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LUX* South Ari Atoll

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- Large yet peaceful island resort
- Huge dining choice, gym, spa, tennis, yoga
- Adrenaline water sports e.g. hover boarding
- Snorkelling, diving, kite surfing, jet skis

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LUX* South Ari Atoll is a delightful paradise getaway accessed via a 25 minute seaplane flight from Male. Despite its large size, the resort has a peaceful and welcoming feel and offers a wealth of activities for all age groups.

There are no fewer than 193 private villas, some of which line the pristine beach, while others are set on stilts above the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon. There are over half a dozen options for accommodation, ranging from the Beach Villa and the Family Lagoon Villa, to the Temptation Pool Water Villa and the LUX* Villa. All options are specially designed to make the most of their enchanting and unspoiled surroundings; they offer generous amounts of space and are decidedly light, bright and airy. The contemporary decor is minimalistic yet very comfortable.

There are no less than eight different places to eat. Japanese dishes are prepared out in the open, and there’s a range of cuisine from delicious Mediterranean favourites to Middle Eastern classics served up at informal dinner buffets accompanied by live entertainment shows. The bars offer an array of refreshing drinks in picturesque spots dotted across the resort. The Veli Bar enjoys a stunning poolside location, while the Lagoon Bar with its beachside setting is a top choice for watching the sunset. The East Bar is a unique over-the-water bar with double-sized loungers on the decking, as well as swinging double seats.

The dynamic range of water-based activities include stand-up paddle-boarding, windsurfing, jet skiing and kitesurfing, to name a few. For adrenaline junkies, fly boarding and hover boarding are strongly recommended. Those who want to explore the lagoon’s rich marine life can do so by going snorkelling or scuba diving from the 5* PADI diving centre. Luxury catamaran excursions are a top choice and are a great option for families looking for something all age groups can enjoy together. There are also many activities for those who prefer to stay on dry land. Yoga classes are worth signing up to and the spa is definitely worth visiting for those keen to enjoy soothing massages and relaxing treatments. Scattered across the island are a fully equipped gym, tennis courts and two infinity pools.

This all-inclusive resort is very welcoming, especially to families. PLAY is the resort’s designated kids club, which is open to children aged 3-12; for those aged 13-17 there’s Studio 17. Both offer a range of engaging, age-appropriate activities, along with several meal options. Parents are reminded that children must remain under constant adult supervision.

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  • Yes everything went incredibly smoothly , excellent guide and set up u have . I might need a new pair of calves though !!! Thanks for sorting ALL the changes out. Regards Charlie

    Missingcharles b reviewing 6 Day Toubkal Circuit on 03 May 2023

  • Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair

    MissingAlistair A reviewing Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger on 28 April 2023

  • Dear Lisa
    Well, we are back and still buzzing. We have had a marvellous time. The weather helped. We left Manchester in the snow and arrived in Marrakesh at 30 degrees. We were well looked after in the Riad. I'm glad we booked a meal for the first evening - ate it on the roof terrace. We can recommend that. It was delicious. We ate at the Foundouk, as per your recommendation and on the following night we ate at Le Jardin - got lost on the way to it!. We can really recommend Le Jardin.
    The following day we went to Majorelle gardens. Fortunately we had looked it up before we travelled because you have to book in advance online only from Jan 2023. We found our own way to the Medera Ben Yousef and Latifa took us to Bahia Palace - both were stunning.
    The following morning our lovely taxi driver Mohammond collected us to go to the EcoLodge. Yet another Mohammond made us very welcome. Again we ate well! You were right, the pool was freezing, but I can't sit next to water and not get in. Once you're in you forget how cold it is! I wasn't the only person to try the pool.
    Rashid, our guide for our walk collected us. He was brilliant. It was hard work, but worth it. I was determined I would make it. Kevin is fitter than me! The Berber family were lovely. We stopped when we were nearly there to see how rag rugs were made. When we got back Rashid and Mohammond confessed that Mohammond had said to Rashid that he should get us to a road if we got too tired and they would send a taxi (or a mule!) to collect us - or me, but Rashid was sure that I'd be OK. He was right. I think they wondered about these 2 70+ year olds. We can't praise Rashid enough. He had walked over from Imlil in the morning and was going to walk back after he left us.
    Thank you so much for putting our holiday together. We never thought it would be 3 years before we went. We are so glad we persevered. We did wonder what we had let ourselves in for as 2 oldies!
    Fiona and Kevin

    MissingFiona B reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 21 April 2023

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