Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa
Villingili Island, Addu Atoll
Republic of Maldives
General Manager Mr. Philippe Claverotte joined the resort in late 2017 and brought a lot of positive change to the resort. Prior to this, he was General Manager at Sofitel Bora Bora French Polynesia. A French national, Philippe has enjoyed a 23 year long career in luxury hotel management and is now looking forward to a new and exciting chapter at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa.
SHANGRI-LA’S VILLINGILI RESORT & SPA
The first luxury resort to the South of the equator and one of the biggest resort islands, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort&Spa, Maldives opened in 2009. An all-villa resort, it offers a unique selection of 132 accommodations, ranging from private beach retreats and overwater villas to unique tropical tree house villas perched in the tree top canopy. All villas are luxuriously appointed with the best of media and entertainment technology, have spacious sun-decks, patios, and feature private swimming pools or direct access to the turquoise waters of the lagoon for snorkelling to beautiful coral reefs. Villingili is one of the most vegetated islands in the Maldives, being the venue for the Maldives only golf course open in 2012. For those seeking a more unique experience, private dining is available in locations of your choice across the island and even lunch on the equator aboard the resort’s 21 meter long luxury yacht Horizon. Neighboring islands are easily accessible and perfect for touring by bike, providing a unique and interactive cultural and historical experience with local Maldivians. Turtle hatching, dolphin cruises, jungle dinner with a 150-year old banyan tree as a backdrop – nature of Villingili makes it different from other resorts.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives is the only Maldivian destination that offers an authentic cultural experience. There is a range of daily trips designed to excite every interest, from historical and farming excursions to cycling tours and nature walks around islands of Addu Atoll. All tours are led by resort guides who provide an insight into local life and bring out rich and fascinating heritage . The Gan island was a strategic British naval base during the second world war.
The world’s smallest mountain, Mount Villingili, at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort&Spa, Maldives has just been officially certified as the highest point in the Maldives, renowned for being the flattest and lowest country. Mount Villingili stands at 5.1 metres, and is located at tee number five on Villingili’s Golf Course – the only golf course in the Maldives. Conquer it to get a certificate.
The Cool Zone for children is the place to find toys, educational activities and lots of land and beach-based activities to ensure a fun-filled vacation for the children. Younger guests aged between four and twelve are welcome. Babysitting is available for toddlers.
Eight 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. Pool Villas are surrounded by a lush forest and offer views of the gentle rolling ocean with a private pool, terrace and open-air shower. Water Villas are built on stilts in the resort’s lagoon. Connected to the island by a timber walkway, each Water Villa has an open and airy atmosphere. Luxurious and spacious Beach Villas provide access to a white-sand beach. Entry is via a thatched-roof gate to a landscaped courtyard leading to the rustic timber door of the villa’s entrance. Every Beach Villa features a private terrace leading to the beach. Tree House Villas are secluded, private island hideaways perched on stilts among the treetops and set over three separate pavilions.
Restaurants & Bars
Six restaurants and bars of the resort appeal to every taste. Dr. Ali’s leads the restaurant selection with three distinctive living rooms that focus on fine cuisine from the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea and the Arabian Gulf. For quality café dining during the day and refined Western fare in the evening, Javvu will delight guests. Fashala lounge offers stunning views of the ocean and gourmet dishes created with local ingredients many of which come from the Chef’s Garden on the island. And if you seek an exceptional Maldives dining experience, find it as you lunch aboard a luxury yacht while cruising on the equator. The latest trendy sunset spot M-Lounge offers creative cocktails accompanied by live DJ performance.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives officially became the only five star resort in the Maldives with its own private executive terminal just five minutes away by speedboat. Guests can arrive in style and avail of this special service.
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La is a secluded sanctuary located in its own spa village within the resort, with spacious individual treatment villas. 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 programmes.
Addu Atoll is a veritable haven for divers and anyone curious about the underwater world. For resort guests there is excellent diving and snorkelling available for all levels of ability. House reef close to the resort’s shoreline is an ideal site for snorkelers and children. For advanced divers, numerous world class diving locations teeming with marine life await exploration.
With it’s stunning nature and facilities, Villingili is an ideal place for wedding celebrations and honey moons. With an abundance of choice locations, guests can choose ocean or forest vistas in brilliant sunshine, or celebrate beneath a canopy of stars.
Hotel and Restaurants Awards
• Best Beach Hotel by Conde Nast Traveller UK 2013: the magazine’s ratings are based on readers’ surveys and journalists’ reviews. Not only has Shangri-la’s Villingili Resort and Spa been voted best beach hotel, it has become a landmark for celebrities looking for privacy. The April issue of CN Traveller UK features Gemma Arterton’s impression of her stay.
• Award of Excellence for its outstanding wine list, Wine Spectator’s 2013. The award is testimony of Head Sommelier Winnie Toh’s continuous passion for oenology and for her enthusiasm to present our guests with a wine selection comparable to that offered at any urban five-star hotel.
• Best Luxury Hotel, Travel Weekly’s 2013 Hot Hotel Awards. Voted exclusively by top selling travel agents across the UK, the resort was commended for its barefoot luxury, tranquility and privacy.
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