My wife and I enjoyed a fantastic week at Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa in early February 2013. We were celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary and we could not have booked anywhere better. As soon as we arrived at Male we were greeted by a Shangri-La host and we were then taken care of, right through to our arrival at Villingili by speedboat. Cold towels and a very welcome coconut drink were presented to us on boarding the speedboat. On arrival at the quayside at Villingili we were greeted by Rene Egle (General Manager) together with a number of his managers and staff before we were transported in a buggy to our deluxe pool villa. The villa was absolutely outstanding - very spacious, luxuriously equipped and ideally located in the Whispering Palms area. We dined at all three restaurants as well as enjoying a magnificent private dinner in the Wedding Pavillion, overlooking the beach. Every meal was superb and the quality and wide choice of dishes was excellent. We also enjoyed snorkelling in the house reef and one afternoon we booked the Dolphin Cruise - this was fantastic and we would recommend it to all guests staying on the island. The bicycles provided at each villa are a great way to get around the island, but if you don't want to cycle everywhere a fleet of buggies are always available. We played golf at Villingili golf course - a brilliant, and challenging 9 hole course, with amazing views at every hole. We also visited the Chef's Garden which was extemely well tended and contains a wide variety of herbs, vegetables, fruits and orchids - well worth a visit during your stay. Throughout our holiday we were looked after exceptionally well by Rene Egle (General Manager), Brian Porteus (Executive Chef), Abdul Manaf (Recreation Manager) and Janice our villa Host. In addition, every single member of the Shangri-La staff was welcoming, friendly, happy, courteous, helpful and efficient. It is the best hotel team that we have ever experienced on any of our numerous holidays around the world.
At the end of our holiday we were able to enjoy the excellent newly-opened private lounge at Gan airport whilst awaiting our flight back to Male.
Our thanks to everybody at Shangri-La Villingili for making our celebration holiday so very special, so very enjoyable and so very memorable.
We would very highly recommend Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa to anyone who is thinking of visiting the Maldives - it is the height of luxury, set in Paradise!! We will definitely be returning there soon, but next time we will stay for a longer period of time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An all-villa resort, Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives offers a unique selection of accommodations ranging from private beach retreats and overwater villas to unique tropical tree house villas perched on the tree top canopy. All villas are luxuriously appointed with the best of media and entertainment technology, have spacious sun-decks and patios, and feature private swimming pools or direct access to the turquoise waters of the lagoon for snorkelling among the beautiful coral reefs. Villingili is one of the largest and most vegetated islands in the Maldives, being the venue for the Maldives' only golf course. Guests on the island have many restaurants, bars and lounges to enjoy. Those seeking a more unique experience have private dining available in locations of your choice across the island and even lunch on the equator aboard the resort's 70-foot luxury yacht. Private and blissful CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La promises relaxation with ocean views within a secluded sanctuary. Neighbouring islands are easily accessible and perfect for touring by bicycle, providing a unique and interactive experience with local Maldivians. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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