Shangri La's Villingili Resort and Spa

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‘Stare into the face of beauty’

Expansive beautiful grounds are the hallmark of the Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa – the first luxury resort in the Maldives located south of the equator. Here, a 3km long island that gives home to 17000 coconut trees, banyan trees and natural dense vegetation provides the perfect respite. Overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean, it is difficult to imagine a more perfect setting. Accommodation at the resort is expansive and mostly with private pools; all villas enjoy a good degree of privacy and are carefully placed around the island and accessed by pathways. The hotel extended its already impressive leisure offering with the country's first 9-hole golf course which opened early 2012, it features amazing Indian Ocean views along its predominantly par-3 / 123 yard holes.

Whilst this hotel is incredibly private, with its wonderful self-contained villas with private pools it carefully presents ocean experiences, countryside walks and sports. Unlike many paradise islands Villingili will satisfy both the escapist and adventurer in equal measure'

The Serene villas demonstrate Middle Eastern flair featuring sienna brown, vanilla and soothing turquoise as primary colours;  the use of sun bleached wood perfectly reflects the resort’s surroundings and each substantial villa enjoys extremely generous proportions internally as well as expansive garden and pool areas. There are choices of one and two pavilions, land and water locations plus two larger, individual villas.

Generic amenities include:

• Open-air and indoor shower
• Maximum occupancy 2 adults and 2 children (extra beds)
• Oval bathtub
• His & hers vanities
• iPod docking station
• 40’ LCD television
• Bose DVD player
• Nespresso machine
• Minibar
• Complimentary broadband internet access
• IDD telephone
• Personal safe
• Voicemail
• 24-hour villa host service
• Meet & greet at Male & Gan Airports
• Complimentary airport shuttle transfer

Room type selection:

Beach Villa with Private Pool

Textured stone walls, rustic design features and contemporary Asian design set over two pavilions with living space and bedroom on separate sides. Located on an isolated beachfront setting they are accessed through a substantial external timber doorway and give the feeling of a singular island retreat.

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 93sqm internal / 189sqm total space
• One bedroom villa
• Two pavilions (living space / bed & bathroom space)
• Stunning ocean views
• Private terrace leading to the beach
• Thatched roof entry gate
• Landscaped courtyard


Deluxe Pool Villa with Private Pool

Nestled in rich vegetation and enjoying views of the sea from the pool and sundeck these villas are subtly refined with modern Asian design and furnishings and discreet flashes of colour. These Deluxe Pool Villas are located behind the secluded shores of the island and feature their own spacious garden and intimate coral beach front.

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 189sqm total area
• One bedroom
• Indoor and outdoor shower
• Ocean views
• Private infinity pool


Ocean View Villa with Private Pool

With stunning views of the ocean that unfold like a living canvas of sparkling surf, Ocean View Villas are appropriately named, perched on stilts three metres above the ground for the ultimate over-water experience.

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 218sqm internal space
• Infinity pool
• External sun deck
• Open air terrace
• Stunning ocean views


Pool Villa with Private Pool

Overlooking the beach from their on-shore position, these Pool Villas are subtly refined with modern Asian design and furnishings and discreet flashes of colour.

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 79sqm internal space 133sqm total
• One bedroom
• Private pool
• External terrace
• Open air shower plus oval bathtub


Tree House Villa with Private Pool

Perched on stilts three metres above the ground, these spacious abodes boast panoramic perspectives of the resort’s surf and lagoons situated on the island’s livelier ocean side and offer a true luxury tree-house experience

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 87sqm / 231sqm total space
• One Bedroom
• Private infinity pool
• Large patio and sundeck
• Sensational ocean views

Tree-house villa

Two Bed Room Beach Villa (2 bedroom with private pool)

Relax in the spaciousness of one of ten Two Bedroom Villas. These luxurious and tastefully decorated villas are located adjacent to one another, making them ideal for families or travelling companions wanting both privacy and close proximity.

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 224sqm internal space
• Infinity Pool
• Large patio sun deck
• Two pavilions (living space / bed & bathroom space)
• Two bedrooms
• Stunning ocean views
• Private terrace leading to the beach
• Thatched roof entry gate
• Landscaped courtyard


Villa Laalu with Private Pool (2 bedroom with private pool)

Featuring carefully selected artwork and Asian artefacts Villa Laalu continues to present bespoke design and features to make this villa the jewel in the crown of Villingili Resort and Spa. The villa has high ceilings to both bedrooms in addition to vast relaxation and dining areas both indoors and out.

