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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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Updated 12/06/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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4.9
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4.9
Value
4.5
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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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Canoeing
Diving
Snorkeling
Tennis court
Aerobics
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Nightclub / DJ
Kids club
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Salon
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private beach
Housekeeping
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Bathrobes
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
VIP room facilities
Laptop safe
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Ocean view
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Family rooms
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English, French, Arabic, Chinese and 3 more
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jamieg2972017 wrote a review Today
Dubai, United Arab Emirates5 contributions1 helpful vote
We’ve been to the Maldives several times and the staff at LUX were the best we’ve had. Every single one greeted you and with a smile when you saw them and made sure you were having a good time. In particular; the lady who works the front of house at breakfast, the gentleman who runs the ice cream shop, the gentleman who does the in room dining and also to Eman. He helped me to arrange my proposal and I can’t thank him enough. Thank you and see you again
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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lou_uden wrote a review Yesterday
Guildford, United Kingdom2 contributions
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We had the most unforgettable stay at the LUX resort celebrating our honeymoon and my birthday. Alessandra did the most amazing job at looking after us and each day would send us a full schedule of what was going on around the island. Our honeymoon was rescheduled 3 times due to covid so we had been waiting for nearly 3 years to go, and I can honestly say nothing could have prepared us for how stunning and amazing the island and resort is!!! We celebrated my birthday at the Beach Rouge restaurant, the staff were just incredible and set out a cute private table for us with an amazing view and all decorated beautifully!! I really recommend the speed boat whale shark excursion, it’s was just the most surreal experience! We managed to see and swim with a manta ray, the whale shark and even a turtle!! We even got to see dolphins! I must also say a big thank you to the IT team (Deepak) for helping us download our go pro footage from the excursion, our go pro wouldn’t connect to our phones and download the footage, however deepak managed to download the footage for us within the hour and send it all straight over!! Such amazing customer service. The buggy driver (Mopheeso) was also amazing, somehow remembered our names from just meeting us once and was always so joyful! Definitely recommend doing a beach villa and a water villa if you can, it was amazing to experience both as they both have completely different wow factors and we loved them both.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Defiantly do the sea plane transfer!! We brought and took snorkels but you can hire them for free
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Warm greetings from Deepak, Mofizul and everyone at LUX* ! Thank you very much for the review as well as the feedback given through our departure survey. We are really happy to know you had a wonderful celebrations for the honeymoon and birthday, and the team did not disappoint you in any way. If you have any plan to travel to the Maldives again, we do hope you will come back to visit us again. LUX* South Ari Atoll team is very much looking forward to helping you celebrate many more great moments in life on our little piece of paradise. Have a lovely weekend ! Best wishes and regards from the Indian Ocean, Patrice Aira General Manager
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sbelas551142 wrote a review Jun 2022
Düsseldorf, Germany3 contributions
It is hard to describe how wonderful this place is. My husband and I desperately needed this time out after more than two years of crisis management of our company during the pandemic. As soon as we arrived, the relaxation set in and we were able to find peace quickly. The perfect hospitality from the welcome at the seaplane to all areas of service at the resort was magnificent. The gastronomy - no matter in which location on the island - was almost outstanding. We needed nothing for perfect deceleration, pure enjoyment, accompanied by super beautiful stay in the romatntic water villas. Everything was simply wonderful and will remain in our thoughts for a long time.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded 3 days ago
Thank you for the lovely message shared with the world on TripAdvisor. We are very happy to know you have enjoyed the stay, and most importantly is that you have totally recharged and relaxed after a long time. Hope you will be in touch again and share the plan of returning for another visit soon. LUX* South Ari Atoll team will always be available to help you celebrate any moment life at anytime. With the best regards, Patrice Aira General Manager
