Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- 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
- Three themed dining rooms at Asian-influenced Dr. Ali’s — one of three restaurants and four bars
- The property opened a nine-hole golf course in 2012
- Good for families, thanks to the well-equipped kids center
What To Know
- A 10 percent hotel service charge and an 12 percent government service tax per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout.
- Flights to GAN cost approximately $385 per adult (12 and over), $310 per child (aged two to 11), and $105 per infant (aged one and under), round-trip, and can be arranged through the property.
- If you arrive in Malé after 10:30 p.m., you'll have to stay on that island because of domestic flight schedules
- 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
- Extra adults in each room cost $285 per person per night plus taxes and fees
- Guests pay the exclusive Green Fee rate of $20 for use of the golf course
- There is a compulsory New Year’s Eve Dinner on 31 December 2014, priced at $500 per adult (aged 12 and over) and $250 per child (aged 6 to 11). This will be paid directly to the hotel, and is subject to taxes and fees.
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
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
This resort was excellent in every way. Beautiful beach. Nice lounge area as well as big infinity pool. Villas were fantastic, very spacious. Staff very friendly. A few things to keep in mind if buying an all inclusive package. the buffet is mediocre for a luxury resort. Also most premier liquor will not be included on the all inclusive. Overall this resort I would highly recommend
Before our arrival to the resort, we were faced with a complicated situation to which I hope the resort learns from for future visitors. However, the way in which the situation was handled was highly professional by staff members, especially the managerial staff. Not only was it handled professionally, but they handled it with grace and kindness as well. All staff members throughout the resort are very friendly and helpful, their service is excellent. From the club car drivers, the housekeeping, the restaurant chef and all in general. Always greeted with a smile and a greeting and was willing to assist. The service provided by staff members was excellent and very pleasing. In all honesty, such service was only seen in this resort from all the different hotels we have been. Especially the manager, Zeina. To whom I recommend for her high understanding and compensation.
The hotel really takes care of their visitors, the hospitality is excellent and the ambiance is beautiful as well. There is a serene calm in the atmosphere of the hotel.
The resort itself is out of the ordinary. The villas provide the visitor with excellent services in great detail such as:
- Robes and slippers for lounging
- Robes for bathing and showering
- Flip Flops
- Bath Salts
- The simple electric services of automatic curtains are highly appreciated
- The spa services were highly recommended as well
I was very enchanted by the scenery, the activities they offered such as glass bottom boat and luxury dhonis to which we highly enjoyed! As well as snorkeling and kayaking (for free). But, what made this stay from pleasant to unforgettable is the highly professional and friendly staff, who were there to provide us with all services, on time, with a smile and friendly gestures.
I highly recommend this tranquil place for anybody thinking to visit!
My family and I spent 4D3N at this resort and had a wonderful time. We booked an overwater villa at the Whispering Palms area which some had said was the best area as it is close to the House Reef where one could do some snorkelling. The water around here is shallow at low tide (barely reaching above my knee) and at high tide would be about my forehead.
Highlights of the trip:
1. Snorkeling right outside our villa - just descend the stairs and right there were some rocks and coral formations where we saw parrotfish, triggerfish, box fish, surgeonfish, blue tang, yellow tang, etc.
2. Bicycles for your use to cycle around the whole island
3. Zakaria from Morocco who was our villa butler - always pleasant, smiling and charming, and went out of his way to try to fix my phone which I had dropped into the sea!!!
4. Kids club called Cool Zone which organised coconut painting, crab hunting and crab racing, hand painting, bracelet making, etc. Most of this stuff is free although other activities like cookie baking and cotton candy making incurs a fee.
5. Dinner at Fashala - well worth the US$220 that we paid for a family of four. And if kids below 12 don't like the kids' menu, they can choose something from the a la carte menu and it's 50% off!
6. Beautiful design of the villa
However our trip was marred by a couple of issues:
1. On our second night, we were woken up by a loud and somewhat frequent banging noise. Upon inspection, it was a service door that we were not able to access that was being blown around by the wind and thus banging away. It was 4am and soon we were all awake. We called the service centre and they sent someone to fix it within 15min
2. More disappointing was that we found the slatted blinds to be quite dusty. We got housekeeping to wipe up the rather thick layer of dust but after they left, we found that the pull-down blinds behind the slatted blinds were black with dust and mould. Again we had to call housekeeping to wipe it up. That was definitely not in keeping with the quality of Shangri-La that I have come to expect whenever I stay with them ...
Some other first world problems:
- earbuds were not replenished by housekeeping
- water not hot enough in the shower
The other thing to watch out for is dining options. There are three restaurants at the resort and of those, Javvu was the one that was always open. Of the three days that we were there, Fashala and Dr. Ali was open for dinner for only one of those nights so we had to have all our other meals either at Javvu or in-room dining. I am not sure why the management does not alternate the nights where Fashala and Dr. Ali are available instead of having them BOTH closed on the same night.
Would I come back again? Maybe - maybe not. There are too many other resorts in the Maldives. I came to Shangri La because of my prior experience with the brand in Singapore, Chiang Mai, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, etc. but I have to say that this holiday fell short of my expectations.
Just for kicks, I asked my two daughters to rate their holiday out of 10. This was their response:
10 year old:-
Kids' Cool Zone: 9/10
Zakaria our villa butler: 10/10
7 year old:-
Kids' Cool Zone: 10/10 (especially the hermit crabs!)
Zakaria our villa butler: 11/10 (no that's not a typo!)
There's nothing new I can really add to the glowing praise for this resort: high end; excellent staff; expensive everything; more food that any person should be eating, beautiful setting.
Rainy season now so a little more time spent inside (or in the pool), but that's just as comfortable.
Golf course is kept in acceptable standard for what you'd expect, but the greens are poor. Most people probably don't go to this place for quality golf :) It's a tough little 9-holer with the constant prevailing breeze and fairly narrow landing areas.
Sri Lankan Airlines direct flight to Gan is very handy and saves the crazy overpriced internal Maldives flights.
We have just spent 7 nights here and absolutely loved it. The water villa was spotless and strikingly large with wooden floors and high wood beam ceilings.
The food was fabulous and the dining staff were friendly and professional. We ate at all 3 restaurants.... Javuu, Dr. Ali, and Fashala. It's impossible to pick a favorite. Eating at Dr. Ali on the beach under own private cabana was a highlight.
Grounds are well maintained. You are provided your own bikes... and biking through the trails and golf course helped to burn off the great food. Viewing the sunset on the beach over drinks at Manzaru bar every evening was priceless. Used the spa twice and it was great each time.
Overall a wonderful and beautiful resort. There is plenty to do over 7 days without feeling bored... although we found ourselves just wanting to relax on the water villa terrace and taking the occasional dip down the stairs into the lagoon. Would highly recommend this resort to anyone looking for a quiet romantic stay. Once in a lifetime experience... too bad we can't easily fly here every year!