Lux* MaldivesIndian Ocean,Maldivesfrom £2895
With the entire island of Dhidhoofinolhu in South Ari Atoll to itself, LUX* Maldives offers unspoiled, informal island living with great whaleshark sightingsCall us or email to book
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each of the 193 Pavilions, Suites and Villas offer sweeping views over the beach and lagoon, whether suspended on stilts over the water or scattered along the beach.
We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.
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 500 miles 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.
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!
Our holidays to the Maldives can be quoted with most major airlines. If you would like to depart from a regional 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. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. If you make your own flight arrangements to Male, please check the transfer arrangements before confirming your flights. Please do not finalise any flight arrangements yourself before your liveaboard space is confirmed as being held.
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.
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
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
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 20kgs 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 transferred 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 20kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg.
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.
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.
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 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.
USD are the preferred currency. Credit & debit cards accepted although a surcharge may apply.
Typically the Maldives has good mobile phone coverage throughout, although it is not 100 percent
Either UK 3 pin or European 2 pin plugs
Kit hire can be arranged in resort and costs around 22 dollars for a single dive
Euro divers teach a wide range of beginners courses, as well as contending education for certified divers
You can purchase souvenirs from the shops at both Lux* Maldives and Euro divers
Nitrox is free for certified divers
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).
We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
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
Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers? Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.
And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our loyalty discount is all about! If you have booked directly with Scuba Travel, on your 3rd full price holiday you will automatically be eligible for a loyalty discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction. We are always happy to offer discounts as described below but these are not cumulative and we do not offer further discounts on special offer prices.
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.
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!
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.