean. The Romantic Pool Villas are perfect for an intimate getaway, with private pools and exceptional personal service, while the ocean-facing Beach Pavilions and Villas cater for families, with private pools and spacious rooms. There are also daily supervised programs for kids and teens at the dedicated clubs.

Inside the resort, you’ll find luxurious touches such as pop-up screenings at Cinema Paradiso, a magical tree of wishes, live music events, beach yoga and volleyball, two infinity pools, floodlit tennis courts and island-roasted coffee in Café LUX. The onsite LUX* Me Spa has been awarded as the Best Luxury Island Resort Spa in the Maldives, and with 11 gardens and four overwater treatment villas, the spa will pamper you with a range of rejuvenating treatments. This tranquil wellness sanctuary also includes a traditional Chinese teahouse, offering signature skin and body treatments, and a zen wellness pavilion where you can practice guided yoga and meditation. 


The resort boasts a 5-Star PADI dive center, fitness center, LUX* Me spa, two infinity pools, floodlit tennis courts, musical events, and a watersports center.

There are eight eateries and five bars, ranging from a stylish beach club and Japanese fine dining to sophisticated local night markets. 


There are eight eateries and five bars, ranging from a stylish beach club and Japanese fine dining to sophisticated local night markets.

How this resort makes your trip more responsible

LUX* South Ari Atoll is part of LUX* Resorts & Hotels, a brand that is dedicated to sustainability and corporate social responsibility and investing in projects that support sustainable tourism. LUX* works to reduce its impact on climate change by offsetting 100% of the carbon emitted by each of its resorts and hotels through 7 Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) carbon offsetting projects. They calculate their carbon emissions through the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) guidelines and are audited by Ernst & Young.

Their Tread Lightly by LUX* initiative includes renewable energy and water-saving projects, in-house bottling, and a towel and linen reuse program, while LUX* South Ari Atoll contributes to the conservation of native whale sharks through in-house scientific study. On a social front, LUX* is a member of The Code, an industry-driven, responsible tourism initiative with the goal of preventing the sexual exploitation of children. They also run various school programs for underprivileged children in local communities and contribute to a number of organizations that fight poverty and illiteracy in LUX* destinations. 

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