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"Great resort for families!"
Me and my husband have stayed in many of the Maldives top hotels such as Soneva, Anantara and Huvafen Fushi, but now that we had a family we felt that we needed to find somewhere that really catered to the needs of our little ones whilst also feeling luxurious but not being too expensive on the budget - and Shangri-La was wonderful! I found tripadvisor to be so helpful when choosing where to stay, I thought that I would share my experience to help others - so here it is ... Getting there There is no doubt that biggest challenge about the resort is the distance that it is from Male and the fact that you need to wait in Male airport for several hours and then take an extra flight which can be between 1-2 hours long and may not always run to schedule. I know some people break up the trip with an overnight stay in Male which is a good idea. If you are a highly stressed traveller I wouldn't recommend it as it is exhausting. Otherwise you just have to grin and bear it and know that you can lie on a beautiful beach and recover to get over it when you finally arrive! Rooms We spent one week in a Beach Villa with our 5 year old son and 4 month old baby and it was heaven. The reason we chose Shangri La was due to the big size and great layout of the beach villa. Most of the other hotels I have stayed in have been very compact, but here we had ample space inside and out which was really fantastic. There is one master bedroom with huge beautiful ensuite bathroom and then a separate living room with TV which acted as the bedroom and playroom for our 5-year old. This meant we had some privacy and also didn't fall over any toys! The garden area was excellent with masses of space around the pool and a hammock for relaxing in. The beaches are not necessarily as perfect as some others that we have seen in the Maldives because the hotel looks out at Gan island so isn't as secluded as it could be, but it was pretty nearly perfect and we got over that pretty quickly. Baby support The hotel was absolutely brilliant at providing everything needed for our baby. They gave us all the necessary equipment including bottle steriliser, baby bath, cot as well as nappies and also a Maclaren stroller. This meant that we didn't have to pack so much which was great as the flight to Gan has quite a strict baggage allowance! Kids facilities Our 5 year old was in love with the kids club. He genuinely wanted to spend every day there. They don't talk about it much on the website, but it has a great soft play area with slides and a ball pit and all the kids had hours of fun. They also had a fantastic agenda of activities every day so he would get very excited to take part in things like the crab racing and nighttime flashlight tag as well as the nature walk and arts and crafts. Really great for this age group, whereas I think teenagers would have to be happy to do more sports focused activities Food Some of the food was great but some a little disappointing. The breakfast was a nice buffet with the pancake station making funny shapes for the kids. Jaavu restaurant near the pool was also really nice for lunch overlooking the beach and had great salads and other dishes. The best dinner venue was the Fashala fine dining - I had a fantastic tasting menu with paired wine which was really delicious and good value at $155. However beware of the room service as we were not impressed. The pizzas tasted very bad and there was a very limited selection of nice healthy salads or mediteranean dishes. The only good things we got from the room service menu were when we did a special valentines dinner on our beach and ordered the lobster and tiger prawns - these were superb and I couldn't fault them!! Special memories Managing to get our son to learn how to ride a bike without stabilisers and watching him having so much fun cycling around the island. The glass bottom boat trip was also fantastic and we saw lots of turtles. However best memory was the special valentines dinner we had on our private beach - picture perfect. Value for money Compared to many other luxury Maldives hotels, we felt that this provided the quality that we wanted without being overpriced. The service and facilities were really top notch - and we are very fussy travellers that have stayed in the best hotels all around the world! Genuinely a really fair price for what good quality they are offering. We also had an Entertainer voucher which gave us a great discount and a free night's stay! Overall verdict I would definitely come back to this resort and even though it is a long trip, it is worth it in the end when you get there. Highly recommended.
It's green paradise in middle of ocean. Perfect staff, kitchen. It's quite far from Male international airport, but it's worth it. Because we travelled with kids, we prefer beach villas. Beach access is perfect. People who like diving will love also diving spots.
Luxurious and comfortable vibe. Suitable to come alone for a getaway trip or with close friends. I visited this resort a while back but I still have fond memories. I hope to come back soon. Really a fantastic trip!
"One of the very best top tier resorts I have ever stayed"
I have spent 5 nights during the Chinese New Year break, i.e. Peak of the Peak season for a resort in Maldives. Having said this, the villa itself, facilities around the resort, and the service quality is absolute impeccable. Big thank you to Mr Drego, his management team, and all his staff - you guys are simply superb. As a very frequent business traveller, I can conclude this is one of the best top tier resorts I have ever stayed and will be my primary choice in the next occasion of resort type holiday trip. Looking forward to my next stay already.
Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa is the place you want to return once again. And once you return you understand you are deeply and truly in love with the island, people, ocean inhabitants and this is the place where you are in peace with yourself and the whole world.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM