Ari Atoll: The desert island with soul

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All experience hunters are invited to this enclave of unspoiled beaches to follow sandy paths through coconut palms to villas on stilts over a postcard-perfect lagoon.

Grown-up sanctuaries have showers-for-two and love nests on the terraces and steps down to the crystal-clear ocean.

At the end of two miles of powder-fine sand, framed with tropical foliage, are two-bedroom beach villas dotted at the water’s edge, perfect for families or groups.

Fine dining and chilled beach clubs

Unparalleled food and drink is a way of life at LUX*. Seven eateries and five bars include a remarkable Asian experience at East Market, a contemporary interactive take on a bustling night market; Umami is a sophisticated setting for Japanese fine dining thanks to sushi, teppanyaki and robata counters and the Maldives’ largest selection of Sakés.

Beach Rouge is the dynamic beach club, where chilled island beats are served along with ceviche, carpaccio, chilled rosé and mixologist-made cocktails, and order barista-made specialty coffees from Café LUX* with their our own special Island Blend, exclusively and ethically sourced and locally roasted on the island. 

Wellbeing and adventure 

Turn to LUX* Me for spa treatments as well as yoga, Tai chi and traditional Chinese tea ceremonies. Swim with whale sharks by day and take moonlit dhoni cruises by night.

LUX* South Ari Atoll even has a fresh collection of Reasons to Go LUX*, including the chance to use one of the resort’s quirky telephone boxes to phone home for free, while you sip on organic coffee, freshly roasted on-site. Plus, keep an eye out for bottles buried on the beach or hidden in the gardens, unroll the scroll and you’ll be on your way to an unexpected treat. There are lots more inspiring experiences, but we wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise. 

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