Lux* Maldives - Indian Ocean

  • Guests Larger island for up to 400
  • Rooms 7 room grades across pavillions, suites and villas
  • Restaurants 7 restaurants worldwide cusine
  • Food and Drinks 6 bars to chose from
  • Facilities Spa, fitness centre, kids club
  • Diving Euro Divers on site
  • Diving Extras Snorkel with whalesharks at Maamagili
  • Internet Access Free internet

About Lux* Maldives

Lux* Maldives brings a fresh concept of luxury hotels to South Ari Atoll in the Maldives. Shedding formality or pretension, Lux* Maldives resort offers a simpler, more relaxed holiday experience. Just 30 minutes from Male by seaplane, LUX* Maldives encompasses the entire island of Dhidhoofinolhu in South Ari Atoll and offers an authentic sense of unspoilt, island living.

There are a total of 193 rooms and villas on the island yet no matter which room grade you select, you are guaranteed sweeping views over the beach and lagoon. The beach pavillions are comfortable with an outdoor terrace an direct beach access. For glittering views and a larger room, upgrade to the junior suite or beach villa. The beach pool villas have private pool and garden as well as beachfront location. Prestige water villa, signature pool water villa, grand pool water villa and even a Presidential villa (4 adults) complete the range of outstanding accommodation options for enhanced views, privacy and with their own luxurious touches. For the younger guests PLAY offers children aged 3-12 a host of cultural and nature experiences as well as sports and outdoor activities, all under the supervision of specially trained team members. For those aged between 12-17, Studio 17 runs a host of varied activities and island adventures.

Lux* Maldives never fails to delight - both above the waterline and below. The spontaneous atmosphere presents everything from impromtu cinema screenings on the beach to classes with local artists. Take some time out at our LUX* Me spa and fitness centre. Try something from every menu at the seven restaurants and taste genuine local cuisine at our authentic Island Kitchen. Or enjoy a fresh island cocktail at one of six lively bars. Visit the world class PADI diving centre or go snorkelling amongst colourful corals and vibrant sea life, followed by a dip in one of the two swimming pools. There is even a marine biology centre on island with special interest in the atolls whaleshark population.

LUX Maldives will be closed for maintenance 1st June to 31st August 2016

Signature pool water villa

Suspended on stilts over water and boasting over 110sm, the Signature Pool Water Villas offer the ultimate in comfort and tranquil privacy. Each villa features a stylish bedroom, and a bright sunlit bathroom offering panoramic views and separate double rain-showers. State-of-the-art amenities including a 48 inch curved television or 110 inch projector screen. Guests can also enjoy their own luxurious terrace with private plunge pool, outdoor shower, a cosy, shaded love-nest.

Prestige water villa

The luxurious Prestige Water Villas are suspended on stilts over the water, offering incredible views of the Indian Ocean and direct access to the lagoon. With a spacious bedroom and king sized bed plus sofa bed, an over sized bathroom with a large bath tub and separate shower, plus a day bed and sun beds on the sun deck, the Prestige Water Villas make for the perfect romantic Maldives getaway.

Beach pool villa

Enjoy sensational views over the lagoon from your spacious, west-facing Beach Pool Villa. Native wood accents and light sandy tones bring the natural beauty of island living inside, while a private terrace unfolds into a luxurious living space outdoors. All guestrooms offer en suite bathrooms that open onto a private garden, along with a shower and separate bath. Relax in the privacy of your secluded garden with its sunken swimming pool, wooden deck, sun loungers and invigorating outdoor shower.

Beach pavillion

Take in all the sights, sounds and colours of authentic island living in the leisurely comfort of your Beach Pavilion. Sunlight filters through lofty thatched roofs, while the luxurious bathroom offers a private garden with a refreshing outdoor shower. The Beach Pavilions are also ideal for families with a baby or child.

Simon Rogerson, SCUBA Magazine

2013-01-30 10:40:10

If you're in the market for a luxury Maldives resort, LUX* will not disappoint. The bars are super cool,, the restaurants (seven of them) are amazing and the rooms are sumptuous.

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

The Maldives is in the Indian Ocean, a 10-14hr flight from the UK, around 370 miles southwest of Sri Lanka.  It is made up of 1200 islands, stretching over 500miles from north to south.  The main arrival airport for all flights to the Maldives is Male’s airport island (MLE). The Maldives is famous for its great snorkelling, manta cleaning stations, whalesharks, shark dives and fast drift dives through channels.  The water remains a constant 27-28 C year round.

Weather and Climate

Whilst there are 2 monsoon seasons (Nov-Apr & May-Oct), the diving remains excellent year round.  Diving operators will changes their dive sites in each season to find the best hot spots for the big fish! Traditionally, our summer months tend to be windier with a higher chance of rain, whilst the winter months are flatter. However, the seasons are much less predictable in reality and its a fabulous place to dive whatever time of year!

Travel

Flight options

Our holidays to the Maldives are typically quoted with Sri Lankan flights  from Heathrow (via Colombo) to Male.  We are however able to book most major airlines.  If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request.  A supplement may apply for regional departures.  Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.  If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Male, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf.  Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.  

Stopovers

As most flights are not direct, it is simple to add a stop over en route - simply ask your travel consultant for a quote.   Sri Lanka is our most popular, up coming destination - with beautiful beaches, it’s a great alternative to staying in the Maldives resorts.  If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, why not head into the jungle for look for elephants and leopards.  Or if you are a culture vulture, we highly recommend a Kandy city tour.  The choice is yours!  As we are able to book most major airlines to the Maldives, you can also add a stop to break up your flight.  Popular locations include Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi.  

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance.  Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities.   We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance.  It’s worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations:  click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance).  Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point.  There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens.  Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline.  Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort.  Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money!  If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel.  These aren’t as expensive as you might think.   click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in the Maldives, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage.  You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort.  They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it.   If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please turn left from arrivals and go to the information desk at Male airport.  We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK.  Please call 0044 7747 488 002.  We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.  

Transfers

If your holiday begins in Male you will be met and taken to your boat. The transfer takes around 20mins. Many of our Maldives holidays will include either a domestic flight or seaplane transfer.  It takes approx 45mins -1 hour to clear immigration and collect your baggage at Male airport.  We endeavour to keep the transit between flights as short as possible and your transfer will normally take place within 3 hours of your international arrival, but please be aware, you may have to wait at the airport between flights.   The domestic terminal is right next door to arrivals.  This has AC, bathrooms and a small cafe.  You will usually be met by a rep, who will assist you in moving between the terminals.  The baggage allowance on domestic flights is typically 25kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage.  Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg.   The seaplane check in desk is to your right on exiting the arrivals hall.  You will check your bag in here and then be transfered to the seaplane terminal by bus.  This has AC, bathrooms, a small cafe and shop. The seaplanes run regularly throughout the day and due to the way the scheduling is organised, the exact time of your seaplane cannot be confirmed prior to arrival in Male.  Seaplanes do not run in the dark - the fist seaplane is around 06:00 Male time and ends around 16:00 Male time. The baggage allowance on seaplane flights is typically 25kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage.  Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg.  

Departures

You will be taken back to Male airport in time for your international flight.  Domestic flights and seaplanes will arrive in time for you to make your connections. Typically you will arrive at the airport 1 1/2- 2 hours before your flight time.  There is currently no departure tax when leaving the Maldives.  

Info

Included in your holiday

International flights and transfers, accommodation and meals on a B&B basis with complimentary bottled water, tea and coffee. Meal plan upgrades are available at the time of booking, including all inclusive. Internet is free within rooms and in most public areas. The mandatory green tax has been included and prepaid in your holiday.

Excluded

Local taxes on purchases apply in the Maldives (12% GST). Excluded are room service, additional meals or drinks outside of your meal plan - some drinks/restaurants are excluded from the all inclusive programme. Additional local services such as telephone calls, laundry, tennis balls, smoking services, private lessons, special events and excursions are paid for locally. We are not able to prebook and prepay for any diving or snorkelling trips although these can easily be arranged in resort at the dive centre. You may be charged for excess baggage on the seaplane if you are above the weight limit for your hold baggage.

Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Currency

USD are the preferred currency. Credit & debit cards accepted although a surcharge may apply.

Phone coverage

Typically the Maldives has good mobile phone coverage throughout, although it is not 100 percent

Plugs and electricity

Either UK 3 pin or European 2 pin plugs

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire can be arranged in resort and costs around 22 dollars for a single dive

Extras

Euro divers teach a wide range of beginners courses, as well as contending education for certified divers

Souvenirs

You can purchase souvenirs from the shops at both Lux* Maldives and Euro divers

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox is free for certified divers

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Lux* Maldives is around £600 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

Ways to pay

We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees.  We are not able to accept PayPal transactions. 

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

South Ari Atoll is famed for its whaleshark and manta populations, making it a mecca for scuba divers. Prime whaleshark season is Jun - Nov whilst the manta are most prolific Dec-Feb. But this is not all there is. Nurse and leopard sharks are seen year round. Dive one of the few wrecks in the Maldives, the Kudhimma wreck. All of this and on top of the vast schooling fish and channel dives that make diving in the Maldives a must do dive destination.



Euro Divers schedule 3 dives on a typical day with the boat departing in the morning, afternoon and for the night dive. There are 2 traditional Maldivian dhonis, fully kited out for up to 20 dives. With over 50 dive sites to chose from, the diving each day is varied. Watch manta at Madi Varu swoop in to be cleaned or head to MPA for your chance to snorkel with whalesharks. Few thilas are as spectacular as Kuda Rah with its colourful soft corals. Or dive the Kudhimaa wreck for a macro fix. Whether you just want to dip you toe in the water occasionally or get in as much diving as possible, prepare to be amazed by the world underwater in South Ari.



  • Incredible snorkelling and whaleshark spotting location
  • Up to 50 dive sites with plegaic encounters, wreck diving and fast drift dives
  • Nitrox available
  • Learn to dive - PADI e-learning supported
  • Try a Fluo night dive for a new experience


The 5 star service of Lux* Maldives is matched by the professional team of dive instructors at Euro Divers. All PADI courses from bubblemakers for the smallest divers right through to diivemaster are taught here. And if you want to cut down on your classroom time in the Maldives, why not try PADI e-learning to complete your theory before you fly. Spend more time diving the gorgeous reefs and playing with pelagics in the Maldives instead!



We are not able to take prepayment for diving package at LUX Maldives. We can reserve your dive package, which will be added to your bill locally.

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Diving Rates & Prices

If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Lux* Maldives.

Daily Diving

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Scuba Diving Courses

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  • PADI advanced course from: Price on request
  • Nitrox Specialty from: Price on request
  • Other courses available on request

Dive Equipment

  • Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit): Price on request

These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.

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