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#1 of 1 resort in Dhidhoofinolhu Island
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.9
Value
4.6
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Dreamy atolls of tropical islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are a kaleidoscope of colours and earthly pleasures. Get away from it all at LUX South Ari Atoll (formerly LUX Maldives), the only settlement on the postcard-perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu. Fuss free and laid-back, the resort surprises with pop-up cinema screenings right on the beach, impromptu musical performances and strolls along secret pathways through the lush tropical gardens. Just steps from the thatch-roofed suites and ocean-perched villas, the island's unspoilt beaches are yours to claim. A prime spot for snorkelling and whale-shark spotting, the resort's unblemished lagoon is a diver's dreamworld. Back on land, island street food and fine dining await in the tempting restaurants and bars. In the shade of coconut palms, lounge by the two turquoise pools, luxuriate in the ocean-view spa and surrender to the charms of this castaway idyll.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Badminton
Babysitting
Children's playground
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Yoga classes
Yoga room
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Sauna
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Bicycle rental
Boating
Canoeing
Diving
Snorkeling
Tennis court
Water sport equipment rentals
Windsurfing
Aerobics
Billiards
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Table tennis
Nightclub / DJ
Children's television networks
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Salon
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Executive lounge access
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
Infirmary
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Soundproof rooms
Air purifier
Bathrobes
Dining area
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Sofa
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, Spanish and 9 more
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LUX* South Ari Atoll earns rave reviews for its high value, with guests praising the all-inclusive options and worthwhile experiences, despite the occasional pricey extra. The resort's amenities, including a variety of activities and dining choices, receive high marks for both relaxation and adventure. While the cleanliness is generally celebrated, a rare housekeeping delay has been noted. Its stunning location garners frequent praise, as do the spacious and well-appointed rooms. Service at the hotel is consistently lauded for its attentiveness, and the atmosphere strikes a balance between tranquility and vibrant entertainment.
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Simon J wrote a review Yesterday
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What can I say except the Lux made our honeymoon everything I could have hope for and more. The staff are the friendliest of any holiday I have ever had and nothing is too much for them. If we needed it, they were there to provide. From Kayla who even worked on her days off to arrange our transfer to another island to the many employees that take you around the island & the waiters at the restaurants. the luxury accomodations on the ocean with the infinity pools were amazing and we spent so much rest downtime there swimming and having fun. The restaurants all served really good food. Beach Rouge for great local seafood, Senses for the best Rogan Josh I have had in a very long time and the Teppanaki experience at Umami was just incredible. Oh and by the way incredible spa too 😃 Thank you all for the amazing experience. We will be back.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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MrsHL55 wrote a review Apr 12
Peak District National Park, United Kingdom8 contributions6 helpful votes
Had an amazing holiday. The food is certainly the best we have had anywhere in the Maldives and there is plenty of choice. The staff are very friendly and accommodating and will always give a friendly greeting. The romantic water villa was superb, especially being able to cool off in the pool. I was disappointed that there wasn’t a light shining into the sea at night so we could watch the fish from the deck. I noticed some villas had a light but when I asked the pool maintenance guy, he confirmed there wasn’t one. The sun shade over the deck was rolled away when we first arrived and I had to get a staff member to assemble it. The points it was attached to seemed to be broken but they managed to assemble it as best they could. However, it hung low and because of this my husband scraped his head a number of times when getting into the pool. We were in room 129 which is the sunrise side and our friends and children were in a water villa on the other side of the island. Their rooms had glass in the floor of their accommodation and were able to see fish from inside and was lit up at night. Be aware that if you are a family group on separate sides of the island, it is some distance to meet up. There are free buggies that shuttle you around but these were often full. We decided to pay to hire bikes at $5 per bike per day or an e-bike at $50 per day plus tax. I have a health condition where I found I needed the e-bike as I was exhausted from using a normal one. This looked more like a mini motorbike and it was quite powerful. I found it to be far too powerful and it was a little scary when driving it over the boardwalk where there was water on each side, especially at night. I’m not sure what other alternatives there were for people who are disabled. There were life vests in the room which I thought were to be for guest use