Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives
Addu Atoll, Maldives
based on 7 nights
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
per person based on 2 people sharing a pool villa with private pool on a bed & breakfast basis, including domestic flights from Male to Gan and shared speedboat transfers to the Island.
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
Best time to Visit
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Alice Moseley (Staff)
For the younger guests, Shangri-La has a great children's club, enjoying the space indoors and out. For teenagers and adults, there is the dive center with the fantastic house reef to explore. For those who want more of an adrenalin rush there is windsurfing, sailing and kite surfing which can be watched while sitting at the pool bar sipping a cocktail.
Clare Monro (Staff)
The Shangri-La is a large island with lots to do, and its lakes give it a totally unique feature for the Maldives. It is also quite a good choice for history buffs as neighboring island Gan was a British base during World War II and Villingili itself was occupied with some original structures still dotted around the resort. The food is very good quality, particularly at Dr Ali's, where guests can choose from three different cuisines. Despite being large, personal bicycles make it very easy to get around. The house reef is excellent.
Susie Reynolds (Staff)
Fantastic! on word to describe this place. The villas are sumptuous, the island is fascinating and the service is second to none - if there is a rival for Reethi Rah this is it.
It is SO different from any other resort in the Maldives, not last due to it's sheer size - over 3km long it is home to fresh water lakes - quite a surprise when we are used to tiny sand spits further north playing host to 100 villas. The make up of the island feels more like Thailand by comparison to its counterparts. One side of the island faces the ocean and as a result villas on this side do not essentially have white sandy beach but they do come at a discount along with a private pool and fabulous views from the Tree House Villas in particular. If you do want a great beach the other side of the island hosts a fantastic main beach as well as beach villas for those who want to open their doors to sand between their toes and then there are the enormous water villas!
This resort really suits both couples and families. it has a super kids club but there is so much room on the island that you can get away from the smaller fraternity if you so desire.
The dining options are second to none and history of the island is fascinating - there is still evidence from the military use of the island. So much contrast - if you're worried about going to The Maldives and being bored - come here - it's a bit further but worth it!
Mrs Michelle Thorley (Guest)
Vilingilli is an excellent resort and a good balance between family friendly and exclusive. [The site] is much more natural [than some competitors] and well equipped without being too over the top.
In Vilingilli we used the watersports, tennis, scuba diving and a few or the organized trips. All were excellent. The trips were good. The Scuba team were excellent with an interesting range of dives. The beach equipment gave
plenty of choice. The tennis coach was a really nice chap.
Susie Reynolds (Staff)
I wasnt sure what to expect from a group, largely renowned for business hotels in the East, but I was more than pleasantly surprised by their fabulous leisure property in the south of The Maldives. The domestic flight down to Gan is very comfortable and far more reliable than waiting for the seaplanes to take you to midways resorts and the transfer by boat was a skip and a jump form the airport. It is an ENITIRELY different resort to any other in The Maldives and should not be compared to other islands further north. As part of the old RAF and Naval bases, reminders are scattered round the island which is over 3km in length and is also home to three freshwater lakes. One side of the island faces the ocean and does not benefit from such a good beach with lots of coral and rougher waters, however, all villas have pools and the saving you make on these residences is well worth it when you can stroll to the main beach should you want the sand between your toes. This side is also home to the fabulous Tree House Villas set on stilts with magnificent views over the jungle and ocean, they are truly unique to Shangri La.
The lagoon side of the island is far calmer with a glorious powder, white, sandy beach (and a premium on the villas to match) and is where youll find many of the public facilities and water villas. Close by in the center of the island, the kids club, gym and all manner of other facilities are superbly set up and accessible.
The villas themselves are vast and opulent. If you can stretch to a Beach Villa with Pool go for it - but the water villas are fairly fabulous too! Sadly the twin beach villas and villas with a separate sitting room are spread over two separate pavilions with no interior connecting doors which does not make it ideal for younger families who want to sleep in separate rooms but for slightly older children, it is a fantastic option!
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Addu Atoll, Maldives
Situated in the very South of The Maldives, Addu Atoll extends across the Equator and into the southern hemisphere.
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