Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives
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
- 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
An amazing 3D2N stay, I don’t even know where to begin. Upon your arrival to Gan international airport, this resort provides a free speedboat transfer with your booking. Hop on the mini bus and be driven (for a really short distance, possibly two minutes) to the pier to board the boat. Good safety precaution taken as they had everyone to put on the life vest for a short 15 min ride. Short introduction onboard that the resort is an hour ahead of local Maldives Time. **Important to take note!
Upon arrival, be warmly greeted by the team with flowers and coconut juice. A refreshing welcome that already feels like home as soon as you step on the island, as you will be assigned to an island host that will take care of you throughout the stay. I love that the check-ins are done at the villa so you can immediately check in, rest and enjoy the room! Our host was Nihad, who was responsive and great throughout, helping to make bookings for the resort activities that we wanted to enjoy and for sharing the alternative rainy day schedule.
**Suggest to get their mobile number so you can WhatsApp for any issues as wifi is available throughout the island.
In terms of the different villas, suggest to stay at “whispering palms” water villa if you love the sea view and if you are an avid snorkeler as it’s located near the House reefs with amazing marine life (hawksbill turtle, black tip shark spotted)! The easy direct access just makes it so convenient.
If you prefer the picture perfect blue waters, then stay at the “Serenity Bay” water villas, although the marine life there can’t be compared to the house reef, it is still a nice place to snorkel and to view the coral planting efforts by the resort (spotted nemos and smaller fishes but also the green sea turtle nearer to shore).
Apart from snorkeling there are other daily activities scheduled and throughout the stay we met so many helpful and friendly staff that are so passionate about their work and love to share all about island living which just makes you feel so at home and stress free. Bicycles are provided for each villa to get around the island but if you can’t cycle you can always dial for a buggy! Usually don’t have to wait too long unless it’s raining and dinner time!
Memorable Activities are:
- Golf introduction (suitable for kids) - Alex is the main instructor and he’s great to chat with, and will share golfing tips and correct your posture. It was raining on one of the morning and they arranged a Golf putting “tournament” here with him and other guests. Despite the rain, it sure was great fun!
- Eco talks and eco buggy tours conducted at the eco centre by Asim who has been working in the resort for many years, he’s a joy to speak with, sharing his knowledge about biodiversity, marine life and about the island. Recommend to attend the presentations when you arrive so it’s more fun when you head out to snorkel and you can try to spot the different types of marine life.
- Indian cooking class (rainy day programme) was fun with Chef Latif who taught us how to cook butter chicken. He’s engaging with kids and it was time well spent at Dr Ali’s (restaurant).
Other friendly staff we met were Bikash, and Ismail (lifeguards!) speak with them and they will share with you the best times to snorkel (usually 11am) to spot sharks/turtles etc. Felt safe knowing that there are lifeguards watching over us even when we are out in the open, snorkeling. Once, Bikash even pointed out where the turtle was so we could swim towards it for a closer look.
Its hard to describe everything, but the trip was just unforgettable with great memories built :)
We’ve just returned from the most incredible 6 days at Shangri-La Resort & Spa for our 25th wedding anniversay. From the moment we were met at Male airport by a very friendly resort rep & seamlessly transferred to our domestic flight to Gan we were impressed. Our speed boat ride with friendly staff through to being met & checked into our over water villa (110) we were continuously impressed. Our villa was beautiful, right on the edge of the house reef, sure, the villa shows a little bit of age, however it was huge, very well appointed & beautifully cleaned everyday. To be able to take a few steps down a ladder to sit amongst tropical fish was amazing. The water was breathtakingly turquoise just like in the photos! The island is so beautiful, we loved riding our bikes around the island everyday. Then the hard decisions, sit/swim at the beautiful pool, swim at the beach by the pool, paddle board or snorkel directly from our villa deck. We enjoyed a round of golf on the most picturesque of golf courses. The beautiful staff at the resort really did make our trip a dream. Each breakfast & lunch we ate at Javu. The food was fabulous & the service was beyond expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed speaking with the staff about their lives & sharing ours. We ate at each of the 3 restaurants at night. Fabulous food at each. We went on an all inclusive trip which made it all easy, the bar staff knew what we liked to drink & really obliged keeping our favs coming. It was a big decision to go & which resort to choose. We couldn’t of been happier with Shangri-La, ultimately we chose it as it was bigger than others which perhaps gave a bit more space & options if we wanted more to do or not. Just a shame we didn’t stay longer. As soon as our feet hit the white sand, we left the worries & stress at home behind. ALL the staff we engaged with, from the staff sweeping the paths each day to management we were impressed. Thankyou so much to all the wonderful staff, from check in, to the restaurant staff, servers & chefs, activities & the fab bar staff. We already miss your smiling faces. We wish you all the best & hope to return again. Don’t hesitate if you can’t decide, you won’t be disappointed.
Just had 9 nights in this incredible place. Wonderful food, staff and service. Very relaxing for all concerned. There is also plenty to do which is rare in the Maldives. However, most of the activities are ludicrously expensive. 190 dollars for 30 mins on a jetski? We paid over a $1000 for a 5 man, 3 hour fishing trip. It is also beginning to look a bit tired. A lot of broken thatching on villas. If you dont mind this, then go, it is really wonderful.