Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives

Top choice in Addu Atoll

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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

TRANSFER DETAILS: Please note that the property is only accessible by the following mode of transfer: Domestic Flight transfer takes 70 minutes from Male International Airport. The return rates are: Adult: USD 550, round trip, inclusive of all taxes Child: USD 450, round trip, inclusive of all taxes Infant: USD 150, round trip, inclusive of all taxes 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. CHILD POLICY: 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. GALA DINNER: Please note that the property has a mandatory Gala Dinner on December 31, 2018. All charges are to be paid at the property directly. Rates are as follows: USD 500 per adult, inclusive of all taxes USD 345 per child, inclusive of all taxes GENERAL POLICIES: 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. HONEYMOON BENEFITS: Room Decoration

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

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Restaurant (à la carte)
  • Restaurant (buffet)


  • 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
  • Books, dvds, music for children
  • 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