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Lux* South Ari Atoll

  • Where:South Ari Atoll, Maldives
  • Why:To perform at Beach Rouge.
  • When:September
  • Who:Myself, @agathedevo and a crew of friends from Mauritius, Bali and Berlin.
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Welcoming staff, crystal clear blue seas and beautifully designed lobby from the sea plane arrival jetty.

Idyllic island scenes and the best blue.

View from the pool at the Romantic Pool Water Villa.

Sip refreshing cocktails and hear live music at night at the East Bar.

East Bar lounge deck by day.

The Lagoon Bar - where the water sports and dive center are located, and where awesome BBQs and daytime beach parties occur.

Beach Rouge, the loveliest place to dine and dance under the stars in the Maldives.

Cool understated luxury interiors in my room at the Temptation Pool Water Villa.

View from the bed at the Temptation Pool Water villa. The definition of luxurious indulgence.

Entrance to the Spa - The LUX* have their own line of blissfully gorgeous spa products.

Postcard - beautiful white sand and sparkling blue waters at the lagoon.

No waves? No problem!! Jet surf in the Lagoon is so much fun. Photo by Mark Read.

Highs & Lows

  • With many DJs passing through the Lux* on their visiting DJ residency program, Beach Rouge must be the most wonderful place to dance to amazing music under the moon and stars, surrounded by the ocean and swaying palm trees.

  • Whether you wish to relax or adventure, your holiday will certainly never be boring! Kite surfing, diving, fly boarding, jet surfing, manta ray and whale shark adventures are all available at the Lagoon. I was impressed to find the resort also have a dedicated tennis coach.

  • There is an Ici ice cream cart that roams around the island to catch you in case you fancy a bit of coconut or pistachio ice cream in the sweltering heat. Such a lovely detail. Bliss.

  • The mini bar was a bit basic. Since the Romantic Pool Villas are so far from the rest of the resort, it would have been pleasant and more convenient to have something more luxurious in the room to snack on besides just coke and a bag of potato chips.

  • As the hotel is in the middle of the ocean, and that there are no recycling facilities in the Maldives, it was upsetting to see plastic bottles in the Mini Bar. It would be so wonderful to see a zero plastic policy on consumables at luxury resorts in the Maldives.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury resort

  • Vibe

    Exquisitely elegant island chic.

  • Location

    Perfectly in the middle of nowhere, adrift in the Indian Ocean.

  • Rooms


  • Year Opened

    September 2016

  • Designed By


  • Pool/Gym

    Yes..24 hour gym, dedicated tennis coach, personal trainers, yoga and meditation classes.

  • Restaurant

    East Market, Allegria, Beach Rouge.

  • Bar


  • Minibar

    Yes, the selection could stand to be more interesting though.

  • Children

    Bring them and stay in a Beach Villa, much safer for children.

  • Price

    Expensive luxury, yet more competitively priced than other resorts in the Maldives.

With whale sharks.


Unnamed Road, Dhidhdhoo, Maldivas

With whale sharks.

At Beach Rouge.

Sunset DJ sessions

Unnamed Road, Dhidhdhoo, Maldivas

At Beach Rouge.

Treatments at the Spa pavilion.

Yoga, meditation, and sound healing

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Treatments at the Spa pavilion.

Lux* South Ari Atoll

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