Popular Resorts in South Ari Atoll
Machchafushi Island - Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa
Centara Grand Island Resort (formerly Machchafushi Island Resort) is one of the most popular dive resorts in the Maldives. This 4 star resort is located on a small island in South East Ari Atoll, 95km from Male International airport, a 30 minute transfer flight by seaplane. The resort has tremendous appeal for divers and snorkelers with the fantastic house reef accessible 24 hours a day. A special feature of Machchafushi is the island’s 52 metre shipwreck which lies just 30 metres off the house reef. Divers and snorkelers are also drawn by the exceptional and varied diving in famous dive channels, thilas and protected regions like the Kudarah Marine Area. The resort offers an efficient, experienced PADI dive school that organises unguided and guided dives to sites with mantas, sharks and rare corals. You’ll find a mix of good unpretentious accommodation, modern facilities, friendly efficient service and a relaxed atmosphere. Centara Grand Island Resort’s 112 suites and villas are a mixture of simple well-furnished garden rooms, larger beach villas and a few water bungalows on stilts. Additionally there is a spa, sports and fitness centre, swimming pool and a kids’ club.
Rangali & Rangalifinolhu Islands - Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
The adjoining islands of Rangali and Rangalifinolhu are home to Conrad Maldives Resort (formerly Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa) located in South Ari Atoll around 90km from Male International airport – accessible by a 30 minute seaplane transfer. This pair of stunningly beautiful and romantic Maldives islands is linked by a 500 metre bridge spanning the sparkling turquoise lagoon between them. This resort has twice previously been voted Best Hotel in the World and offers every modern first-class facility and uncompromising luxury. The resort features wonderful dining in 7 restaurants, including a truly astonishing undersea restaurant with glass walls. There are colourful perfectly-tended gardens, lush tropical vegetation, coconut palms, a large lagoon and a colourful house reef. Accommodation includes an amazing selection of deluxe beach villas with private pools and gardens, spacious interiors and exclusive furnishings as well as wonderful water bungalows built on stilts over the bright turquoise lagoon with steps into the water. Facilities on offer encompass two spas with secluded private therapy suites, a professional PADI dive centre with access to superb dive sites, an excellent gym, tennis, yoga, two infinity pools and plenty of water sports. If you still have some time on your hands, there is even an open air cinema.
Thudufushi Island - Diamonds Thudufushi Beach & Water Villas
Diamonds Thudufushi Beach & Water Villas (formerly Thudufushi Island Resort) is found on an idyllic island in South Ari Atoll just 85km from Male International airport - a 25 minute trip by seaplane. In close proximity to its sister resort, Athuruga, the island is a well-managed, established Maldives holiday favourite offering beauty and high standards. A tiny gem at just 250 meters by 150 metres, the island boasts a wonderful house reef and outstanding beaches even by the standards of the Maldives. Thudufushi is blessed with an amazingly colourful turquoise lagoon, helping to make this an extremely good-looking resort with an easy-going atmosphere. The resort combines well-maintained rustic charm, modern comforts and excellent friendly service, with all-inclusive packages proving a popular option. Accommodation is in the form of just 47 comfortable air-conditioned beach and water villas with spacious verandas all facing the ocean. Facilities include a friendly professional PADI dive centre offering outstanding diving and snorkelling at a highly accessible house reef with varied dive sites. There is also an extensive spa, water sports centre and boutique.
Angaga Island - Angaga Island Resort and Spa
Angaga is a tiny island, just 150 metres by 300 metres located in the centre of South Ari Atoll, around 85km from Male International airport - a 25 minute transfer flight by seaplane. This particularly tropical resort island has an unusually large lagoon and fantastic beaches encircling it. The resort makes a special effort to accentuate the natural beauty of the surroundings and blends nicely with the environment, the unobtrusive resort buildings being well- integrated with lush tropical vegetation and palm trees. Accommodation is a combination of quality picturesque, detached, air-conditioned beach bungalows with lovely private verandas and luxurious water bungalows built on stilts over the bright turquoise lagoon with steps into the water. Angaga’s PADI dive centre has access to an excellent house coral reef with plenty of colourful marine life providing outstanding snorkelling and diving. Added to the water sports centre, the spa, gym and tennis facilities, Angaga Island Resort packs a lot of holiday into one very small package.
