The five-star LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas brings a playful vibe to the Maldives. Whether you’re travelling as a couple, group of friends or with toddlers and teens in tow, this larger island resort brings an array of facilities in a picture-perfect setting. The LUX* brand is not only renowned for their top service and quality stays; they promise to deliver a ‘lighter, brighter and fresher’ version of luxury holidays. You can see this from every corner of this resort; the white, airy villas splashed with bright pops of pink, outrageously-cool restaurants and rainbow coloured beanbags that dot the sand.
The crowning glory of this resort is the vast choice of dining options – somewhat rare in the Maldives – there are eight restaurants and five bars to work your way through. Wake up with a cup of freshly roasted coffee from the LUX* café, then head for a long and lazy breakfast at either of the two venues. Start the day with freshly-pressed juice, homemade bread, waffles, eggs – or whatever takes your fancy. Pick your lunch spot from a choice of restaurants, maybe tucking into a tasty Crab burger in the surfer-style Lagoon bar or a tapas-style Indian treats in Senses. Favourites for dinner include East Market, which serves up punchy Pan-Asian street food, and Beach Rouge, which has exquisite Mediterranean fare and creative cocktails, plus an electric atmosphere at sunset. Stay on for a few after-dinner cocktails, and you’ll see the venue transform into a funky Ibiza-style hangout, complete with atmospheric red lighting, shisha pipes and lively DJ beats.
Indulge in some 'you' time, whether that's sun-soaking by the pool or getting lost in the aquatic wonderland of the Indian Ocean – keep a watchful eye out for whale sharks, which are a frequent sighting in the atoll. If you're feeling active, you could hop on a bike and leisurely explore the island or try out watersports from paddleboarding to flyboarding. For a more tranquil way to spend your afternoon, retreat to the LUX* spa, where you can enjoy a muscle-melting massage using oils created by esteemed aromatherapist Shirley Page.
What we love most about this resort are all the little surprises that add a touch of fun to your stay. When wandering through the grounds, you may spot a mysterious bottle hidden in the foliage – these ‘message in a bottle’ treasures contain a special token, perhaps a complimentary spa treatment or a free jet-ski session. Alongside surprise pop-up events such as a cinema under the stars and impromptu music performances, another favourite with guests is the banyan wish tree ritual. Swing by this enchanting tree during the evening drinks ceremony, where you can tie a ribbon to a branch and cast your wish. It might be worth wishing for another holiday, as all wishes are entered into a draw to win a complimentary LUX* stay.
If you would like to plan a Maldives escape with next level LUX*-ury, talk to our friendly Personal Travel Expert via phone or make an appointment to visit us in store. You can find out more about LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas and see our full range of island escapes in our Indian Ocean brochure.