Experience the island life, plunge into the local culture and gorgeous nature of the Maldives. Let us exceed your expectations at Bliss Dhigurah! Bliss is located on Dhigurah, one of the most beautiful islands in the Maldives. We have long sandy beaches and oceans frequented by whale sharks all year round. Turtles and manta rays are no strangers to our shores.
After a day in the sun and sea, go on a culinary adventure, be it a local dish or comfort food. Unwind in the rooftop jacuzzi, enjoy smoothies and mocktails from our juice bar and use our free high-speed WiFi to keep your friends and family updated on your tropical escapades.
Adventures to remember, food to look forward to and service with a smile.
LUX* South Ari Atoll in the Maldives is set for this summer, offering guests a total escape from everyday life, in a relaxing private island setting where the atmosphere is beach house chic.This picture perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu, home to LUX* South Ari Atoll, is one of the largest islands in the Maldives. A slice of tropical heaven, where laidback luxury blend itself with the warmth of traditional Maldivian hospitality, and complemented by sparkling events and experiences, LUX* South Ari Atoll is as ideal for families and groups of friends as it is for lovers’ romantic moments.
In addition to its stunning private villas with infinity pools, there is an almost unique wining and dining choice between eight restaurants and five bars, including a famous Beach Rouge bar and restaurant. Following a major refurbishment, LUX* South Ari Atoll has now brought fashionable island living to the Maldives for a real taste of the dolce vita.
Guests will be delighted, even amazed, by the wonderful avant-garde design style, the work of P49 Deesign, Thailand’s foremost interior designers. P49 Deesign has created to perfection a stylish atmosphere that is at once lively, playful and fun, delivering an unconventional atmosphere that integrates beautifully into LUX* South Ari Atoll island living. No detail has been overlooked – even small areas like the ladies and men’s restrooms have become attractive features in themselves, as the aim has been to create a bright, fresh feeling throughout the resort. There are particular spots on the island that have always enjoyed the most incredible sunrises and sunsets but LUX* South Ari Atoll now offers some really delightful moments and surprises everywhere guests turn.
The accommodation is an experience in itself whether guests choose to stay in rooms or villas dotted at the water’s edge alongside four kilometres of fine sandy beaches or perched on stilts above a crystal clear lagoon. There is an astonishing range of choices, including heavenly Temptation Villas, suspended over the ocean with private overwater pools, and Beach Villas also with their own pools. Every room, suite and villa at LUX* South Ari Atoll has been designed to make the most of the enchanting surroundings. Light, airy and wonderfully spacious, decked with splashes of bright island colour and with sweeping views of the beach and sparkling lagoon, each room breathes understated luxury.
Staying at LUX* South Ari Atoll gives guests the feeling that they’re living in a picturesque village in the middle of the ocean. For those staying in a private overwater villa there’s no better way to explore the island than by hopping onto the bicycle with which each of them is equipped – or on foot, as in all secluded places.
LUX* South Ari Atoll delivers everything that a LUX* lighter, brighter holiday promises, including its dine around programme where halfboard, fullboard and all-inclusive guests can select from an amazing eight restaurants and five bars. The spectacular choice includes a sophisticated take on a bustling Asian night market – the spectacular East Market standing on stilts over the water. It provides a feast in itself, where guests can enjoy the savours and flavours of Vietnam, Thailand, Sichuan and more. Meanwhile, Umami is the place for fine wining and dining with its sushi open kitchen and teppanyaki and robata counters, as well as the Maldives’ largest selection of sakés and Japanese whiskies. For more international cuisine, guests can head to Allegria, Senses and MIXE with specialities ranging from Mediterranean to Maldivian specialities, while Beach Rouge offers beach club dining. There are even occasions worth travelling for from the other side of the world as Beach Rouge, the East Market and even a sandbank regularly host music and culinary events. Where else can guests dance to a DJ with their toes in the always warm waters of a tropical lagoon or experience a taste of the best of South East Asia in a night market standing suspended over the sea?
On top of all that, LUX* South Ari Atoll has many of the famous Reasons To Go LUX*. It’s not the kind of conventional resort where guests soon know where everything is. LUX* is all about the discovery of the unexpected like its LUX* Photo Fanatics studio, Junkart Studio and its Wanderlust Library.
