An Island-sized Hotel
up from USD 1,350/night per 1 adult
Imagine for a moment…
Walking on a pristine, powdery beach. The sparkling turquoise ocean on a sunny day. A gentle, cool breeze blowing.
Let your thoughts wander.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa is a luxury all-villa Maldives resort property located in a spacious, boutique-style environment.
The resort comprises 132 tranquil villas in 7 distinct styles from private water villas and tropical tree houses to pool villas and beachside residences. All villas feature a myriad of luxurious amenities and expansive layouts with spacious sundecks, patios, daybeds and lounge areas.
The luxurious accommodation options include private ocean retreats and tropical tree house villas making it a premiere Maldives luxury resort, while a selection of fine-dining choices and innovative spa treatments have been carefully designed to stimulate the senses.
24-hour Business Centre (@ lounge)
24-hour In-Villa dining
Airport Butler Service
Babysitting / Child Care
Butler Service in Villa
Complimentary Airport Shuttle Transfer
Complimentary Shoeshine Service
Express Check-in and Check-out Services
Facilities for the Physically Challenged
Foreign Exchange Counter
Hair / Beauty Salon
House Doctor on Call
Laundry & Valet Service
Photo Processing Service
Postal / Courier Service
Safe Deposit Box
Wireless Internet in Public Area and in all Villas
Internet Access Centre
The Villa was huge, nicely furnished and very private. We had #20; an Ocean View Villa in the «Palm Breeze» part of the Island. The infinity pool was the highlight, although the vegetation surrounding it was too tall, so the «infinity» effect didn't work! It was not possible to see the sea from the pool.
The only criticisms we had of the Villa were small things like the complimentary tea and coffee was located in the Living Room (a seperate building), but the kettle could only be boiled in the Bedroom because the plug didn't fit in any of the sockets in the Living Room! There were also stains on the limestone topped coffee table in the Living Room which could not be removed. A shower by the pool would have been a useful addition, and there were some technical issues with the Bose sound system.
The bikes provided were great for getting around the Island. We used them all the time.
our Villa Host; Bridget was excellent, and couldn't do enough for us. In fact all the staff we came into contact with were all very nice.
And now the food....We were on Half Board. That entitled us to 4 courses in Javvu Restaurant of 3 in Dr Ali's. Additional Suppliments are payable for Fashala, for and special themed evenings. (I wouldn't recommend Fashala; the food was too ambitious and poorly executed.) I would definately recommend Half Board; the prices in all the restaurants were truly astronomical. For exaample $26 for a club sandwich?! Most starters were around $20, some main courses were $50. Breakfast was the usual massive buffet covering all tastes and was very good. Generally the food was better than average, but nothing special. The beach BBQ was the best meal we had.
Alcohol was also ridiculously expensive. The Cheapest bottle of wine on the In Villa Dining menu was $65 plus 6% tax and 10% service charge! In the restaurants the cheapest wine was $45. This happened to be Chardonnay, which we like. I asked the Food and Beverage Director if we could order it from Room Service when in our Villa, and he made arrangements for us to be able to do that. But why not have the «house» wine available on the Room Service Menu in the first place?!
The resort itself was stunning. A truly beautiful tropical island paradise. Most poeple tend to stay in their Villas during the day, so all the public parts of the resort were deserted much of the time, so lunch at The Beach Bar for example was a very lonely affair! The bars also were always quiet in the evenings, except during the «Meet the Management Cocktail Party», which was busy (probably because the drinks were free..)
Then things took another bad turn again. The Island is very dense tropical jungle, so one expects to see «wildlife». The giant Flying Foxes we saw each evening were beautiful, and there are the usual geckos and lizards. However, we didn't expect rodents. In the Villa. Initially we found evidence of a mouse (or mice) in a cupboard. We reported it and they sent a team round to deal with it. However, a few days later, at night, I saw what appeared to be a large rat run along a curtain pelmet in the Living Room. On a sperate occassion, again at night we heard «sqealing» in the rafters in the bedroom — which implied more furry friends.. We reported all this, and staff came quickly to investigate and set traps. There were lots of apologies and compensation in terms of free spa treatments, wine etc, and on the last day they offered to move us, but we declined as we literally only had a few hours left before our departure.
The departure experience was totally different. I like to think this was because they wanted to make sure we were treated peronsonally after the arrival debacle. So we had our own private speedboat and bus back to Gan for the flight back to Male...No members of management to see us off though, which I would have expected given our experiences.
All in all we wouldn't go back. The resort had a disappointingly «corporate» feel to it. We would choose Six Senses or Soneva if we were to return to the Maldives in the future. But the main reason we wouldn't return to Villingil, is that it is too far from Male and the transfer arrangements are just not good enough.
Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple