Sun Island Resort & Spa

Sun Island Resort & Spa

- Ari Atoll, Maldives
Sun Island Resort is located in South Ari Atoll next to the world famous South Marine Protected Area (SAMPA) which is just 17 minutes by domestic flight from Velana International Airport.

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Whether you seek adrenalin-fueled experiences or serenity; discover a world of adventure at Sun Island Resort & Spa, located in South Ari Atoll close by to the South Ari Marine Protected Area (SAMPA). Set on one of the largest Maldivian Islands and home to a thriving biodiversity and marine life, Sun Island Resort & Spa is a luxury eco resort where natural beauty meets vibrant interior design and luxurious indoor-outdoor living spaces. Nestled by lush coconut palms, this Maldivian paradise invites you to experience warm hospitality and an abundance of opportunity and unprecedented privacy to reconnect with nature.

Sun Island Resort is located in South Ari Atoll next to the world famous South Marine Protected Area (SAMPA) which is just 17 minutes by domestic flight from Velana International Airport.


Sun Island Resort & Spa has 462 beautifully furnished rooms - all of which offer modern amenities, elegant design details and are located either a short walk from the sandy white shore or surrounded by the stunning turquoise hues of the Indian Ocean. From secluded Sunset Villas to luxurious overwater suites, Sun Island Resort’s collection of accommodation is your idyllic island getaway.


Located in the heart of the island, Sun Villas are peaceful retreats surrounded by lush coconut palms and abundant green foliage. Large garden villas provide a tranquil and private setting for families with small children to relax and rejuvenate surrounded by Maldivian nature.


A few steps to the pristine white beach and the crystalline turquoise waters; experience indoor outdoor living at its finest as you relax into carefree island living. Sun Island Resort & Spa Beach villas are fully equipped with a private veranda, modern amenities, elegant design features and everything you will need for a memorable Maldives getaway.


Sun Island Resort & Spa Deluxe Beach Villas are nestled by lush coconut palms and just steps from the turquoise waters and white sandy shoreline. Offering a generous 52sqm, private veranda and open plan indoor outdoor living space. Experience authentic Maldives from the comfort of your Beach villa.


Sun Island Resort & Spa Sunset Beach Villas are perfect for admiring magical Maldivian sunsets that turn into starry night skies. Get close to nature as you soak in your tropical surroundings. Secluded by lush foliage and just steps away from the pearl white shoreline and turquoise lagoon water.


The Sun Island Resort & Spa Water Villas offer a secluded hideaway perched above crystal clear water. Admire the vast horizon from your private sundeck and embrace carefree island living. Enjoy direct access to the lagoon from your private staircase and discover the beauty of the natural underwater world as you explore nearby colourful reefs. These exclusive villas offer an experience like no other in one of the world’s most magical destinations.


The Sunset Water Villas offer stunning views of Maldivian sunsets from your private sundeck. Ease into island life from the comfort of your overwater retreat perched above crystal clear waters. Discover one of the worlds most remarkable holiday experiences as you explore nearby colourful reefs and the thriving natural underwater world straight from the staircase of your villa.


Beach Pool Villas feature private pools and offer a generous 121sqm open plan living space with an elegant design, private veranda, modern amenities and all that you will need for an unforgettable Maldives getaway. Relax in your private pool with a tropical island breeze or discover the pristine white beach and turquoise waters at your doorstep.


Sun Island Resort & Spa Two Bedroom Family Beach Villas are nestled by lush coconut palms and shaded by a canopy of green foliage providing the ultimate tropical island experience. Built in traditional Maldivian style, this spacious family beach retreat boasts 104sqm with a private veranda offering unbeatable views of the pearl white sandy beach.


Immerse yourself in luxurious island living in the ultimate home away from home perched over the crystal clear waters. Sun Island Resort & Spa Two Bedroom Overwater Suite is located at the end of the jetty with spectacular panoramic ocean views. Beautifully equipped with elegant wooden furnishings, a private jacuzzi and a generous open plan living space to live out your Maldives adventure.


The tropical paradise, Sun Island, is a true highlight of the Maldives region. A holiday in the Maldives would not be complete without a tour of our fantastic restaurants.

We offer one buffet and two à la carte restaurants offering everything from classic Italian to authentic, local cuisines.

MAANIYAA Buffet Restaurant 

At Maaniyaa Restaurant, you can indulge in a diverse range of authentic local flavours as well as dishes from across the globe. This spacious, open-air restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and although it is our only restaurant accommodated by meal plans, you`ll always find a wide selection of dishes to suit every taste.

AL PONTILE Italian Restaurant

Translated as “the jetty,” Ristorante Al Pontile is a tranquil, over-water oasis serving a delicious selection of traditional Italian specialties. With stunning views of our aquamarine lagoon and colourful coral reefs, there`s nowhere better to indulge in a romantic dinner for two.