LUX*’s vision is to offer guests a different kind of luxury which celebrates life and makes each moment special. Guests may discover talents they never knew they had by signing up for LUX*’s famous and innovative expert-led workshops. The range varies from painting lessons with Sally Conwell, the Art of Travel Writing with Juliet Kinsman and Tibetan Sound Healing with Phoebe Joel. For those looking for new kinds of health experiences, there are masterclasses in DIY Kombucha, the hottest trend in health beverages, and Health Tonics with Gillian Kozicki, as well as DIY Chinese Medicine Therapies with Moxa Punk.
LUX* South Ari Atoll is full of wonderful sensations, where guests can expect to revel in the unexpected. And of course what sets this and all LUX* Resorts apart is the fantastic helpfulness and warmth shown by LUX* team members, an entirely different approach to helping guests have their best holiday ever.
LUX* SOUTH ARI ATOLL – FABULOUS SPECIAL OFFER
For a limited period only, travellers intending to stay at LUX* South Ari Atoll can take advantage of some very special offers.
Guests who book by 31 August 2017 for stays between 10 June 2017 and 24 December 2017 get:
Up to 48% off for bookings made and confirmed in a Beach Pavilion
Up to 55% off for bookings made and confirmed in a Beach Villa, Beach Pool Villa or Water Villa
Up to 60% off for bookings made and confirmed in a Romantic Pool Water Villa, a Temptation Pool Water Villa and a LUX* Villa
Details & conditions:
Applicable on Best Available Rate conditions
Booking period: from 10 to 30 June 2017
Stay period: from now to 24 December 2017
Blackout dates: 3 to 14 September 2017 and 20 to 28 October 2017
Quotations on LUX’s website already include applicable special offers and conditions
This offer is applicable per room type as above
All reservations have to be guaranteed at the time of booking by credit card.
LUX* South Ari Atoll, Maldives has partnered with Emirates Airlines to offer travellers from the Middle East the chance to holiday in what is reputed as the most exciting luxury resorts in the Maldives.
The offer: For bookings made at LUX* South Ari Atoll between 1st June to 31st August 2017, Emirates Airlines is offering a 40% discount on the booking of the second airline ticket in Business Class, for the Dubai — Malé route.
To complement this offer, LUX* Resorts is offering a 40% discount on reservations made during the same period. Book directly through Emirates Holidays.
Whether seeking a peaceful hideaway or active adventure, the picture-perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu is home to the newly reinvented LUX * South Ari Atoll, a luxury resort where your fantasy of a laid-back, desert island paradise is about to come true. Combine your stay by travelling with Emirates Airline in the business class for the holiday of a lifetime.
For more information please contact Clinton Ross Harmon at LUX* Resorts & Hotels
TME Retreats Dhigurah is a hotel that offers the fullest sense of intimacy on the beautiful island of Dhigurah. The property is well-equipped with modern convenience as well as amenities. The hotel is located a little far from the village, but that does not hinder guests from enjoying the unique island lifestyle of the Maldives.
Guests can stroll along the refined, white sandy beach with a length of more than three kilometers. You will feel as though you have the beach all to your own. For divers, the hotel is located in the renowned diving sites such as Manta Point and Kuda Rah Thila. The area is also particularly popular for spotting whale sharks and manta rays.
‘By promising a luxury holiday with a difference, LUX* South Ari Atoll has heightened the festive spirits of its guests with the newly launched Tree of Wishes on the island. Inspired by an ancient Japanese festival, the weekly appointment at the LUX* Tree of Wishes offers not only a moment to gather feelings and emotions and turn them into wishes written on auspicious red ribbons, but also opens an opportunity to learn about the local communities and support them through various social initiatives.
LUX* South Ari Atoll CSR programs in the Maldives currently engage with several NGOs and among them, the Maldivian Blood Services (formerly National Thalassaemia Center). With the aim of improving the services provided to patients suffering from this hematological disorder, the resort and the Maldivian Blood Service team have signed an agreement allowing both parties to interact on a greater scale generating ways to foster cooperation among medical institutions. The charity support offered by the resort enables the Maldivian Blood Service to cater for more patients with dedicated initiatives to promote blood donation throughout the country.
