LUX* South Ari Atoll

Understated luxury for eco travelers

The Indian Ocean beckons from LUX* South Ari Atoll, which floats in the South Ari Atoll in the Maldives archipelago. This islet personifies the spirit of the destination, often hailed as one of the eco-friendliest resorts in the country. In line with the LUX* Collection, the all-inclusive beach resort exudes minimalist luxury accentuated by the inherent warmth of Maldivian hospitality, creating a place that feels like home the moment you land from your scenic seaplane journey.

Sprawled across more than two miles of pristine sand, the resort offers 193 villas by renowned Thailand design studio P49 Deesign. Made with simplicity in mind, each villa connects the inside and the outside seamlessly with stunning whitewashed and azure-blue nautical elements throughout.

Discover an array of Instagram-worthy spots dotted around the island — a hammock hovers above crystalline waters and an egg-shaped swinging chair nestles among lush foliage. They all offer invitations to savor life in the most laid-back way.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • In the heart of the marine-protected South Ari Atoll, more than 50 dive spots teem with vibrant aquatic life, shipwrecks and caves. With the help of the hotel’s dive center, you can swim alongside whale sharks, manta rays and a variety of tropical fish.
  • The Maldives hotel takes great care to help sustain the unspoiled environment. The world’s largest solar platform at sea floats in the lagoon, providing power for the resort. Single-use plastics are banned from the island. And guests can participate in the sustainable initiatives by joining the resident marine biologist in planting coral or taking part in a beach or lagoon clean-up.
  • Find a respite at LUX* ME Spa at LUX* South Ari Atoll’s garden and overwater villasChinese teahouse and spacious relaxation area that peers out over the water.
  • An endless stretch of pearlescent white sand leads out from LUX* into sapphire-blue waters. The resort’s sandbank provides a stunning and peaceful setting for a walk or stargazing come nightfall.
  • You won’t want for culinary options among the eight restaurants and five bars. Plant-based foodies will be amazed by the choice of clean, nutritious and locally sourced dishes on the vibrant “Keen on Green” menu, available across all restaurants.

Things to Know

  • If you are a coffee lover, try the fresh island-roasted LUX* brew served in an assortment of delicious beverages at the LUX* Café. It’s conveniently in the reception area to help kick-start your vacation when you arrive.
  • Renowned for the array of beautiful and picturesque spots enveloped in nature, the island’s green spaces come from landscape architect Stephen Woodhams.
  • The kids club PLAY makes traveling with children a breeze. A host of exciting activities like treasure hunts and snorkeling will inspire and keep young travelers busy.
  • Explore the Collectable Experiences, bespoke itineraries crafted for you to make the most of your island time. Whether you’re a wellness seeker, food connoisseur, nature lover or spirited adventurer, the luxury hotel can create a bucket-list-worthy schedule.
  • LUX* South Ari Atoll maintains partnerships with several NGO companies focused on ocean and marine life conservation to help protect and provide vital research for the majestic whale sharks and sea turtles that call the waters of the Maldives home.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Getting There
Dhidhoofinolhu, South Ari Atoll, Maldives
Additional Details

Fly into Male International Airport and then take a 25-minute seaplane ride to the hotel or opt for a 20-minute domestic flight and a 10-minute speedboat journey.

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