Luxury hotel holiday Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives

Shangri-La Villingili, Maldives is a luxurious resort with many dining options and also a particularly diverse range of activities from nature walks, golf, spa, diving and water sports.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Male or Emirates via Dubai to Male and onward domestic flight to Gan Airport
  • Speedboat transfer airport to hotel and back
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bepoke holidays to Shangri La Villingili, Maldives

Shangri-La Villingili is a luxurious resort in stunning surroundings with a fabulous choice of activities on offer. Perfect for couples and families alike, there is a wide variety of activities including golf and spa facilities and a great kid's club.

Facts in brief

Location Addu Atoll

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Malé

Distance from airport 70 minutes by plane and 8 minutes by speedboat

Hotel facilities and services

142 Villas, 2 Restaurants, 3 Bars, Swimming Pool, Spa, Health Club, Golf Course, Laundry, 4 Shops, Business Centre, Entertainment Centre, Eco Centre, Kids' Club, Island Doctor, PADI Dive Centre.


WiFi Access, Fresh Fruit upon arrival, Daily International Newspaper, Bicycles and Snorkelling Equipment, Non-motorised Water Sports (except Hobie cat), Entertainment Centre, Gym with Sauna and Steam Bath, Cool Zone Kids' Club, Tennis Courts, Villingili Eco Tour with guide.

Complimentary watersports

Non-motorised Water Sports.

Chargeable watersports

Scuba Diving, Fishing, Water-skiing, Kite-surfing.

Land sports

Gym, Golf, 2 Floodlit Tennis Courts, Nature Walks.

Sports nearby

Golf, Snorkelling and Diving.

From about

Holiday Code WW60

Luxury bepoke holidays to Shangri La Villingili, Maldives

Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa is the first luxury resort in the Maldives to be located south of the equator. Surrounded by lush vegetation and nearly two kilometres of white-sand beaches, this all-villa resort offers guests a choice of stylish accommodation ranging from private ocean retreats to tropical tree house villas with superb views. The spacious villas evoke a feeling of serenity, with touches of Middle Eastern and Indian elements. A selection of fine dining choices includes Dr. Ali's, incorporating three distinctive living rooms that focus on fine cuisine from the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea and the Arabian Gulf.  Villingili Island provides many possibilities for a healthy start to the day.  Take a walk through the resort's jungle, dive in the lagoon or follow one of the marked jogging trails. For those able to drag themselves away from the beach, activities include kayaking, sailing, deep-sea fishing, or a cruise on a luxury yacht for lunch on the equator. For diving enthusiasts, there are more than 25 dive sites teeming with marine life, including a dramatic shipwreck within half-hour's boat ride away from Villingili Island. On land, the new Villingili Golf Course is nestled on seven and a half hectares of land at the southern end of the island, where spectacular sights await you. Designed as a fun, recreational 9-hole, par 3 and 4 golf course for aficionados and beginners alike, it was developed while keeping the island's natural beauty untouched. A diversity of palms and exotic flora highlight views of the ocean and turquoise lagoon. Both players and non-players will delight in exploring a scenic walking path and secluded, intimate beach coves on the bordering shores. Children are well-catered for in the Cool Zone providing educational activities and lots of land and beach-based activities. For some pampering, CHI, The Spa draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. The spa offers a selection of Asian massages and Indian Ayurvedic treatments, alongside locally inspired treatments and a yoga pavilion overlooking the Indian Ocean. This beautiful island offers something for everyone and is perfect for families and romantics alike.

Room descriptions

Shangri-La Villingili has 142 villas. All villas have spacious sundeck and patio with daybeds and lounge space, open-air and indoor showers, oval bathtub, telephone, safe, LCD TV, Bose DVD player, iPod docking station, Nespresso machine, minibar, complimentary internet access.

Pool Villa with private pool
Deluxe Pool Villa with private pool
Sunset Over Water Villa with private pool
Tree House Villa with private pool
Beach Villa with private pool
Two Bedroom Beach Villa
Two Bedroom Family Beach Villa with private pool
Villa Muthee with private pool
Villa Laalu with private pool

From about

Holiday Code WW60

Luxury bepoke holidays to Shangri La Villingili, Maldives

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Shangri La Villingili, the Maldives, Expressions Holidays includes flights from London to Male with British Airways direct (winter season only) or Emirates via Dubai. The flying time is about 13 hours. Shangri La Villingili is reached by an onward domestic flight to Gan Airport from Male and a 10 minute speedboat transfer. Expressions Holidays includes the onward flight and speedboat transfer in your holiday price.

Additional information

Minimum stays: A minimum 5 night stay applies between 20 December and 7 January. No check outs are permitted on 31 December.

Children: There is a Kids' Club for children aged 4 to 12 from 9am to 7pm. The first and second child aged 3-11 years stay free of charge when sharing with two adults. Children under the age of 6 eat for free off the children's menu. Special children's menus are available in all restaurants.

Other information: A compulsory supplement is required for stays over Christmas and New Year.

From about

Holiday Code WW60

Luxury bepoke holidays to Shangri La Villingili, Maldives

About Maldives

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to the Maldives is ideal for visitors looking for a relaxing and luxurious holiday in serene surroundings. The small republic of the Maldives is a luxury holiday destination that possesses some of the most astonishing and beautiful underwater life in the world. Consisting of over a thousand tiny coral islands, the Maldives is traditionally a fishing and trading nation which converted to Islam in the 12th century. Aware of its magnificent natural resources, in recent years the country has striven to maintain its traditional way of life and preserve the natural beauty of the islands whilst offering visitors a secluded and exclusive holiday experience. With turquoise seas, coral sand beaches, swaying palm trees and thatched huts and cottages, the Maldives represents for many the perfect picture of a typical deserted tropical island, a dream holiday destination offering peace and quiet with hotels which epitomise barefoot luxury. The Maldives hotels and island resorts we feature really are the very best. Whilst they all look idyllic, and clearly with the deluxe resorts we offer, you will receive luxurious accommodation and outstanding service, there are important distinctions that our sales team can draw your attention to: distance from Male and how you travel to the resort (speedboat, seaplane or domestic flight plus boat), the size of the island (some are very small and intimate, others are found on larger islands or connecting islands, beach or overwater villas (the overwater villas are usually, but not always, more expensive than beach villas) and the range of facilities (dining options, water sports and diving).

Highlights of the Maldives

For many, the Maldives offer some of the most fascinating underwater exploration available, from both snorkelling and diving. There are over a hundred different species of fish, from angelfish to flying fish, snapper and triggerfish, stingray and shark, as well as turtles and numerous corals of a multitude of colours. If your resort is near Malé then the capital is worth a brief visit with its mosques, traditional houses with rounded corners and tea shops with a selection of ‘short eats’ including rice pudding, curried fish cakes and small bananas.

Cultural highlights of the Maldives

Bodu beru traditional music and dance, traditional seating - the undholi (like a hammock) and the joli (a net seat hung from a wooden frame), local crafts including mats, lacquer work and jewellery, traditional dhoni boats.

Facts in brief

Capital Malé
Airport Malé International Airport
Size The Maldives consist of 1,192 islands, dispersed over an area of 35,000 sq. miles
Population 436,000
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