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Maldives Surf Holiday

Advanced difficulty
Instruction in English
Breakfast included

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is the only Maldivian resort located at the south of the equator, making it an exclusive destination for a retreat in style. Also, Villingili’s unique location allows visitors to experience an island unlike any other, with emerald green jungle, white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Surf the Maldives and experience the warm waves of the Indian Ocean, with the stunning setting of an island paradise as a backdrop. Advanced surfers can tackle the waves just off the coast of Villingili Island, and everyone can enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating stay at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa’s luxurious tropical hideaway.


  • Breathtakingly beautiful island
  • Travelers' Choice Award, Trip Advisor - 2015
  • Top 50 Hotels Worldwide, Star Alliance - 2014
  • Condé Nast Johansens Spa Award Winner "Best for Service" - 2016
  • Free boat transfers and surfboard rental
  • 2-hour surfing experience daily
  • 4 nights luxury accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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From private ocean retreats to tropical tree houses, villas at Villingili Resort & Spa offer luxurious accommodations with sensational sea views. 7 distinctly styled villas are equipped with modern conveniences and luxurious amenities. These Maldivian luxury homes exude a sense of serenity, with touches of Middle Eastern and Indian elements in the décor.


Upon arrival, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa welcomes you with champagne. There is 2-hour surfing experience for advanced surfers per day, including boat transfers and surfboard rental. Daily buffet breakfast for 2 persons is served at Javvu restaurant, which overlooks the turquoise ocean. Relaxing in your villa on a brilliant tropical afternoon, you enjoy the stunning view where the azure waters meet sapphire-colored skies. Built on stilts in the resort's lagoon, the private haven is connected to the island by a timber walkway over waters teeming with marine life. As night falls, you anticipate a sumptuous themed dinner, a dining experience served in one of the resort’s most secret locations. Be it a torch lit dinner under the banyan trees of the resort’s jungle, a spa dinner in the privacy of a meditation pavilion overlooking the ocean, a romantic in-villa evening or a dinner using local ingredients freshly prepared in the Chef’s Garden, you will be surprised with a memorable experience. Tomorrow, perhaps you'll seek adventure with an expedition to the equator on a two-mast luxury yacht.


This holiday will take place in Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Villingili Island, Addu Atoll, Republic of Maldives.

Nearby places

  • Gan International Airport (GAN) - 5-minute boat ride
  • Malé International Airport (MLE) - 70-minute flight



  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Golf course
  • Health club
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Surfing
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming nearby
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Volleyball court


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace


  • Baby sitting
  • Beauty salon
  • Child care
  • Currency exchange
  • Hair salon
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Wireless internet


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa offers a range of scheduled activities for adults and young people, from sports activities to land activities and water activities. Some of the activities must be booked in advance and depend on weather conditions. Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa encourages you to book activities during your first contact with the hotel to avoid any disappointment.

Spa treatments

Chi, the spa at Shangri-La, draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. This secluded sanctuary is located in its own spa village within the resort, with spacious individual treatment villas offering "spa-within-a-spa" environments. There is also a unique yoga pavilion overlooking the Indian Ocean, and individual treatment villas with private gardens and steam rooms. The spa menu offers a selection of Asian massages and Indian Ayurvedic treatments, alongside locally inspired treatments and specific well-being programs. In traditional Chinese philosophy, ch’i or "Qi" is the universal life force that governs well-being and personal vitality. For good health to be maintained, it is believed that ch’i must flow freely within the body and, when blocked, "dis-ease" and illness follow. Movement is therefore a key element in releasing blockages. Body massage, exercise, stretching, hydrotherapy, and movement of the mind through relaxation and meditation combine to assist the body's natural renewal and form the basis of the Chi spa philosophy.

What's included

  • 2-hour surfing experience for advanced surfers per day
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • A fruit basket that is replenished every day
  • Boat transfers and surfboard rental
  • Daily buffet breakfast for 2 persons at Javvu restaurant
  • One bottle of champagne to welcome you to your private villa upon arrival
  • Scenic arrival and departure experiences: domestic round-trip flights from Male to Gan for 2 persons on a Maldivian Airlines Dash 8 - a twin-engine, turboprop, 50-seat airliner

How to get there

Driving directions from Malé International Airport (MLE)

Upon arrival at Malé International Airport (MLE), you will be personally welcomed by one of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa’s airport representatives who will escort you to the executive lounge. While you refresh, relax and take advantage of the food and beverages on offer, the resort and spa’s airport representative will coordinate your connecting experience to their exclusive island.

Driving directions from Gan International Airport (GAN)

You can get to Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa by private jet. This is a spectacular arrival experience like no other in the Maldives. Arrive in style at the executive lounge, with onsite immigration, customs support and baggage screening for a smooth and personalized process.

Another way to reach the resort is by a speedboat. Once you touch down, at Gan International Airport, you get the chance to experience the spa and resort’s exclusive location first hand. Take in the stunning ocean scenery on board Shangri-La’s speedboat, which will bring you to Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa’s private luxury sanctuary in just 5 minutes.

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