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LUX* South Ari Atoll
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

We arrived in the middle of the Chinese New Year and the reception of the hotel was packed and crowded as it was peak hour of people arriving and leaving. This first moments chocked us a bit as normally we only stay in smaller hotels and avoid the crowds. Our surprise came as we began to explore the resort later in the day. As the resort is very big for Maldive Standards the beaches, restaurants, water sport center are never packed and you can always find a very private corner of the island/restaurants where you find back the peace of a deserted island. We had arrived on BB only but later moved to all inclusive and if you can afford it I would definitely recommend it. It is an extremely generous All Inclusive and you can enjoy the best food and the excellent wine list - Try their Scrucaps - all of them are excellent choices.
Another extremely positive point is Management. The resort manager Mohamed is always seen around from 6:00 am until 11:00 pm ensuring all guests are having a memorable stay and eager to help out where needed. A special thank you and congratulation to Adam at the sport center who introduced our kids to the underwater world and who took personally care of our 8 year old when on snorkelling trips.
Overall a very well run resort fantastic if you like to eat well, be active and small positive surprises along your stay.
Only negative was a bit on sleep quality as the A/C tends to be rather noisy and not the last generation.

Room Tip: If you enjoy snorkelling then prefer rooms on the side of the Spa
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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GMLUX, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2014

Thank you very much for sharing your review of staying at LUX* Maldives on TripAdvisor. It was reassuring that you were able to enjoy a great time with us. Your choice of taking the all-inclusive was a good decision as, indeed, we do provide a great variety of dining options and snacks for everyone. Along with this opportunity, I would like to share with you that LUX* Maldives has been awarded the 2013 Leading All-Inclusive Resort at the Maldives Travel Award.

Besides the food and wines you had enjoyed, I was glad to know that the omni-present Mamoun had also looked after you well during your stay. As well as Adam at the Watersports, it was good to know your young one was having a great time with his company.

I would like to thank you again for choosing our island to be the place where you celebrate your family time together. We will certainly be happy to welcome your family again in the future !

Best regards from Mamoun and the team,


Dominik

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Reviewed February 16, 2014

I can't begin to describe how amazing our time at Lux* was and without rambling too much.
We travelled for our honeymoon - any expectations we had were exceeded, we really didn't want to leave!

Staff were always so friendly, professional and courteous.
The food was out of this world (I gained several kgs!) and there was always a lot of it.
Restaurants were amazing and there was enough variety to never get bored.
The teppanyaki bar was great too and worth a visit.
We stayed in an over-water bungalow, which was just as we'd dreamed.
The spa was so beautiful and the treatments were amazing.
The water is just so clear - a camera doesn't do this place justice!!
It was cool to see the ray feeding each evening.

We did a 1/2 day tour and swam with a whale shark - this was probably the only downside of our stay because I felt that the animal was slightly harassed with so many people trying to swim alongside it. I wasn't too happy with this and found it quite cruel.

My husband and I often dream of Lux* and really hope to return one day, it was just the most magical place we've ever been to.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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GMLUX, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2014

It was good to know you had a great time during your honeymoon at LUX* Maldives. I was glad that you enjoyed the accommodation, love the food and had fun with all the activities on the island, and I would like to thank you for sharing your experience and comments online with worldwide travelers as your recommendation is supportive and valuable to us.

As the reef along our island is the only such reef on the planet where whale sharks can be seen throughout the year it has become very famous and hence many people want to take advantage of this opportunity. There is a marine protection NGO in place which we actively support and they are looking at ways to see how we (and many others) are able to continue this unique tour but at the same time do so without interrupting the whale sharks. As this involves many agencies and areas of tourism this is not something that can be changed overnight, but it is certainly something that is being worked on.

Should you wish to be back to the Maldives, please do come back and visit us again, we all look forward to seeing you again for your celebration of the first anniversary.

Sincerely,

Dominik

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Reviewed February 13, 2014

It was the 1st time me & my husband were visiting Maldives
We did'nt have high expectations from our visit.
It was a mere leisure visit.
The moment we landed at the
Reception we were welcomed by one & all. Mr. Shaswat (SAS)
a gentleman In the true sense of the word & Zaid the cutest guy on this planet briefed us about a few things. We were shown our rooms, impeccable & meticulously cleaned by Ahmed that guy with a magical smile from housekeeping.
Food was another big concern for us, we being staunch vegetarians. Very soon our doubts were put to rest by (the ready to face anything) Mr. Dependable Alu De Cruz head chef from Indo-arabic restaurant & his team, Mr Nisham, mr. Dhaminder, mr Bala & many others .(My apologies if I forget some names ). From Island kitchen Mr. Fayas, (vigilance personified), mr. Rajendran that Indian guy were a great help.
Rhoda, that lovely lady from the spa & her team are itched in our memories
Boney, that youthful yoga instructor brought us very near to our trueself with the right moves
Last but not the least Mr Mohammad manager Lux* Maldives was the most spirited person we have ever come across
To sum up, the resort with its lush green surroundings, blue crystal clear sea water, lovely rooms, excellent cuisine, & the most hospitable staff ever seen or met are a few things we came across during our brief stay. Truly it is a tourist's delight.

Room Tip: Beach villas the best choice anytime
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Saritachopra2k
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GMLUX, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2014

Thank you for taking the time and sharing your holiday experience on TripAdvisor. I was very impressed with all the team members’ names you have remembered and mentioned above. With that, it proved you did have a good time not only with the scenery of the island itself, but also the service we had provided. Thank you very much for the compliments.

Your review has been shared with the team and highlighted to Zaid and Ahmed, and it has also reached to the Food & Beverage team, Sas, Alu, Nisham, Daminda, Bala, Fayas and Rajendran. Moreover, the great time you had spent at the Spa, both Rhoda and Boni were glad to know their hard works and names were brought up on the review.

May I use this opportunity to thank you again for sharing your comments online. Mamoun and I as well as the team are looking forward to seeing you again.

Best regards,

Dominik

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Reviewed February 12, 2014

One is really treated well as one should be for the price. There is loads for young kids. Snorkelling, diving was awesome. I just felt a little controlled. Paddling and all other sports were confined to small areas which was a bit frustrating if you prefer a bit of adventure. Love their water desalinating and glass bottles.
Definitely recommend full board as half board means there is only one restaurant you cant eat in.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Vanessa-Maitland
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GMLUX, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2014

Good to learn you had enjoyed your days and all the water activities on the island. Thank you for the comments as well as noticing our project on water production.

With occasional stronger currents we do not recommend guests to take our kayaks and paddle boats out further away from the island so as to always be able to return safely. We do take the safety of our guests very seriously and hope that this did not make you feel too restricted.

I read with great concern your comment about the half board meal plan. We pride ourselves with the fact that we offer many options for dinner and usually have 4 restaurants open for dinner (Senses, Allegria, Island Kitchen and East), all of which are included when guest book Half Board, Full Board or the most popular option of All Inclusive. We know that most resorts restrict ‘meal plan guests’ to the main restaurant and hence we make it a point to provide the widest possible variety. I hope you had a chance to taste the many options of food we provide on our island.

Thank you once again for the feedback. I look forward to your next visit soon.

Best regards,


Dominik

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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Excellent service, beautiful environment, luxurious fittings and extreme attention to detail, even down to the cocktail napkins! And all also very environmentally friendly! A joy to stay at, will definitely return!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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GMLUX, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2014

I would like to thank you for the good words. I was glad to know you had a great stay at LUX* Maldives. The team and I are very much looking forward to welcoming you back again soon.

With the sunny regards from our little island,


Dominik

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