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LUX* South Ari Atoll
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London, United Kingdom
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“Thank you Lux Maldives for the most incredible holiday!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

What an incredible place! We spent 9 nights at lux Maldives in a beach villa with our four year old son. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel incredibly welcome and everything was wonderful - location, kids club, food and most of all the staff. My husband and I have stayed in top hotels many times and have never experienced this standard of service and care. The staff all knew about one allergy my son had and remembered his name the whole time. He loved the kids club particularly Ruby and Mibu, and the room attendant left clever towel arrangements on his bed almost every day. The island is magical and the accommodation is lovely. We were on the sunset side but the beach on the lagoon side is a bit nicer and calmer.
We were already discussing that we wanted to rebook next year after 6 days of our 9, when on day 7 disaster struck and our son fell badly and broke his arm. The kindness with which we were treated was without bounds and means that we will return time and time again to this resort. As it was night time and flying wasn't possible We had to travel by speedboat to another island for an initial X-ray and then on to Malé the capital again by boat for two hours to see an orthopaedic surgeon. What could have been a complete nightmare was smoothed by the flawless organization of the resort, where we had a staff member accompany us (Solih) throughout and an airport representative who got us on the first sea plane back after all night on boats and in hospital. This was all coordinated by the GM Dominik and Masdoug, the head of rooms. They made what was already a very bad experience much easier for us, and our son was literally the resort celebrity when we arrived back the next day, with everyone fussing over him! Fruit and sweets were sent to our room, and arrangements on his bed were left saying "get well soon" etc.
On our last day we had to leave quickly because the weather had turned bad and they wanted to ensure our sea plane could leave, so we missed saying goodbye to Solih, but he called the airport lounge to say goodbye.
It wasn't just the excellent quality of the food, the accommodation, the natural beauty of the island which made this so special, it was the genuine friendliness and care given by all the staff which makes this resort the most special we have ever stayed in. We will be back. Thank you so much Lux Maldives.

  • Stayed October 2013
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GMLUX, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this review, 11 November 2013
Thank you for taking time and sharing your experience at LUX* Maldives on TripAdvisor. I believe you have returned home safely and managed to settle back into daily life, and your son is hopefully recovering well from the accident.

We know very well that an accident can ruin a holiday, especially when in a foreign country so we know it is our responsibility to help wherever we can, however, nothing is more important than knowing your little one is fine now.

We are very happy to hear from you, especially Solih and Masdhoog, on behalf them, kindly pass our regards to your wife and son (sorry, not allowed to name names on trip advisor). And together with the rest of the team, please send our brightest wishes to your little one: “Get Well Soon!”

Thank you for letting us hear from you. We are looking forward to your return to LUX* Maldives in the very near future.

Yours sincerely

Dominik
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

I was pretty sure I wouldn't bother writing a review, when was booking the holiday. It's a five star resort after all and one should expect an outstanding experience. However, the staff at the hotel exceeded all my expectations, therefore I felt obliged to write this short review and say thank you from my wife and me to all the staff. It would be impossible to name everybody I'd like to thank, therefore I will mention only those, who I came across most: Habib, our room cleaner and Manish, our yoga instructor. Both were outstanding.
I don't want to repeat what was already said in other reviews, the only thing I'd like to reiterate is: if you want a true relaxation and a great service - Lux* Maldives is a place for you!

  • Stayed August 2013
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GMLUX, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this review, 11 November 2013
Thank you for the sweet and remarkable review. I am truly glad that you had a wonderful holiday experience with LUX* Maldives. Your comment is a powerful injection of motivation, and your appreciation to our hard work is the greatest prize to all of us.

On behalf of all the team members, I would like to thank you for having chosen LUX* Maldives to be the destination of your holiday as well as giving us the chance to deliver the Maldivian hospitality to you.


Once again, thank you for the encouragement. It was a great honor to have you here with us, and we are very much looking forwards to your next visit to the Maldives.

With the warmest regards,

Dominik
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

Two flights from the UK via Dubai and a sea plane transfer we were met with the warmest of welcomes both literally and metaphorically at Lux Maldives We were greeted by welcoming staff who would become the signature of all the staff across our 12 night stay.

