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.
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.