Shangri-La’s Villingi Resort announces 2018 festive programme

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives has announced its lineup of activities and experiences for this holiday season.

The season programme at Shangri-La’s Villingi Resort includes a New Year’s Eve performance by ABBA tribute act BABBA, a pop-up bar from Buddha-Bar Beach, residencies with famous golf, tennis and Zumba professionals, special dining menus and more.

The international pan-Asian restaurant brand Buddha-Bar will come to Villingili Resort in the form of a pop-up beach bar. Bringing the brand’s award-winning dishes to Maldives will be Executive Bar cChef Mathias Giroud. Elsewhere in the hotel, several of the property’s restaurants will offer a special festive menu.

BABBA, an ABBA tribute band with over 20 years of experience, will perform the iconic Swedish band’s hits. During the performance, Manzaru Bar will serve guests ABBA-themed cocktails, including Mamma Mia Margaritas and espresso-based Dancing Queens.

Visitors looking to learn from the best will have plenty of opportunities this holiday season.

From December 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019, Italian professional golfer Barbara Borin will lead group classes and one-on-one sessions. Professional tennis coach Eli Rousset, the winner of eleven ATP tournaments in doubles and one in singles, will lead a tennis clinic from December 17, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Zumba guru Steve Boedt will host a Zumba residency from December 17 to 28.

On December 22 and 25, the local choir Villingili Voices will sing for guests during the traditional lighting of the Villingili Christmas tree. Children will also be able to join the fun with a talent show on December 24 and an “Island Fashion Show” on December 21 and 29.

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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