SUN STAR Thai Restaurant

Standing majestically above the lagoon, the Sun Star Thai Restaurant offers the unique opportunity to dine on delicious Asian-inspired flavours overlooking the ocean. For the ultimate romantic experience, choose a table on the restaurant’s wraparound deck and dine beneath the stars.

SOUTHERN STAR Multi Speciality Restaurant

Southern Star Restaurant, offers elaborate daily buffets, complete with international dishes and fresh seafood displays, and a speciality Indian menu. Linger over a morning coffee as you listen to the gently rustling palms, or indulge in a global culinary tour as you sample dishes from around the world.

ZERO Dining at Sun Island Resort & Spa

At ZERO, you can indulge in a one-of-a-kind dining experience on the ground or sit at your own exclusive table in the treetops. Our chef will help you to pick out the ingredients of your choice from a variety of produce grown right in our backyard including several types of lettuce, herbs and more. As the Maldives is 99% sea, ZERO also offers freshly cooked seafood.


From adrenalin-fuelled experiences such as water sports and scuba diving to relaxing spa treatments, with a whole range of activities to choose from, there`s something for everyone at Sun Island Resort & Spa.


The pleasant tropical climate and cooling breezes make the Maldives the perfect place to sail. Sailing here is not only sport but a part of culture, lifestyle and history. Wide calm lagoons are good for both experienced sailors and beginners. Various lessons for beginners, rental equipment for professionals, and guided excursions with the captain are available on request.


With turquoise waters all around us and plenty of sunshine throughout the year, the Maldives is the perfect place for water sports. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline-fuelled experience of a lifetime or want to enjoy a few hours of relaxation in one of our tranquil lagoons, our water sports center has something for everyone.

Snorkelling is a great way to explore the shallow turquoise waters that surround the island. All equipment, including masks and flippers, is provided. Keep an eye out for tropical fish, colorful corals, and majestic manta rays.

Stand up paddleboarding takes place in the calm lagoons and is suitable for all ages and abilities. You’ll spend a few peaceful hours spotting tropical sea life while working on your core strength and fitness.

Canoeing is perfect for those seeking a fun, low impact activity. Choose between our single or double canoes and spend some time exploring the island’s blue lagoons, white sandy beaches, and hidden coves.

With tranquil lagoons and a moderate breeze throughout the year, the Maldives is the perfect place to windsurf. Our instructors will introduce you to the basics and suggest some of the best places to explore.

Kitesurfing is perfect for thrill seekers. Using just the power of the wind, you’ll be propelled across the crystal clear waters at high speed while soaking up the stunning scenery that surrounds you.

These small, wind-powered boats are ideal for exploring the warm turquoise waters. Our instructors will teach you the basics of sailing before you embark on a fun-filled adventure on the ocean waves.

With more room to relax, our catamaran sailboats are perfect for venturing further out to sea. You can unwind on the spacious decks, travel at higher speeds, and anchor in shallow lagoons or near the shoreline.

Trimarans are faster and more comfortable than any other sailboats and will enable you to explore the Indian Ocean in luxury. Between the main hull and two side floaters is a net for you to lay back and relax on.

With a water-propelled jet pack, you will be able to go as high as 10 meters in the air and perform graceful turns. No experience is necessary - all you need is good balance and a sense of adventure.

With the help of a motorized surf board, you can explore the ocean at high speed and even perform jumps in the water. The boards are easy to control and manoeuvre, and no experience is necessary.

Seabob, These underwater scooters are perfect for exploring the underwater world that surrounds the island. Swim through colorful reefs, get up close to a range of fish, and keep an eye out for manta rays.

Fun Tube. This high speed water sport is just the thing for families and thrill seekers. Simply hold on tight as the boat pulls your inflatable tube through the turquoise waters in the bay. Expect big splashes and lots of fun.

Water Ski. This exhilarating, high speed water sport provides a great workout for the entire body. Our instructors will ensure you are challenged, whatever your ability. Plus, it’s a great way to see more of the beautiful bay.

Wakeboarding is suitable for all abilities and is great for thrill seekers. As our speed boat pulls you around the bay at high speed, your board will be lifted into the air and you’ll be able to perform a range of tricks.

Kneeboarding. Similarly to wakeboarding, you’ll be towed around the water by a motorboat. It requires less balance than wakeboarding, so is more suited to beginners, but is still an exciting way to explore the azure Maldivian waters.

Parasailing has become one of our most popular water sports. It combines the thrills of acceleration and altitude with stunning views of the atolls. Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight - no training required.

Speed Boat Tours. Explore the nearby Atolls with one of our exhilarating speed boat tours. Our team will take you to deserted private islands, hidden sandy coves, and beautiful blue lagoons where you can enjoy plenty of snorkeling.

