Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives
Billing itself as the Maldives’ first and only resort south of the equator, the Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives is a newer hotel consisting of 142 villas and suites, 60 of which are water villas on stilts over the lagoon. This is a serious 5-star resort with excellent facilities and service to match, making it ideal for a honeymoon or romantic retreat. At the same time, they have extensive family services, so it’s a good all-around choice.
In addition to the water villas and beach villas the resort offers treehouse villas, perched on stilts in the trees, including a private pool on the terrace. Being south of the equator, this is the most remote of all Maldives resorts, although there is a small town on a nearby island, and an international airport where private planes can land, so it could be extremely convenient for those with their own aircraft.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is located on Villingili Island in the Addu Atoll, approximately 600 kilometers south of main island of Malé in the Maldives.
60 Water villas
82 Island suites and villas
Beds: One kingsize
Area: 1,787 sq ft (166 m²) including decks
Entertainment system: 40-inch LCD TV, Bose DVD player, iPod docking station.
Room service: Available
Special room features
- Luxurious oval bathtub
- Open-air shower
- Nespresso machine
- IDD telephone with voice mail
- Personal safe
- Two-level sundeck with lagoon access
- Daybeds and lounge space
- Low season online specials from US$799 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,723 per night
*Sea-plane return transfer from Malé Airport: US$500 per adult
Restaurants and bars
- Dr. Ali’s
- Scuba Diving
- Water ski, mono ski, wake and knee board
- Fishing, including deep-sea fishing and traditional Maldivian night fishing
- Fun tubes and banana rides
- Catamaran sailing
- Wind surfing
- Paddle boards
- Private boat charter
- Kite Surfing
- Small dhoni sailing
- Guided walking tours
- Underwater trails and coral gardens
- Guided bike tours in Addu
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La is located in its own spa village within the resort, offering a wide array of 5-star treatments.
- Sunset sailing on the resort’s luxury yacht “Horizon”
- Dolphin cruise
- Night fishing
- Big game fishing
What the reviews say
Reviews for the Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives are overwhelmingly positive, which isn’t too surprising considering this is one of the most expensive 5-star resorts in the Maldives. Still, the location, the service, the rooms, and the food all get very high marks from nearly every past guest.
A few reviews mention that service can be a bit slow at times, however this seems to be true at nearly every resort in the world occasionally. Others mention that the beach itself has sand that isn’t the softest on your feet. However, overall guests rave about this resort and pledge to return, so it’s one of the best-reviewed hotels in the area.
To reach Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort you must first fly to Male International Airport. From there you’ll board another plane for a 70-minute flight to Gan International Airport in the Addu Atoll, after which you’ll be greeted by hotel staff and helped aboard a speedboat for the 8-minute journey to the resort. Alternatively, you can fly to Gan Airport from Hong Kong, or from anywhere else on a private plane.
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