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 957sqm total space
• Two bedrooms
• Master bedroom has luxurious raised tub for two
• Cascading water feature
• Spa pavilion
• Infinity edge pool


Villa Muthee with Private Pool

Meaning Pearl in local Dhivehi language, this stunning one-of-a-kind sanctuary is definitely a jewel in the sea at Villingili; with the choicest of décor, the stunning over-water setting and an abundance of relaxation space you will find this the ultimate getaway.

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 570sqm total space
• One bedroom
• Spacious bathroom
• Walk-in wardrobe
• Dressing area
• Spa pavilion
• Infinity edge pool

Villa Muthee

Water Villa

Connected to the island by a timber walkway these over water villas are built on stilts over the resort’s lagoon providing the perfect island experience.

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 94sqm / 166sqm total space
• One bedroom villa
• Spacious bathroom
• Day bed overlooking the Indian Ocean
• Open air terrace



• CHI Spa featuring therapies based on ancient Chinese and Himalayan traditions
• Yoga pavilion
• Snorkelling in the resort’s house reef and snorkelling gardens close to the shoreline are suitable for beginners
• Sea sports and dive centre
• Excursions and activities such as deep sea fishing and kayaking
• Tennis courts


An expansive gym and fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment and exercise classes.

• Four boutiques
• Wedding pavilion
• Medical centre


The hotel boasts its own 9-hole golf course which was opened in 2012 and developed with great sensitivity towards the natural environment where a diversity of palms, pandanus and other exotic plants may be found. Guests will find a fun course, with holes being mainly par 3 and an average of 123 yards in length; they will be treated to a lush tropical landscape along the route as well as spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.

Meal Plan Options

Important: This meal plan information is designed to act as a guide only and is subject to changes made by the hotel at any time; this may alter the restaurants and menus available during your stay

Meal Plan Options

Bed & Breakfast
• Breakfast in Javvu Restaurant
• In-villa breakfast charged as per menu
Half Board
• Dinner in all restaurants from Resort selected menu
Full Board
• Lunch & dinner in all restaurants from Resort selected menu
Please note:
• Compulsory meals plans may be in operation during the festive season
• Child discounts apply
• In-villa dining and themed evenings at extra charge


  • Dr Ali’s Restaurant & Bar

    Seats 122. Arabic, Indian, Cantonese, Vietnamese Cuisine. Named after a well-loved, legendary Maldivian doctor, this simple, fresh collection of dining rooms reflects Dr Ali’s creativity using adventurous natural herbs and spices in its cuisine. His knowledge of plants was extensively used both in medical treatments and food preparation and chef’s now replicate his adventurous dishes to bring you aromatic, mouth-watering meals in many oriental and middle-eastern styles. The dining rooms are split into Oriental, Arabian and South China Sea each presenting innovative dishes using the freshest of ingredients and an abundance of flavour. Guests may enjoy drinks in the bar before and after their unique dining experience in the style of their choice.

  • Javvu Restaurant

    Seats 144. International Cuisine. A feeling of sophisticated exposure is at the core of your dining at Javvu as you sit under seven-metre high ceilings and inhale the fresh air flowing gently from the adjacent sea. Decor is dark woods, leather and woven white chairs providing a supremely comfortable experience conducive to leisurely dining – this is not a place you will want to rush! As an all-day venue guests will find gourmet breakfasts and a quality cafe by day whilst by night a refined western selection will tempt every palate.

  • Fashala Lounge

    Seats 54. Seafood restaurant. Overlooking the magnificent Indian Ocean, capturing sublime sunrises over breakfast and sunsets over cocktails, Fashala Lounge needs little to enhance its natural beauty. Situated at the northern tip of the island it uses naturally sculptured and sun-bleached woods with contemporary understated furniture to complete its simple perfection. Dining features the freshest ingredients and specialties include locally caught fish seasoned and cooked to your liking. Guests may enjoy sounds of the ocean as well as smooth Jazz and down-tempo beats as they choose from an international selection of vintage wines and sophisticated tipples.

