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What We Love

  • Villingili is a larger island and has lots to offer: three freshwater lagoons, a white sand beach and spectacular underwater diving
  • The Chi spa, where treatments are inspired by local healing traditions
  • Some villas have private pools; others have direct beach access
  • The property opened a nine-hole golf course in 2012
  • Good for families, thanks to the well-equipped kids center

What To Know

  • Villas have privacy, but couples in search of seclusion may want to look elsewhere
  • Traveling with young kids? Best to avoid a Water Villa for safety reasons


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Kids Club
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

With a stay at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives in Villingili Island (Addu Atoll), you’ll be close to Gan Beach. This 5-star resort is within the region of Hulhudhoo Harbor and Meedhoo Jetty.

Make yourself at home in one of the 132 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. Rooms have private patios. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while DVD players and satellite programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature complimentary toiletries and bidets.

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can get some exercise with a round of golf or enjoy a lazy day at the private beach. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).

Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.

Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, express check-in, and express check-out. A roundtrip airport shuttle is available for a surcharge.

How to Get There

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives
Villingili Island
Villingili Island, 17-01 Maldives


4.5 Very Good 1217 Reviews
Reviewed 13 hours ago

Shangri-La Villingili is the most beautiful 'natural' island in the Maldives, and closest to the equator, having 3 natural lakes and a 9 hole golf course.

On arrival, Jasmine took us straight to our villa, and made sure we knew how to work everything and told us what the island had to offer.

Villas are incredibly spacious, either offering your own private pool, or steps directly into the ocean from the water villas. Iba and other housekeeping made sure our villa was spotless. Each villa has bicycles to cycle around the island, or you can call at anytime for a golf cart.
Ayaan and Athif were our villa 'hosts' who were there to help with any of our needs.

You are surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna including fruit bats, black reef tip sharks, turtles, and an abundance of colourful fish. There is a jungle trail to walk through, an orchid garden and a vegetable garden from which the restaurants include the freshest produce for your meals.
The eco ethos of the island is extremely important and we were able to plant some coral on a trip with Jinky. Another trip was to see the spinner dolphins where we saw so many dolphins that wowed us with their acrobatics!

Javuu, was the restaurant where we had sumptuous breakfasts, delicious lunches and dinner including Maldivian lobster. Lamha greeted us and showed us to our table and Mutheeu and Nitul, our waiters, knew our order before we even had time to speak!! We had great conversations about cricket with Nitul.
Dr Ali's, restaurant offered Indian, Arabic or Chinese cuisine. Again the staff were brilliant. Mabel, an amazing chef often came out to our table to chat. Arif, our waiter, remembered our requests and was so knowledeagable about the menu, recommending the dishes that he felt we would enjoy. He got it right every time!
Fashala was the other retaurant we dined at, again with amazing food and incredible views.
Champok and Mani made the most amazing cocktails to keep us 'hydrated!'
Hassan ensured that everything operated smoothly in all of the bars and restaurants.

The tranquil CHI Spa is where I had the fabulous 'Signature spa treatment' where Rosey used sea shells to massage my back.

Thank you to Nashid who took us to find a beautiful giant turtle. A fantastic end to a perfect holiday.

From the moment you arrive you feel completely relaxed and pampered. The staff are outstanding and work tirelessly to ensure your holiday is the best that it can be. Too many to mention, but THANK YOU TO EVERYONE.

Simply the best
Reviewed 2 days ago

Villingili is one of the most stunning locations in the world. We have been lucky to visit some beautiful places, but Villingili tops the lot.

We chose a Water Villa and were lucky enough to be allocate on of the Villa's in the south out the resort. As a hint, if you can request a Villa in Serenity, then these have the most stunning views.

We can only thank Phillipe, Mei and their team for making our visit so memorable. From the moment we arrived, until the unfortunate moment we had to leave, the service and facilities were simply outstanding. The service provided by the staff was incredible, friendly, attentive, whose attention to detail always seem to go one step further that we expected.

Thanks everyone.

Paradise at Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stayed at the Shangri-La Ocean Villas for 8 nights and it was truly paradise !
The villas are exquisitely appointed .
The service was exceptional.
The food was delicious and enjoyed.
We were full board and enjoyed all the vegetarian options at Javvu, during breakfast ,lunch and dinner .
Dr Alli’s for dinner was a great choice too and we received special service from the head chef Latief at this venue .
Athif was our host and facilitated our stay during and bookings and activities .
Chef Shreeraj Menon organized eggless breakfast pastries too .
Naglaa always made lunch and dinner wonderful experiences .
We met Phillipe the manager on numerous occasions and enjoyed his friendliness and hospitality ,
Ibrahim ,Ziyaad,Ajmeel,Shashikira all deserve a mention , they made our stay wonder and did the hotel proud .

Ideal honeymoon destination
Reviewed 5 days ago

This resort is paradise, there are no two-ways about it. My wife and I are here for our honeymoon and we have been treated like a King and Queen.
All the staff go above and beyond to ensure we are happy and this seems to come very naturally to them. The staff are a credit to themselves and the management team.
The food is incredible and some of the best cuisine I have ever tasted, and a great variety to choose from considering the size of the island. The kitchen staff are very experienced and seem to love what they do.

The entire resort is immaculate and truely luxurious. If you want luxury, this place is it, you get what you pay for!

I do hope we are able to visit again in the not-too-distant future. A serious place to reset and recharge your batteries.

Heaven on earth
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a great time at this hotel. The service was second to none and the food was Excellent. We have been there twice and we will be back for a third time in the near future.
This place is highly recommended.