Shangri-La's Villingili Resort

Addu Atoll, Maldives

Shangri-La's Villingili Resort is a beautiful island situated to the south of the equator on Addu Atoll. The lush vegetation, acres of coconut palms and 9 hole golf course sets it apart from every other Maldivian resort.

At a Glance

  • The natural, dense vegetation of the island sets it apart from many other resorts in the Maldives - the island has 12 hectares of lush foliage, towering banyan trees, 17,000 coconut trees, 45 species of plants, three natural lagoons and nature trails for guests to explore

  • The first of its kind in the Maldives, The Villingili Golf Course is nestled on seven and a half hectares at the southern end of Villingili Island - spectacular sights await at each of the nine holes

  • The creation of a snorkeling garden close to the resort’s shoreline is an ideal site for snorkellers and children

  • A fantastic spot for kite surfing

  • Perched on stilts among the treetops are the Tree House Villas - secluded, private island hideaways

Diving, Family, Beach, Spa & health

Insider's View

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Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

No need to pack your clubs to enjoy Shangri-La's nine-hole golf course with views of the Indian Ocean as an added bonus.

Clare Monro

Insider's View

The best way to get around the island is by bicycle. It makes everything much more accessible.

Alice Moseley

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Set in the very south of the Maldives, this fabulous and stylish property combines beautiful beaches with both local and British military history, as a result of the British Naval, and later RAF, airbase occupying the neighboring island of Gan from 1941 to 1976, evidence of which remains today on both Gan and Villingili.

The resort is surrounded by lush vegetation, including 17,000 coconut trees, and over six kilometers of picturesque coastline with nearly two kilometers of white-sand beaches. Stylishly furnished accommodation includes private ocean retreats and tropical tree house villas - unique to the Maldives - with superb views. Guests can enjoy a tempting selection of dining and entertainment facilities, innovative treatments at CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, and a variety of aquatic leisure activities, or explore by bicycle the five neighboring islands connected by a 17-kilometer road. Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa is the first luxury resort in the Maldives to be located south of the equator. Those seeking an experience with a difference can enjoy a cruise on a luxury yacht with lunch on the equator.

The resort has a selection of fine restaurants to cater for a variety of tastes and experiences. Dr. Ali’s leads the restaurant selection with three distinctive living rooms that focus on fine cuisine from the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea and the Arabian Gulf that offers a unique Maldives dining experience whereas Javvu offers quality café dining during the day and refined Western cuisine in the evening. In addition there are four exceptional bars and lounges, offering a variety of atmospheric milieux for chilling out or energizing.

The natural, dense vegetation of the island sets it apart from many other Maldives resorts. The three-kilometer-long island has 12 hectares of lush foliage, towering banyan trees, 17,000 coconut trees, 45 species of plants, three natural lagoons and nature trails for guests to explore.


From private ocean retreats to tropical tree houses, villas at Villingili Resort & Spa offer luxurious accommodations with sensational sea views. Seven distinctly styled villas are each equipped with modern conveniences and luxurious amenities. These Maldivian luxury homes exude a sense of serenity, with touches of Middle Eastern and Indian elements in the décor. All villas include: 40 inch LCD TV, Bose DVD player, wifi, iPod docking station, open air and indoor showers, oval bathtub, phone, safe, Nespresso machine and minibar.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Shangri-La's Villingili Resort. The Cool Zone for children is the place to find toys, educational activities and lots of fun land and beach-based activities. Open from 9am until 7pm for guests aged between 4 and 12 years of age. There is also a babysitting service on offer for those that may require it.


Shangri-La's Villingili Resort boasts a spa, a dive center, watersports center, tennis, gym, private decompression chamber, eco center, 24-hour business center, child care, florist, photo processing service, wireless internet, business center, medical center.

The restaurants at Shangri-La's Villingili Resort are well-catered to eating and drinking pleasures. Dr. Ali’s is the main restaurant with three distinctive living rooms that focus on fine cuisine inspiration from the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea and the Arabian Gulf. For delicious café dining throughout the day and sophisticated Western fare in the evening, Javvu will please you. And if you are after a unique Maldives dining experience, find it as you lunch aboard a luxury yacht while cruising on the equator - a truly memorable experience.

Dr Ali's

The exceptional Dr. Ali's has three distinctive, Eastern-style living rooms representing the different cultures and cuisines of the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea and the Arabian Gulf.


Fashala’s spectacular views of the ocean sets the perfect mood for a romantic gourmet evening. The restaurant serves fine dining cuisine featuring local produce from the surrounding waters and neighboring farms.


Javvu is the resort’s all-day-dining restaurant. It features quality café dining in the day and refined Western cuisine in the evening, including prime steaks and seafood, with a touch of the Mediterranean.


There are a range of water-based activities such as wave-surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing or deep-sea fishing. Flat seas and dependable trade winds guarantee ideal conditions for sailing and windsurfing. For diving enthusiasts, there are more than 25 dive sites teeming with marine life. The land based activities include a fully equipped gym and Health Club, an entertainment center, an Eco Center, a children's cool zone and two tennis courts. The Shangri-La boasts the only golf course in the Maldives, covering nine holes. There are also five neighboring islands which are linked together by a 17-kilometer road along which guests can do cycling trips.

Location & Directions

Addu Atoll, Maldives

Situated in the very South of The Maldives, Addu Atoll extends across the Equator and into the southern hemisphere.

When to go

The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.

February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian vacation week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.

Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.

Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.

The surfing season runs from March to October, which is when resorts are cheapest.

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