Guests staying at LUX* South Ari Atoll have the opportunity to contribute by placing a voluntary donation at the Tree of Wishes. All the offerings cumulatively raised by the resort are used to support local charities but by tying a ribbon to the branches of the banyan tree, each guest becomes part of the annual Tree of Wishes Lucky Draw. During the event, one ribbon is picked at random and the lucky owner wins a free holiday at any property within the LUX* Resorts and Hotels portfolio.
‘We are thrilled to have our guests participating in this important cause with us’ says General Manager Glenn Daniels ‘as we believe that holidays are not only a moment to relax and unwind, but also a celebration of life and that embodies our commitment to support local communities’. Keeping not only its guests’ wishes at heart but also the environment we operate in, LUX* South Ari Atoll aims to translate corporate responsibility into social development and continues to deliver an inspiring lighter holiday experience.
For further information or queries, please contact Cluster Director of PR & Communications, Maldives. Dolores Semeraro – [email protected]
Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is set amongst the perfect islands and blue ocean of South Ari Atoll, a five-star resort that offers complete barefoot luxury along with a range of exciting activities that will appeal to singles, couples and families.
Whitewashed timber villas with thatched roofs are perched in the lagoon and linked to the island by wooden walkways, evoking the image of a tropical island community, while the suites are tucked into the fragrant gardens. A white-sand beach rings the island, and the reef with its own dedicated shipwreck forms a world of exploration for snorkellers and scuba divers.
Under the resort’s Ultimate All-Inclusive plan, this is the island where cash is not required. Guests enjoy champagne breakfasts, a choice of superb cuisines for lunch and dinner, an open bar all day up to midnight, minibar replenished daily, a sundowner cocktail party every evening, generous daily spa credits at Spa Cenvaree, snorkelling equipment, non-motorised water sports and off-island excursions.
Veligandu Island Resort, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, an excellent house reef and long stretches of white,
sandy beach, is the only Resort on the island of Veligandu, North Ari Atoll. It is 600 meters long by 150 meters wide, about 22 acres. Your seaplane transfer from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is a scenic, 20 minute flight.
Located in South Ari atoll, Vakarufalhi Island Resort is among the pearls that make up the amazing Maldivian Islands. The hotel is only 90km away from the airport.
Vakarufalhi, better known as Vakaru is a tropical island enhanced by swaying coconut palms and white sandy beaches. Surrounding the island is a pristine lagoon enriched by a stunningly beautiful living house reef. These features combined with traditional Maldivian building concepts, makes Vakarufalhi a haven of nature and tranquility. A land area of almost 250m² land area with 50 sea front Beach Villas are spread evenly around the island. On top of that 25 Water Villas creates an atmosphere which rejuvenates your body and mind.
Guests can retreat in style in one of the islands private villas perched on a white-sand beach above a turquoise shoreline. Each features traditional Maldivian architecture, designed with comfort in mind. The luxury of space brings a coastal-chic, beach house vibe to the Maldives.
From diving to beach volleyball, all the activities the hotel has is nothing short of exciting. You can also play various outdoor sports and many indoor board games to keep yourself occupied as you relax the days away.
Experience excellent healing and wellness facilities at Duniye Spa. The Duniye Spa has a passion for providing a holistic and innovative approach to improve well-being. This is carried out by combining traditional treatments with modern techniques. Organic, chemical-free skin care blends to ensure the best results.
Vakarufalhi Maldives is where your fantasy of a tropical sanctuary is about to come true. This is a resort in Maldives where all ventures are tailored to suit your passions. Come and indulge in your own tranquil bubble, and delight in tropical refinement at its best.
Press Release: Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) and The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN Maldives) is collaborating with Maldivian artists to celebrate the whale shark in The Second Annual Maldives Whale Shark Festival. Hosted in Dhangethi, this year’s festival will be the culmination of months of community engagement workshops in which school students and community members have come together to create artwork representing their island and celebrating the marine diversity of South Ari Atoll and its Marine Protected Area (SAMPA).
