A Spiced Up Maldivian Holiday Experience

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LUX* Resorts & Hotels unveils exciting developments for LUX* South Ari Atoll and the thrilling experience that awaits guests upon its re-opening in September 2016.

Surfacing from a complete refurbishment, LUX* South Ari Atoll, the largest of the rapidly expanding LUX* Resorts & Hotels’ portfolio, is being entirely reimagined in stunning beach-house chic. The 193 pavilions and villas are are dotted at the water’s edge along two miles of powder-fine beach and perched on stilts above a crystal-clear lagoon teeming with colourful fish. On land or water, sunset or sunrise facing, the top-to-bottom redesign of these super-spacious rooms and suites will introduce a cool nautical vibe to the property.

On the island’s east side, 46 Romantic Pool Villas (each with private seven-metre pools) and three Temptation Pool Water Villas (each featuring a 14-metre infinity pool) will form the resort’s adults-only sanctuary. These villas will enjoy twin showers, private terraces incorporating a unique couples’ love nest, and small steps to the lagoon, perfect for lounging with a drink.

Two kilometres to the west, 38 Water Villas and a two-bedroom LUX* Villa will complement 105 Beach Villas, 12 of which feature private pools. Both villa types are designed to become an excellent home base for families or small groups.

The resort’s unparalleled offering of seven restaurants and five bars are all undergoing a major conceptual upgrade. New Asian flavours will abound at East Market, featuring a contemporary take on a bustling local night market. Umami is to become an elegant and sophisticated setting for beautifully refined Japanese dining. Highlights will include dedicated sushi, teppanyaki and robatayaki counters, accompanied by the largest selection of sakés and Japanese whiskies in the Maldives.

Beach Rouge will be the latest incarnation of the LUX* brand’s dynamic beach-club concept. Expect ceviche, carpaccio and grilled fish, washed down with chilled rosé. Rounding out the beachside dining options, Allegria (Italian), Senses (Indian and Arabic) and Mixe (International Buffet) will stimulate every palate.

As for wellness, the LUX* Me spa and its overwater treatment villas will experience a Zen-inspired reboot of its own. To spice the guest experience, LUX* South Ari Atoll will introduce a series of expert-led workshops. Each month the resort will host a residency with leading practitioners from diverse, creative and inspiring walks of life.

Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: LUX* Resorts & Hotels.



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