Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort to host residency with former pro-golfer John E. Morgan

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives has announced a partnership with Sky Sports golf commentator and former pro-golfer John E. Morgan for a two-week residency in February 2019.

Morgan, who has played alongside golfers such as Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Fred Couples, is known for his participation in The Open Championships, European Tour and PGA Tour. During the two-week residency from February 15 to 28, the golfer will teach guests in group classes and one-on-one sessions.

The Golf Residency with Morgan is designed for golfers at all-levels and ages. Guests can use the resort’s nine-hole, par three and four golf course. Set on seven and a half hectares at the southern end of Villingili Island, the course is designed with coconut-palms lining the fairways.

Along with personal training and group workshops, the resort will host tournaments and activities throughout the two-week residency, including Beat the Pro sessions, during which guests are invited to try to hit a drive closer to the hole than Morgan. Golfers can also participate in the Mount Villingili Challenge, during which golfers will compete to strike a fish food golf ball the furthest into the Indian Ocean. Afterwards, guests can celebrate with a Dine by Design experience atop Mount Villingili.

Guests can now book the Stay & Play with Morgan package, is available from February 15-28 over a minimum stay of five nights. The package includes:

  • One-on-one personalised golf session with Morgan for 45 minutes
  • Two golf workshops with Morgan in one-hour group sessions
  • One Beat the Pro session with John E. Morgan, a one-hour group session
  • Tea & Tee: A round of golf for two persons, followed by an afternoon tea at the golf course
  • One Dine by Design experience for two persons on Mount Villingili, the highest summit in the Maldives, overlooking the golf course, including wine pairing
  • A 60-minute Golf Massage: A Deep Tissue Acupressure Massage, stimulating specific points to improve blood circulation, help relieve muscle knots and pain, as well as increase range of motion
  • Yoga session with Master Dr Pooja, which is great for stretching muscles after a round of golf
  • Daily breakfast buffet at Javvu restaurant

A private hideaway, in a world of its own, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa is the perfect setting for couples, with its secluded location as part of the Maldives southernmost atoll.

For the ultimate luxury experience, Villa Muthee, is the epitome of tropical refinement. The presidential villa nestles in its own luxurious environment with its private walkway entrance, a spacious deck with a private infinity pool and direct access to the ocean, a separate living room, yoga pavilion and even its own spa treatment room to let guests relax without leaving the villa.

Beyond Villa Muthee, the resort offers an extensive choice of accommodation, such as the unique Tree House Villas, Perched on stilts among the emerald green treetops, the villas offer intimate settings with marvellous views of the ocean and a large deck with its own private infinity pool. For true ocean lovers, the Water Villas, positioned over the lagoon, offer the perfect seascape for those who cannot resist slipping into the aquamarine waters teeming with tropical marine life. These open and airy villas come with overwater hammocks for languorous lounging.

The resort offers many options for water adventurers, such as turtle-quest snorkelling, diving to a unique shipwreck site, surfing with half a dozen great wave setups or parasailing for a bird’s eye view of the island. Tropical ‘havenists’ will also find their own piece of paradise in the unique flora and fauna that can be explored while cycling around Villingili’s jungle and coastal pathways or while playing on the only golf course in the Maldives. Couples can also enjoy a range of cultural experiences like no other in the Maldives, with guided tours of the neighbouring islands of Addu atoll, visits to the local farms and samplings of Maldivian cuisine.

The brightest gem in the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, Villingili island is a haven for those seeking true romance. As if it was meant to be, the resort is located in the heart-shaped Addu atoll, just a five-minute boat ride away from Gan International Airport.

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