With a host of exciting watersports available such as fly-boarding as well as a genuine concern for marine conservation, LUX* Maldives is one of the best resorts in the Maldives for those who love all things aquatic. Ari Atoll is excellent for diving and is one of the top spots in the country to see whale sharks, the gentle giants of the ocean. If you prefer a more sedate pace of life the resort is also a beach-lovers paradise with a broad white sandy beach, while you can eat your way around the globe at the superb restaurants with a range of Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian and Maldivian dishes to thrill you. Contemporary villas complete the fun and imaginative luxury paradise experience.
Set in the privacy of the island of Dhidhoofinolhu in South Ari Atoll, a short 25 minutes flight away by seaplane from Male (the capital of the island nation) , LUX* Maldives offers a real insight into unspoiled island living. At 2km long and 400m wide, the island is big enough to explore when you fancy a break from the fine coral sand beaches. Visit our world-class PADI diving centre and explore the crystal clear waters of the lagoon where you’re likely to spot everything from playful dolphins and whale sharks to majestic stingrays and colourful coral fish.
The Island Kitchen
Savour the essence of authentic island living at The Island Kitchen. With tables set out on the beach under thatched roofs and slow turning ceiling fans, guests can sink their feet into the warm sand below while tucking into mouth-watering buffets for breakfast and dinner. Live cooking stations offer everything from wood-fired pizzas and grills to stir-fries with a tempting island twist. In the evening, enjoy genuine island entertainment performed by talented local performers.
(7am to 10.30am / 7pm to 10pm)Senses 7pm to 10pm)
Inspired by North African, Lebanese, Indian and Indian Ocean cuisine, Senses never fails to delights with its tempting menu of tagines, tandoori prawns and unique tropical sorbets. Enjoy a light lunch of fresh salads, grills and local seafood, then take a seat at the water´s edge overlooking the infinity pool for an exquisite à la carte dinner under the stars.
Senses (7pm to 10pm)Senses Bar and Lounge
Senses Bar and Lounge offers a selection of cocktails, rums, liqueurs, beers and spirits, as well as a refreshing selection of Sri Lankan teas in the afternoon. It also offers light Indian Ocean lunches in the shade or by the pool if you don´t feel like visiting one of resort´s more formal restaurants. Enjoy a light snack in the evening while swaying gently in a giant hammock or challenge someone to a friendly game of billiards as the sun sets over the ocean.
(9:30 am to 11 pm, lunch served between 12:30 pm and 5 pm)East Restaurant and Bar
Suspended above the water, East inspires with its incredible view out over the lagoon. Rustic decks and old ship´s riggings add to the nautical theme, while bright cushions and light fabrics provide a lively island feel. The menu features the best of Cambodian, Indonesian, Thai, Sri Lankan, Hong Kong and Chinese-style buffets.
(7am to 10:30am / 7pm to 10pm)East Bar
The adjacent East Bar offers fresh fruit cocktails and unforgettable local evening entertainment.
(4pm to midnight)Allegria Restaurant and Bar
Vibrant Italian flair blends with the lively island ambience at Allegria. Located right on the beach, this open kitchen allows guests to watch the skilled chefs at work as they create pizzas, pastas and gnocchi dishes. For a more intimate atmosphere, Allegria´s wine cellar can be booked for private dinners. Exclusive arrangements can also be made for small parties to dine in the cellar and indulge in a range cheeses complemented by our exceptional selection of French and New World wines.
(7pm to 10 pm /6 pm to 11pm)Umami
Perched on stilts over the water, Umami features a Japanese-style teppanyaki table where chefs entertain guests with their culinary skills. Sit under beautiful silk paper lanterns surrounded by wooden latticework while you enjoy the simple yet delicate flavours of Kobe beef sushi rolls served with scallops or fresh seaweed and squid salad.
The restaurant is open evenings only, and tables should be reserved in advance.
(7pm to 10pm)The Beach (12pm to 6pm)
The best pizza we can make, in the most relaxing setting, right on the beach. Crisp, thin crusts, topped with the freshest ingredients, baked to perfection and enjoyed with the feet in the sand, the eyes on the lagoon and the breeze in your hair. Heaven.
(12pm to 6pm)Veli Pool Bar & Lunch
Located near the crystal clear swimming pool that extends out to sea, with shimmering views of the lagoon on three sides, Veli Pool Bar offers a casual menu of tasty pizzas, sandwiches and spring rolls, as well as Mediterranean-style tapas, mezze and antipasti
(8:30am to 6pm; light lunches served from 12:30)The Island Bar
Watch the sun set over the shimmering water as your sip on a delicious island cocktail or aperitif and tasty canapés at The Island Bar. Go for a stroll along the beach or simply soak up the laid-back ambience on the wooden deck as you wind down another amazing day on the island.
(12.00pm to 4pm for lunch, open for drinks until 2am)Lagoon Bar
On the beach, facing the sunrise, close to the lobby and the boat house, this is your regular laid-back watering hole. Enjoy island music and reggae favourites while sharing your experiences from the last dive or your exciting water sports session.
(10:30am to 5pm)Café LUX*
Nothing beats a really great cup of coffee. That´s why at LUX*, they only serve their very own delicious Island Blend of certified green organic beans. Roasted on the island and prepared for you with passion by our trained baristas, every cup of coffee served at our stylish Café LUX* is one to savour.
(6am to 6pm)
Light, fresh and ever so irresistible, LUX* restaurants offer everything that´s exceptional about luxury island dining, with none of the heavy, overly indulgent extras. Enjoy the very best dishes, flavours and textures that the island´s many cultures and influences have to offer at any one of our authentic dining environments.
LUX* Me is a unique concept which combines fitness, spa, nutrition, yoga, retreats and experiences into one venue. Our concept is to allow guests to create their own integrated spa, fitness and lifestyle experience with the help of our LUX* Me experts. Our unique ´Me Time´ Menu is designed to tailor-make an experience just for you. From luxurious facials, massages and scrubs to invigorating yoga classes and a broad array of dynamic and fun exercise programmes, LUX* Me is all about you. Specialised programs such as our retreats or flexible Vitalité experience allow you to participate in a way to maximize wellbeing and vitality. Contact us to book your own LUX* Me expert to help program a truly personalized experience.
Introducing LUX* Me Zhengliao
LUX* Resorts & Hotels announces the launch of LUX* Me Zhengliao from April 2014, a treatment developed for LUX* Resorts & Hotels by the Chinese Clinic Daoji and available exclusively in the Mauritius resorts and LUX* Maldives. The introduction of this inherent healing practice raises the LUX* Me offering to encompass all aspects of wellbeing. Keeping in line with the LUX* Me philosophy of improving long-term holistic wellbeing, the LUX* Me experience that promises to rejuvenate guests. The Daoji clinic is a traditional Chinese clinic that has been in operation for over 80 years and is renowned within the country.