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With so much competition of places to stay in the Maldives of late, with a new resort cropping up weekly, LUX* Maldives is a great option for all travellers, be it families, couples or divers. The quintessentially Maldivian resort is on the island of Dhidhoofinolhu in the South Ari atoll and boasts truly stunning beaches and turquoise waters.
What gives LUX* Maldives the slight edge over other resorts is it has the advantage of almost half the rooms being water villas, including three family water villas. There are also numerous beach pavilions dotted in either lush greenery or on the beach front, some of which are interconnecting, so an added family tick. The décor throughout is elegant with fine dark wood furnishings, bright and airy colour tones and outdoor seating areas.
With seven dining options guests are spoilt for choice. The main restaurant is a buffet gig, whilst the others boast a la carte menus ranging from the Middle East, South East Asia and Japan. A great little characteristic of the hotel is that they have a 'secret bar' which changes its location from time to time - here guests can try their hands at being a mixologist. The other bars on the island also invite for a either a cocktail at sunset or a fresh coffee pick me up mid afternoon. In the middle of the island is a herbal garden where guests can have their meals in the shade of palm trees and sample special menus such as the detox program.
The vibe here is laid back with a relaxing bare foot setting, unwinding by the pool or on the beach and a Spa to retreat to. The resort also organises pop up film screenings on the beach, musical performances, and other surprise events.
Whether you're a diver or not the Maldives has pretty great diving opportunities, and LUX* Maldives is no exception. The onsite dive center will organise expeditions for guests; for beginners there's Maamagili, the more experienced will adore Aa Thila whilst advanced divers will find Thinfushi Beru Tila a welcome challenge. The South Ari atoll also happens to be a hotspot for whale sharks and their annual migration to warmer waters. Other water sports include windsurfing, rubber ring and banana rides, water-skiing, wakeboards, jet-skiing, pedal boats and kayaking.
Little ones are well catered for at LUX* Maldives; three to 11 year olds have the kids club Play, which is an adventure land of treasure hunts, beach games, arts and crafts and much much more. Studio 17 is for the older bunch who can hang out in a TV lounge with game consoles, table tennis and table football or join in language and cookery classes, as well as beach sports and the lark.
For fitness aficionados they have a cool jungle work out garden with Tarzan like ropes hanging from tropical trees.
Frances, Original Traveller