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SHANGRI-LA VILLINGILI

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  • HOTEL OVERVIEW

    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 of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives. Relaxing in your villa on a brilliant tropical afternoon, you enjoy the stunning view where the azure waters meet sapphire-coloured skies. Built on stilts in the resort’s lagoon, the private haven is connected to the island by a timber walkway, over waters teeming with marine life.

    The turquoise lagoon whispers the beauty of its shoreline as waves lap against the beach, beckoning you. With so much else to do at the resort, the sea will have to wait. Peals of laughter fill the air. From somewhere, the rich aroma of coffee wafts towards you. You soak in the local vibes over a delectable lunch served on your villa deck, hoping the moment lasts forever.

    As night falls, you anticipate a sumptuous themed dinner, a dining experience served in one of the resort’s most secret locations. Surrounded by lush vegetation and nocturnal sounds, open-flame torches are your sole illumination. You take a seat at a finely-adorned table. From tasty appetisers to sizzling barbecued specialities, the dinner is perfect, right down to the local-dessert finale.

    Tomorrow, perhaps you’ll seek adventure with an expedition to the equator on a two-mast luxury yacht. For now, you long for the endless horizon views at the Villingili Golf Course, and the magic of CHI, The Spa.

    Welcome to Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, where extraordinary adventures await.

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    ROOMS & SUITES

    Exceptional comfort in the Tropics

    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.

    Pool Villas – Maldivian nights & spectacular ocean views

    Pool Villas are surrounded by a lush forest and offer views of the gentle rolling ocean. The luxury resort’s Pool Villas feature their own private pool, terrace and open-air shower.

    The elegant décor is contemporary Asian, with Middle Eastern and Indian highlights. Guests can enjoy the soothing sound of the waves from the comfort of their bed, catch up on their reading or relax on a day bed on the patio or terrace.

    Deluxe Pool Villa – Views of the sea overlooking lush gardens

    Nestled in rich vegetation, Deluxe Pool Villa guests can enjoy the stunning views of the gentle rolling ocean from their own infinity pool and wooden sun deck. The bedroom and bathroom look out to the sea, while the spacious patio features outdoor furniture designed for dining under the stars on a balmy evening.

    Located in hush tranquillity and tucked behind the secluded shores of Villingili Island, all Deluxe Pool Villas have their own spacious garden and intimate coral beach front, offering unbeatable seclusion and second-to-none privacy.

    Water Villa – Azure waters at your doorstep

    As you laze in your Water Villa on a brilliant tropical afternoon, enjoy the subtle breeze as you reflect upon the distant horizon, where the azure waters meet a sapphire-coloured sky.

    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. Access to this private haven is via a walkway over turquoise water that teems with marine life.

    Note: We do not recommend this villa to families with children under 12 years due to the open nature of its terrace.

    Ocean View Villa – Luxurious villas with exceptional ocean views

    Perched on stilts three meters above the ground, Ocean View Villas offer guests stunning views of the ocean. These luxurious villas are infused Middle Eastern and Indian designs.

    Guests can swim-up to the edge of their infinity pool and unwind or choose to recline on their sun beds. Rocked by the natural sound of the ocean, guests can also enjoy al fresco dining on the villa’s wooden sun deck.

    Note: We do not recommend this villa to families with children under 12 years due to the open nature of its terrace.

    Beach Villa – A premier experience with stunning views

    These Luxurious Beach Villas provide a private haven on a white-sand beach, and are set over two separate pavilions.

    Entry is via a thatched-roof entry 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.

    Two-Bedroom Beach Villa – Relax in style & spacious comfort

    Luxurious and tastefully decorated, two-bedroom villas are located adjacent to one another, making them ideal for families or travelling companions wanting both privacy and proximity.

    Traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern and Asian-themed furnishings and décor create a light and airy feel, blurring the distinction between indoors and outdoors. The villas are set in beautiful grounds and share a large patio and sun deck, complete with an infinity pool.