Our bags were whisked away and we we presented will drinks and refreshing towels as the check in procedures were completed. A quick guided tour of the hotel and we were escorted to our Beach villa, on the sunrise side of the island, less breezy than the sunset side

There is absolutely nothing to fault here and everything to recommend. We took out the all inclusive package and having hard the same deal in their sister resort in Mauritius last year we knew it offered great value for money. In addition most of the drinks now are branded with a only a small number attracting an additional premium.

The number of restaurants and the changing buffet menus, mean you will not be disappointed and always find something to tempt the palette and a different themed buffet option each day means you will never tire of the food. It is worth trying the a la carte, Umami, Senses and Allegria (our recommendation)

I don't really want to single anyone out but he goes!! Special thanks to Khairul, Rup and Marine in the East bar who constantly went above and beyond keeping my wife in a never ending stream of elaborate cocktails!!

All the staff go out of their way to make you feel so welcome and make your stay one which will stay with you for a long time.

Overall this is quite simply the best holiday experience of our lives, from the greeting at the airport, to the Lux lounge whilst waiting for the seaplane transfer, to the final wave off by the hotel team and everything in between you will not go wrong here.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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GMLUX, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this review, 11 November 2013
There is nothing better than receiving a wonderful comment such as yours. Thank you for sharing !

I am very glad that your trip with us started smooth and eased, and ended memorable and perfect. It is a pleasure to learn you have chosen LUX* Maldives to be your holiday destinations after your good experience in Mauritius.

Thank you also for highlighting the caring service and your feedback has been shared with the team, especially Marine, Rup and Khairul.
Your feedback is a great encouragement to everyone of us, and that has always been the motivation of keeping up the highest service standards for our guests. We thank you for the appreciation of our hard work, and we look forward to your next return to one of our properties in the very near future !

With the sunny regards from the Maldives,

Dominik
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

Large island, lovely beaches and stunning accommodation. Great food at Senses, Island Kitchen and fabulous pizzas on the beach. Italian restaurant stunningly located but food was surprisingly poor.

Amazingly well run Island with excellent manager who visited us EVERY DAY. Other islands take note!!

Only negative was lack of swimmable house reef which was a massive downside for me.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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GMLUX, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this review, 11 November 2013
Thank you for taking time and sharing your experience with the world through TripAdvisor. I am very pleased to learn you had enjoyed your stay with LUX* Maldives.

We constantly aim at keeping high standards, and feedback as yours helps us moving towards our goal of maintaining the highest level. I am very concerned about your comment regarding the poor quality of food as we usually get praised about many of the dishes there.Nevertheless we shall continue to aim for further improvements.

While we have some nice snorkeling close to our water villas, we have some of the best reefs in our close proximity, including the largest marine protected area in the Maldives, where the endangered whale shark can be found. Through complimentary snorkel trips we aim to share this beauty with all of our guests and I hope you also managed to find a whale shark, turtles, manta rays or our resident stingrays.
In any case, I am very happy to learn you had enjoyed your stay with us. I hope to see you soon for another vacation !

Best regards from the Maldives,

Dominik
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

We just wanted to say how much of an amazing time we had at your resort. From the moment we arrived in Male until we left your staff were truly fantastic and are a credit to you. They must make your life easier as the team you have supporting you really go the extra mile.

This was the best honeymoon we could have asked for and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

An extra special mention has to go to the following members of your team who made the lux resort our home;

Nick & Milos (Island bar) Rup, Arif, Aman, Mo (lagoon bar), Conrad, Daminder & Pintu.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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GMLUX, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this review, 9 November 2013
What a great comment and experience you had shared with the world ! Thank you !

I am very happy that our team had made your honeymoon such a special one, and I am also proud of the colleagues I have the pleasure of working with. Your compliments have been shared with everyone on the island, especially highlighted to Nick, MilosRup, Arif, Aman, Mo, Conrad, Daminder, and Pintu. Your “simply amazing” is absolutely not simple to us, it is the greatest reward we can get as a return for what we love and what we do.

It was our pleasure to make your honeymoon remarkable, and it was also our honour to have you celebrate your once-in-a-lifetime stay at LUX* Maldives. We very much look forward your next visit, your next visit of celebration: the first anniversary !

