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breakdown in Paradise
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.
10 Days in Paradise
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.
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.
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!
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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