LUX* South Ari Atoll awarded Maldives’ leading eco-friendly resort

LUX* South Ari Atoll has been awarded Leading Eco-Friendly Resort in the Maldives at the 2019 South Asian Travel Awards (SATA).

During the SATA 2019 gala held at Amari Galle in Sri Lanka on September 20, the prestigious award was received by LUX* Resorts & Hotels’ representative Mario Attanayake, Business Development Manager at Viluxur Holidays.

“We have recently launched the world’s largest solar sea panels by Swimsol, and this is just the start of the many initiatives we plan to undertake to care for our planet. Sustainable development is at the core of everything we do, and we will continue to take full responsibility for as long as we exist. This award is so important for us as we pave the way for eco-tourism, and we could not be prouder. A big thank you to each and every vote and to the SATA jury for encouraging our hard work” Jonas Amstad, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

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 193 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.

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.

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.

All winners of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry were officially announced during the fourth edition of the regional travel awards, with more than 500 travel and tourism businesses operating in the South Asian region nominated.

Voting for the nominees closed in July, whilst nominee evaluations were conducted by a four-member jury in major cities in the region, including Colombo, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kathmandu and Dhaka.

SATA is the first ever regional travel awards endorsed by multi national associations, providing the tourism sector of the South Asian region with recognition towards their facilities and service excellence. It aims to encourage and raise service standards in the region’s tourism industry.

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