Shangri La’s Villigili

Located south of the equator on Villingili Island, on the southern-most tip of Addu Atoll, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa offers guests a stylish and luxurious experience in a spacious, and boutique-style environment. The natural dense vegetation of the island sets it apart from many other Maldives resorts. The three-kilometre-long island features 12 hectares of lush vegetation, towering banyan trees, 17,000 coconut trees, 45 species of plants, three natural lagoons and nature trails for guests to explore.


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Location : Addu Atoll Distance from Airport : n/a
Transfer by Dhoni / Speedboat : 8 mins boat ride / Gan Transfer by Domestic Air: 70 mins trip to Gan Airport
Accepted Credit Cards : Visa, Master, AMEX No of Rooms : 7 categories of rooms (see below)
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From private ocean retreats to tropical tree houses with panoramic views, resort accommodation features five distinct different styles of luxurious villas. The villas will be a minimum of 133 square metres in size, while the two presidential villas will measure up to 957 square metres.

Surrounded by lush forest and views of the beach through tropical foliage, pool villa guests can be forgiven for thinking they are happily marooned in a forest in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The luxury resort’s 133-square metre pool villas overlook Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa’s lush vegetation, and feature their own private pool, terrace and open-air shower. Guests at these intimate pool villas can enjoy ocean views from the comfort of their bed or catch up on their reading or relax on a day bed on the balcony. Each of the 15 pool villas comes with its own luxurious oval bathtub.

For your own private haven, a luxurious Beach Villa offers splendid isolation on a white sandy beach. Set over two separate pavilions, it is like living in your own personal space – on one side there is a living pavilion, on the other the bedroom pavilion. Entry is via a thatched-roof entry-gate through a landscaped courtyard leading to the rustic timber door of the villa’s entrance. Every Beach Villa features both an indoor and outdoor shower and a private terrace that leads to the beach.

All 60 delightful Water Villas are luxuriously appointed making full use of the generous 166 square metres of space by having few walls and using glass to allow for unobstructed views. Guests could shower in the elements, or soak in the spacious bathroom with a huge oval bathtub in the middle. Either way, guests can view the wide expanse of clear skies as they contemplate in the bath. Alternatively, just soak up the surroundings on the long day bed situated on a private terrace that leads out to the waterfront or lounge in a hammock with the clear waters beneath.

With stunning views of the ocean, Tree House Villas are the ideal secluded, private island hideaway. Perched on stilts among the treetops amidst dense vegetation, this is luxury accommodation that gives guests a memorable stay in a tropical tree house. At this elevation, privacy is assured as the beautiful, panoramic views unfold like a living canvas of sparkling surf, languid lagoons and the verdant vegetation, home to colourful indigenous birdlife. Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa’s 16 tree house villas are unique to the Maldives and desirable accommodation for adventurers, couples and honeymooners. These distinctive villas are perched on stilts three metres above ground affording stunning views over Villingili island and Addu Atoll.

These secluded private hideaways are cloaked in privacy by a lush canopy of towering trees. Guests can recline on their spacious day-beds and enjoy a heightened sensation of elevation as they float among the treetops. Every luxury Tree House Villa has its own infinity plunge pool set high above ground so guests can lie and soak as they watch waves roll in from the ocean. The villa’s wooden sun deck is ideal for al fresco dining. Measuring an impressive 218-square metres with separate bedroom and living room areas, the villa also features both indoor and outdoor showers. There are spacious, exquisitely-designed silver Jali influenced His and Hers vanity counters with plenty of space for guests to place their personal items.

Relax in the spaciousness of one of the 20 Twin Beach Villas of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa. These luxurious and tastefully decorated villas are located beside each other making them ideal for families or travelling companions wanting privacy as well as proximity. At 224 square metres each, the twin beach villas are set on beautiful grounds. The two bedrooms share a large patio and sun deck complete with an infinity pool. Each villa’s ensuite bathroom has an indoor as well as an outdoor shower.

