The most prestigious venue in the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, amidst the vibrant beauty of the Addu Attol and surrounded by white sand, lies Villingili Island and Shangri-La Maldives. Offering complete and perfect luxury, this resort expertly harnesses the natural beauty of the region to create incredibly special moments for its guests. It is a prestigious venue and one of the world's most romantic event destinations - perfect for weddings, engagements and honeymoons.
This boutique-style all-villa resort on Villingili Island is home to more than 17,000 coconut trees and spread over six kilometers of picturesque coastline. For a special celebration, there are a variety of stellar options to select from within the Shangri-La Maldives event spaces.
For weddings, there are few more romantic places. Celebrate love and fall in love all over again while you share the celebration with your dearest friends and family at this refined ocean retreat. The resort enjoys nearly perfect temperatures all year round and has many hidden locations that are perfect for weddings. These include secluded beach spots, by the shores of the island's in-land lagoon, on the immaculately kept golf course, inside the dedicated wedding pavilion or at the beautiful CHI Spa. For those looking for something a bit different, the resort offers underwater weddings with a divemaster or over water weddings whilst aboard the luxury sailing yacht 'Horizon.' Experienced staff will organise everything including candlelit celebratory dinners, spa treatments, floristry, a photographer and everything else - creating a truly unforgettable experience.
Dedicated to creating unique and special dining moments, the 'Dine By Design' team will put together an exclusive dinner experience in the jungle, on the beach, in the chef's garden, on the golf course or wherever you desire. Those seeking an experience with a difference are invited to take a cruise for lunch on the equator aboard one of the resort's fleet of private boats.
Three restaurants provide a variety of choice for visitors with Dr. Ali's restaurant fast becoming a 'go-to' destination in the Maldives, now in the capable hands of Executive Chef Filippo Abisso. Fashala at the northern tip of the island is an open and atmospheric restaurant facing out to sea. It has two private dining pavilions ideal for couples looking to share a special moment and it can also be used to host wedding celebrations and receptions. Javvu restaurant offers fine dining in relaxed and stylish surrounding at the heart of the resort and breakfast here is an experience. The buffet features Western classics as well as handmade noodles, Asian delicacies and a seemingly never-ending giant fruit stand.
All accommodation is within private villas in 9 distinct styles, including over water villas, tropical tree houses, pool villas and luxurious beachside retreats. Offering exclusive luxury in a tropical location, all villas are spacious, stylish and thoughtfully designed. The water villas are the signature experience and a firm favourite with visitors to the Maldives. Built on stilts over the resort's lagoon, their spacious sundecks complete with daybeds and over water hammocks are perfect for secluded relaxation. The two presidential villas on the resort offer something really special for those celebrating. Villa Muthee is a substantial over water residence with its own dining pavilion and an infinity pool. In addition, Villa Laalu has its own extensive garden and a private beach.
Once guests decide to venture from the privacy of their villas, there are a variety of resort activities. There is excellent snorkelling at the resort's house reef, some of the finest dive spots globally and plenty of land based activities including tennis, golf, volleyball and lawn bowls. M-Lounge on the beach front is the ideal venue for watching the sun go down or for enjoying a night cap under the region's fabulous array of stars. The on site luxury CHI spa, offers innovative therapies in a secluded sanctuary overlooking the calming vistas of the Indian Ocean. While the setting is romantic, couples are not the only visitors you will find here. Families of all descriptions enjoy the privacy of the secluded villas, the variety of island activities and the beauty of Villingili Island. It is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most prestigious venues in the Indian Ocean; it is Shangri-La Maldives.
Nestled in the sheltered waters of the southernmost atoll in the archipelago of the Republic of Maldives is Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives. This is the first luxury resort in Addu Atoll (also known as Seenu Atoll). Addu is located approximately 478 kilometres south of the Maldivian capital, Mal.
Comprising seven inhabited and about 20 uninhabited islands, Addu Atoll extends the islands of the Maldives to the southern hemisphere, crossing the equator, with Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives being the first luxury resort in this location. The heart-shaped atoll is about 18 kilometres wide and 15 kilometres long. The atoll has some of the biggest islands in the Maldives and has a stunning coral reef formation that is the largest in the country.
Historically, Addu Atoll was a major military base for the British Army until the Maldives gained its independence in 1965. The islands of Addu Atoll were home to British soldiers serving in the British Army for many years. The British airbase on Gan during the second world war, and later from 1956 to 1976, left behind a concrete runway, an industrial estate, a holiday village and a sizeable local population educated in English as a result of working for the Royal Air Force. It is this local population that today plays a key role in the unparalleled hospitality and warm welcome that every guest receives at Shangri-La Maldives.