LUX* Maldives is a masterpiece, combining the natural beauty of the Maldives and a tropical outdoor style of life, close to nature, with refined luxury and elegance.
It takes 25 minutes by an exhilarating seaplane ride to LUX* Maldives. During your flight, enjoy breathtaking views of islands in South Male' and North Ari Atolls.
LUX* Maldives is located on one of the largest private islands in the Maldives, 2km long and 400m across. It is a true haven of tranquillity, with lush tropical vegetation running alongside 4 km of white sandy beaches.
Paradise is made of this - A breathtakingly beautiful island surrounded by a crystal-clear lagoon and miles and miles of ocean in shades of blue and turquoise.
LUX* Maldives (formerly: Diva Maldives) is the ideal place for a real break, far removed from the bustle of modern life, on a beautiful island, full of tropical greenery, surrounded by a fabulous lagoon, perfect for swimming and snorkeling and close to the Maldives' best dive sites.
This luxury resort offers real insight into unspoiled island living. A spontaneous atmosphere provides delights at every turn, with anything from impromptu cinema screenings on the beach to pop-up musical performances.
The clear waters of the ocean are home to an infinite variety of species, multi-colored coral fishes and other marine fauna. A Marine Biology Center has opened on the resort, dedicated to researching the presence and conservation of whale sharks in the South Ari Atoll waters. Inland, the island is a haven of lush, green foliage, and heady-scented, vividly colored flowers. The world class PADI diving center and full range of water sports activities provide distraction from the pristine white beaches - but for those, who prefer rest to recreation, there is the luxurious LUX* Me Spa, two swimming pools and an extensive choice of bars and restaurants.
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.
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 Ã la carte dinner under the stars.
Senses Bar & Lounge
Senses Bar & 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 the 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.
Suspended over 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.
The East Bar located adjacent to the East Restaurant offers fresh fruit cocktails and unforgettable local evening entertainment.
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 of cheeses complemented by an exceptional selection of French and New World wines.
This Italian Bar serves select wines, grissini and olives - for those who just want to watch the live kitchen show at its big brother, the Allegria Restaurant.
Perched on stilts over the water, Umami features a Japanese-style teppanyaki table where the 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.
The best pizza, 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.
Veli Pool Bar
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.
The Island Bar
Watch the sun set over the shimmering water as you sip on a delicious island cocktail or aperitif and tasty canapes 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.
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.
Nothing beats a really great cup of coffee. That's why the Cafe LUX* only serves the resort's very own delicious Island Blend of certified green organic beans. Roasted on the island and prepared for you with passion by its trained baristas, every cup of coffee served at stylish Cafe LUX* is one to savour.
For those wanting to explore the depths of the ocean, LUX* offers access to some of the nation's most beautiful dive sites, where scuba enthusiasts can see an abundance of parrotfish, butterfly fish, sting rays, manta rays, tuna and barracuda, not to mention impressive yet gentle whale sharks. You might even encounter an elusive dolphin, or a hawksbill or green turtle.
One of the best diving places in the Maldives is just next to the resort - the large channel between Dhigurah and Dhangethi known for its rich reef dives (thilas), offering a wide range of soft and hard corals and an amazing variety of fish. Further dive sites include Maamagili, suitable for beginners and those who have never dived before, Aa Thila for the more experienced, and Thinfushi Beru Tila for advanced divers. The resort's Euro Divers PADI 5-star diving center offers 37 incredible dive sites, two wreck sites and night diving, all within a short boat ride offshore.
All the instructors are qualified to run courses from beginner up to PADI level and are trained in rescue techniques. Nitrox diving courses are also available.
Make the most of your LUX* island getaway with complimentary reef snorkelling, kayaking and pedal boats. There's also a wide range of motorized water sports available at the boathouse. Or explore further afield with a private catamaran trip and picnic parties to neighboring islets.