    Tree House Villa – Island hideaways with gorgeous lagoon views

    With marvellous views of the ocean, Tree House Villas are secluded, private island hideaways. Perched on stilts among the treetops, these luxury accommodations provide guests with a memorable stay in a tropical tree house.

    At this elevation, privacy is assured as the beautiful, panoramic views unfold like a living canvas of sparkling surf and languid lagoons.

    Note: We do not recommend this villa to families with children under 12 years due to the open nature of its terrace.

    Villa Muthee – The pearl of the ocean offers stunning seascapes

    Like a pearl in its own oyster, Villa Muthee nestles in its own luxurious environment. From the choicest of décor to the stunning seascapes that surround it, Villa Muthee promises a truly sensational experience.

    The only one of its kind at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Villa Muthee is appropriately named. Muthee, which means ‘pearl’ in the local Dhivehi language, is a villa for those craving sanctuary from the fast-paced world in an ambience that offers stunning vistas and absolutely everything necessary for a perfect getaway.

    Villa Laalu – The jewel in the crown at Villingili

    Spacious, stylish and thoughtfully designed, Villa Laalu is the jewel in the resort’s crown, with two large, high-ceilinged bedrooms.

    Carefully selected artworks are on display throughout this exquisite villa, together with high-end Asian artefacts, sculptures and urns from Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

    Round-the-clock, in-villa dining can be enjoyed in the living room with timber-decked verandas, or in air-conditioned or al fresco dining pavilions.

    All Villas have the following Amenities:

    Media & Entertainment
    40-inch LCD television
    Bose home theatre system with DVD player
    Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access
    Complimentary broadband Internet access
    iPod docking station

    Office Equipment & Stationery
    International Direct Dial telephone
    Personal safe
    Voice mail

    Bath & Personal Care
    Shangri-La premium toiletries
    Pillow menu
    Twice daily housekeeping service
    Hair dryer
    Bathrobes & slippers

    Refreshments
    Nespresso machine
    Mini-bar
    Tea pot with 5 varieties of tea

    DINING & COCKTAILS

    The resort’s restaurants are well-catered to eating and drinking pleasures. 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. And if you seek an exceptional Maldives dining experience, find it as you lunch aboard a luxury yacht while cruising on the equator.

    Dine by Design

    Discover new dining experiences in some of the resort’s most secret locations. Be it a torch lit dinner under the banyan trees of the resort’s jungle, a spa dinner in the privacy of a meditation pavilion overlooking the ocean, a romantic in-villa evening or a dinner of local ingredients freshly prepared in the Chef’s Garden, our culinary team will help create a memorable experience.

    Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa has four exceptional bars and lounges, offering a choice of atmospheric milieu for chilling out or being invigorated.

    Restaurants

    Dr. Ali’s – Adventure awaits the palate

    The exceptional Dr. Ali’s has three distinctive, Eastern-style living rooms representing the different cultures and cuisines of the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea and the Arabian Gulf. Dr. Ali’s kitchen is helmed by four specialty chefs – A culinary adventure awaits diners at Dr. Ali’s. The Maldivian gastronomic influences are enticingly captured by the variety of cuisines on offer here.

    Signature dishes from their experienced chef, crafted with meticulous attention to every detail and presented to your table. From aromatic curries to Shangri-La’s signature Cantonese dishes and quintessential Middle Eastern cuisine, Dr. Ali’s menu has something to excite everyone.

    Location – On the east coast of the resort, facing the ocean.
    Operating Hours – 6.30pm – 10pm (last order) – Restaurant stays open until the last guests leave.
    Dress Code – Smart Casual
    Smoking Policy – Dr. Ali’s accommodates both smoking and non-smoking guests

    Fashala – Serving up the ocean’s best

    Fashala’s spectacular views of the ocean sets the perfect mood for a romantic gourmet evening. The restaurant serves fine dining cuisine featuring local produce from the surrounding waters and neighbouring farms.

