Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa

A sanctuary for the soul

Posted: 20.05.15

The brightest gem in the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, Villingili Island is a haven for those seeking their own Shangri-La. Renowned for being one of the world’s premier hotels and resorts, you can’t ask for anything as beautiful when choosing Shangri-La Villinigili, Maldives for your honeymoon. Overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean, it’s difficult to imagine a more perfect setting. Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa is the first luxury resort in the Maldives to be located south of the equator, which is why what you will experience here is one of a kind. Nestled in the sheltered waters of the southernmost atoll, Shangri-La is the best equipped luxury resorts in the Maldives, you can expect the views to shift as easily as the sands between the toes, the gentle caress of warm waves, pleasant tickle of exotic fish and the embrace of warm evening breezes. As you stroll along the resort’s edge, the vast Indian Ocean stirs a sense of awe deep within you, like a pearl in its oyster. You’re embraced by the soothing ambience complemented with a stylish experience and an exceptional boutique style atmosphere, which simply sets it apart from other Maldives resorts.

The Journey
Jump onto Maldivian Airlines 70-minute scenic flight from Male International airport to Gan International airport before being whisked away through a five minute speedboat ride to the resort, leaving behind charming local Dhoni fishing boats. Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa is the first five star resort in the Maldives to open its own private executive airport terminal so that you arrive and leave in effortless style and to make an experience with a difference then you can arrive in a private jet. The team anticipating for your arrival, have the best of hospitality and set the wheels in motion to personalise your experience from the right pillow to dream on, the therapeutic treatments to the perfect dinner on the private island.

An unspoiled paradise
You have the liberty to explore the myriad of natural and sculpted secrets that await on the island. Admire the bliss of island life where the gentle lapping of waves on the palm-fringed shoreline becomes a soothing lullaby. The three-kilometre-long island has 12 hectares of lush foliage, towering banyan trees, 17,000 coconut trees, 45 species of plants, three natural lagoons and beautiful nature trails for guests to explore. This island is full of natural, dense vegetation that keep you mesmerized throughout your journey. To add more surprise, Shangri-La Villinigili is the only Maldivian destination that offers a cultural experience. Each guest is given a bicycle to pedal through the palms to breakfast, freewheel to the Chi Spa or admire the stars while you take a romantic walk back to your luxurious villa. 

Golf lovers are in for a delight with the country’s first true golf course. You can only expect to see spectacular sights as you walk along the Par 3 and Par 4 course surrounded by the natural beauty of inhabitant flora and multi-faceted views of the sea. That’s not all! The world’s smallest yet significant mountain at Shangri-La, Maldives has been officially certified as the highest point in the Maldives, which is known for being the flattest and lowest country. Couples may conquer Mount Villingili with a tour where you will be issued a certificate confirming that you have climbed the islands highest point – a perfect momento to add to your time in Maldives.

Your private haven
Surrounded by a striking coral reef and white sandy beaches, your villa is one of the most exciting aspect to your stay – you really will have no choice but to tear yourself away to enjoy the island, which is full of a fine combination of adventure and heavenly bliss. Walking through fresh, beautiful sand and coconut trees, you approach the doors of your beautiful beach villa, where you can really enjoy the stunning view of the azure waters and sensational sea views that meet sapphire coloured skies. The distinctly styled villas are beautifully designed with touches of Middle Eastern and Indian elements of décor, finished in soothing turquoise silver jail accessories and textured stone walls.


All villas enjoy complete privacy, which have been carefully placed around the island adorned with scenic pathways. The Beach Villa provides a private haven on a powdered white-sand beach, set over two separate pavilions – completely secluded, stylish and spacious. Your villa host will escort you and along the way to explain the special aspects of the resort, a personal style service you will find everywhere in Villinigili resort. You enter through a thatched-roof entry gate to a landscaped courtyard leading to the rustic timber door of the villas entrance. Every beach villa features a private terrace leading to the beach. Set over two pavilions, you will experience a luxury stay with a private infinity pool, a wooden sun deck, personal villa host, 24 hour in villa dining, open-air terrace with direct access to the beach, an exquisite bedroom and bathroom with an oval bathtub that faces the ocean, indoor and open-air showers and his and hers vanity counters. The spacious patio features outdoor furniture designed for dining under the stars on a balmy evening while the private terrace and living room is equipped with modern conveniences and luxurious amenities such as a 40inch flat screen TV’s, iPod, Wi-Fi and Nespresso machines. Shangri-La Villinigili has 132 tranquil villas from private ocean retreats to tropical tree houses with panoramic views – all which hold their own uniqueness and beauty.

