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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa *****

Villingili Island | Addu City 28019 | Maldives |

Travelers' Choice Award

Trip Advisor 2015
Spotted in te press Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam *****

"Tucked away on a castaway isle in the Maldives' most southerly atoll, this high-end resort is the envy of others thanks to one key luxury: space"

The Telegraph, 2018
From 475€/room


  • The lowest prices guaranted
  • A travel designer available 7 days a week
  • Organic solar products and a Samsonite gift delivered to your home (value: 125 €)
  • For each booking, Little Guest donates to underprivileged children


  • The kids-club for children to 4 to 12 years old
  • The complimentary meals for children under 6 years old and the 50% discount on meals for 6-12 years
  • The two tennis courts and the 9-hole golf green



The Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa is a 1.5-hour flight from Malé International Airport, in the southern-most part of the Maldives, in the Addu Atoll on the island of Villingili.

From Malé, you will board a small private plane that will take you on the island of Gan. Then, just 5 minutes by boat are enough to reach the establishment. Arrival at the hotel is like a dream: a paradise island surrounded by a coral reef and white sandy beaches is offered to you.

Shangri-La Villingili is made up of a series of luxurious private villas with thatched roofs, some perched above the turquoise waters where a fascinating marine ecosystem is to be discovered.

The island is long and looks a bit like a small spoon seen from the plane – it is 3km long and 800m wide. What is striking at first sight is the luxuriant emerald vegetation composed of coconut trees, palm trees and banana trees, some of which are more than 200 years old.

For a small anecdote, the island shelters the highest point of the Maldives, a place of an altitude of 5,1m. It is the world’s smallest national highlight. Do not forget to plant your flag when you have climbed it!



The Shangri-La Villingili is an oasis of happiness, the ideal place to be cut off from the rest of the world, to recharge and contemplate the fauna and flora. The hotel is especially suitable for families who want to meet and experience extraordinary adventures.

In total, the complex comprises 132 villas of 9 different styles. From villas with private pools, houses perched in tropical trees, through the presidential villas, everyone can find the place where it feels best.

Standard amenities in each villa include free high-speed wireless internet access, 24-hour room service, safe, IDD telephone, 40-inch LCD TV, Bose DVD player, an iPod docking station, a Nespresso machine and a traditional mini bar.



Let’s now go to the various villas that dot the island.

First there are the Pool Villas, which offer a total area of ​​133 sqm (1431 sqft) (79 sqm – 850 sqft inside and 55 sqm – 592 sqft outside). They can accommodate up to 4 people. They are equipped with a private swimming pool, a terrace and an outdoor shower. These villas are surrounded by lush forest and are the promise of a total change of scenery with ocean views. The decoration is a combination of Asia, the Middle East and India.

The Deluxe Pool Villas offer an area of ​​189 sqm (2034 sqft) (93 sqm – 1001 sqft inside and 96 sqm – 1033 sqft -outside), more than double the size of a classic Pool Villa. Up to 4 people can stay. The facilities are the same as in a classic pool villa, also with a separate bedroom and arge living room. The bedroom and bathroom overlook the sea. Enjoy the outdoor patio to eat under the stars, facing the ocean. Privacy guaranteed. You are alone in the world.

The Beach Villas are quite similar to the Deluxe Pool Villas, with the same indoor and outdoor area, are set on a white sandy beach and offer a private haven. Again, up to 4 people can stay.

Note that you can also book a Two Bedroom Beach Villa and so enjoy a total area of ​​224 sqm (2411 sqft)  (118 sqm – 1270 sqft  inside and 106 sqm – 1140 sqft – outside). It is the ideal choice for families or traveling companions who want privacy and proximity during their stay. Each has its own villa and the two buildings share a large patio, a terrace and an infinity pool. Up to 6 people can occupy a Two Bedroom Beach Villa.

Let’s get closer to the ocean and its soothing sounds with the Water Villas. These villas have a total area of ​​166 sqm (1786 sqft) (94 sqm – 1011 sqft inside and 72 sqm – 775 sqft – outside). Enjoy the subtle breeze from the far horizon, where the azure waters encounter a sapphire sky. The Water Villas are built on stilts. They are grouped on a large wooden structure overlooking the ocean. Please note that the hotel does not recommend this villa to families with children under 12, as the terrace gives direct access to the sea. A maximum of 4 people can be accommodated in a Water Villa.

Back in the forest with the Ocean View Villas, perched on wooden stilts between the tops of tropical trees with exquisite views of the ocean. At this height, needless to say, privacy is guaranteed! The total area is 218 sqm (2346 sqft) (87 sqm – 936 sqft – inside and 131 sqm – 1410 sqft – outside). For obvious security reasons, the hotel does not recommend these villas to children under 12 years of age. The facilities are the same as for the other villas. If the prospect of living at height in a paradise-like environment makes you dream, then this villa is made for you, provided that you are maximum of 4 people.