Nalaguraidhoo Island - Sun Island Resort & Spa
The holiday island of Nalaguraidhoo sits on the rim of South Ari Atoll, 99km from Male International airport, a 30 minute transfer by seaplane. At just over a mile long, this is one of the largest and liveliest resorts in the Maldives. The island’s touristic name is Sun Island Resort & Spa and it greets visitors with well-maintained gardens, flowers, green tropical vegetation, fruit trees and mature tall palms. Sun Island will appeal to those looking for a lively cosmopolitan resort, though the size of the island does allow visitors to find peace and seclusion. The resort has tremendous appeal for families with all inclusive packages proving a very popular option. Every imaginable facility is on offer including computer games, floodlit tennis, gymnasium, badminton, basketball, volleyball, badminton and squash. A particular feature is the huge swimming pool with children’s pool.
The resort offers great choice for eating and drinking with 5 restaurants and 10 bars providing a diverse selection of cuisine and entertainment including live music, dancing, parties and cultural shows. Accommodation comprises 350 guest rooms to suit a variety of budgets and ranges from spacious, well-furnished, comfortable beachfront rooms to more luxurious and attractive water bungalows with steps into the lagoon. Sun Island is blessed with spacious beaches, a large lagoon and a house reef that encircles the resort. There is a first-class PADI dive centre located on a small island connected by a jetty and you’ll find plenty of water sports including catamaran sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and water skiing. If that all sounds far too active, you can choose to enjoy the beauty spa with sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi and massage instead.
Ranveli Island - Ranveli Village
Ranveli Village (formerly Ranveli Beach Resort) can be found on an enchanting tiny Maldives island known for its gorgeous sandy beaches, tall palms and beautifully calm water. Ranveli Island, in South Ari Atoll is just 75km from Male International airport and can be reached in around 25 minutes by seaplane. Ranveli boasts a typically spectacular Maldives lagoon and house reef which encircle this intimate island. Excellent beaches surround Ranveli, a particular feature being the long white sandbank that extends away from the island, offering an unusual and idyllic spot for guaranteed sunshine late into the day. This is a small island and accommodation consists of just 56 comfortable air-conditioned beach bungalows with spacious bathrooms and beach views. In keeping with the castaway feel of the island, there are no TVs to be found in the guest rooms. The resort has a fantastic main restaurant in a stylish pavilion sitting over the water - the food here has a first-class reputation. Despite the island’s diminutive size, Ranveli offers a reasonable amount of entertainment and evening activities. You’ll also find a professional PADI dive centre, spa, pool, water sports centre and fitness club.
Dhiffushi Island - Holiday Island Resort & Spa
Long and narrow Dhiffushi Island is located at the southern tip of South Ari Atoll. At around 100km from Male International airport it is reached in 30 minutes by seaplane transfer. Measuring over 700 metres long, this is a reasonably large resort island with plenty of lush tropical vegetation, well-tended gardens and swaying palms. Under the touristic name of Holiday Island Resort and Spa, this island is ideal for couples and those looking for a reasonable amount of evening entertainment - holidays are available on an all-inclusive basis. Being one of the larger islands, there are several superb secluded beaches, especially on the south-facing side of the island, guaranteeing long days of wonderful relaxing sunshine. Accommodation comprises 142 well-equipped modern air-conditioned beach front bungalows. You’ll experience a choice of restaurants offering a variety of cuisines in both buffet and set menu style, plus a 24-hour coffee shop and three bars, including the particularly attractively placed Beach Bar. There are plenty of varied evening activities that may include live music, dancing and local folklore. The island hosts a PADI dive centre and comprehensive water sports centre offering a wide selection of activities including windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling and a variety of motorised water sports too. In addition to floodlit tennis, volleyball, a gymnasium and fitness classes on offer here, guests are also able to take a 5 minute boat ride to sister resort Sun Island Resort & Spa where even more facilities are freely available.