Chi Spa
Located as the highest geographical point on the resort, CHI Spa offers luxurious beauty and body treatments based on the ancient Chinese and Himalayan healing traditions and rituals – a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being, perfectly designed for couples in mind. The signature therapies are based on the five elements theory of wood, fire, earth, water and metal, harmonized with ying and yang energies within the body and include classic CHI journey treatments by qualified and friendly therapists, massages, Asian wellness, facials, ayurvedic treatments, holistic experiences and signature cowrie shell experiences, which takes to another world. The secluded sanctuary is located in its own spa village within the resort, with 11 spacious individual treatment villas, unique yoga and meditation pavilions overlooking the Indian Ocean and private gardens with steam rooms.


Dine by Design
Villingili has a strong reputation for fine dining, and you can choose to eat in one of the three fantastic restaurants, or you may prefer to dine within the forest with a torch lit dinner under the banyan trees of the resort’s jungle, or at a private table on the beach surrounded by flame torches and your very own chef. The sensory thrills of a divine getaway perfectly match the mood that you are in. Or for more intimacy, discover new dining experiences in some of the resorts most secret locations, be it a spa dinner in the privacy of a meditation pavilion overlooking the ocean, a romantic in-villa rustic barbeque evening, dinner of local ingredients freshly prepared in Chef’s Garden, lunch abroad a luxury yacht while cruising on the equator, golf course barbeque pit or even Mount Villingili dinner.

Or choose to dine in the many unique restaurants such as Dr. Ali's restaurant, facing the ocean, which has a sleek, chic vibe and serves innovative cuisines from the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea and the Arabian Gulf in each of its three distinctive and intimate rooms, highlighted by Asian artifacts. Fashala on the tip of the island features fantastic seafood in a magical ambience, decorated to encourage the poetic play of light on sculptured wood – a temple to the sea with a sultry modern twist. Javvu is a more stylish and sophisticated hangout by the main pool offering quality café dining during the day and refined Western cuisine in the evening with high ceilings, natural open rafters and decorative pendant lights all with an airy ambience. Waking up to the surreal view, while enjoying a delicious breakfast buffet on the beach is one of the highlights to set the day off.


You are spoilt for choice for a chilled out evening under the stars between three unique bars and lounges at the resort, all offering the perfect spot to hang out or energize - the chic Manzaru bar which overlooks the lagoon, beach and jetty, framed by swaying palm trees; a place to watch the world drift slowly by, whilst sipping and snacking, Endheri Bar – stylish with upbeat dance music or Dr Ali’s Bar with herbal infused drinks, shisha and Arabian lounge music. The favourite of all is the M-Lounge – a trendy yet sophisticated lounge on the beach with a resident DJ, exotic flavor shisha, signature cocktails and dreamy canopies to romance in.


Watersports activities 
By day, energetic couples who are able to drag themselves away from being in awe with the sand, can immerse themselves in water-borne activities like wave-surfing, scuba-diving, dolphin cruising, kayaking, sailing, deep-sea fishing, or a cruise on a luxury yacht. Furthermore there’s excellent snorkeling around the island where you can head out towards the coral reef and meet the colourful residents in the surrounding areas – a treasure trove waiting to be discovered with a kingdom of creatures that simply swarms with exotic reef fish and corals. It is not just divers for whom ‘off-island trips’ are a thrill.

Less experienced swimmers can enjoy ‘snorkel gardens’ close to the resort’s shoreline and the year-round buzz of encountering and observing the beautiful manta ray, reef sharks and green turtles. There is also the dramatic 140 meter British Loyalty shipwreck with its hull resting just half an hour boat ride away from Villingili island – a must see! In addition, countless outdoor activities are available for guests during their stay including nature walks in the island’s lush tropical forest, biking, tennis, yoga, water therapies, cooking classes and a fitness centre. Guests can also shop at the resort’s four boutiques selling chic resort wear, exquisite keepsakes and unique jewellery.

The Maldives is seen as one of the world’s top wedding and honeymoon destinations so add sparkle to any wedding by splashing out on the perfect celebration and exchange your vows in the most beautiful of settings or even make an intimate proposal. With an abundance of choice locations to choose from, couples can hold their themed celebrations at the ocean, the forest vistas in brilliant sunshine or beneath a canopy of stars. Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa offers guests a stylish and luxurious environment to celebrate the union of two people in love from the wedding pavilion, beach to the luxury sailing yacht. All you have to do is enjoy your day while the Shangri-La Events team set up your special day just as you imagined it.

Couples can choose to say ‘I do’ on the beach, in one of the resort’s ocean retreats or even in a tropical treehouse villa. Each wedding is tailor-made to make each couple’s special day unique, and made easy with the help of a dedicated wedding planner included in the cost. All wedding packages on offer also include a photo shoot, bridal bouquet, four course candle-lit dinner, 90-minute signature couples’ spa treatment at CHI Spa and a special wedding gift. Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives has three wedding and one honeymoon packages to choose from with prices starting from $1,080.

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Sonia Ahmed

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