We finish this tour of the villas of the island with the two jewels of Villingili: Muthee and Laalu, the two presidential villas. The Villa Muthee has a generous surface of 570 sqm (6135 sqft) (275 sqm – 2960 sqft – inside and 295 sqm – 315 sqft – outside). The Villa Laalu, with its 957 sqm (10301 sqft) (472 sqm – 5080 sqft – inside and 485 sqm – 5220 sqft – outside) is the largest and most prestigious villa on the island.

Villa Muthee is a real pearl (Muthee means “Pearl” in Dhivegui, the local language), a sanctuary that stands proudly in the forest, at the finest of both ends of the island. It consists of a luxurious room, a spectacular bathroom with a view of the ocean, a private spa pavilion and a covered pavilion directly on the water with terrace and deckchairs. Villa Muthee can accommodate 4 people.

Villa Laalu, a rough diamond of nearly 1,000 sqm (10763sqft), with two large bedrooms with high ceilings, is located in the centre of the island. The villa is decorated with carefully selected works of art: Asian collectors, sculptures and urns from Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The villa is equipped with a luxurious bathtub for two people, a separate living and dining room, and an incredible view of the ocean. It can accommodate up to 6 people: 1 adult and 5 children, 2 adults and 4 children, 3 adults and 3 children, 4 adults and 2 children, 5 adults and 1 child or 6 adults.



Shangri-La Villingili has 3 restaurants and 3 bars. As you go along with your epicurean adventures, you will discover a wide range of dishes and drinks prepared with love, respecting local traditions. Not to mention Dine By Design, a selection of incredible culinary experiences from the most secret places on the island.

The Javvu is the main restaurant of the hotel. It is located along the turquoise water. The atmosphere is light and contemporary. This is probably where you will most often eat at noon. The cuisine is international and tasty. The breakfast is open from 7 A.M. to 10.30 A.M. with a sumptuous buffet, dinner is from 12:30 P.M. to 3 P.M., while the evening meal is open from 7 P.M. to 10:30 P.M. For large tables with family and friends, a private dining room for up to 12 people is available.

Dr. Ali, a restaurant named after the most famous Maldivian doctor of the 19th century, offers three dining rooms. The decor is inspired by the mansion owned by Doctor Ali. Each of the rooms has special cuisine. In the first dining room, you will discover authentic flavours, aromas of curry and tandoori dishes, all in an intimate and warm atmosphere. In the second, you will enjoy the delicacies of Cantonese and Vietnamese cuisine, prepared with care and creativity, in a Zen atmosphere. Finally, in the third space, it is Middle Eastern cuisine that will delight your taste buds, with tagines, kebabs and pitas with a thousand flavours. Opening hours of the restaurant: from 7 P.M. to 10:30 P.M.

The restaurant Fashala is open some evenings, from 7 P.M. to 10:30 P.M. It is located at the northern tip of the island. Mediterranean cuisine, seafood and top-quality steaks are served, with views of the ocean as far as the eye can see. The chef focuses on local produce from the surrounding waters and farms nearby. Here you can enjoy Maldivian lobster, delicious mangoes and juicy papayas, hand-baked eggplants, all blended with herbs and peppers to create an explosion of flavours.

In search of originality? Let yourself be tempted by Dine and Design, a set of culinary experiences to discover on the island. A family barbecue by the banana trees, romantic table set on the beach for dinner in the eyes, lunch concocted with vegetables freshly gathered in the garden of the chef… the possibilities are endless! These experiences can also be organized in your villa, in a clearing, in the jungle or even on a luxury yacht.

The Endheri lounge bar is ideal for watching the sunset over an aperitif. You will taste tropical fruit juices, healthy drinks and varied cocktails. The bar is open from 10 A.M. until late in the day. Peckish? You can enjoy snacks from 3 P.M. A lunch can also be served between 12:30 and 3 P.M.

The second bar of the island: the Manzaru. This bar offers a chic and sophisticated setting for your long evenings under the stars, a glass in your hand, in a tropical atmosphere. There is a selection of international cocktails, carefully selected wines and a wide range of beers.

Finally, the M-Lounge is the beach bar, open from 10 A.MRTµ

T. It is a trendy place with a chic and casual design. Comfortable white seats are spread on the beach with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. You can dance there until the end of the night. A Mojito evening is held every Sunday, and a Margarita evening is held every Friday. Happy hours daily from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. and from 9 P.M. to 11 P.M.

To conclude this chapter dedicated to gastronomy, it should be noted that the hotel meets the strictest international standards of hygiene. Also, your food allergies will be taken into consideration. Enough to reassure the most demanding travellers.


  • Baby-club
  • Kids-club
  • Teens activities
  • Sports activities
  • Kid's excursions
  • Crafts
  • Games and books
  • Connecting rooms
  • Babysitting
  • Kid's menu
  • Allergen-free menu
  • Welcome gift
  • Emergency baby bottle
  • Bottle warmers
  • Baby phone
  • Baby cosmetics
  • Baby bath
  • Baby cribs
  • Stroller
  • Baby chair
  • Emergency pacifier
  • Shuttle with baby seat
  • Potty
  • Kid's shop
  • Lifeguard
  • Nearby Hospital
  • Nearby doctor



Good news for little gourmands: buffet meals are offered to children under 6 (maximum 2 children under 6 years for a paying adult). Children between the ages of 6 and 12 receive a 50% discount on all meals!