~ Kite Surfing
~ Rubber Ring and Banana Rides
~ Catamaran Sailing
~ Pedal Boats
If you wish to explore beyond the comforts of LUX* Maldives, join one of the resort's various daily trips, including:
~ Private Excursions
~ Trips to neighbouring islands by Dhoni or high speed launch
~ Snorkeling trips
~ Searching for Whale Sharks
~ Night-time Fishing
~ Traditional Line Fishing
~ Deep Sea Fishing by Speedboat
~ Picnics on a desert island
~ Catamaran trips with lunch on a sandbank
~ Champagne Sunset Cruise
~ Shopping on nearby islets
Take a break from the ocean with a game of beach table tennis, volleyball and tennis on floodlit courts. Visit LUX* Me fitness to enjoy a tailor-made training session complete with beach yoga, cycle around the lush island setting or challenge someone to a game of billiards and table soccer at the indoor games center.
~ Beach Volleyball
~ 2 Floodlit Tennis Courts
~ Fitness Center
~ Table Tennis
~ Table Football
~ Games Machines
For those who'd like to enjoy a more casual swim, LUX* Maldives has two spacious swimming pools located on the sunset side of the island, one close by the Veli Bar, and one next to Senses Restaurant & Bar.
Musik (Night Club)
In the evenings, head out to Musik, the island's lively nightclub, where an eclectic mix of rock, salsa and techno mixed by the in-house DJ will have you dancing until the sun comes up.
PLAY (Kids Club)
PLAY offers children between the ages of 3 and 12 an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by a highly trained and enthusiastic team, kids are exposed to the nature and culture of the island's incredible surrounds, as well as a range of high-energy sports and outdoor activities. From art classes and treasure hunts to engaging and educational Teddy Tennis lessons, PLAY is everything your kids could hope for on an island vacation.
Children below 3 years old must be accompanied by a parent or a baby sitter. A baby-sitting service, for which a fee is charged, is also available.
~ TV and cinema lounge
~ Customized dining room and buffet
~ Library and computer area
~ Siesta lounge
~ Play area
~ Customized bath room facilities
~ Enclosed outdoor play area
Studio 17 (Teens Club)
Studio 17 is LUX* Maldives' complimentary teens' club, where guests between 12 and 17 can get together, explore the island or just hang out. Run by trained and enthusiastic LUX* supervisors, teens can make the most of their island holiday with loads of activities including local dance and language classes, beach sports activities and exciting adventure trips around the island.
~ WII station
~ Pool table
~ Table tennis
~ Wifi Connection is free of charge
~ Internet lounge
~ Three shops
~ Infirmary with a resident doctor
~ Information counter
~ Tour operators' desk
LUX* Me Spa
With welcoming water features, the spa is a pleasant place in which to relax before or after beauty treatments, in the steam room, cold room or in the heated pool. The wooden floors and fittings lend natural beauty to this airy and spacious location, while amber and blue-green shades of colour add to the atmosphere of tranquillity.
LUX* Me is a unique concept which combines fitness, spa, nutrition, yoga, retreats and experiences into one venue. The concept is to allow guests to create their own integrated spa, fitness and lifestyle experience with the help of the resident LUX* Me experts. The 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 the retreats or flexible Vitalite experience allow you to participate in a way to maximize wellbeing and vitality.
Products only use natural ingredients, which are used in all treatments. Everyone's skin is unique and this is the philosophy behind the treatment programmes. Therapists identify skin needs and demonstrate how to customise products to create perfect blends for optimum efficiency. Treatments can be carried out at home afterwards on a daily basis, to preserve the effects of the spa treatments.
Water Treatment Villas
Four lavishly furnished and large double Treatment Rooms stand on stilts jutting out over the lagoon. They all have terraces over the water with outdoor showers and lounges. Inside each room is a shower and separate toilet.
A special feature for guests in the water treatment rooms; they can watch fish swimming in the lagoon below, through a section of glass flooring while enjoying their massage.
Garden Treatment Villas
There are 11 spacious and opulent double Treatment Villas on the beach, each with a terrace and a private garden area with an outdoor shower.
~ 11 Garden Treatment Rooms with Private Patio and Garden
~ 4 Over-Water Treatment Rooms
~ 3 Saunas
~ 3 Hammams
~ 3 Pools, of which 2 are heated and 1 includes a whirlpool system
~ Manicure and Pedicure Rooms
~ Spa Boutique
Weddings & Honeymoons
LUX* Maldives offers a very special tropical island wedding experience. The LUX* wedding experts will invite you to choose from a variety of spectacular sun, sea and sand settings, taking special advantage of some of the quieter spots to stage a truly intimate and personal ceremony. The making of the vows is always magical and memorable, not least because of the resort experts' skill in using a variety of local wares and artifacts to add special, local touches - vintage sailing boats aged by sun and surf perhaps, or brightly-coloured sarongs hung between palm trees like an Indian Ocean equivalent of bunting.
