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Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives

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5 Stars


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Looking out from your plane window or out from the bow of the speedboat you will see an emerald jewel fringed with alabaster sand and surrounded by sapphire waters looming closer with the thought that this is where paradise must live. Here resides Shangri La's Villingili Resort, a world class 5 star resort and your retreat from modern day life.

The resort hosts over 130 private villas in 9 different styles from Water Villas presiding over the turquoise lagoon, Treehouse Villas perched amongst the tree tops surrounded by a dense verdant canopy, or Villa Laalu, a luxury two bedroom villa, titled the jewel in the resorts crown, set in the middle of the island in complete privacy with incredible ocean views and deluxe amenities and facilities.

Explore Asian cuisine at Dr Ali's restaurant featuring signature Cantonese, Vietnamese, Indian Ocean and Middle Eastern dishes inspired by the travel of Dr Ali himself presented in eclectically decorated rooms reflecting the foods regional origins. Guests can also indulge in the fresh seafood locally caught and farmed at Fashala on the northern tip if the island. Ingredients such as freshly caught fish and Maldivian lobster are combined with papaya, mango and herbs and spices to create an unforgettable culinary experience.

Pampering and relaxation can be found at Chi, The Spa at Shangri La offering a range of treatments and facilities to enable you to find well-being and vitality through traditional Chinese philosophy. Indulge in a range of massages and body therapies to rejuvenate your body and reinvigorate your senses or find inner peace and relaxation with a private yoga session or meditation session.

The daily activity schedule leaves no room for boredom or idleness such as; regular excursions to the house reef, snorkelling with turtles or glass bottom boat rides, Early morning boot camp for a great way to wake up and regular marine conservation presentations.

Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa
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Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives

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Rating Summary

Rooms 7.0 / 10
Service 5.0 / 10
Food 7.0 / 10
Facilities 5.0 / 10
Average 6.0 / 10

Thelma B Wokingham

Not very good weatherm even though we have been this time before. Shangri La Villingili: Flight to Gan took a little longer than stated but a smooth ride and an individual certificate given to everyone just before touchdown to say that you had officially crossed the Equator - nice touch. The island itself was quite big with only a beach one side - the other being rocky and unreachable unless you had a villa that side. Very strong currents, more like surfing waves than snorkelling. Accommodation was nice (Beach Villa with Pool No.205 - apparently one of the best position-wise) but we thought the split room idea was inconvenient at times as you had to close the sliding doors each time otherwise the AC went off - also for security. Therefore, if you were using the lounge area and wanted the loo, you had to go across to the bedroom, unlock the sliding door etc. Worst still when pouring with rain. Could really have done with a simple connecting passageway. On the good side, my husband could go into the separate lounge early in the morning to watch the news on the second TV, leaving me to have another five minutes of peace and quiet!! Food good at Dr Ali but the other restaurant was average, albeit this was the main one and the breakfast was good. The fish restaurant didn't open every night - maybe due to the level of occupancy? If you were staying for more than a week, you would be lacking for variety. Staff very friendly. Met up with the restaurant manager who was at Soneva Gili when we went there a couple of years ago. He is now manager of Dr Ali and made us most welcome. Not one of the prettiest islands we have been to.
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