From 10 A.M. to 7 P.M., the hotel welcomes children between the ages of 4 and 12 in the Cool Zone, the ideal place for them to relax and make friends, with a ton of toys and seasoned entertainers. Access to the kids-club is complimentary.

The Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa has everything to entertain your children: check the kids programme!

Do not miss the Safari Tropical. Your children will be able to discover and explore the island’s biodiversity, accompanied by their Island Safari Handbook, a pedagogical guide that will take them to all the points of interest of the island: dolphins, turtles, bats, lizards, crabs hermits, etc. Disorientation and laughs guaranteed!

A host of other activities are organized for the children: let them turn into pirates for a day, with their serrated black bermuda shorts, their black headband and their scary black eye-patch! They will learn the vocabulary of pirates and experience extraordinary adventures on the island of Villingili. Your children will also be able to explore the mysterious jungle of the island and meet magical creatures like the flying fox and the famous geckos, sacred lizards in the Maldives, as well as the beach and its amazing underwater creatures like sharks black tip, starfish and corals.

In the same spirit, let them catch hermit crabs or ghost crabs for shopping on the beach with other children!

Cherry on the cake: the yoga for kids lessons!



When you arrive on the island, you will probably want to explore it. The island has 12 hectares of jungle, 17,000 coconut palms, 45 natural species and 3 natural lagoons. It is a wild and preserved world that is offered to you. And if you take a boat to explore the surrounding waters on the lookout for the many dolphins that live in the area? Some days you can see more than 200 at the same time!

Once you have covered the island, do not forget to explore the 5 neighbouring islands by bike, all connected by a 17km road. Discover Maldivian culture and style, or take the time to stop and talk to the locals. The hotel is located near a Maldivian community that you will be able to meet, thanks to local guides.

On Meedhoo Island, not far from Villingili, discover the life of local farmers and their ancestral work. Visit their farms where the local produce is served in the restaurants of the hotel.

During the Second World War, the island of Gan, on which you took the boat on your arrival to join Villingili, was a British strategic base. Today, you are lucky enough to be able to visit the vestiges of this British occupation. A great page of Maldivian history.

If the sport is essential to your well-being, start by enjoying the 2 tennis courts of Villingili! 3 trails for your jogging have also been specially traced on the island, for a total of 6 kilometres.

The Addu Atoll is a true paradise for divers and those who love to discover the marine world. You can observe the manta ray doing its ritual of toiletries, corals, sea anemones and much more. Whether you are a beginner or a confirmed guest, the hotel has an excellent dive site with quality supervision. The diving area near the Water Villas offers a shallow place, ideal for swimmers and less experienced kids. Another fascinating dive site to discover is the wreck of the British Loyalty Shipwreck, an oil tanker torpedoed twice by the Germans during the Second World War. The wreck is about 30 minutes by boat.

Do you want to practice water sports? Try out the catamaran sailing, surfing, kitesurfing, paddle, explore the Indian Ocean with a boat equipped with a glass bottom, rent a private boat to explore the island, go water skiing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, deep-sea fishing, night fishing, and even big game fishing at sunrise.



Looking for moments of escape to find yourself in love, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life?

CHI, which expresses the universal life force in Chinese philosophy, is the spa of the hotel. It is an oasis of well-being, relaxation and relaxation. There is a unique selection of massages and treatments for body and skin. There is also a space dedicated to yoga, with private gardens and hammams. The spa is open from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M.

If you want to maintain your swing, the Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa has its own golf course. The course occupies the entire southern part of the island or nearly 7.5 hectares! It is a demanding and technical 9 holes, the only one of its kind in the Maldives, which comprises 6 holes par 3 and 3 holes par 4 whose average length is 112 meters. The fairways are lined with coconut palms and other exotic plants and white sandy beaches. To be practised at sunrise or late afternoon to avoid excessive heat.

You want to get married on the island of Villingili? It’s entirely possible! You can opt for the hotel’s formula with a master of ceremonies, a romantic candlelit dinner for two, floral arrangements, a photoshoot and many other services for an unforgettable day.


  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Beauty salon
  • Boutique
  • Concierge
  • Hairdresser
  • Private beach
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Wheelchair access
  • WiFi


  • Business center
  • Fitness room
  • Hammam
  • Outdoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Spa


  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kite surf
  • Paddle
  • Scuba diving
  • Sport activities
  • Surf
  • Tennis
  • Yoga


  • Age: Until 3 years old
  • Rate: €23/h/baby from 9 A.M. to 7 P.M.; €40/h/baby after 7 P.M.


  • Check-in: From 2 P.M.
  • Check-out: Until 11 A.M.

Cool Zone (kids club)

  • Age: From 4 to 12 years old
  • Opening hours: Every day from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M.
  • Activities: See the kids programme

Number of villas

  • 132 villas

Opening dates

  • Open all year long


  • International Male Airport
  • Distance: 1h by seaplane

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