Best Resorts in Maldives

There are countless resorts in the Maldives. Our first experience with the Maldives was on an inhabited island. To see the other side, so to speak, we went to one of the best family-friendly resorts in The Maldives: the Shangri-La’s Villingili resort.

The Shangri-La Maldives in one word was epic. From the moment we arrived in a glamorous boat at the overwater reception area to the moment we left, no detail was left out.

My first experience with the Maldives was on an inhabited island. To see the other side, so to speak, we went to the Shangri-La’s Villingili resort.

The Shangri-La Maldives in one word was epic. From the moment we arrived til the moment we left no detail was left out.

There were a number of activities I must mention exclusive to Shangri-La Maldives when travelling to the Maldives with kids.

  • Kids club
  • The only gold course in the entire country is here. You can do 9-holes of golf
  • You can “climb” mount Viligilli – it was exhausting. But when you the reach summit you will be standing on the highest part of the country.
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Yacht
  • A number of water sports more suited to older kids like paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, kite surfing, water skiing, wake and knee boarding, surfing, fun tube riding, catamaran, jet ski excursions.
  • Trip to the Equator – Villingili island is the closest resort to the Equator and you can go visit

Cuisine

The cuisine at the Shangri-La Maldives Resort was sensational. The cost was high but the servings mammoth. I joked that one serve would be enough for an entire family! I am not joking though; the servings were massive. I got a “kids meal” and it was more than enough for myself and our 18-month old. I made sure to go to each restaurant and my favourite was Fashala that offered mouth-watering set degustation type set menus. It was headed by 2 Australian chefs and the food in one word was heavenly! There are 2 other restaurants called Dr. Ali’s and the more casual all-day dining venue of Javvu. Dr. Ali’s has 3 restaurants within its walls and 3 more chefs offering Chinese, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines. If anything, there were too many choices! They also have a dedicated sommelier.