to snorkel. There was no information to say otherwise. When I tried the life vests on the buckles on both were broken. I informed our guest relations of this and was told they were for emergency use only. If that was the case then they should be inspected regularly for damage. They were both replaced with brand new ones the next day. You need to book the a la carte restaurants as soon as you arrive as they book up quickly as do trips. My final point was a huge disappointment to myself. We had booked the searching for whale shark and turtle trip where you could also snorkel. Our group was 6 people and we were assured it would be a maximum of 8 people. We got to the water sports centre and checked in at 8.45am and were sent to reception to get a life vest. They sent us back to the water sports centre to get a life vest and were told we’d get one when we headed out. As the trip was called to go to the boat, we picked up a life jacket from their stores and headed to the pontoon. However, a lot of people were getting onto a small boat and when we explained that we’d booked and been told it was a maximum of 8 people he said that it was for 16. The small boat looked crowded so I told our group I wouldn’t be going. My husband decided he too wouldn’t go but our friends didn’t want to disappoint their children so went ahead anyway. This was our last day and has left what should have been a wonderful holiday with such an unhappy memory right at the the very end. Hence why I haven’t given a 5* review. There was nothing to be done and we asked to be credited for the trip. It was just unfortunate that it was for our last day. If you book get them to clarify all the details on your WhatsApp group. You are assigned a guest relation who will communicate with you via this app and will make all necessary bookings for you. Just confirm the details so there are no misunderstandings. On a final note I would like to highlight to Management that the room service buggies driven by staff are very noisy on the deck and this can be late on into the night. It has disturbed us a number of times and I can imagine the noise could frighten young children. It certainly frightened me. To end on a positive note, I would come back again but maybe have a beach villa where there wouldn’t be as much noise.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Veska D wrote a review Apr 12
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The best holiday we,be ever had a the beauty of. the resort in Maldives LUX SOUTH ARI ATOLL..✨. The quality of the hotel and the kindnes of all the staff at. The hotel, it was absolutely brilliant! Zahir from mixe --our waiter for the stay- was very attentive. Kind and professional at all times,,and a very lovely man too! And we Will miss him💞💞 we wil be come back soon🤗
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Executive Office LUX South Ari Atoll, Other at LUX* South Ari Atoll
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Veska, Thank you for letting us know you had a wonderful family holiday on the island. Zahir and the team would love to welcome you back so please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything we could assist with the plan and the arrangement of your stay. Have a great weekend! Best regards, John Rogers General Manager
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Juan Manuel S wrote a review Apr 11
Timisoara, Romania11 contributions4 helpful votes
Great experience. The place is amazing and the staff is very kind. A lot of small details can make a big difference and this is one of this kind of places. Special mention to Ahmed, an artist and to Fair who took us to our check in. He was very, very nice and helpful.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Executive Office LUX South Ari Atoll, Other at LUX* South Ari Atoll
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Juan, Trust you had a smooth and pleasant trip home this morning. Thank you very much for the message to Ahmed, Fair, and the kind words to everyone on the island. The team is pleased to hear that you had a great stay, and we look forward to creating another memorable experience for you again in the coming days. Should there be anything LUX* could assist, please do let us know. It would be lovely to see you on the island for another holiday! Sunny regards, John Rogers General Manager
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Laura H wrote a review Apr 11
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Wonderful place! The beaches really do look like the photos on the internet about the Maldives. The staff is friendly and very helpful. Salwa from guest services is a wonderful person and always took care of everything. Because people like Salwa work in this resort, you immediately feel comfortable even as a woman traveling alone
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded 3 days ago
Dear Laura, Thank you very much for sharing your LUX* experience with the world. The team is thrilled to learn that you enjoyed every moment on the island and we would love to welcome you back for another visit in the coming future. Please stay in touch and let us know if there is anything we could assist. Salwa and every team member on the island are looking forward to hearing from you again. Have a wonderful weekend ahead! Best regards, John Rogers General Manager
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Felisita F wrote a review Apr 9
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The resort is the best. My family and I had a pleasant time All the staff where friendly and our Server Zahir from MIXE Restaurant He was very helpful and cheerful smile all time and He made our stay UNFORGETTABLE. They made us feel very special. And the made my sister so very happy 😍. Thank you for your great hospitality!!
