The island of Dhidhoofinolhu is one of the biggest in the Maldives, only a short 25 minutes seaplane flight away from the capital Male, and featuring four kilometres of silvery white beaches stretching out to the sparkling turquoise waters of the natural lagoon. The clear waters of the ocean are home to an infinite variety of species, multi-coloured coral fishes and other marine fauna. Here on the island, LUX* Island Resorts has opened a Marine Biology Centre, dedicated to research the presence and conservation of whale sharks in the South Ari Atoll waters. Inland, the island is a haven of lush, green foliage and vividly coloured flowers. The world class PADI diving centre and full a range of water-sport activities are an attractions for many, but for those who prefer rest to recreation there is the luxurious LUX* Me spa, two swimming pools and an extensive choice of restaurants and bars.
Location: South Alif
Distance from Airport (INIA):
Transfer type: 25 minutes from airport by Seaplane
Number of rooms:193 Rooms
Savour the essence of authentic island living at The Island Kitchen. With tables set out on the beach under thatched roofs and slow turning ceiling fans, guests can sink their feet into the warm sand below while tucking into mouth-watering buffets for breakfast and dinner. Live cooking stations offer everything from wood-fired pizzas and grills to stir-fries with a tempting island twist. In the evening, enjoy genuine island entertainment performed by talented local performers.
Inspired by North African, Lebanese, Indian and Indian Ocean cuisine, Senses never fails to delights with its tempting menu of tagines, tandoori prawns and unique tropical sorbets. Enjoy a light lunch of fresh salads, grills and local seafood, then take a seat at the water's edge overlooking the infinity pool for an exquisite à la carte dinner under the stars.
Senses Bar and Lounge offers a selection of cocktails, rums, liqueurs, beers and spirits, as well as a refreshing selection of Sri Lankan teas in the afternoon. It also offers light Indian Ocean lunches in the shade or by the pool if you don't feel like visiting one of our more formal restaurants. Enjoy a light snack in the evening while swaying gently in a giant hammock or challenge someone to a friendly game of billiards as the sun sets over the ocean.
Suspended above the water, East inspires with its incredible view out over the lagoon. Rustic decks and old ship's riggings add to the nautical theme, while bright cushions and light fabrics provide a lively island feel. The menu features the best of Cambodian, Indonesian, Thai, Sri Lankan, Hong Kong and Chinese-style buffets.
The adjacent East Bar offers fresh fruit cocktails and unforgettable local evening entertainment.
Vibrant Italian flair blends with the lively island ambience at Allegria. Located right on the beach, this open kitchen allows guests to watch the skilled chefs at work as they create pizzas, pastas and gnocchi dishes. For a more intimate atmosphere, Allegria's wine cellar can be booked for private dinners. Exclusive arrangements can also be made for small parties to dine in the cellar and indulge in a range cheeses complemented by our exceptional selection of French and New World wines.
Perched on stilts over the water, Umami features a Japanese-style teppanyaki table where the chefs entertain guests with their culinary skills. Sit under beautiful silk paper lanterns surrounded by wooden latticework while you enjoy the simple yet delicate flavours of Kobe beef sushi rolls served with scallops or fresh seaweed and squid salad. The restaurant is open evenings only, and tables should be reserved in advance.
Located near the crystal clear swimming pool that extends out to sea, with shimmering views of the lagoon on three sides, Veli Pool Bar offers a casual menu of tasty pizzas, sandwiches and spring rolls, as well as Mediterranean-style tapas, mezze and antipasti.
Watch the sun set over the shimmering water as your sip on a delicious island cocktail or aperitif and tasty canapés at The Island Bar. Go for a stroll along the beach or simply soak up the laid-back ambience on the wooden deck as you wind down another amazing day on the island.
Nothing beats a really great cup of coffee. That's why at LUX* you’ll only find LUX*’s very own delicious Island Blend of certified green organic beans. Roasted on the island and prepared for you with passion by trained baristas, every cup of coffee served at our stylish Café LUX* is one to savour.
For those who'd like to enjoy a casual swim, LUX* Maldives has two spacious swimming pools located on the sunset side of the island. Make the most of your LUX* island getaway with complimentary reef snorkelling, kayaking and pedal boats. There's also a wide range of water sports available at the boathouse, such as windsurfing, rubber ring and banana rides, Flyboarding, water-skiing, wakeboarding and jet-skiing for an additional fee. Or explore further afield with a private catamaran trip and picnic parties to neighbouring islets. Take a break from the ocean with a game of beach table tennis, volleyball and tennis on floodlit courts. Visit LUX* Me fitness to enjoy a tailor-made training session complete with beach yoga, cycle around the lush island setting or challenge someone to a game of billiards and table soccer at our indoor games centre. In the evening, head out to Musik, the lively island nightclub, where an eclectic mix of rock, salsa and techno mixed by the in-house DJ will have you dancing until the sun comes up.
LUX* ME SPA
15 COUPLE TREATMENT VILLAS
DAILY, 09:00 - 22:00
LUX* Me is a unique concept which combines fitness, spa, nutrition, yoga, retreats and experiences into one venue. The concept is to allow guests to create their own integrated spa, fitness and lifestyle experience with the help of the LUX* Me experts. The unique 'Me Time' Menu is designed to tailor-make an experience just for you. From luxurious facials, massages and scrubs to invigorating yoga classes and a broad array of dynamic and fun exercise programmes, LUX* Me is all about you. Specialised programmes such as retreats or flexible Vitalité experience allow you to participate in a way to maximize wellbeing and vitality.