This unique festival, which places island communities at the centre of creative decision making, will transform the host island on Saturday December 6th, festooning the streets with colour, filling the air with ‘Boduberu’ and providing an unmissable learning experience for over 250 people who have participated in its development. The carnival procession at 1pm will see 3 whale sharks swim above the heads of the crowd, a giant green turtle, butterfly fish and manta ray dance through the streets and a feast of brightly coloured costumes created by each island.
Each participating island has chosen a mascot to make and has been working with professional artists to realise their designs for large scale, kinetic sculptures and mobile recycled artwork and costumes. Inspired by the stories of their community they have been working with creative practitioner Fazail Lutfe to create high impact, theatrical presentations to share with festival goers. Weaving together the traditional forms of ‘Raivaru’ and ‘Boduberu’ with contemporary storytelling, each island will tell part of the Atoll’s story, giving voice to the area’s rich cultural heritage.
Local artists Nadee Rachey and Kareen Adam from Malé city have been leading on the artistic vision for the festival, collaborating with Festival Director Chloe Osborne from the UK, to provide a series of multi-disciplinary art workshops with 4 main islands – Dhigurah, Dhangethi, Dhiddhoo and Mandhoo, with support from neighbouring islands and resorts.
“This is just the beginning – we plan on putting the festival on the cultural calendar for the Maldives, bringing people from across the country and the world together to celebrate the rich marine and cultural diversity of the archipelago. Nowhere else is uniquely placed to support the collaboration between Marine Biologists and Artists, community members and international researchers. We look forward to building on this year’s success and, with thanks to our generous sponsors, to offering the opportunity to participate to more islands everywhere.”
Chloe Osborne – Festival Director, Maldives Shark Research Programme.
We hope to attract festival-goers from across the Atoll, Malé and beyond with this yearly opportunity to celebrate the craftsmanship and creativity of the island communities and to celebrate the area’s unique role in the International Whale Shark ecology.
The 2014 festival has been created with support from our technical partner IUCN Maldives with sponsorship from Voyages Maldives, FlyMe, Allied Insurance with Mirihi, Lux* Maldives, Lily Beach, Vilamendhoo, Holiday Island and Sun Island resorts, online partner Maldives.com, and our official hydration partner 100PLUS.
MWSRP programme coordinator Ibrahim Shameel added “For the past 5 months MWSRP have been working with the local islands to bring this festival to life. Along the way we have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing people without whom this festival would not be possible. The idea of a festival is still a very new concept to the communities but have been delighted at how the openly the idea has been received. Its been an inspiration and an honour to witness this festival bring people of all ages come together in a shared endeavour.”
Festival Background: Developed by MWSRP and IUCN Maldives in 2013, the festival is designed to provide the island communities of South Ari Atoll with the opportunity to celebrate the Whale Shark and the Marine Diversity of their Atoll whilst promoting environmental sustainability and conservation at a grassroots level.. Seeding the idea of an international collaboration between marine biologists and artists and promoting the use of community art as a tool for social and environmental engagement, the project seeks to boost local and national awareness and tourism to support future generations.
Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme
The Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) is a charity that carries out whale shark research and fosters community focused conservation initiative in the Maldives.
What initially began as a scientific expedition in 2006, the MWSRP has grown to become the only long term organisation dedicated to study the iconic, yet vulnerable whale shark species in the Maldives.
Our goal is simple: we seek to advance the field of whale shark knowledge and to advocate for sound conservation policy in the Maldives. By encouraging and valuing community and industry stakeholder participation, we are able to leverage the scientific research to safeguard the rich biodiversity and fragile marine ecosystems that are the basis for not only whale sharks, but also life, livelihood and culture in the Maldives.
Community mobilisation is one of our core values. Participation from the local residents of South Ari Atoll and throughout Maldives is very important to the work of MWSRP.
contact for more information: Richard Rees, Managing Director MWSRP [email protected]
IUCN Maldives Marine Projects
The objectives of the IUCN Maldives Marine Projects were developed to address the environmental priorities and challenges that the Maldives faces. They include enhancing coral reef resilience (both social and ecological), supporting climate change adaptation, advancing marine species management and increasing environmental awareness across different sectors. These are ambitious but urgent priorities that require vision, dedication, perseverance and commitment by many individuals, groups and stakeholders of society in order to address them.