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 3 days ago
Dear Felisita, Pleased to hear that you enjoyed the stay at LUX* and Zahir had looked after you well at Mixe. Thank you for sharing the experience with others. It would be lovely to have you back to the island for another visit so please feel free to contact us if there is anything we could assist. Kindest regards, John Rogers General Manager
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corimaman wrote a review Apr 9
Bodmin, United Kingdom3 contributions2 helpful votes
LUX certainly know what they’re doing when it comes to providing their guests with unrivalled 1st class service. The service together with the idilic location and delicious variety of food makes this a holiday in paradise. We booked to stay at LUX Maldives after a fantastic experience staying at LUX Belle Mare in Mauritius. The LUX team are fantastic and make you feel so welcome. We will have fond memories of them all particularly Mofisal who made us laugh everyday, Rushan for telling us all about Whale Sharks and the Big Fish Network and the East Wind Water Sport team for looking after us so well on the snorkelling trips. We are truly very grateful.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: You won’t be disappointed. Make sure you experience the cinema on the beach. Our daughter’s...
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Response from Executive Office LUX South Ari Atoll, Other at LUX* South Ari Atoll
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you very much for the lovely review and the kind words to Mofizul, Rushan and the watersports team! We are thrilled to learn that you had a wonderful time and looking forward to helping you celebrate another family holiday on the island and many more in other destinations. Should there be anything LUX* team could assist, please do not hesitate to let us know. We are available to be at your service anytime. With the best regards, John Rogers General Manager
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JSBLondon wrote a review Apr 8
London3 contributions
This was our second trip to Lux and it was even better than the first. It is not a surprise that there are so many returning guests. The island is perfect for families (but also many couples) with a large choice of restaurants and plenty to see and do (or not do!). You can see people or avoid people at your choice - plenty a quiet area of secluded bliss or a nice atmospheric lunch at Lagoon Bar. Of course the island is beautiful with so much variety of flora and fauna and perfectly kept by the dozens of gardeners. We loved seeing the main various lizards, fruit bats, birds and crabs all over the island, together with the wonderful snorkelling now at the arrival reef (better than the house reef in our view). Swimming with turtles with our children was an unforgettable experience. However what makes the island so special though is the wonderful staff, who treat you like friends. There are so many, that it is an injustice to mention any of them specifically, but the buggy drivers Shawqat, Mufisal, and Jaisham bring smiles to your day. Equally the wonderful kids club staff just made everything so great for our kids that they couldn't wait to go back. They are so friendly, kind and patient with our girls (aged 7 and 4). Thank you so much for your kind attention Ella, Sham, Shaai, Mayuumi and Zaara. Our girls miss you. Occasionally, service was not at its best, particularly in Senses and Beach Rouge, but everything is always done with a smile, it is not difficult to move on. Overall a fantastic holiday, which we all really enjoyed.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Response from Executive Office LUX South Ari Atoll, Other at LUX* South Ari Atoll
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you once again for choosing our island to celebrate the family holiday in the Maldives! The team is very happy to receive your wonderful feedback and would love to have you on the island again ! Please do not hesitate to get in touch for anything LUX* team could assist. Shawkat, Mofizul, Jausham, Ella, Sham, Shaai, Mayumi, Zaara, and everyone on the island are ready to help you celebrate another family time on our little piece of paradise at anytime. With the warmest regards, John Rogers General Manager
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Yvonnemaaa wrote a review Apr 7
Hong Kong, China24 contributions5 helpful votes
