LUX* South Ari Atoll hosts crafts classes, spices up Maldivian Night with local artists’ exhibition

LUX* South Ari Atoll hosted arts and crafts classes with a visiting Maldivian artist this week, capping off the event with an art exhibition by two local artists.

Ali during a class at LUX* South Ari Atoll.

For four days, Maldivian artist Ibrahim Ali conducted sessions for interested guests, where they learned about several forms of arts and crafts, including coconut art, marble art, shrinking paper art and accessory making. Guests who signed up for the classes learned to make creative accessories and vibrant artworks from everyday materials found in the Maldives such as coconuts and shells.

Ali, who currently resides in Japan, also held an exhibition of his own art series, called Turquoise. The series presents the natural beauty of the Maldives, especially its turquoise blue waters, through his imagination.

“Kids and adults alike joined my classes and they were all so happy. My idea of art has a fun aspect to it, and I believe that the participants had fun while learning something new. I had a fabulous time too, and LUX* did an amazing job organising this event,” Ali said.

Ali chats with a guest during his art exhibition at LUX* South Ari Atoll. PHOTO/ LUX*

On the final day of the event, LUX* South Ari Atoll spiced up its usual Maldivian Night beach dinner on Tuesday by inviting renowned local artist Hussein ‘Iphpha’ Iffal to join Ali and showcase their work in a joint art exhibition on the beach. Alongside Ali’s Turquoise series, Iffal displayed 10 paintings from his famous coffee-infused art series to a curious audience.

Iffal’s coffee infused art series on display during the Maldivian Night at LUX* South Ari Atoll on Tuesday. PHOTO/ LUX*

Commenting on the event, Hussain Afeef, Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* South Ari Atoll, highlighted the brand’s commitment to promote local culture, heritage and talent, especially amongst the guests. LUX* admires the creativity and uniqueness of talented Maldivian artists, he said.

“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to showcase the talent of Iphpha and Ali. Both of them have added value to our guest experience, and have helped our guests celebrate life. Our team is committed to continuing these initiatives,” Afeef told Maldives Insider.

Ali’s Turquoise series on display during the Maldivian Night at LUX* South Ari Atoll on Tuesday. PHOTO/ LUX*

Fresh from its relaunch late last year, cutting-edge designer villas and world-class dining can be found only a 30-minute seaplane flight away from the main Velana International Airport, making LUX* South Ari Atoll one of the most exciting resorts in the Maldives.

With 187 private villas dotted at the water’s edge along four kilometres of powder fine beach or perched on stilts above a crystal clear lagoon, these spacious pavilions and villas bring an entirely original vibe of coastal, beach house chic to the Maldives.

Sand and shell art done during a class conducted by Ali at LUX* South Ari Atoll.

Excellent eating and drinking is always a cut above the rest at LUX*, and at LUX* South Ari Atoll, there is authentic South East Asian street food in the Maldives’ only over-the-water gourmet night market and world-class Chinese cuisine at East, along with the Japanese restaurant Umami, which offers live teppanyaki and dazzling selection of sakés.

In addition to the usual dining options, on every Tuesday evening, guests at LUX* South Ari Atoll are treated to a feast of authentic Maldivian cuisine set up by the beach. The dinner, ranging from food items such as short eats and curries to live cooking by locals from nearby islands, are complemented by local Bodu Beru dance and music, making it a truly Maldivian Night.

While the resort has a PADI-certified dive centre, two infinity pools, a floodlit tennis court, a fitness centre and a renowned spa which hosts a wellness concierge and a menu of indulgent treatments, what sets the property apart from its neighbours are surprises, or better known as #ReasonstogoLUX. Designed to create lasting memories for guests, these ‘reasons’ can range from island-roasted coffee in Café LUX* to impromptu movie screenings at cinema paradise and the chance to hang your wishes on the Tree of Wishes.

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