Luxury resort and hotel operator LUX* Resorts & Hotels is known for a different style of holidaying – a lighter, brighter way of celebrating life – and its newest five-star resort LUX* South Ari Atoll opened last week in the Maldives.The 193 pavilions and villas were designed by P49 Deesign. The floodlit overwater villas promise freedom, privacy and intimacy. Forty-six Romantic Pool Villas each have private seven-metre suspended infinity pools, and three Temptation Pool Water Villas boast a 14-metre pool and this forms the resort’s adults-only sanctuary. These villas enjoy twin showers, private terraces incorporating a couples’ love nest, and a deck with steps down into the sea, perfect for enjoying the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean.The range of eight restaurants and five bars includes a sophisticated take on a bustling night market; guests can head to East Market where they can enjoy flavours from Vietnam, Thailand and Sichuan among others. Umami promises fine dining from the open sushi kitchen, teppanyaki and robata counters as well as the Maldives’ largest selection of sakés and Japanese whiskies. Allegria, Senses and MIXE satisfy international palates with Mediterranean to Maldivian specialities and Beach Rouge introduces fresh beach club dining experience to the island.The LUX* Me spa and its overwater treatment villas set the tone for a Zen-inspired reboot of its own. The facility incorporates a traditional Chinese teahouse, a dedicated zone for brand new skin and body care experiences and an extended lagoon view relaxation area. For those in search of the ultimate personalised spa experience, try the 10 hands massage. A Zen wellness pavilion accommodates a wide range of alternative wellbeing activities including yoga, meditation, pilates, tai chi and qigong, all of which are overseen by an expert wellness concierge.Paul Jones, CEO of LUX* Resorts & Hotels comments: “The focus around the creation of a new LUX* South Ari Atoll has been as much about the transformation of the property as it has been about the enhancement of the guests’ experiences. For this, our team has worked effortlessly on enriching the moments that matters, and we have created new and exciting Reasons To Go LUX*. I am convinced that places you remember are the ones that inspire you; those that have a soul and caring people. LUX* South Ari Atoll has this magical mix.”Read our interview with Sydney Pierre, Head of Worldwide Sales at LUX* Resorts & Hotels, for more insight into future LUX* developments.