Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives


The Shangri-la Maldives Resort and Spa is a luxury spa resort in the Maldives. Situated on the southern-most tip of Addu Atoll, the resort opened on 26 July 2009. It features 142 guestrooms and a luxury spa.

The resort was developed by Addu Investment Private Limited (70%) and the Maldives Government (30%).

The resort cost an estimated $150m (2007 figures) and was built in two phases: the first phase involved the construction of 42 villas; the second phase began in the fourth quarter of 2008 and was completed in 2009.

The island is 70 minutes from Male International Airport by seaplane and is also accessible from Gan International Airport.

Accommodation at the Shangri-La Villingili

Shangri-La Villingili's accommodation features 142 villas including 133m² Pool Villas, 166m² Water Villas, 189m² Deluxe Pool Villas, 218m² Ocean View Villas, 189m² Beach Villas, 224m² Twin Beach Villas, 218m² Tree House Villas, the 570m² Villa Muthee and the 957m² Villa Laalu.

"The Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa cost $150m to build."

Amenities at the villas include a 40in LCD TV, a DVD player, an iPod docking station, a mini bar, an Asian artwork display and internet access.

The villas are attached to three different 'village' concepts. There are also the Lost Horizon Villas, the Waterford Villas (water bungalows), the Whispering Palms Villas and the Windance Villas.

The land-based villas each have a private plunge pool.

Each villa also opens to a private terrace overlooking the beach and has a partial open-air shower. The resort is located on 6km of coastline, of which 2km is a white sand beach.

Dining at Shangri-La Villingili

The resort features three restaurants and three bars. The Juvvu restaurant is located on the poolside and offers international cuisine. It seats up to 144 people.

Dr Ali's restaurant, located on the East Coast, offers Arabic and Asian cuisines and can seat up to 122 diners. The Fashala restaurant on the north coast of the island serves seafood and can accommodate up to 54 people.

Endheri is a poolside bar, Manzaru is located near the arrival pier and Dr Ali's is on the East Coast. All bars offer snacks and beverages.

Other facilities

The Shangri-La Villingili also offers a five-star range of CHI spa treatments and lifestyle programmes (based on ancient philosophies and Chinese treatments).

"Shangri-La Villingili offers five-star CHI spa treatments."

The village has a range of shops and entertainment, a fitness centre with a beauty salon, a children's club, a sea sports and dive centre, a private pool for Lost Horizon guests, a piazza with a central guest pool and slide, three freshwater lagoons, three artificial surface tennis courts and a range of outdoor sports, including scuba diving.

The resort offers meeting rooms, a ballroom, karaoke facilities, a medical centre, a wedding pavilion, a health club and a special Dine by Design service (three venues) for couples looking to tailor meals to their own specification.

Contractors

The contractor for the resort's construction was Alyson Service Private Limited. The firm built the resort, its facilities and infrastructure including the 142 villas, restaurants, the spa, the dive centre, the power house (electricity), the desalination plant (for fresh water) and staff accommodation.

The second phase of construction began in September 2007 and was completed in June 2008 (fitting-out took the final project completion into July 2009 when the entire resort opened for business).

The villas were designed by Singapore-based Design Bube. The Plantation Village, which forms part of the resort, opened in the latter part of the development. The contractor carried out soil rebuilding and presented a mature organic garden.