    At Fashala Restaurant, local ingredients are ingeniously paired and prepared to offer a fine dining experience.

    Juicy mangoes and papayas, handpicked eggplants, watermelons, herbs, chilies and freshly-caught fish, just to name a few, are specially fused for you to enjoy a feast of tropical flavours.

    Chef Brian and his team work hand in hand with the farmers of Meedhoo – a neighbouring island north of Villingili – and Addu fishermen in selecting the very best local ingredients to delight you with an innovative culinary experience.

    By taking advantage of local produce in the kitchen, the resort is able to provide diners with the freshest ingredients as well as support the livelihood of the local community.

    Location – At the northern tip of the island
    Operating Hours – 6.30pm – 10pm (on selected evenings only)
    Dress Code – Smart Casual
    Smoking Policy – Fashala accommodates both smoking and non-smoking guests.

    Javvu – All-time favourites at its best

    Javvu is the resort’s all-day-dining restaurant. It features quality café dining in the day and refined Western cuisine in the evening, including prime steaks and seafood, with a touch of the Mediterranean.

    Javvu offers a choice of continental or a la carte cooked breakfast selections.

    Lunch features an international café-style poolside menu, with tempting favourites to suit the international palate. The menu also includes dishes that satisfy the taste buds of the health-conscious.

    Javvu offers a refined Western cuisine in the evening – prime steaks and seafood, imbued with Mediterranean touches.

    Location – Adjacent to Endheri Pool
    Operating Hours
    Breakfast – 7am – 10.30am
    À la carte dining – 12.30pm – 3pm
    Light meals – 3pm – 6.30pm
    Dinner – 6.30pm – 10pm (last order)Restaurant stays open until the last guests leave
    Dress Code – Smart Casual
    Smoking Policy – Javvu accommodates both smoking and non-smoking guests

    Bars & Lounges
    Endheri – Unwind at nature’s threshold

    Very much the heart of the resort, Endheri is a stylish spot that offers guests relaxation and comfort. Located right on the beach, the pool bar is the perfect venue for chilling out completely.

    This is the main entertainment area of the resort, with acoustic and semi-acoustic sets progressing to more upbeat electronic and dance music as the evening goes on.

    Location – Adjoining Javvu Restaurant
    Operating Hours – Bar – 10am till late daily
    Lunch – 12.30pm – 3.00pm
    Snacks – 3pm till late daily
    Dress Code – Casual
    Smoking Policy – Smoking is permitted at Endheri.

    Manzaru – A serene escape

    Manzaru is the ideal place for sunset moments and relaxation with chill-out music. Open, exposed rafters and a limestone carved feature wall with intricate motifs particular to the region give the venue a chic, contemporary feel. Swaying palm trees casting their shadows on the stone- clad columns and the contemporary lounge furniture add to the ambience. International bottled beers and a fabulous collection of cosmopolitan cocktails complete the experience to make this the resort’s most lively bar.

    Location – Near the arrival pier
    Operating Hours – Early morning opening dictated by day-trippers’ excursion schedules. Bar open till late every day.
    Dress Code – Casual
    Smoking Policy – Smoking is permitted at Manzaru.

    M-Lounge – Spectacular sunsets and nightlife under the stars

    M-Lounge’s design is classic, simplistic and contemporary. Shades of white and cream dominate the venue, reflecting the white sandy beaches of Shangri-la’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives. The décor perfectly matches the lush green of the island and the mesmerising turquoise of the lagoon.

    M-Lounge evolves into one of the few upscale live DJ spots in the Maldives. The resident DJ brings exquisite musical tunes and engaging beats to accompany dances on the sand and under the stars.

    Operating Hours – 10am until late, daily
    Dress Code –
    Casual during the day;
    Smart casual during the evening
    Smoking Policy – Smoking is permitted at M-Lounge.

    SERVICES
    Chi – The Spa

    CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being.