Like a pearl in its own oyster, Villa Muthee nestles in its own luxurious environment. From the choicest of décor to the stunning seascapes that surrounds it, Villa Muthee promises an experience hard to beat. The only one of its kind at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Villa Muthee is appropriately named. Muthee, which is ‘pearl’ in the local Dhivehi language, is a villa for those craving solace from the fast-paced world in an ambience that offers stunning vistas and absolutely everything you need for a perfect getaway.

Offering the best in lifestyle features for discerning guests and VIPs, Villa Laalu is the ultimate luxury resort experience at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa. Spacious, stylish and thoughtfully designed to create a lavish getaway, this presidential beach villa is the jewel in the resort’s crown. Laalu means ‘diamond’ in the local Dhivehi language and accordingly, Villa Laalu features the choicest amenities and accessories. Measuring a generous 957 square metres, Villa Laalu is a gem of a place in which to stay. Carefully selected artworks are on display throughout this exquisite villa together with precious, high-end Asian artifacts, sculptures and urns from Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

The Villas & facilities: Each villa has centralised air conditioning with thermostat control and will have the following key features: two iPods and a docking station, a 40-inch television, a DVD player, IDD telephones with voice mail and wake-up call services, laundry and valet services, well-stocked minibar, espresso machine, personal safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers and a pillow menu.

Javvu Restaurant & Bar: Café dining by day and in the evening, refined Western cuisine – prime steaks and seafood, with a touch of the Mediterranean. The stylish bar offers a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere with ambient music in the day and up tempo electronic and dance music in the evenings.

Khazaanaage Restaurant & Bar: Three “living rooms” offering three distinct culture cuisine and dining concepts themed to regional cuisines from the Indian Ocean, South China Sea and the Arabian Gulf. The ambient chill-out Arabic and Asian lounge music sets the mood for the seductive, intimate and opulent bar.

Fashala Lounge: Contemporary and relaxed lounge with breath-taking views. Serving breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails in the evenings.

Manzaru Bar: Perfect spot to people watch and relax to chill-out music. Just the place to lie back and enjoy the views over the lagoon.

Endheri Pool Bar: Heart of the resort, idyllic spot for complete relaxation.

Health & Fitness: The resort has a well-equipped gym and fitness centre, tennis courts, a water sports and dive centre with a decompression chamber.

Water activities available include wave-surfing, scuba-diving, kayaking, water-skiing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, or a sunset cruise on a luxury yacht. There is a house reef with colourful corals and exotic reef fish. For less experienced swimmers, there are ‘snorkel gardens’ close to the shoreline.

Diving: For diving enthusiasts, there are more than 25 dive sites teeming with marine life. There is also the dramatic 140-metre “British Loyalty” shipwreck with its hull resting at 33-metres, just a half-hour boat ride away from Villingili Island.

Other activities: Take the regular speedboat runs to Gan and explore by bicycle the five neighbouring islands connected by a 17-kilometre road which is the longest in the 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. Book a luxury yacht to enjoy a different perspective of the stunning island views and have lunch on the equator, something very few can say they have done.

CHI, Tha Spa : CHI, The Spa, is located at the highest geographical point on the resort- 2.3 metres above sea level. Offering innovative therapies and healthy lifestyle programmes, there is a full-range of spa products and beauty and body treatments based on the ancient Chinese and Himalayan healing traditions, philosophies and rituals.

SOME OF THE RESORT GUEST SERVICES: 24-hour butler, front desk, concierge and in-room dining services. Laundry, dry cleaning and pressing services. Use of lounge at Male domestic airport, meet and greet service at Male and Gan Airports, complimentary speedboat transfer from Gan island to resort. Baby sitting service on request. Four retail shops, a beauty salon and a medical centre with 24-hour doctor services.

The kid’s Adventure Zone provides a lively place for active children below 12 years old to spend their time – monkey bars, mini flying fox and swings. They will also be entertained by other educational activities.

An Entertainment Centre with play-stations, billard table, air-hockey and pinball machines and various computer gaming stations. There will be a bar serving beverages and snacks.

Shangri-La Eco Centre – a place to learn about the conservation works around Villingili and how visitors can support these efforts. Information on island’s nature trails, surrounding underwater beauty and best dive sites nearby.