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Expl0ringFamily wrote a review Jun 2022
Camberley, United Kingdom5 contributions9 helpful votes
My husband and I just returned from Lux South Ari Atoll for our 25th wedding anniversary. We have been to many places in our lives but this island is something else. Palm trees, cocktails and white sandy beaches. The friendliest people you will ever meet and the most wonderful gluten free food. We had 5 nights in a beach pool villa and 5 nights in a water villa, both amazing. The big success factor of this resort is the staff, they are absolutely amazing, all of them, the staff in white but also those in blue. A big thank you to all and although I feel guilty to specify we have to give a big shout out to Ahmed for making our room look so beautiful every night, Rita for contacting us even on her day off , Mofizal, Mano & Ravi for the best cocktails, Mazoot at the Veli pool, Atohl, Adhuham and Envei the Turkish chef that made us the most amazing gluten free meal at the Beach Rouge. Rimaah and Nada for your beautiful smiles every morning, I still can't get my head around how quickly you remember everyone's name and room number. Amazing all of you.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded 4 days ago
Thank you for choosing LUX* South Ari Atoll to celebrate the anniversary ! It is truly reassuring to hear that you had a great time and everyone on the island had made sure you were well looked after. On behalf of Ahmed, Rita, Mofizul, Mano, Ravi, Mashud, Enver, Adhuham, Rimaah, Nada and all team members on the island, I would like to send the greetings to you and hope you and your husband will be back to the Maldives soon for another celebration and many more holidays in the coming future. The team is here for you any time. Best wishes and regards from the Indian Ocean, Patrice Aira General Manager
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Adam B wrote a review Jun 2022
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We finally made it to Lux South Ari Atoll, after unfortunate Covid delays. I think the extra wait made the trip even better. The moment you step off the plane you are greeted and from that moment on, you are treated like royalty. The whole experience was fantastic, everyone goes out of their way to make sure you are looked after. The restaurants are all amazing, East Market for a more asian style menu, Lagoon Bar for more lunch style food, Veli for incredible lunch menus and that's before Algeria, Beach Rouge, Senses (Curry) and Umami (Teppanyaki and Sushi). Snorkelling and Scuba excursions are all worth a try, we were fortunate enough to see whale sharks, manta rays and turtles. The marine biology team are knowledgeable and ensure the sea life are priority over guests. Nihaan, Ahmed and Mark were great to go out on the boat with. The restaurant staff are always smiling and helpful, Sameet was a great sommelier and excited to share his favourite wines with anyone who wanted to try them. Do your self a favour and try all of the restaurants. Finally (as a honeymoon bonus) we had a photo shoot with Shazmyn at Photo Fanatics. He is incredibly talented and it was great to hear how he got into photography and to geek out with some of his kit.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: All are amazing, depends if you want a pool or the beach.
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Responded 4 days ago
Dear Adam, Warm greetings from LUX* South Ari Atoll ! Thank you for taking the time to share the experience with the world. Nihaan, Ahmed, Mark, Sumeet and Shazmyn are really happy to hear from you again, and everyone is really glad to know you have enjoyed a great celebration after a long wait. Please let us know if we will have the opportunities to help you celebrate many more special moments in life. LUX* South Ari Atoll is always ready to welcome you back at any time. With the best wishes and regards, Patrice Aira General Manager
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Petenchelle wrote a review Jun 2022
stoke6 contributions18 helpful votes
Well i really don't know where to start on this one. Weve been the Maldives a few times before so expectations were high. We You-tubed Lux SAA a lot before our vacation, so our excitement got to fever pitch before we arrived and the island didn't let us down. It's absolutely beautiful, swanky (without losing any of the Maldavian charm), rustic... i could go on forever. I need to keep this informative or else im at risk of getting lost in my memories of the place. Food - absolutely amazing all over the island from the buffets to the reservation only restaurants. Senses was my favourite, however the east market chefs (shout out to Esther)were on hand to knock up a wonderful east asian meal if you were at a bit of a loss what to have, absolutely no bother to them at all. Umami teppanyaki was fun and delicious. Allegria (Italian) birthday meal, was totally memorable, having had the beach dining experience. Drink - the island has pretty much everything you need. nothing more to say! Room - we had the beautiful sunrise beach villa, we loved this side as the sea was nice and shallow for a good way and like a millpond. What we weren't prepared for was the exceptional level of service, from start to finish. Quite frankly ive never experienced the like before anywhere. Vivian our concierge - simply made our holiday the most stress/problem free holiday weve ever had. Constantly at the end of a wattsapp message to sort anything out in super fast time. Also kept