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The Maldives' first south-of-the-equator luxury resort, Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, offers an experience so blissful you'd probably do just about anything to get there.

Traditionally, sailors crossing the equator for the first time were subject to hazardous initiation rites, including getting cast overboard and dragged beside their ship. No such obligation exists for today's tourists, but even if it did, the chance to visit Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa would make any hardship well worthwhile. Though the word paradise gets overused, at Villingili, no description is more fitting.

For starters, Villingili occupies its own island. The picturesque coastline and pristine beaches surround lush vegetation, natural lagoons, and nature trails. Accommodation is all-villa, with private ocean retreats and tree house villas commanding superb views.

For activities, visitors are truly spoiled. The Maldives' turquoise waters offer spectacular opportunities for diving and snorkeling among rays, sailfish, and turtles. Cultural tours around the local sites can also be arranged, allowing those looking for a more cerebral activity plenty to ruminate over.

Guests can even take a cruise to the equator - only with lunch provided rather than hazing. Ah, progress!

Pool Villa

  • Room size: 133 m2 / 1432 ft2

Surrounded by lush forest and views of the beach through tropical foliage, Pool Villa guests would be forgiven for imagining themselves happily marooned in a forest in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Pool Villas overlook Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa's lush vegetation, and feature their own private pool, terrace and open-air shower. Guests can enjoy ocean views from the comfort of their bed, catch up on their reading or relax on a day bed on the patio or terrace. Contemporary Asian design, with Middle Eastern and Indian touches this villa offers complimentary broadband Internet access, 40-inch LCD TV, a Bose DVD player, two iPods and docking station. Luxurious oval bathtub, indoor and open-air showers and his and hers vanity counters.

Deluxe Pool Villa

  • Room size: 189 m2 / 2034 ft2

Villa with King bed, sea views, private pool, living room and garden.

Ocean View Villa

  • Room size: 218 m2 / 2347 ft2

Villa perched 3 meters above the ground with great views and private pool.

Water Villa

  • Room size: 166 m2 / 1787 ft2

As you laze in your Water Villa on a brilliant tropical afternoon, enjoy the subtle breeze as you reflect upon the distant horizon, where the azure waters meet a sapphire-colored sky. Built on stilts in the resort's lagoon and connected to the island by a timber walkway, each Water Villa has an open and airy atmosphere. Access to this private haven is via a walkway over turquoise water that teems with marine life. Imbued with elements of the Middle East and touches of India the villa offers complimentary broadband Internet access, 40-inch LCD TV, a Bose DVD player, two iPods and docking station. Luxurious oval bathtub and open-air shower.

* Note: We do not recommend this villa to families with children under 12 years due to the open nature of its terrace.

Tree House Villa

  • Room size: 231 m2 / 2486 ft2

With marvelous views of the ocean, Tree House Villas are secluded, private island hideaways. Perched on stilts among the treetops, amidst dense vegetation, these luxury accommodations provide guests with a memorable stay in a tropical tree house. At this elevation, privacy is assured as the beautiful, panoramic views unfold like a living canvas of sparkling surf, languid lagoons and verdant vegetation that is home to colorful indigenous bird life. Luxuriously infused with elements of the Middle East and touches of India, this villa offers complimentary broadband Internet access, 40-inch LCD TV, a Bose DVD player, two iPods and docking station. Luxurious oval bathtub, indoor and open-air showers, his and hers vanity counters.

Beach Villa

  • Room size: 189 m2 / 2034 ft2

Luxurious Beach Villas provide a private haven in splendid isolation on a white-sand beach. Set over two separate pavilions, to one side is a living pavilion, and on the other the bedroom pavilion. Entry is via a thatched-roof entry gate to a landscaped courtyard leading to the rustic timber door of the villa's entrance. Every Beach Villa features a private terrace leading to the beach. Contemporary Asian design with Middle Eastern and Indian touches this villa offers complimentary broadband Internet access, 40-inch LCD TV, a Bose DVD player, two iPods and docking station. Luxurious oval bathtub, indoor and open-air showers, his and hers vanity counters.

Two Bedroom Beach Villa

  • Room size: 224 m2 / 2411 ft2

Villa with King and 2 Twin beds, private pool, patio, sun deck, sea views and separate shower/bath.

Two Bedroom Beach Villa

  • Room size: 224 m2 / 2411 ft2

Villa with 2 King beds, private pool, patio, sun deck, sea views and separate shower/bath.

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Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa sits on Villingili Island in the Maldives' Addu Atoll. The resort is reached via a 70-minute private jet flight from Malé and a boat ride from Gan Airport on Addu Atoll.

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Conde Nast Traveller (UK) - Best Beach Hotel - 2013
Wine Spectator - Award of Excellence - 2013
Travel Weekly - Best Luxury Hotel (Hot Hotels List) - 2013
Crystal Awards - Best Resort Spa - 2010