Again, congratulations form us all and sunny regards from Maldives,

Dominik
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

We have just arrived back after 12 nights at the Lux , we arrived with a little trepidation as we have three boys aged 7,9 and 16 and were worried we might run out of things to do and get fed up with each other ! We had the most fantastic holiday ever and tried so many new things . We snorkelled with whale sharks which was an amazing experience and very well organised by the marine biologist Francesca , her presentation was excellent and she was great fun to spend the day with , on our return we found that she had taken the time to put all the photographs she had taken during the excursion onto a USB stick and drop them at our villa so we have lovely souvenir of a very special day out , we all left better informed on these amazing creatures , it was also great to see local conservation in action .
The interconnecting beach villa was perfect with a great little beach and a safe lagoon to swim in , our housekeeper Nizar was hardworking , engaging , kind and efficient , his towel art skills are second to none and we eagerly awaited our return home each night to see what he had surprised us with . In fact all the staff were fantastic , the resort manager also went out if his way to make all the guests feel special . We also used the watersports and enjoyed the line fishing although overpriced . We had a very memorable holiday for all of the right reasons and would not think twice about rebooking for another relaxing holiday at this beautiful island.
The only things that could be improved upon would be the bike hire , it would be great if there were more bikes and that they were all free . At watersports the childrens life vests should also be free and a greater variety of watersports should be free or better priced . For a family of 5 to go on the banana boat it would have cost $90 .

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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GMLUX, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this review, 9 November 2013
What a wonderful experience you had shared with all the readers on TripAdvisor. Thank you !

I am so pleased to learn your family holiday with LUX* Maldives was incredible. Many people still believe that the Maldives is reserved for honeymooners and divers and while this is indeed an ideal location for such trips we are very proud to also cater for families wishing to enjoy this paradise.

It is our duty to take some social responsibility and ensure the natural environment is well protected while we are enjoying our life and having fun, and I am very glad you have noticed that and appreciated the message we are trying to teach and convey to our guests. I have shared your comment with Francesca, and she was very happy to hear that as well. Thank you again ! I have also shown your review to Nizar as comments like your lead them to further creativity and new surprises for our guests.

As to the recommendation you had mentioned, we have taken it seriously for necessary implementation to improve the holiday experience for our guests in the future. We have already received more bicycles and we shall seek further improvements together with our water sport center

Thank you once again for choosing LUX* Maldives to be the destination of celebrating your family vacation. We hope for your next visit to our tropical island soon.

With warmest regards,

Dominik
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

My husband and I spent 5 days at LUX. We stayed in a beach villa...the coolest part being that you can walk out of your bedroom and onto the beach! Although the resort was fully booked, it never felt crowded. We rented bicycles for our stay, which was a great way to get around the island. Many restaurants to choose from. The biggest decision to make.."Is it a beach day or a pool day?!" The staff was very attentive. Mamoun, the resort manager interacted with the guests and even bid us farewell as we boarded the seaplane to Male. The weather was perfect...rainy at night and sunny during the day. Beautiful and peaceful....

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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GMLUX, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this review, 9 November 2013
Thank you for the sweet comments about your stay at LUX* Maldives. I am very glad you had enjoyed your 5 days with us. It is always wonderful to receive such great feedback from our guests as this keeps our team members motivated at all times.

And yes, LUX* Maldives is a big island compared to others, allowing for many things to do or many quite places to feel alone.

It was a pleasure to have you staying with us. On behalf of Mamoun and all the team members on the island, we thank you again and hope to see you soon in the coming future.

Sunny regards from the Maldives,

Dominik

PS. Today is a beach day!
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Property: LUX* South Ari Atoll
Address: (Formerly Diva Maldives)
Region: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > Southern Ari Atoll > Dhidhoofinolhu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dhidhoofinolhu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — LUX* South Ari Atoll 5*
Number of rooms: 193
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dreamy atolls of tropical islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are a kaleidoscope of colours and earthly pleasures. Get away from it all at LUX* South Ari Atoll (formerly LUX* Maldives), the only settlement on the postcard-perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu. Fuss free and laid-back, the resort surprises with pop-up cinema screenings right on the beach, impromptu musical performances and strolls along secret pathways through the lush tropical gardens. Just steps from the thatch-roofed suites and ocean-perched villas, the island's unspoilt beaches are yours to claim. A prime spot for snorkelling and whale-shark spotting, the resort's unblemished lagoon is a diver's dreamworld. Back on land, island street food and fine dining await in the tempting restaurants and bars. In the shade of coconut palms, lounge by the two turquoise pools, luxuriate in the ocean-view spa and surrender to the charms of this castaway idyll. ... more   less 
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