    This secluded sanctuary is located in its own spa village within the resort, with spacious individual treatment villas offering “spa-within-a-spa” environments. 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.

    In traditional Chinese philosophy, ch’i or “Qi” is the universal life force that governs well-being and personal vitality. For good health to be maintained, it is believed that ch’i must flow freely within the body and, when blocked, “dis-ease” and illness follow. Movement is therefore a key element in releasing blockages.

    Body massage, exercise, stretching, hydrotherapy, and movement of the mind through relaxation and meditation combine to assist the body’s natural renewal and form the basis of the CHI spa philosophy.

    For the Kids – A fun-filled vacation for the young ones

    Located in the Village, 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.

    They welcome their younger guests aged between four and twelve from 9am until 7pm for plenty of fun and games.

    Kids’ Activities

    Young Pirates of Villingili
    Join us in exploring the islands for hidden treasures, with your own cutlass, wearing your own crossbones shirt, to match your crossbones face paint. Learn our pirate vocabulary, words of fun and adventure. Embark on a voyage with the young pirates of Villingili.

    Jungle Discovery
    Discover the wonderful jungle of Villingili and meet with the amazing creatures living there, such as the flying fox and geckos. Explore the different facets of nature and embark on a journey of discovery.

    Crab Hunting & Racing
    Try to catch Hermit crabs or Ghost crabs and join the fun. Be the cheerleader of your very own crab and be part of the new racing game.

    Underwater Adventure
    Learn about the beauty of the sea and meet your underwater friends. Learn funny and amazing information about green turtles, black tip sharks, starfish, dolphin, corals, parrotfish and a whole lot more.

    Nature Arts & Crafts
    Learn how to craft a shell necklace and sand castle frame using real leaves & coconuts. Explore nature and express yourself through its creations.

    Island Fitness
    Get fit and play at the same time with swimming, tennis, running, yoga and other exciting activities.

    Young Adventurers Mailing List
    Keep in touch with us! Find out new, exciting activities and the cool stuff we have in store for you. Become an adventurer now!

    Cultural Experiences – The only Maldivian destination that offers an authentic cultural experience

    Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives has launched a range of new tours for couples and families to enjoy around Addu Atoll. Each trip is designed to excite every interest, from historical and farming excursions to cycling tours and nature walks. All tours are led by resort guides to ensure that guests gain an insight into local life by those who know it best. The cultural tours available at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives demonstrate that the Maldives, renowned for its beaches and natural beauty, also has a rich and fascinating heritage.

    Weddings and Celebrations – Celebrate life’s events in style & elegance

    Add sparkle to any wedding by splashing out on the perfect celebration. With an abundance of choice locations, guests can choose ocean or forest vistas in brilliant sunshine, or celebrate beneath a canopy of stars.

    For this once-in-a-lifetime occasion, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa offers the once-in-a-lifetime location. Wedding pavilions face the breaking waves of the Indian Ocean, and themed weddings including Indian, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.

    SPORTS & RECREATION

    Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, enjoys ample space and provides many possibilities for a healthy start to the day. Explore an incredible atoll from land & sea.

    Golf – Villingili Golf Course

    Designed and managed by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Villingili Golf Course is nestled on 7.5 hectares and located at the southern end of Villingili Island. This nine-hole golf course is the only one of its kind in the Maldives and includes par three and par four holes, which average a length of 112 metres. Furthermore, the course is designed for the enjoyment of seasoned golfers and beginners alike.

    Spectacular challenges and vistas await at every one of the course’s nine holes. The fairways are lined by coconut palms and other exotic flora, white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and the Indian Ocean.

    The course’s Club House offers light snacks and refreshments, and it’s Pro Shop carries golf equipment, apparel, gear and merchandise.

    Facilities
    9-Hole, Par 3 and Par 4 recreational golf course
    Clubhouse
    Refreshment bar
    Pro shop

    Services
    Refreshments and light snacks
    Green fees and golf equipment rental
    Guided tours

    Nature

    The natural, dense vegetation of Villingili sets it apart from many other Maldives resort islands. The three-kilometre-long island has 12 hectares of lush foliage, towering banyan trees, 17,000 coconut palms, 45 species of plants, 3 natural lagoons and nature trails for guests to explore.

    Located at tee number eight of the golf course, Mount Villingili has been officially certified as the highest point in the Maldives. The world’ smallest mountain stands at a modest 5.1 metres and can be explored during a casual golf game or as part of a guided tour.

    In line with our commitment to biodiversity conservation, the group launched Sanctuary, Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project.

    At Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, we have the Reef Care project which aims to foster interest and awareness of marine life and the threats facing it globally, as well as involve guests in activities linked to marine life protection at the resort through activities offered at the Eco Centre.

    Sports Facilities

    Tennis Courts
    Two International Tennis Federation grade tennis courts are available. Beginners can choose to take a lesson with our tennis pro who is also a perfect partner for experienced players.

    Land Activities

    Entertainment Centre – The entertainment centre offers snooker and billiards, and a selection of books and magazines. A resident artist features contemporary Asian paintings in the Q Gallery. A bar and mini mart serve snacks and drinks and offers basic personal necessities.

    Eco Centre – Shangri-La Eco Centre is a place to discover, entertain and educate, in an interactive and lively atmosphere. Guests will gain an in-depth understanding of the conservation works around Villingili island and learn how they can get involved and support the resort’s efforts.

    Jogging Trails – Three joggings trails running a total of four kilometers are available on Villingili.

    Guided Bicycle Tours in Addu – Explore by bicycle the five neighbouring islands connected by a 17-kilometre road that is the longest in Maldives. Set out with a picnic and discover the fascinating lifestyle and culture of untouched Maldivian villages or stop at a coffee shop to chat with the locals over a meal.

    Yoga and Meditation – Find inner calm practising yoga or meditation overlooking the ocean. Individual and group classes for all levels as well as holistic workshops to experience a balanced approach to life and longevity are offered.

    Water Sports and Excursions

    From deep-sea fishing to a luxury sunset cruise, there are many possibilities to explore the surrounding waters of Villingili Island.

    Diving & Snorkelling
    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. The creation of a snorkelling garden 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.

    The snorkeling area between the Whispering Palms water villas provides a shallow, accessible place ideal for less experienced swimmers and children, before taking the snorkeling channel leading out to the resort’s house reef on the northern end of Villingili Island. Resident marine life along the way include branching corals, sea anemones, Maldives anemone fish and much more.

    Sunset Sailing on the resort’s luxury yacht “Horizon”
    Come along and watch the sunset while sailing on our 21 meter-long luxury yacht. Enjoy a glass of Champagne while sailing beautiful Maldivian waters.

    Dolphin Cruise
    Hop on a boat and explore the surrounding waters on the lookout for the many spinner dolphins living in the area.

    Night Fishing
    Venture out for a traditional hand line night fishing trip. Our expert chefs will be happy to cook any fish you catch.

    Big Game Fishing
    Have you ever wanted to fish at the break of dawn? Hop on a well-equipped private boat and be ready to fight barracudas, sailfish and tunas, among others, with the help of our experienced crew members.

    Resort Facilities

    Health Club
    The Health Club comprises top-of-the-line gym equipment as well as separate steam rooms and saunas.

    The Health Club team offers a selection of healthy activities including fit-ball class, beach frisbee and local island bicycle tour, to mention only a few. A personal trainer is on hand for tailor-made programmes.

    Beach & Pool
    Villingili Island boasts over six kilometres of picturesque coastline and nearly two kilometres of beautiful white, sandy beach on which to commune with nature. The lagoon offers a sensational palette of natural turquoise hues.

    On the resort’s premises, there is also Endheri Pool, a free-form infinity pool with Jacuzzi, ideally located in front of the lagoon.

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