As far as LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas is concerned, it’s really time to move on from the idea that The Maldives is only for romantics. So, keen to convince families to come stay, the idyllic resort has gone to the effort of compiling a checklist of top reasons why LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas couldn’t be more perfect for family holidays.
Can you be tempted? Take a look at the list and see how far you get before giving in...
LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas has glorious Dhidhoofinolhu Island all to itself. And true to the LUX* Resort & Hotels’ concept that means you have complete freedom to be as laid back or active as you like, spend more time with your family, think, play, dream, revive and be yourself.
Take your pick from 193 villas and pavilions set on white sand beaches or over the Indian Ocean, all designed to give you the luxury of privacy and your own personal space.
Dhidhoofinolhu is the largest South Ari Atoll island and one of the largest resort islands in The Maldives.
When it comes to food, LUX* Resort & Hotels are always truly original and at LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas that translates into eight exceptional restaurant cuisines spanning from Asia, Japan, Italy, India and more. And because there’s nothing the resort likes better than cooking for kids, there’s always plenty of fresh, healthy options for trainee palates, as well as sweet treats like signature home-made ice cream.
As well as treats like the Tree of Wishes and messages in bottles, ice cream parlours, movies under the stars and space for family together time, LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas also has some of the best kids clubs in The Maldives. PLAY is carefully planned creative, outdoor and indoor fun for three to 12 year olds. And Studio 17 is the chilled space where activities and adventures are designed just for teens. Both clubs are supervised by a professional childcare team and open every day from 9am to 7pm.
Both LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas’ pools are designed on the sunset side of the island so the views are spectacular. And if you want even more colour in your swim, the island’s natural lagoon is home to hordes of dazzling tropical fish.
South Ari Atoll is a top location for spotting fascinating Whale Sharks. Officially the world’s largest fish, they’re amazingly gentle and a guided cruise to spy on them - in the company of the resort’s resident marine biologist - definitely falls into the category of unforgettable family experiences.
LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas is almost two kilometres wide and circled right round with four kilometres of shimmering, white sand Indian Ocean beaches – room to play, but plenty of space just to cocoon and contemplate the serenity too.
Whether you’re up for exploring or trying out scuba for the first time, LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas PADI diving centre goes from bubble-maker to guided dives for experts. And families can try everything from windsurfing and wakeboarding to catamaran sailing and snorkelling at the resort’s outstanding water sports centre.
Of course an island of tranquillity should have an exceptional spa and LUX*Me is all that, with treatments tailored to guests, wellness at the heart of its philosophy and quite probably one of the loveliest settings for soothing you’ve ever experienced.
If you want to know why LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas was named Best Eco-Friendly Resort in The Maldives 2019, hop on a bike and take a family cycle round the island, hang a dream on the Tree of Wishes with kids, go visit the resident marine biologist, take a family cooking class or an art class at Junk Art or just spend a day on the beach.
Direct UK flights to The Maldives take from 10 hours, 20 minutes and it’s just 25 minutes by seaplane from Velana International Airport (in Malé) to LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas.
And if you need any more proof that The Maldives is perfect for family holidays, LUX* South Ari Resort & Villas has a private guest lounge at the seaplane terminal – bliss after a flight with kids.
LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas, Dhidhoofinolhu Island, The Maldives
How to get there
Direct UK flights to The Maldives take from 10 hours, 20 minutes
LUX* South Ari Atoll is 25 minutes by private seaplane from Malé International Airport.
Family Lagoon Pavilion from £889 per night, bed & breakfast.
Based on a family of four sharing (two adults, two children).
Now you know a few reasons why LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas is perfect for family holidays, here’s another one: plan a family holiday between now and 31 October 2020, book before 31 December 2019, and get a discount of 15% on accommodation and your selected family meal plan.