South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Lux* South Ari Atoll Maldives

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 centre, the resort’s limpid waters are a diver’s nirvana but there’s an equal abundance of snorkelling and opportunities to visit the resident whale sharks. LUX* South Ari Atoll also offers two infinity pools, floodlit tennis courts and a Technogym fitness centre 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. Allegria, 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.

Quick Facts


Maldives, South Ari Atoll



193 Villas


Seaplane transfer of 25 minutes to the resort. Daytime transfers only. Or domestic flight of 20 minutes followed by a speedboat transfer of 10 minutes to the resort. Daytime and night time transfers available.


Lux* Resorts & Hotels


Beach Pavilion

No of Units: 48
Area (sqm): 65
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Beach Villa

No of Units: 45
Area (sqm): 95
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Water Villa

No of Units: 38
Area (sqm): 98
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Beach Pool Villa

No of Units: 12
Area (sqm): 116
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Romantic Pool Water Villa

No of Units: 46
Area (sqm): 110
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Lux* Villa

No of Units: 1
Area (sqm): 360
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An Outstanding Off-The-Grid Retreats

LUX* South Ari Atoll are proud to present arguably the largest choice of water-sports of any 5 star resort in the Maldives. Taking adrenaline sports seriously, they are not only the first to offer Flyboarding, Hoverboarding and Jet-Surfboard, but they promise to offer a new water-sport activity each and every year to add to the collection. Add to the mix a huge choice of land based activities including tennis, volleyball, beach yoga and cycling - active holiday fans have more than enough to keep even the most die-hard action junkie happy.

LUX* Resorts & Hotels offers a very special tropical island wedding experience. Rather than hosting multiple weddings in one day, they have a policy of only one such occasion per resort each day. Having an outstanding LUX* wedding experts will invite you to choose from a variety of spectacular sun, sea and sand settings, taking special advantage of some of the quieter spots to stage a truly intimate and personal ceremony. What better promise to make when helping you plan what is surely the most important day of your lives?

Dining Experience

Capacity: 60 Pax
Cuisine: Oriental
Timings: All Day: 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
              High Tea: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
              Dinner: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Capacity: 120 Pax
Cuisine: International
Timings: Breakfast: 7:00 am – 10:30 am 
              Dinner: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Capacity: 40 Pax
Cuisine: Japanese
Timings: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Capacity: 130 Pax
Cuisine: South East Asian
Timings: Breakfast: 7:00 am – 10:30 am
              Dinner: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm 

Capacity: 50 Pax
Cuisine: Cocktails and light snacks
Timings: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

Capacity: 70 Pax
Cuisine: Cocktails and light snacks
Timings: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Capacity: 60 Pax
Cuisine: Italian
Timings: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Capacity: 60 Pax
Cuisine: Cocktails and light snacks
Timings: Lunch: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
              Dinner: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Capacity: 40 Pax
Cuisine: Cocktails and seafood
Timings: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Capacity: 30 Pax
Cuisine: Signature roasted coffee
Timings: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Activities, Services and Facilities

Excursion and Fishing

Big game fishing
Snorkeling trips 
Catamaran trips with lunch
Lagoon fishing
Shopping on nearby islets
Full day excursion   
Cultural excursions
Dhigurah experience
Champagne sunset cruise
Starlight cruise
Private picnic
Desert island picnic
Morning fishing
Teens sunset cruise
Teens sunset fishing
Private sunset cruise

Other Services and Facilities

Information desk
Guest relations desk
Conference facilities
Conference equipments 
(LCD projector, screen,etc)
Kids club
Beach club
Laundry service
Renewal of vows

Land Sports and Activities

Table tennis
2 floodlit tennis court
Table football

Water Sports

Jet surfing
Fun tube rides
Jet skiing
Pedal boats
Catamaran lessons & trips
Kite surfing
Stand up paddle