LUX South Ari spices up the Maldivian holiday experience

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LUX Resorts & Hotels has unveiled new developments for LUX South Ari Atoll upon its reopening on the 1 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.

Nestled on one of the Maldives’ picture-perfect islands, LUX South Ari Atoll means adventurous epicureans can savour both a peaceful hideaway and an active adventure.

Dotted along the water’s edge along 3.2 kilometres of beach and perched on stilts above a crystal-clear lagoon teeming with fish, reside 193 pavilions and villas. On land or water, sunset or sunrise facing, the top-to-bottom redesign of these spacious rooms and suites by renowned design studio P49 Deesign, 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 featuring a unique couple 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 will feature private pools. Both villa types are designed to be an ideal setting for families or small groups.

Eating and drinking quickly becomes a way of island life at LUX South Ari Atoll. The resort’s seven restaurants and five bars are all undergoing a major conceptual upgrade under the expert hands of Corporate Chef, Walter Lanfranchi, and the design collaborators from P49.

New Asian flavours will abound at East Market, featuring a contemporary take on a bustling local night market. Uma-mi will be an elegant and sophisticated setting for beautifully refined Japanese dining. Highlights 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, first seen at flagship LUX Belle Mare in Mauritius. Injecting the laidback energy of a fashionable Mediterranean beach club to this private Maldivian island, Beach Rouge will be a favourite with the winter jet set. Expect ceviche, carpaccio and grilled fish, washed down with chilled rosé and lazy afternoons danced away to chilled island beats.

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. The spa will incorporate a traditional Chinese teahouse, a dedicated zone for brand new skin and body care experiences and an extended lagoon-view relaxation area. A Zen wellness pavilion accommodates a wide range of alternative wellbeing activities including yoga, meditation, Pilates, tai chi and Qigong, overseen by an expert Wellness Concierge. An updated treatment menu will offer the full range of LUX Me signature treatments.

The new LUX South Ari Atoll will be the setting for six new Reasons to Go LUX. These herald another round of product revolutions to be rolled out across the entire portfolio of LUX properties in Mauritius, La Réunion, the Maldives, China, the Middle East and Turkey.

Spicing up 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 creative and inspiring walks of life. Guests can brush up on their water colouring skills with painter Corinne Dalle Ore, focus on their framing and lighting with world-renowned travel photographer Michael Freeman, or breathe more deeply and master the art of meditative therapy with Bhavnath Gansam, to name a few.

New Zealand born General Manager of LUX South Ari Atoll, Glenn Daniels, commented: “After being recognised among the top ten resorts in the Maldives by both industry leaders and consumers, LUX South Ari Atoll is now ready to take the resort’s experience to the next level by introducing not only a fresh and exciting new look but most importantly an incredible team committed to deliver world class service to our guests.”

“The brand vision is to offer our guests different luxury hospitality experience; helping people celebrate life, by making each moment matter. I have no doubt LUX South Ari Atoll will become a real spot in the Maldives, with its fresh and exciting new look and its incredibly passionate team, getting ready to welcome guests. We have a winning combination”, said Paul Jones, CEO of LUX Resorts & Hotels.

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