Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives

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The 5 star Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa offers its very own time zone for ultimate escapism and an extra hour of sunshine.

Located on the southernmost tip of Addu Atoll, this resort boasts picture-perfect beaches, a towering tropical jungle and three luminous lagoons laced with coral reefs. Secluded villas offering panoramic views and easy access to the ocean are scattered around the island alongside a 9-hole golf course.

Information & Facts

Accessibility

The beach villa closest to the main facilities is designed for wheelchair access.

Activities / Excursions Outside the Resort

Depart for a day trip on the resort’s luxury yacht to experience lunch on the equator at zero degrees latitude.

Take a historical tour of Gan for $50.00USD and explore remnants of the British naval base used during the second world war. 

Embark on a guided tour of local farms at the neighbouring island of Meedhoo and see the source of Shangri-La’s restaurant dishes. $80.00USD per person.

Nature walks are complimentary if you’re keen to explore the island’s 12 hectares of tropical foliage, with over 17, 000 coconut trees and 45 species of plants.

Explore the city of Addu on the resort’s air-conditioned minivan for $50.00USD per person. Stops include local schools, the Equatorial Convention Centre, reconverted buildings of the Royal AIr Force base and three mosques.

Best Bits for Kids

The Cool Zone kids club entertains children until 7pm with complimentary fun and educational activities. Craft a shell necklace or coconut picture frame, catch a crab and cheer it on in a race against other island crustaceans, and stay active with swimming, tennis, bike rides and yoga.

Best Bits for Parents

Swing on your private hammock suspended over the ocean while the kids delight in underwater discoveries and snorkel just a stone’s throw away. Treat yourself to a pampering spa session while the little ones head off on an island safari hunt, and enjoy family time in your private infinity pool.

Best Family Beaches

Every beach here delivers pinch-yourself perfection with crystal clear waters and soft golden sand. Serenity Bay Beach is slightly more secluded than the main beach which envelopes Javvu restaurant. Take a peaceful paddle from one to the other and explore the island in full.

Check in information

Check in from 2pm and check out by 12pm. For early morning flights, your host will put on a special breakfast spread for you to pack up and take on your journey.

Digital Detox / Digital Overload

While the kids Cool Zone is technology-free, there’s no shortage of digital lifeline in your villa. Wifi, TVs and ipod docking stations are all yours.

Endorsement Quote

I visited Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa in January and children were being entertained at every corner of the island. A perfect day started with breakfast chefs frying up dolphin-shaped pancakes, a meet and greet with the all-important coconut climbers, and a night fishing trip to seek out our own catch of the day. Of course, a day spent doing nothing but lounging around on a hammock and sitting up only to sip on a fruit cocktail isn’t all bad either.  - Rachel David

Family Traveller's Recommended Family Rooms

The 2-bedroom beach villas offer ample space for families of four. Complete with a private infinity pool and sun-drenched terrace, the villa charms with lavish bathtubs and open-air showers as it blurs the transition from indoors to outdoors. Enjoy complimentary Wifi and a home theatre system as you make the very difficult decision of which bedding to choose from your personal pillow menu.

Fitness Centre

The Island health club provides extensive gym equipment and a range of activities including fit-ball classes, yoga, beach frisbee and a separate sauna and steam room.

Food & Drink

Javvu:

Breakfast at Javvu is a buffet like no other. As well as on-demand pancakes, omelettes, waffles, fruit and pastries, you can indulge in traditional Maldivian cuisine, which includes the must-have mas-huni - a delicious chapati filled with coconut, tuna, onion and chilli. The freshly-made juice smoothies are also a welcome treat as you pick the best seat for spotting stingrays, turtles and small sharks on the shore. Open for A la carte lunching, light meals and dinner, Javvu caters for international palates with children-friendly pizza, burgers and pasta.

Dr. Ali’s:

Inspired by the travel adventures of a legendary and much-loved local doctor, Dr Ali’s specialises in fine cuisine from the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea and Arabian Gulf. Taste the traditional Maldivian yellowfin tuna curry cooked with local addu spices and accompany it with tandoor roti bread.

Dine By Design:

Gastronomic wow-factor comes in the form of the resort’s Dine by Design experience in a secluded setting of your choice. Whether you choose the comfort of your own villa, a torch-lit dinner in the jungle or a beachfront barbecue, your personal chef will tantalise your tastebuds in style.

Getting There

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is a 70-minute flight from Malé International Airport and a five-minute boat ride from Gan International Airport on Addu Atoll.

Hotel Shop

In addition to the beauty salon and foreign exchange, the island hosts a selection of souvenir, fashion and jewellery shops.

Hotel Vibe

A unique combination of decadent luxury and the friendly warmth of Maldivian hospitality. From personal outdoor showers to butler service on tap, every effort has been made to offer pure privacy for guests. Those who wish to mingle with fellow residents can enjoy sundowner cocktails and live music at the beach bar. 

Kids Clubs

For children aged 4-12, the Cool Zone activities include crab racing, the Villingili safari hunt, crafting shell necklaces and coconut picture frames, a pirate treasure hunt, multiple fitness options including swimming, tennis and yoga, and an education of underwater creatures surrounding the resort.

Location

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is the only Maldivian resort located south of the equator. Home to Mount Villingili, the highest point in the Maldives, the paradise island is surrounded by incredible coral reefs and dive sites including the British Loyalty shipwreck from World War II.

Perfect For

Families looking for the best of both worlds with an equal mix of activity and relaxation.

Active families can burn off energy with a range of sporting activities.

Foodie families can enjoy a lunch of local ingredients fresh from the chef’s garden.

Pools

In addition to private plunge pools in your villa, there is also a communal infinity pool and jacuzzi with unbeatable views of the azure blue lagoon.

Rooms

The all-villa resort offers palatial paradise in varying forms. Choose a treehouse villa perched atop the lush tropical jungle or a stilted water villa for easy access to the ocean. Each luxurious abode is fringed with Middle Eastern and Indian design elements and an overwhelming sense of space. Perfecting the home away from home vibe are personal bathrobes and slippers, 24 hour in-villa dining and push bikes to travel across the island.

Spa & Pampering for Adults

CHI, The Spa offers a wide selection of locally inspired pamper sessions and a beautiful garden setting. When you’ve finished in steam rooms and a yoga pavillion, try the Kanu Boli treatment, which uses a natural cowrie shell to soothe tired muscles while warm coconut oil is drizzled across your body. 

Spa & Wellbeing for Kids

CHI, The Spa is for adults only but children over 12 may experience a treatment if they have a signed parental consent form.

Sports

Golfing on the 9-hole course, water sports, jogging trails, yoga, tennis, badminton, fishing, scuba diving and beach frisbee.

Things to do in the area

The resort offers a host of guided tours for couples and families to enjoy around Addu Atoll. From historical and farming excursions to cycling tracks and nature walks, each trip gives guests an insight into local Maldivian life.

Room Service

Those unwilling to tear themselves away from the private terrace can order non-judgemental and 24-hour room service for culinary delights that range from traditional curry to pizza, pasta and refreshing milkshakes.

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