us informed of any island updates, events etc. An absolute angel. The girls at Mixe, Jaii and Rimaah so full of smiles. Jaii teared up when we left, that was also a first for us, a staff member getting emotional - such a sweetie! Hassan @ Ici - what a legend. Made sure we were topped up with drinks if ever we were in his eyeshot. Looked after us whenever we saw him, regardless of what it was. Showkat - best buggy driver in the world. Going from one end of the island to the other was never boring! Buggies always a short wait if you wanted to rest your feet. They were the stand out guys, but if im honest every single member of staff on the island were always smiling and courteous and busy as bees, making sure everything was like a well oiled machine. A truly magical experience, we didnt want to leave but 100% shall be returning next year. Thank you to Lux SAA and all the staff for making our stay so memorable and amazing. See you next year!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: sunrise side for shallow, calm water. Sunset side for deeper more choppy water.
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Responded 4 days ago
We cannot wait to see you again in June next year ! Thank you very much for the message to Esther, Vi-vian, Jaii, Rimaah, Hassan and Shawkat. Your upcoming reservation is the most encouraging and valuable reward to everyone on the island and an absolute affirmation. Please keep in touch and do let us know if there is anything we could assist prior to your next visit as we would like to make sure everything is arranged prior to your arrival, and LUX* South Ari Atoll is ready to help you celebrate another special moment in life on our little piece of paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Warm regards, Patrice Aira General Manager
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Matt wrote a review Jun 2022
Dudley, United Kingdom194 contributions42 helpful votes
This is the third island we have stayed in the Maldives and I would 100% recommend staying here to anyone. We booked through Sarah at Travelbag who was excellent. Our main criteria for a perfect holiday are good food, good diving, high-quality service, nice bars to drink in and snorkelling. Lux delivers 5* on the first four. There is no house reef so you can't expect great snorkelling from the room and we did not do the trips so can't comment. However, I did see eagle rays one day by our villa which is pretty cool! The food was excellent we went to all the restaurants and enjoyed every meal we had, Umami and Beach rouge were our favourites. We also had great superb meals at Allegrai and Senses. The service at East Market buffet was lacking a couple of times. It took a while for our drinks order to be taken and then for the drinks to come. But we put this down to post covid rust. We were on the All Inclusive option which gave us meals in some locations included and discounts at others. It would be nice to just have a premium AI offering so you don't need to think about what is included. Having the ICI the ice cream bar was a huge plus, nothing better than a refreshing ice cream in the afternoon. Massive choice and delicious! The island cafe is also a great touch to get good coffee and cake. We hired bikes for part of our stay and loved cruising around the island. The buggy service was also superb. Shawcat was great and we loved chatting to him on our trips around the island. The main reason for choosing this island was the chance to dive with whale sharks. We went here knowing that it may never happen but we were in luck. We snorkelled with one shark on a surface interval and saw two while diving. An amazing unforgettable moment. The dive team were professional and fun with a well-equipped dive boat. We stayed in an overwater villa. Could not fault anything about the room/bathroom. Massive comfy bed, huge bathroom, window in the floor down to the sea well equipped mini bar which we could use with our package, over the sea net and steps down into the ocean. True paradise. I did comment upon leaving that our sun loungers could do with new cushions. Did not affect us but for the next visitors. I was told that they are actively replacing these which is great news. Overall a 5* stay will 100% be revisiting this paradise on earth.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Responded 5 days ago
Dear Matt, It is so lovely to hear from you again after months. Trust you have been keeping well ! Thank you for thinking of LUX* and reminiscing about the time on the island. The team could not be happier to know about your experience and cannot wait to have the opportunity to see you again if you are planning to return to the Maldives for another visit in the coming days. On behalf of Shawkat, dive team and everyone at the resort, we would like to thank you once again for choosing our island to celebrate your tropical holiday for the second time. If there is anything LUX* South Ari Atoll team could assist later, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to help you celebrate any moment in life ! Looking forward to hearing from you again. With the best regards, Patrice Aira General Manager
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PeAcE7678 wrote a review Jun 2022
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Resort area very big from East to West is about 2+km far. Staffs are very friendly. Foods was tasty. We opted All Inclusive deal and enjoying eating and drinking whole day long and the kids like it very much. You will know it once you are there how it really feel...
