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Whether seeking a peaceful hideaway or active adventure, the picture-perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu is home to LUX* South Ari Atoll, 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 center, the resort’s limpid waters are a diver’s nirvana but there’s an equal abundance of snorkeling and opportunities to visit the resident whale sharks. LUX* South Ari Atoll also offers two infinity pools, floodlit tennis courts and a Technogym fitness center while the LUX* Me spa is host to a wellness concierge and a menu of indulgent and stimulating treatments.

LUX* South Ari Atoll 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. Alegria, 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.

Distance: 25minutes by Seaplane from Velana Int.Airport

Atoll: South Ari Atoll

Island: Dhidhoofinolhu

No. of. Rooms: 193

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Signature pool water villa

Suspended on stilts over water and boasting over 110 square meters, our unique Signature Pool Water 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, a cosy, shaded love-nest overlooking the beauty of the Indian Ocean and direct access to the turquoise lagoon.

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 villas

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.

Beach pool villas

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.

Prestige water villas

The luxurious Prestige Water Villas are suspended on stilts over the water, offering incredible views of the Indian Ocean and direct access to the lagoon. With a spacious bedroom and king sized bed plus sofa bed, an over sized bathroom with a large bath tub and separate shower, plus a day bed and sun beds on the sun deck, the Prestige Water Villas make for the perfect romantic Maldives getaway.

Lux* 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 or an active family seeking ultimate privacy and comfort.

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Light, fresh and ever so irresistible, LUX* restaurants offer everything that’s exceptional about luxury island dining, with none of the heavy, overly indulgent extras. Enjoy the very best dishes, flavours and textures that the island’s many cultures and influences have to offer at any one of our authentic dining environments.

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  • Beach Volley
  • Badminton Court
  • Snorkeling
  • Wind Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Water Sports
  • Billiards
  • Banana Riding
  • Catamaran Sailing
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Kids Club
  • Table Tennis
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At LUX* Me, it’s all about you. Create your own integrated spa and fitness experience from our indulgent ‘Me Time’ Spa Menu or allow our skilful spa concierge and therapists 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, the LUX* Me spa and fitness programmes have been designed to keep your body beautifully beach ready and in harmony with our island surrounds.

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  • 24 Hour Coffee Shop
  • Swimming Pool
  • Scuba Diving Facilities
  • 24-hour room service
  • Laundry/Valet Service
  • Gift Shop
  • Gym
  • Marine Biology Lab
  • Multilingual staff
  • Spa