Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives

Top choice resort in Addu Atoll

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8.9 out of 10

This enormous but beautifully and thoughtfully conceived island ranks among the absolute top resorts in Maldives. It's right in the south of the country, but well worth the extra travel time. The vast water villas, great beaches and selection of super amenities will satisfy even the most demanding travellers.

The island is huge, enough so that the resort has its own nine-hole golf course, which includes Maldives' highest natural point – a dizzying 5m! The island also boasts three freshwater lakes, giving it more topographic variety than most other resorts.

The accommodation is a highlight. Middle Eastern- and Indian-influenced decor, Nespresso machines and vast bathrooms can be found in all rooms. With the exception of the water villas, all seven categories come with their own private pool. Particularly impressive are the palatial water villas, which are at least twice the size of those usually found in luxury resorts, and the treehouse-style villas; raised off the ground, these look and feel like a luxury version of Swiss Family Robinson, complete with a raised infinity pool.

There are three restaurants here. The main restaurant, Dr Ali’s, is effectively three restaurants in one, with separate chefs specialising in Indian, Chinese and Arabic flavours. There's also Javvu, which overlooks the beach and serves up Mediterranean cuisine, and the stunning Fashala fine-dining restaurant, which requires advance bookings. The rest of the resort is just as impressive, with first-rate, white powder-sand beaches, the incredibly lavish CHI spa, a full gym that includes a sauna and steam room, the superb Cool Zone kids club, two tennis courts, dive and water sports centres and a great reef for snorkelling.

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Creating harmony with nature, Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa offers luxurious villas in Maldive's Addu Atoll. It has free WiFi access throughout the property including all rooms. Boasting a white sandy beach, it has an infinity pool, a spa and a 9-hole golf course, the only one of its kind in the Maldives. Surrounded by tropical greenery and offering ample privacy, the air-conditioned villas are equipped with a 40-inch flat-screen TV, BOSE DVD player and an iPod with a docking station. Extras include a Nespresso machine, dental kit and slippers. With the exception of the over-water villas, they also offer a private pool. Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa is a 70-minute flight from Malé International Airport and a 5-minute boat ride from Gan Airport on Addu Atoll. Guests can cycle to explore the neighbouring islands, work out at the fitness centre, practise yoga or enjoy a scenic jog on the marked trails. Water activities include kayaking, scuba-diving and cruising on a luxury yacht. Soothing spa treatments are offered at CHI - The Spa. Union Pay is accepted. Dr. Ali's serves a range of culinary specialties from the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea and the Arabian Gulf. Jaavu offers al fresco dining around the clock, with dishes from around the world. Mediterranean-inspired recipes with local produce from the neighbouring farms and fresh seafood can ne enjoyed at Fashala Lounge. Drinks can be enjoyed at Endheri, Manzaru Bar or M-Lounge. Guests can enjoy Dine by Design with menus tailor-made by the Chef in an exclusive destination on the island.

Important information

Please note that the property has a gala dinner as USD 616 (all inclusive taxes per adult 12 years and above) & USD 308 (all inclusive taxes 6 - 11.99 years old).

TRANSFER DETAILS (excluded from room rate):
Please note that the property is only accessible by the following mode of transfer:

Domestic Flight transfer takes 70 minutes from Male International Airport (20 kg + 5 kg hand luggage per person). The return rates are:

Adult: USD 430, round trip, inclusive of all taxes
Child (02 years to 11.99 years): transfer rate USD 380 per child, per stay and 20 kg + 5 kg hand luggage allowance.
Infant (0-1.99 years): travel on parents’ lap, free of charge and no luggage allowance.

· Rates are inclusive of all taxes and charges
· Rates are inclusive of meet & greet service at Velana International Airport
· Rates are inclusive of access to Moonimaa Lounge in Domestic Terminal on arrival
· Rates are inclusive of shared speedboat transfer Gan – Resort – Gan
· Excess baggage fee is approximately US$ 4 per kg, payable by guest at the airport counter or charged to the bill upon check out
· Private aircraft charter is available upon request
· Reconfirmation of guest names and estimated time of arrival into and out of Malé is required no later than 7 days prior to arrival in order to confirm reservation
· Reservation name must be identical to the name in the passenger’s passport otherwise guest will not be given permission to board aircraft. Name changes made after confirmation will incur a handling fee
· All arrivals and departures to the resort are to be booked and routed through the Resort’s Reservations department
· Rates are subject to changes by the domestic flight operators and/or any government fuel surcharges.

Guests must send arrival and departure flight details directly to the property at least 72 hours prior to arrival. Please get in touch with the property for details on baggage restrictions.

Children under 6 years will eat for free based on the rules and meal-plan accompanied by an adult, excluding alcoholic beverages.
Maximum 2 free kids per unit paid.
Mandatory green tax of USD 6 per child per night will be charged.

Please note that the property has a mandatory Gala Dinner on December 31, 2019 and 24th December 2019. All charges are to be paid at the property directly. Rates are as follows:

24th December 2019:
Adult (12 years and above) - US$ 270 nett per person on bed and breakfast rate
Child (6 years -11.99 years old) - USD 135 nett per person on bed and breakfast rate.

31st December 2019:
USD 616 per person 12 years and above on bed and breakfast rate.
Child (6 years -11.99 years old) - USD 325 nett per person on bed and breakfast rate.

Please present the same credit card used to guarantee your booking when checking in / making the payment at the hotel. Please note that property may contact the cardholder for verification purposes.

Due to safety and privacy concerns the operation of unmanned aerial systems or drones by any of guests including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists is prohibited.

Room Decoration

Features of Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Room service
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Business centre
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Ironing service
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Shoeshine
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage
  • Concierge service


  • Tennis court
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Airport shuttle
  • Fishing
  • Babysitting/child services
  • Barber/beauty shop
  • Family rooms
  • Games room
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Internet services
  • Currency exchange
  • Children's playground
  • Table tennis
  • Gift shop
  • Windsurfing
  • Darts
  • Canoeing
  • Bbq facilities
  • Cycling
  • Tour desk
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Shops (on site)
  • Wifi
  • Allergy-free room
  • Designated smoking area
  • Snack bar
  • Sun terrace
  • Bikes available (free)
  • Entertainment staff
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Trouser press
  • Water sport facilities (on site)
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Kids' club
  • Beachfront
  • Evening entertainment
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Indoor play area
  • Kids' outdoor play equipment
  • Baby safety gates
  • Children television networks
  • Kid meals
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Higher level toilet
  • Emergency cord in bathroom


  • Sauna
  • Fitness centre
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage
  • Outdoor pool


  • Newspapers
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Safety deposit box
  • Air conditioning


  • Free WiFi available