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for choosing LUX* South Ari Atoll to celebrate the family time in the Maldives ! It is a great pleasure to have you here, and the team is absolutely thrilled to learn that you had an amazing week on the island. Should there be anything we could assist later, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime. The team is always available to be at your service at anytime. Best regards from the sunny Indian Ocean, Patrice Aira General Manager
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Pennie wrote a review Jun 2022
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Photographs don’t do this idyllic resort justice and I fear my review probably won’t either! I simply can’t fault one aspect of our holiday, as a family of four, with a 20 and 23 year old it ticked all our respective boxes. All the Lux touches: - the Lux lounge whilst waiting for the sea plane - the smiling staff greeting you on arrival - the whatsapp concierge, a brilliant idea and super helpful - the Lux Cafe, - ICI - wide choice of restaurants, we love food and were not disappointed by the choice and quality - plenty of activities So many special touches, the flipflops, caps, beach bags and fans in the rooms. But the real stand out was the staff they were all incredible, friendly, warm and nothing was too much trouble! A special thank you to Hussain in ICI, Zaheer at Veli, Chef Enver, Mofizul and Shawkat on the buggies and Vi-vian our whatsapp concierge, who all truly made it the best holiday ever! I could write pages about this place, but I won’t, but I will say if you book a stay at Lux South Ati Atoll you will not regret it. Our second Lux holiday, first Lux Belle Mare and it won’t be our last!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: Beach rooms on east side of island had best views.
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Responded 5 days ago
Dear Pennie, Sunny greetings from Hussain, Zaheer, Enver, Mofizul, Shawkat, Vi-vian and everyone on the island ! Thank you for taking the time to share the feedback on your stay on TripAdvisor as well as through our departure survey. We look forward to helping you celebrate many more great moments in any of our LUX* properties around the world and are definitely excited to welcome you back to the island for another visit shortly. Please do keep in touch and let us know if there is anything LUX* South Ari Atoll team could assist in the coming days. Have a beautiful week ahead ! With the warmest regards, Patrice Aira General Manager
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Ollie B wrote a review Jun 2022
London, United Kingdom53 contributions29 helpful votes
My partner and I stayed at the LUX* for 9 nights in May. We really loved the hotel, staff and island. Yes - there are a few little things that could have lifted the experience even higher but overall, if you're looking for a stunning Maldives Island with great food and drink and super helpful staff, I would highly recommend the LUX*.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: We went for a water room on stilts but if I went again, I would go for a beach hut.
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Dear Ollie, It is so lovely to hear from you again ! Thank you very much for sharing the feedback on your stay. The team is certainly looking forward to seeing you again back to the island so please do feel free to contact us anytime if there is anything we could assist later. LUX* South Ari Atoll is ready to help you celebrate another great time in the Maldives. Have a wonderful week ahead ! With the best regards, Patrice Aira General Manager
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PRICE RANGE
$428 - $757 (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, Green Park Cafe, 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, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, and Filipino.
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.