Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa

Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa is the first luxury resort in the Maldives to be located south of the equator. Offering guests a stylish experience in a spacious, all-villa environment, Shangrila Maldives is surrounded by lush vegetation, including 17,000 coconut trees, and over six kilometres of picturesque coastline with nearly two kilometres of white-sand beaches. Stylishly furnished accommodation includes private ocean retreats and tropical tree house villas - unique to the Maldives - with superb views. Guests can enjoy a tempting selection of dining and entertainment facilities, innovative treatments at CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, and a variety of aquatic leisure activities, or explore by bicycle the five neighbouring islands connected by a 17-kilometre road. Those seeking an experience with a difference can enjoy a cruise on a luxury yacht with lunch on the equator. The resort is a 70-minute flight from Malé and an eight-minute boat ride from Gan Airport on Addu Atoll.



Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa

From private ocean retreats to tropical tree houses these villas with sensational views, accommodation is available in five six distinct styles that sets them apart from other Maldives luxury villas, each equipped with an iPod docking station, and many luxurious amenities. The mood throughout all these Maldives villas is one of serenity, with touches of Middle Eastern and Indian elements. 15 Pool villas, located onshore, feature a private pool, terrace and open-air shower and overlook the beach. There's a range of 29 Beach Villas including 20 Twin Beach Villas - ideal for families and two couples travelling - located in a garden setting complete with an infinity pool and a large roof patio and sundeck. Perched on stilts above the tree-line, luxury 16 Tree House Villas offer guests a unique view of the surf, lagoons and the island's lush green surroundings. And, connected to the island by a timber walkway, 60 Water Villas feature a spacious bathroom with an oval bathtub and a day bed where guests can view the ocean from the comfort of their villa. 2 presidential villas – Villa Muthee & Villa Laalu - offering the ultimate in luxury complete the collection


Restaurant at Shangri-La Villingili Resort

Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives restaurants are well catered for eating and drinking pleasures. Dr. Ali's leads the restaurant selection with three distinctive living rooms that focus on fine cuisine from the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea and the Arabian Gulf that offers a unique Maldives dining experience whereas Javvu offers quality café dining during the day and refined Western cuisine in the evening. Those seeking an experience with a difference can take a cruise on a luxury yacht for lunch on the equator. Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa has four exceptional bars and lounges, offering a variety of atmospheric milieu for chilling out or energizing.Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Award-winning Executive Chef Emil Minev has more than 20 years of international culinary experience. He trained under the guidance of acclaimed chefs in prestigious cooking institute including the Alain Ducasse Formation Centre in Paris, El Bulli in Barcelona, and Le Cordon Bleu Institute in London. Creative and contemporary, Chef Emil likes to tailor his cuisine according to the fresh local products available. Inspired by the variety of local ingredients found in the surrounding waters and neighbouring local farms, Chef Emil promises to delight guests with innovative recipes where fresh tuna fuses with papaya and where coconut metamorphoses into a subtle dessert.

Facilities and other features

Kids & Young Adults

Located in the Village, The Cool Zone for children is the place to find toys, educational activities and lots of land and beach-based activities to ensure a fun-filled vacation for the children. We welcome our younger guests aged between four and twelve from 9am until 7pm for plenty of fun and games.

Chi Spa

CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. This secluded sanctuary is located in its own spa village within the resort, with spacious individual treatment villas offering "spa-within-a-spa" environments. There is also a unique yoga pavilion overlooking the Indian Ocean, and individual treatment villas with private gardens and steam rooms, a changing room and a shower. The spa menu offers a selection of Asian massages and Indian Ayurvedic treatments, alongside locally inspired treatments and specific well-being programs.

Exploring nature

Catch the weekly guided tour in the resort's jungle and learn more about Villingili's flora and fauna. Explore by bicycle the five neighbouring islands connected by a 17-kilometre road that is the longest in Maldives. Set out with a picnic and discover the fascinating lifestyle and culture of untouched Maldivian villages or stop at a coffee shop to chat with the locals over a meal.

Under Water Trails

The Underwater Nature Trail, designed by the resort's marine specialist, leads out to the resort's house reef on the northern end of Villingili Island. Submerged signage identifies resident marine life along the way, including branching corals, sea anemones, Maldives anemone fish, and many more. The marine specialist has also created snorkel gardens close to the shoreline of the resort, ideal for less experienced swimmers and children.

Scuba Diving & Snorkelling

Addu Atoll is an aquatic treasure trove waiting to be discovered; a veritable haven for divers and anyone curious about the underwater world. For resort guests there is excellent diving and snorkeling available for all levels of ability. The creation of snorkelling garden close to the resort's shoreline is an ideal site for less experienced snorkellers and children while a number of world class diving locations teeming with marine life await diving enthusiasts to explore. Scuba Diving for both experienced divers and beginners are offered at the resort, including a selection of PADI courses such as Discovery Scuba Diving, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver and speciality courses among others.

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