  • Manzaru Bar

    Seats 18. Snacks & beverages. Meaning ‘view’ Manzaru is aptly named as it overlooks the lagoon, beach and jetty the picture framed by swaying palm trees; a place to watch the world drift slowly by whilst sipping and snacking and making new friends.

  • Endheri Pool Bar

    Seats 55. Snacks & Beverages. Comfortable and informal bar at the heart of the resort ideal for serious chilling! There is always a sound of some sort here whether it is live acoustics or up-tempo evening beats or dance and DJ; call in at any time of day or evening for refreshments and socialising.

  • Dine by Design

    Whether your desire is to sit cross-legged on a beach with a gourmet picnic or at a fine table in a secret location eating a bespoke selection of chef’s specials, dining at Shangri-La’s Villingili can be as surprising as you want it to be. The island has a rich, diverse and beautifully natural interior with tranquil, dramatic locations perfect for enjoying a special meal with friends; the sands offer a contrasting ambience with far-reaching views and soft breezes perfect for romantic dinners or fun barbecues. Let the master chefs create a memorable evening for you to savour.

The island is situated south of the equator and is home to green turtles, eagle ray, lobsters, reef sharks and many species of tropical reef fish, not to mention some truly wondrous corals

• 70 minutes by plane from Male International Airport
• 8 minute boat ride from Gan airport on Addu atoll
• 6km of coastline and 2km of white sandy beach
• Five nearby islands located on a 17 kilometre road
• Very close to around 25 dive sites teeming with marine life
• Many nature trails to be explored
• 30 minute boat ride to the 140 metre ‘British Loyalty’ shipwreck

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, welcomes families with children year around. Pool Villas, Beach Villas and 2-Bed Beach Villas are suitable for families staying with children

Two children under 12 years may stay on complimentary Bed and Breakfast basis with two extra beds when sharing the same villa with the parents

• Children’s menus in all restaurants
• Fresh baby food (upon request) in all restaurants
• Two children under  6 years may dine on complimentary basis for all meals in the main restaurant when dining with a paying parent.

• 2 kilometre long white sandy beach perfect for children

• Shallow area of the lagoon is suitable for children under parent’s supervision

Swimming pool
• Shallow areas of the main pool as well as the guest villa pools would be suitable for children under an adult supervision

• Available from 08.00 to 18.00 around the main pool and the Beach area

• Resident Doctor & medical clinic available 24 hours

• Baby high chairs
• Baby cribs
• Bottle sterilisers
• Nappies
• Baby wipes
• Baby lotion
• Baby powder
• Baby shampoo (Johnson’s brand)


Family entertainment / activities
• Guided Snorkelling trips
• Discover Addu tour
• Nature Walk
• Dolphin watching

Children’s Club
• 4 to 11 years
Opening times
• 09.00 to 19.00
• Complimentary

Cool Zone Club Activities indoor
• Imaginative arts and crafts 

Cool zone Club Activities outdoor

Nature discovery
• Nature walk
• Natures garden
• Crab hunting and racing
• Sand exploration
• Nature painting

Jungle Enchantment
• Jungle Jog
• Scavenger hunt
• Finger painting
• Jungle masks
• Origami with coconut leaves
• Starfish crafts

Fitness Fun
• Fitness stretch
• My sea turtle
• Games
• Badminton clinic
• Sailboat crafts

Island Vitality
• Island Trek
• Sand activities
• Island tag
• Island tennis
• Bodu Beru Drums
• Adventurers Yoga

Beach Wonders
• Beach run & discovery
• Shells collection, designing & necklace-making
• Limbo Rock
• Sandcastles

Maldivian Ways
• Outdoor meditation
• Maldives discovery and arts
• Henna tattoo
• Coconut boats & regatta
• Magic tricks

Pirates of Villingili
• Selection of pirate themed games and activities

Teen Activities (local charges may apply)
• Suitable entertainment centre with board games, video games, pool, billiards
• Banana Boat rides
• Swimming lessons
• Teen Tennis

• Advanced booking required
Ages catered
• 00 – 11 Years
• Two children - 1 babysitter
• More than two children - 2 babysitters
• From £13 per hour to £21.50 per hour after midnight (prices are approximate and for guidance only)



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