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LUX* South Ari Atoll
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We recently stayed for 4 nights at Lux and everything was superb.

From the greeting on arrival to the moment we left, the staff in particular were a highlight. Hugely friendly, always able to help but never invasive. They also added fantastic little touches like running baths in the rooms, and coming to the tennis courts to ensure we had enough to drink.

On top of this the resort itself is fantastic. As expected the views and beaches are incredible but we loved Lux as it had more to offer. Free snorkels and kayaks, the tennis courts as we'll as a whole range of other activities. Snorkeling with a pod of dolphins just off the reef was spectacular.

A bonus was that the food was excellent, with lots of choice. I had some of the best tuna I've ever eaten and breakfast was always superb

I'd recommend this to anyone

Room Tip: Beach pool villas have amazing views but the privacy of the pool
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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LUX_GM, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2014

Thank you for sharing your holiday experience and highly recommending LUX* Maldives to all the travelers around the world. I am really glad to know you had enjoyed a remarkable four nights on our warm and sunny island, and the services had surpassed your expectations.

Your review is very much appreciated by everyone who works at the resort. We very much look forward to your next trip back to the Maldives, and I hope you will be contacting us again soon so we could assist to arrange a perfect trip prior to your arrival.

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Shaun Dünhofen
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We chose the resort primarily for their kids club and indeed the PLAY (kids club name) exceeded our expectations! Special thanks to Barbara and Azma who were tireless with the kids! Our daughter (4.5 years old) practically stuck herself in the kids club through out the day and we think she might sleep there if she can! The programmes lined up were more than enough to excite our daughter - pizza making, cake boss, jungle gym, movie night with pop corn, shark feeding and the list goes on ...
We also brought along our 6-month old baby and the hotel prepared a play pen and bottle sterilizer which made our trip so much easier !
Happy kids happy parents !

The spa- flawless with stunning view if you choose the villa above the water. Special thanks to Esther the masseur.

Housekeeping - Hashir was great, our housekeeper. Our room was in a mess with 2 kids but we always returned to a clean room after Hashir's visits twice a day.

The Island Kitchen - chefs were accommodating and personal! I was spoiled with gluten free choices- pancakes, muffins , pasta and desserts! Food selection was good with different themes everyday and of quality. Waiting staff were superb - Abbas , Rasheed and Arfah.

Cafe Lux - the idea of having freshly roasted coffee was a nice touch.

Message in the bottle - kept us looking in bushes and could keep kids occupied if they didn't want to go to the kids club.

Points for improvement
- a beach tote bag would be very helpful to carry around.
- would be nice to have all buggies electric powered. Now only a few are electric powere with the rest fuel powered.
- guest services / reception can be abit more friendly and genuine.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank Marcel D
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LUX_GM, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2014

Dear Marcel,

Greetings from Barbara, Azma, Hashir, Esther, Abbas, Rasheed and Arafh ! It is wonderful to hear from you on TripAdvisor. We are happy to know every member in the family had a good time on the island. However, the points you have mentioned for improvements have been well noted by the concerned departments. We will look into all these areas and work on them for bettering the future performance and strive for the best quality of services.

Thank you once again for choosing LUX* Maldives to be the destination of your family holiday. We would really like to hear from you as well as see you again in the near future.

Sunny regards to everyone,

Shaun Dünhofen
General Manager

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

This was a most wonderful holiday, our own beach, in the crystal clear water every day. The food and choice was fantastic. We were so looked after. Entertainment was superb.
So relaxing. Sunset on the beach.

Room Tip: Ideal got honeymoon
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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LUX_GM, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2014

Thank you for your review and delighted to know that you had a wonderful holiday with us at LUX* Maldives.

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Shaun Dünhofen
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Absolutely beautiful Island. The staff was very friendly. Our room used to be cleaned twice a day so absolutely no complains about cleanliness. Food was amazing. We stayed in the water villa and its a very good spot for snorkeling and swimming in the sea.its also a very spacious room with a big bathroom and a patio. We were on all inclusive package deal which is ideal. There are 600 staff for 300 guests (as we were told) so the entire island is very clean and the staff is very efficient and makes you feel welcome. We stayed there for seven nights and I really wished we would have booked a longer trip. Honeymoon is a memory of a lifetime and truly the hotel, the island, the staff, everything made it a memory of a lifetime. Highly recommended for both romantic and family holiday as the Lux is also very child friendly. Thank you for making our trip absolutely perfect.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank ssroy
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LUX_GM, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2014

Glad to hear from you on TripAdvisor. It is very reassuring to know that you are still indulging in the memories of staying at LUX* Maldives two months back.

Thank you for the review and recommendation to others, I hope you will be coming back again soon with your beloved, family or friends, and our team will certainly look after everything during your time at LUX* Maldives. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon !

Best wishes from the LUX* Maldives,

Shaun Dünhofen
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

I was at Lux maldives in the last week of june for my honeymoon and it has been a totally fantastic experience. The resort is on a beautiful island and provides all the luxuries you need. The hospitality extended by the staff just makes you feel royal. We came back from the trip greatly impressed. We stayed in the sunset junior suite which right on the beach and were on bed and breakfast honeymoon package. We were in double mind to opt for either B&B or and "all inclusive" package but am glad we took B&B. The food, the people , the activities and the serenity of the place can easily make you wish for staying longer. The starlit cruise is out of the world and definitely recommended. Sunset cruise and snorkelling in the blue waters was also a good experience to cherish. We took a jetski guided tour for snorkelling as it was the first snorkelling experience for us and we were amazed by the spectacular sea life. Water sports activities are a bit pricey but i guess thats the case with all the resorts. For people who want to cut costs , in villa dining is a good option. Dinner buffet at 70$ and lunch buffet at 40$ are the usual rates otherwise. Ala carte is only on reservations but if you are lucky you can still find a table without one.
Thanks to Shawn and Mahmoud for taking good care of us and taring the staff so well.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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LUX_GM, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2014

Good to hear from you on TripAdvisor ! Your review and feedback are the great reward and support to the LUX* Maldives team. Thank you !

We are very glad to know you had a fantastic time and had enjoyed the fullest of your stay on the island. We hope soon you will be back for another retreat, maybe the celebration of your first anniversary next year. Please let us know if there is anything we could offer in the future, we will be very pleased to be at your service.

With all the best wishes,

Shaun Dünhofen
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

My husband and I went to LUX* Maledives in March 2014. We had a wonderful experience in one of the beautiful water villas. At arrival we were personally welcomed and we were checked in at the beach with a glass of iced tea.
Our villa, the food, the hospitality was at a pretty high standard. The island had a professional photographer and evening wardrobe and many Asian guests were making pictures to capture the unforgettable moments at the resort.
The island is ca. 2km long and the widest area is 200m wide. After every meal we had the possibility to walk off the calories, ride one of the free bicycles on the island or get a ride by the golf caddy.
We were very satisfied at the resort and we decided to come back again.

Room Tip: The island has villa's over the water or bungalows on the beach. While we stayed at one of the w...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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LUX_GM, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2014

We are so glad that you are coming back soon ! Thank you for the review and comments on your holiday experience. Do contact us when your next trip to the Maldives is confirmed, our team will make sure you are well looked after, and I will see you at the jetty when you return.

Best regards from LUX* Maldives,

Shaun Dünhofen
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

My wife and I just came back from LUX Maldives a couple of days ago. It is an amazing place, sort of what people call "Heaven on Earth". We seriously recommend it to anyone who's planning on having a wonderful Honeymoon experience with white sand beaches, many excellent restaurants to choose from, a very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable workforce pretty much 24/7 helping you out with anything you might need and a relaxing atmosphere you will never forget.
We hope that this review is useful to anyone but mostly to Americans who are barely getting to know this wonderful place at the other side of the globe. And for everyone: do some basic research on the country as their geography is "out of this world". We flew there from Philly, so you might guess it was a heck of a trip (20+ hours). We arrived at Malé (the capital island) and they were already waiting for us to fly us down to our island (Didhdhoofinolhu). There are two options to get down to LUX, either by seaplane (direct flight from Malé) or a combination of regular plane (to Maamigili, a neighboring island) and speed boat to LUX. We took the second because it's cheaper, but the 1st seems less of a hassle. As we arrived to the hotel, they took care of everything. They welcomed us nicely at the reception, and we met both Claire (who sort of organized our arrival) and Mr. Mamoun (the hotel manager, who also was there for us both at our arrival and right before we left). Our bags were already in our room by the time we got there. Saarah, the guy in charge of our Villa was an amazing person who helped us with everything (including taking some "wedding pictures" for us during his free time, which, by the way, came out amazing). We were at first wondering whether to tip or not (as we were pretty much the only ones who seemed to want to tip), and ended up tipping, which was greatly appreciated. And trust us, they will take good care of you not only if you tip, but if you show some common sense good manners. We only stayed there 5-6 days, but we wanted to stay for more. It is paradise. Although we originally just wanted to relax in our Villa and enjoy the sound of the waves all around us, it turned out we enjoyed the island so much that we were involved in every activity they had, from feeding the rays, snorkeling around the water bungalows, to cocktail making and Yoga classes, swimming at the pool while waiting for our pizza right there at the tip of the pool, eating at every restaurant and bar, participating in Maldivian Experience Night, doing many water sports with the guys at the Water Sport Center (we got to do whale shark watching and we saw 4 of them, including 2 turtles and many different species of fish; my wife did Kite & Wind surfing -- by the way, if you get seasick make sure you bring or get something at the reception before the trip). We also found their "secret bar" (free drinks) and found the secret message in a bottle (exactly what it sounds like). Throughout our stay we got to talk to many people who work there, (like the ones we already named), Izza, the bartender at the Lagoon Bar who prepared awesome drinks for us every time we stopped by; Mr. Sas (a sort of Restaurant manager, I believe), a very interesting and friendly person who stopped to chat with us at every single opportunity he had, and there's many more. They all made our stay a magical experience. I cannot tell more because I do not want to ruin the surprises you can get if your honeymooning in LUX.

Room Tip: We had the Villa (Junior Suite) and it was amazing, with a little piece of beach with bright white s...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Angel D
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LUX_GM, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2014

Dear Angel,

Your review and recommendations to other honeymooners are highly appreciated. Thank you for the compliments to our team, and special highlights to Claire, Saraah, Sas and Izza. Your praises to us is the most valuable reward, and your review is a great motivation for the team to sustain the performance and the quality of our services.

We are truly delighted that you had spent a wonderful honeymoon and celebrated this very special moment in life at LUX* Maldives. We wish you all the best for the new chapter in life together, and hope soon that we will be able to see you again for another tropical retreat in the Indian Ocean.

With the warmest regards from Mamoun and the LUX* Maldives Family,

Shaun Dünhofen
General Manager

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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: £366 - £1,702 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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