Marine Biology Center - Whale Shark Research
Located at the heart of the island, the Marine Biology Center is an interactive learning center, where you can enrich your marine experience through direct involvement in the ongoing research.
With this Center, LUX* Maldives contributes to the research conducted on the year-round presence of whale sharks in South Ari Atoll. The resident Marine Biologist also helps promote and advises on environmental awareness topics amongst the local communities and the government agencies involved in managing the Marine Protected Area surrounding the resort.
Amongst the various activities for guest of all ages, the Center offers an information area that provides the unique opportunity to use I3S, a special software that was originally developed by the US space agency NASA to observe changing patterns of stars, now aptly adjusted to identify distances between spots on the whale shark's skin pattern in a given area and consequently their uniqueness. The Center uses this software to provide regular updates on the researches conducted within the Protected Marine Region and lets guests of the resort check whether the whale shark they have spotted during one of their excursions has been seen before or is new to the researchers.
Rooms & Suites
LUX* Maldives offers a variety of villas to choose from on this large beautiful island. From villas located on the beachfront to the stunning water villas, standing on stilts over the lagoon where one can simply slip from the private deck into the water. All villas have a furnished terrace with direct access to the beach or the lagoon and all rooms include outdoor shower and LCD television.
• Private furnished terrace with direct beach or lagoon access • Bathroom with bath and separate shower • Outdoor shower • Magnifying mirror • LCD TV screen with built-in DVD • Wifi connection in the resort is free of charge • Mini bar • Complimentary tea and coffee making facilities • Drinking water in room is free of charge ( excluding Minibar) • 24-hour room service • Some villas have private pools
Featuring unparalleled views over the lagoon and island surrounds, the LUX* Villa is the ultimate in luxury island living. Sink into your infinity plunge pool that merges with the lagoon or watch the kaleidoscope of sea life swim beneath your feet through the glass floor in the living room. With a master bedroom suite and guest bedroom both
Family Water Villa
The Family Water Villas are situated on the east side of the island and are composed of 2 interconnecting water villas. These spacious two-bedroom villas are perched atop the water on stilts and provide the perfect secluded spot for families to spend an unforgettable holiday. Look out over the lagoon from your private terrace and plan another
Prestige Water Villa
The Prestige Water Villas are situated on the west side of the island, and are the newest addition to the water villas oozing in style and luxury, larger in size than the Water Villas. Inspired by the colours of the lagoon, interior dÃ©cor is in turquoise and shades of ochre and sand. Each villa has its own bathroom open to the lagoon and
Located on the east side of the island, the gentle, shallow waters of the lagoon lap the steps of your beautiful Water Villa as you sit reading, sunbathing or taking an outdoor shower in complete privacy, or simply gazing at the wonderful expanse of sea, or the neighbouring islands from your own private terrace. In the evening, attracted by
Beach Pool Villa
The sunsets from the west-facing Beach Pool Villas are sensational and there is a view of the lagoon and sunset even from the bed itself. The rooms, with their luxurious en-suite bathrooms, are pure elegance and the extensive use of local wood for the floors and fittings, as well as the Pierre Frey fabrics from Paris, give an added warmth.
The Beach Villas have large private gardens and a small area of private beach. They are located on both sides of the island, so that guests can enjoy the sublime spectacle of sunrise or sunset. Light sand and ochre tones reflect the beautiful island setting beyond the terrace, while subtle dÃ©cor echoes the ebb and flow of the ocean. All
Sunset Junior Suite
Surrounded by lush, tropical vegetation, the Junior Suites look out to sea and are facing the sunset. Each Suite has a bedroom, en-suite bathroom, terrace and garden area. The designer has used dramatic orange touches to give the Suites a warm, sunny feel, further enhanced by the use of local wood for the bedroom floors and terrace decking.
Take in all the sights, sounds and colours of authentic island living in the leisurely comfort of your Beach Pavilion. Situated on the east part of the island, each Beach Pavilion comprises of a bedroom and en suite bathroom complete with bath and separate shower, as well as an outside shower. The Pavilion features a modern terrace leading