10 Things We Love About LUX South Ari Atoll
Posted on 02nd Sep 2015
With year-round sunshine and crystal clear waters, it’s no wonder that the Maldives is frequently touted as one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. The LUX resorts really are the best for laid back luxury and LUX Maldives is no exception. Set on the island of Dhidhoofinolhu in South Ari Atoll, LUX South Ari Atoll offers an idyllic island experience. Just in case you’re not yet convinced, we’ve come up with ten of our favourite things about the beautiful resort.
1. Creative touches
LUX’s creative and personal touches are arguably what makes the resort experience so unique. Guests will be encouraged to peel their eyes for little bottles hidden around the resort. Each bottle is stuffed with a secret scroll, which will present the lucky finder with a special treat. Think complimentary spa treatments and dinner on the beach. Tip: there may even be bottles hidden in the underwater lagoon for snorkelers to stumble upon.
2. ICI ice cream
To quote LUX themselves, ‘A holiday without ice cream is like an infinity pool without water’. The resort’s own brand, ICI, serves mouth-watering ice cream in hand-waffled cones. Guests can choose from a myriad of home-made flavours, with everything from Sicilian pistachio to crunchy hazelnut on offer.
3. Luxury spa
The award-winning Infinity spa has a welcoming team of specialists who can bathe your feet with water and botanicals while you sit back and enjoy the sea views. In addition to the steam and sauna rooms, guests can choose from various treatments in villas within the lush spa garden. Those in search of ultimate luxury will love the deluxe treatments, which allow guests to be pampered above a glass bottomed floor, with colourful views of the Indian Ocean’s fish and coral.
4. Pop-up cinema screenings
LUX keeps its entertainment interesting (and suitable for all ages) with its alfresco boutique cinema pop-ups. Families can enjoy films while sitting on big squishy beanbags, munching on popcorn and ice cream under the stars. Sounds pretty good to us.
5. Focus on wellbeing
The special LUX Me programme ensures that guests can combine relaxation with a focus on health and wellness. The hotel offers outdoor classes and personal training sessions in pilates, yoga and meditation, ensuring that families can remain fit and healthy while enjoying their postcard-perfect surroundings.
You may picture idyllic, unspoilt islands and immediately think: impossibly tedious journey. However, LUX is accessible via either seaplane, domestic flight or (for those in search of ultimate glamour) a super quick speedboat ride.
7. Eco Friendly Approach
With a reputation for taking a leading role in environmental issues, it’s clear that LUX really cares about its carbon footprint. The ‘Tread Lightly’ initiative, which offsets 100% of the carbon omitted at all of the resorts, is further testament to this.
8. Delicious cuisine
As with everything else, LUX ensures that there is plenty of choice in terms of cuisine. Guests can choose from a whopping seven different restaurants, offering fresh seafood grills, Asian-style buffets and kid-friendly snacks.
9. Water Sports
Kayak, snorkel and canoe to your heart’s content in the wonderful blue sea at LUX. Additional, more adventurous, watersports such as flyboarding, jet-skiing and kite surfing can also be arranged with the hotel.
10. Island Living
Island living doesn’t get much more idyllic than at LUX South Ari Atoll. At 2km long and 400m wide, the island feels intimate and very manageable for families. With whiter than white sands and beautiful turquoise waters, there’s no better place to spot dolphins, whale sharks and colourful coral fish.
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