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The Shangri La Villingili Resort and Spa is a blissful and breathtakingly beautiful resort that should be on your bucket list.

The Maldives is a short flight from Abu Dhabi, making it the ideal destination when you want to switch off from the world and truly connect with nature. We were invited to experience a 3-day stay at the Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa, the only Maldivian resort located south of the equator. A short 70-minute flight from Male, this exclusive destination is a holiday escape like no other.
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Once you step foot onto the hotel speedboat, you can expect to be spoilt. The Shangri La Villingili Resort and Spa is an elite private hideaway that will tailor-make the experience according to the interests of each guest (yes, that includes kids also!).

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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is a stunningly beautiful Maldivian resort situated south of the Equator. Surrounded by a striking coral reef, this boutique-style all-villa resort is home to more than 17,000 coconut trees, over six kilometres of picturesque coastline and 2 kilometres of white sandy beaches-it will be love at first sight!

Coconut trees in Maldives

The resort comprises 132 tranquil villas in 9 distinct styles from private water villas and tropical tree houses to pool villas and beachside residences. For the ultimate experience, the Resort features two Presidential Villas. The over water Villa Muthee and the land-based Villa Laalu. All villas feature a myriad of luxurious amenities and expansive layouts with spacious sundecks, patios, daybeds and lounge areas.

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The villas are an absolute dream-just like everything else on the island. There are bicycles waiting outside the villa-we loved that even if we left ours in a random corner on the resort-the next morning it was back outside our door.

Biking in the Maldives resort

Discovering the resort while biking

The villa literally has everything you could need (when on an island for a luxury escape!)-nespresso machine, bose dvd player, ipod docking station, mini-bar, indoor bath, outdoor shower, walkin-closet and the most comfortable bed one can ask for.   On the deck outside there are sun loungers, as well as your own steps that lead directly into the Ocean for you to jump in and enjoy the diversity of the underwater world.

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A holiday here is focused on truly immersing yourself in nature and switching off from reality. If sitting by the pool is not your thing don’t worry because the resort ensures that adults and children stay busy and entertained at all times. There are plenty of activities to choose from including golf, scuba diving, dolphin watching, water sports, jungle trails, yoga, tennis, badminton, children’s play zone, cultural and historic tours to the neighbouring islands and much much more.

Beach time in the Maldives


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The Chi Spa is a secluded sanctuary located in its own spa village within the resort and offers a range of holistic treatments that are a must-try. The spacious individual treatment villas offering “spa-within-a-spa” environments, allow you to truly switch off. There is also a unique yoga pavilion overlooking the Indian Ocean, and individual treatment villas with private gardens and steam rooms. The spa menu offers a selection of Asian massages and Indian Ayurvedic treatments, alongside locally inspired treatments and specific well-being programs that will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and wanting to go back for more.

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If you are a foodie, you will be spoilt for dining options on the island. The resort offers a wide array of delectable cuisines with fresh ingredients-in fact there is something for every palate. From casual bites to fine dining-we adored the food. We had an unforgettable fine-dining meal with Chinese, Arabic and Indian dishes at Dr Ali’s, enjoyed a lot of al fresco dining on the beach at Javuu and couldn’t get enough of the beautiful ocean as a backdrop and the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine of Fashala.

The service everywhere on the island is incredibly attentive; and there are dedicated butlers, that can truly cater to your every whim.

The Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa offers unmatched beaches, coral reef, pristine landscape and memories that will last forever.   One of the most idyllic destinations in the world, its beauty is unreal, hospitality is world-class, comfort is beyond five star and overall it truly is a priceless holiday of a lifetime.

To book your holiday at the Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives Villingili Island, Addu Atoll, Republic of Maldives call (960) 689 7888 or email [email protected]

Tel: (960) 689 7888 Fax: (960) 689 7999 [email protected]


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