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LUX* South Ari Atoll , 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
LUX* South Ari Atoll occupies one of the largest islands in the Maldives at 1.8 kilometres long and 500 metres across, located about 100 kilometres south of Male in the Ari Atoll. Reached by a seaplane flight of approximately 25 minutes, the resort is a real haven of tranquility with lush tropical vegetation running alongside white sandy beaches. 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 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. It is one of the best dive sites in the Maldives with a 5 star PADI diving centre. It also has two swimming pools, five restaurants and four bars.

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.

You're spoilt for choice when dining at LUX*South Ari Atoll.  Senses Restaurant takes its inspiration from oriental flavours with an Indian Ocean touch serving salads, grills and seafood at lunchtime with an a la Carte dinner menu. You also have six other fantastic restaurants to choose from, as well as six bars - 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. The Veli Bar serves Mediterranean-style snacks, Spanish tapas, mezze and antipasti throughout the day. 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 six out of the seven restaurants.

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!

The 5 star deluxe accommodation comprises a LUX* Villa with infinity plunge pool and 24-hour butler service, Water Villas, Beach Pool Villas, Beach Villas and Junior Suites. All villas have private, furnished terraces with direct lagoon access, a telephone, LCD TV with DVD, mini bar, a safe, tea and coffee making facilities and air conditioning.  Some villas have private plunge pools.

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.

LUX* South Ari Atoll resort offers an extensive range of leisure facilities. The boathouse is the gateway to one of the most beautiful dive sites in the Maldives with the opportunity to explore the coral reef.  Snorkeling trips to the house reef, catamaran sailing, windsurfing, beach volleyball, tennis and use of the gym are on offer. There are also numerous excursions available - nighttime snorkeling, desert island picnics, lagoon fishing and cultural exclusions. There are three boutiques on site and complimentary Wi-Fi is available.

Swimming with Whale Sharks - LUX*South Ari Atoll 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.

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Children: Children welcome. 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. Note: Babies are categorized at age 2 or less, a child from 3-11 years and a teenager from 12-17 years.

Transfers: 25 minutes by seaplane.  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 the excess will need to be paid. Exclusive access to the lounge.

Facilities: 2 infinity swimming pools, tennis, table tennis, table football and a gym. Catamaran excursions, windsurfing, rubber ring rides, banana rides, water skiing, wake boards, jet skiing, fishing, 5* PADI dive centre, jet skis, nightclub, 3 boutiques, excursions and activities.

Renovation closure: LUX* South Ari Atoll will be closing between the 1st June 2016 - 31st August 2016 to carry out an exciting renovation.

LUX* ME Spa & Fitness: For luxurious facials, massages and scrubs to invigorating yoga classes and an array of exercise programmes.

Sports & Leisure: Complimentary reef snorkeling, kayaking and pedal boats. Wide range of watersports available at the boathouse including scuba diving, windsurfing, waterskiing, fun tubing, jet skiing, kite surfing, for a fee. Land based activities include table tennis, volleyball, billiards, table soccer and tennis on floodlit courts. Bicycles rides, catamaran trips, whale shark safaris, private speedboat and dhoni trips, morning and sunset fishing, and picnics to neighboring islets can be arranged. Musik nightclub where an in-house DJ plays a mix of rock, salsa and techno.

Beach: 4km sandy beach and calm safe lagoon

Wi-Fi & Internet Access: Complimentary

Amenities: 5 restaurants and 6 bars with dine around option for meal plan packages.

Room Service: 24 hours

Meal Arrangements: Room only, half, full board and all-inclusive options are available.

Restaurants & Bars: Senses, The Island Kitchen, Umami, East, The Lagoon Bar, Allegria, The Island Bar, Veli and Cafe LUX*.  Great selection offering extensive menus of local and international dishes from fresh seafood and buffets to island inspired favorites and oriental delicacies.

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

The 193 pavilions, suites and villas all have sweeping views over the beach and lagoon -some suspended on stilts, others along the beach including family accommodation in 18 interconnecting rooms and 3 family villas.

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.

Sunset Junior Suite: Shaded by sprawling Badamier trees and palms, each spacious suite faces the sunset and enjoys breath-taking views over the ocean. The simple, minimalist design is accented with warm wood and splashes of red and orange inspired by the reef.

Beach Villa: Same facilities as the Pool Villas except for the pool - instead these villas have larger gardens and a small area of private beach and are located on both sides of the island. 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 guestrooms enjoy en suite outdoor bathrooms where the open sky, bright hibiscus and beautiful banana trees provide privacy in a natural setting. Each Beach Villa has ample room for two adults and one teenager or child.

Water Villa: The 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. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults or 2 adults + 1 teen (no child or baby).

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 guestrooms 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.  Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 1 infant.

Signature Water Villa: Step out onto your private terrace and gaze at the turquoise waters drifting below your lofty villa on stilts.  Inside, the soothing blues and light sandy tones of the ocean inspire the tranquil décor, while an exceptionally comfortable bed awaits you in the bedroom.

Family Water Villa: Situated on the eastern side of the island composed of two interconnecting Water Villas, these spacious two-bedroom villas are perched atop the water on stilts and provide the perfect secluded spot for families to spend an unforgettable holiday. Look out over the lagoon from your private terrace and plan another action-packed day together on the island.  Maximum occupancy: 4 adults + 2 teens or 2 children

Presidential Water Villa: Featuring unparalleled views over the lagoon and island surrounds, the LUX* Villa is the ultimate in luxury island living.  Sink into your infinity plunge pool that merges with the lagoon or watch the kaleidoscope of sea life swim beneath your feet through the glass floor in the living room. With a master bedroom suite and guest bedroom both featuring handcrafted LUX* Sleep Tight beds and direct access to the deck, the LUX* Villa is ideal for a party of four.  Make the most of your stay with a 24-hour personal butler to cater to all your needs. Maximum occupancy: 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 teens or 2 children.

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