Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa

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Adu Atoll, Maldives

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives is the first luxury resort in the Maldives, south of the equator and located in Addu Atoll.

From private ocean retreats to tropical tree houses, villas at Villingili Resort & Spa offer luxurious accommodations with sensational sea views. Seven distinctly styled villas are each equipped with modern conveniences and luxurious amenities. These Maldivian luxury homes exude a sense of serenity, with touches of Middle Eastern and Indian elements in the décor.

The resort offers a variety of on-land activities such as a 9-hole recreational golf course, fully equipped gym and Health Club, an Eco Centre, and two tennis courts. From deep-sea fishing to scuba-diving, the underwater world of Villingili Island is replete with opportunities for water-enthusiasts.The natural, dense vegetation of the island sets it apart from other Maldives resorts. Nature trails, guided walks and bike tours are some of the activities guests can sign up for.

The first of its kind in the Maldives, The Villingili Golf Course is nestled on seven and a half hectares at the southern end of Villingili Island. Spectacular sights await at each of the nine holes, mostly Par 3 and averaging of 123.4 yards in length.

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Information


Addu Atoll, 70-minute domestic flight from Male and then a 5-minute speedboat ride. Guests can also opt for a private jet from Male, followed by the speedboat.


142 villas – 7 types of villas with up to 2 bedrooms.


Business centre, clinic, salon, 3 restaurants, 2 bars, butler service in villa, golf course, spa.


Golf, spa treatments, scuba diving and snorkelling, nature walks, fitness classes, tennis.


The Maldives enjoys good weather year round.


Welcome. Babysitting/childcare available. Cool Zone Kid’s Club with a wide range of activities for children.

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Price Guide

4 out of 5

Notes on our prices

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Testimonials

Hi, Josie,
We had a great time, thanks.
Shangri-la Villingili was excellent. Service was good, the resort is interesting because it’s a large natural island. Really beautiful for cycling around. Lovely pool and spa. We loved our water villa. Thoughtfully designed. You can swim off your deck because the current is not strong there (unlike most other water villas in the Maldives). The home reef is easy to get to without having to take a boat.

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Twin Beach Villa

This week, Travel Designer Melissa paid a visit to the Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa in the Maldives. One of the island nation’s more remote resorts (a 70-minute domestic flight from Male, plus a 5-minute speedboat ride), Mel found it was well worth that little bit of extra time taken to get there. Here are a few questions we had for her upon her return.

1. Shangri-La Resorts are generally very family friendly, what facilities did this one have for kids?

The resort has a wide range of different things for kids to do, and splits them up between ‘Rainy Day’ and ‘Sunny Day’ activities. There are great indoor and outdoor play areas and baby sitters can be hired as well. There are kid’s bicycles and tricycles around the resort, and if there are enough children they do a special kid buffet. But even without the buffet, kids are very well looked after in the main restaurant with their own menus and crayons to colour with. There are also occasional demonstrations on how to make animal shapes out of leaves and other arts and crafts. The waiters are also instructed to always take orders from and serve the children first in order to keep them happy and because they take the longest to eat.

2. What activities did kids seem to love the most?

Baby shark feeding and dolphin cruises! Snorkelling in the house reef with a local guide seemed pretty amazing as well. The life guards are awesome and if you can’t swim well but are able to float, you can hold on to their kayak and they will pull you around the reef. I saw a grown woman doing this while we were there!


3. What is the best room in the resort for: 

Families with young kids – Pool Villa

– These work well as there are large interior areas, a built in day bed, and ample space for cots or extra beds. Doors can be locked so kids cannot access the pool, and some have a small beach area in front of the pool so kids can sit around and play. There is spacious outdoor decking as well.

Families with older kids – Deluxe Pool Villa

– These come with a separate living room with air conditioning that would easily fit 2 beds. The one downside is that the bathroom is shared. This is only for older kids though as they will have access to the pool from their room.

Families looking for that little something extra – 2 Bedroom Beach Villa

– We definitely recommend this room category with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in separate pavilions with a private pool.

Couples – Water Villas

– The views from these villas are lovely and it was incredible to just jump off the deck right into the clear, blue sea below. Lounging on the hammock in the sun with a book was absolutely heavenly. The only downside is that they aren’t superbly private and people can swim right past your villa. If you are looking for ultimate privacy then opt for Ocean View Villas or Tree House Villas. These are very secluded but without beach or sea access as they are on stilts build above the ground. Views are great and they are surrounded by trees for extra privacy. However, when we think ‘Maldives’ I think beach and sea, so I’d opt for the water villas despite the occasional neighbour paddling by!

4. I am dying to stay in an overwater villa but I have children. Just how safe for kids are these?

Water Villas are actually ok for kids as you can lock the doors, they have lots of interior space, and come equipped with kiddie life jackets and snorkelling gear. There are also lifeguards patrolling the area during the day (swimming is not allowed at night) just in case as well.


Golfing by the sea is a huge plus!

5. Is this a good Babymoon destination?

This is a great destination for  mothers early on in their pregnancy, as the 70-minute domestic flight is not ideal for those expecting soon. There are 2 resort doctors and the nearest hospital is just a 5-minute speedboat ride away on the next island. The spa facilities for expectant mothers are superb with specialised treatments by masseurs with proper certification (requiring a minimum of 3 years of experience as therapists). The girl I spoke to knew an incredible amount about the whole process. She introduced the ‘Mother To Be’ treatment (done only after the 1st trimester) which included a 60-90 minute massage for relaxation and lymphatic drainage to increase blood circulation. It’s a gentle massage and they use the palms rather than fingers, avoid pressure points, and do not rub hands or feet.

6. What are 3 things that make Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort special?

– The island is really lush and natural.

– The resort is a great mix of modern comforts with luxurious and spacious rooms, but manages to really combine it well with nature.

– The golf course at the resort is a huge plus!

7. Why go the extra mile and choose this resort over something closer to home like say, Phuket or the Philippines?

The sheer beauty of the resorts in the Maldives really set it apart. There is such underwater diversity and the reefs are very vibrant and well protected. Also, the Maldivians love their home and this is always very apparent – I love the ‘island’ mentality here.

The clear water and diverse marine life set the Maldives apart

8. You’ve been to so many resorts in the Maldives? What is different about this one?

The resort is on a natural island with most of the greenery intact, which means you don’t get coconut trees, but rather a small forest that is perfect for nature walks. It’s also only a 5-minute boat ride from Addu City which is where 100% of their local staff are from. A large number of Maldivians working at other resorts are also from Addu City, and because flights are very expensive it means that they often only see their families once a year. At the Shangri-La, staff are able to go home to their families every day. Maldivian families are very close knit and in our opinion, this made a huge difference in the attitudes around the resort – staff appreciate being close to home so they make the extra effort in terms of service.

9. Any parting thoughts?

They have manta rays all year round!! There is no guarantee but the season lasts all year, which is quite unique. Also, guests can do local island excursions or visit local farms and villages, we haven’t seen any other resorts that offer this.



Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa