On the long coral island of Shangri La Villingili…

When travelling to the Maldives you expect to spend your days on one of the small coral islands, surrounded by the turquoise lagoon, with the white sandy beaches and the dreamy views. At Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives you may expect the same from a different angle, located at the southern hemisphere.

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Shangri La Villingili: discover the last paradise

Starting from Male with a domestic flight, which will take you to Addu Atoll, the last atoll of the country, you will cross the equator and land at the International Airport Gan. After a short speedboat ride you will already reach Villingili Island.

The beautiful island differs at first site from the other islands you have just seen from above. With more than 2 km length, the island is one of the largest in the country and located at the southern end of the Maldives. One side of the island opening up to the infinity of the Indian Ocean and the other side, towards the inside of the atoll, has a long, white sandy beach with the turquoise lagoon and house reef.

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Shangri La Villingili: the only island in the Maldives, where…

Shangri La Villingili Island is blessed with a unique nature and wildlife, which can only be found down south in Addu Atoll. Fresh water lagoons, a jungle with more than 17 000 Palm trees, 400-year-old Banyan trees and Claw trees are left to discover by guests on the island. The highest natural elevation of the Maldives, the so-called Mount Villingili, is located at the southern end of the island and has a remarkable height of 5.10 meters.

Before Shangri-La has opened the resort in 2009 on Villingili island, the island was part of the British Airbase during the first and second World War, leaving behind old bunkers and artifacts which can still be found on Villingili Island and some of the local islands. Most likely, Villingili Island might be the only island in the Maldives, where you can join a guided historical tour.

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Guests can use their own bicycles to discover the island or to visit one of the three Restaurants. Javvu Restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner is directly located at the beach and attached to Endheri Bar, the pool bar. In Jaavu international cuisine is served, naturally with an array of seafood.

Dr. Ali’s Restaurant has the most beautiful setting, located directly at the shore to the Indian Ocean, offering great indoor and outdoor dining, incredible views accompanied by the sound of the free ocean. Offering the best from three cuisines, the menu is full of Arabic, Chinese and Indian inspired delicacies.

The fine dining Restaurant Fashala, meaning “at the edge” in the local language, is located at the northern side of the island, leading out to a small sandbank, offering fresh seafood with a touch of Italy. The concept “rooted in nature”, which is incorporated in the classy menu, is based on local and sustainable sourcing. Many ingredients are sourced from the island’s Chef Garden or the local islands in Addu Atoll.

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Shangri La Villingili: you will miss the ball!

For a round of golf the 7.5 hectares, 9-hole golf course gives the very unusual chance to play golf in paradise. The course can turn out to be quite a challenge and naturally offers spectacular views, which can slightly distract from curving the ball to the next bunker. Besides this, here you may find Mount Villingili, which also makes the best spot to see the sun rise in the early morning – worth the early get up.

The infamous CHI, the Spa by Shangri-La offers treatments, inspired by Asian spa traditions as well as local rituals and yoga. 11 treatment rooms, single and couple, some of them with outdoor space and ocean view are nestled in the jungle, and at the shore.

The health club, including two tennis courts and a modern equipped gym offers a variety of sporty activities with personal trainer.

Water sport activities are endless, diving and snorkeling, as well as excursions on and around the island and local islands are available. The Cool Zone will take care of young children and the Eco Centre helps with all kind of questions with regards to the fascinating nature found on the island.

Shangri La Villingili has so much to offer and is made for the active couples and families as well as the romance and relaxation seekers. Due to the size of the island, you will feel like you are the only one cycling around it and you will find your own private hideaway.

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