Semi Submarine. With our semi submarines, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Above deck, soak up the beautiful views of the surrounding beaches and palm trees. Head below and you’ll be able to discover tropical fish, colorful corals, and more.

Sup Ski. Similarly to water skiing, SUP ski is an exhilarating way to explore the bay. With a stand up paddle board as your base instead of traditional water skis, it is perfect for beginners who require a little more stability on the water.


Jump onboard one of our vessels, accompanied by our expert guides and experience an unforgettable boating excursion. Discover the beauty of a sunrise fishing trip on a traditional Maldivian Dhoni. Witness the beautiful sight of playful dolphins with the ultimate sunrise or sunset backdrop, as you savour the feeling of freedom on an open sea adventure. Take a boat out on a snorkelling excursion and swim alongside thriving marine life including manta rays and turtles or experience the thrill of a whale shark sighting as you cruise the azure waters. Visit nearby islands, meet the locals and learn about the traditional Maldivian way of life. Savour serenity and peace at the nearby sandbank, Tholufushi, your own private island to spend the day or enjoy a romantic dinner under the stars.


Whale sharks can grow up to 18 meters in length and feed on tiny plankton. They are completely harmless to humans and peacefully cruise along the stretch of outside reef. There are very few places where whale sharks can be found consistently and one of them is the southernmost reef of the atoll where Sun Island Resort & Spa is located. Immerse yourself in this once in a lifetime adventure.


Have you ever wondered how the locals live in the Maldives? Begin your exciting adventure by visiting a local island and get a feel of the true Maldivian way of life. Explore the natural beauty of the island, discover picturesque spots and collect hand-crafted souvenirs. Continue the adventure by travelling to an uninhabited island nestled by turquoise lagoon waters and fringed by lush palm trees; a secluded oasis where you can snorkel to your heart`s content and recharge with a splendid barbecue lunch on the white sand.


Journey on a short 30-minute boat ride to a stunning coral garden and discover the beauty of the Maldives underwater world. Get up close to various types of schooling reef fish, turtles and even sharks. Reef sharks are perfectly safe and experiencing them in their natural habitat is a truly unforgettable moment.


Witness these beautiful mammals greet you early in the morning as they playfully glide through the lagoon waters. This excursion is one of our most popular experience to be enjoyed at sunrise or sunset. Encounter friendly Maldivian dolphins as the sun dips below the golden horizon, a truly spectacular sight.


Escape to an exotic world of breathtaking possibility, where adventure and relaxation are equally within reach. Our island is home to all sorts of wildlife, making it perfect for environmental enthusiasts.

Why not rent a bicycle and see where the beautiful green pathways will take you? Our gardeners take great pride in ensuring that every walk you take on the island allows you the opportunity to be surrounded by beauty. Whether you’re looking to take some time away from the beach or a keen bird watcher, we guarantee you’ll never be far away from the spectacular.


South Ari Atoll is the most popular region for diving in the Maldives and is one of the few places in the world where you can swim with whale sharks. The Sun Island Resort & Spa dive center, DiveOceanus, is one of the largest in the region, and its priceless location means that divers have a high chance of encountering mantas, stingrays, sharks, and a variety of other marine life. We offer a range of day and night dive excursions, snorkelling trips, and diving courses that range from Discover Scuba Diving right through to PADI Dive Master.


Araamu Spa at Sun Island Resort & Spa

Nestled in a quiet corner of our island, surrounded by swaying palms and tropical greenery, is the Araamu Spa. Taking its name from the Dhivehi word, Araamu, which means ‘a blissful state of relaxation’, this tranquil retreat is the perfect place to unwind. Spend some time in the steam bath, sauna and Jacuzzi, or indulge in a choice of traditional spa treatments - the choice is yours.

From deep tissue massages designed to relieve tension and soothe aching muscles to detoxifying facial and body treatments, all of our spa experiences will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed from head to toe.


The family friendly and adventurous Sun Island Resort & Spa invites you to escape to your own private sandbank for a Robinson Crusoe adventure of a lifetime. Be at one with nature as you explore the underwater world of South Ari Atoll and swim alongside magnificent whale sharks in protected marine areas. A rare encounter to cherish for a lifetime.

Choose our Sunset Villa and enjoy romantic evenings watching the sun dip below the horizon, opt for our Beach Pool Villa and stay just a few steps from the sandy shoreline, or if you’re in search of a peaceful overwater hideaway, our Water Bungalows tick all the boxes.

Romantic Dining. Indulge in a unique dining experience in the treetops at Zero Restaurant, sample authentic Asian flavours while soaking up views of the ocean at Sun Star, or enjoy a romantic dinner on your own private beach.

Unique Activities. From whale shark watching and paddleboarding, to peaceful cycle rides, there’s a whole host of experiences to discover. Sun Island is also home to the largest spa in the Maldives - the perfect place to indulge in a luxurious couples’ massage or enjoy a little down time between activities.

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