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We had a lovely 7-day stay at this wonderful property. As someone who works in the hospitality and tourism industry, I am quite particular when it comes to service quality and attention to detail throughout the journey. The experience at LUX was truly inspiring for me personally. From the moment we stepped foot onto the property to our departure yesterday, we felt incredibly well taken care of by the genuine and passionate team, both in the front end and behind the scenes. Their radiant smiles warmed our hearts, and it's evident that the company culture fosters a dedicated team that genuinely strives to offer the best experience, which is quite rare to witness. I would like to express my gratitude to Nihaan, the marine biologist, who was an exceptional storyteller, sharing his career journey in the ocean and his connection with all the beautiful creatures. It served as a reminder for me to be more mindful of how I can contribute to protecting the ocean when I travel. I would also like to extend my thanks to the diving instructors Becky and Caroline, as well as our attentive room service gentleman, Anfal, the ice cream magician in ICI, and the awesome Thai chef in the East market. Their dedication was evident throughout our stay. This resort provides the most exceptional nature experiences I have ever encountered compared to other places. It was an absolute pleasure to interact with the 'island residents' just steps away from our door. The experience felt truly magical. Additionally, I must mention the high quality of the food and cocktails served at the restaurants. They were outstanding. My admiration for this resort runs deep, as they have a special way of seamlessly integrating the beauty of nature into our journey. This visit felt like a gentle reminder that we are not just tourists but caretakers of an extraordinary world. 🌍👥🩵🦈 It's no surprise that they have many repeat customers. I will definitely be returning with my parents next time and also recommend it to my friends. Bravo to the management team, John and Ali. You truly have a remarkable team. :)
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 3 days ago
Dear Yvonne. Thank you for taking the time to post the review on TripAdvisor and letting everyone know that you had a great time and will return for holiday with your parents! It was a great pleasure meeting you, and Ali and I are looking forward to keeping in touch. Should there be anything LUX* South Ari Atoll could assist, please do let us know. We cannot wait to welcome you back and help you celebrate another tropical island holiday in the coming days! Best regards from Nihaan, Becky, Caroline, Anfal, and every team member on the island, John Rogers General Manager
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Chompatu C wrote a review Apr 6
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Time to hit the beach and this is never fail with LUX*. We are surprising that the service in the restaurant was amazing. From the hostess welcome until the chef make sure we have a good time and food in the restaurant. Reception service was good, they always sent us the activities list for the next day and check if we want to book any of the activities. The most important thing is to make sure pre book dinner and also whale shark before arrival as it always fully booked
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Dear Chompatu, Pleased to know that you enjoyed a great time with us, and thank you for sharing it with the world. Should there be anything LUX* South Ari Atoll team could assist, please do not hesitate to contact us. It would be lovely to have you back to the island for another visit. Have a great week ahead! Kind regards, John Rogers General Manager
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$270 - $1,260 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
lux* maldives hotel south ari atoll, diva maldives hotel, diva maldives south ari atoll
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Diva Maldives
LOCATION
MaldivesAlifu AtollSouthern Ari AtollDhidhoofinolhu Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
193
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Frequently Asked Questions about LUX* South Ari Atoll
What are some of the property amenities at LUX* South Ari Atoll?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at LUX* South Ari Atoll?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at LUX* South Ari Atoll?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to LUX* South Ari Atoll?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hermit's, Malaveli Restaurant, and Allegria.
Are there opportunities to exercise at LUX* South Ari Atoll?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does LUX* South Ari Atoll have airport transportation?
Yes, LUX* South Ari Atoll offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at LUX* South Ari Atoll?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, and Hindi.
Does LUX* South Ari Atoll have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is LUX* South Ari Atoll accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.