Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort to host Michelin-starred Chef Daisuke Mori’s restaurant pop-up

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives has announced plans to host a pop-up restaurant in collaboration with Michelin-starred Chef Daisuke Mori.

Chef Mori brings his unique cuisine, a blend of the finest French culinary traditions with Japanese ingredients and sensibility, from his highly acclaimed one Michelin-starred restaurant Takumi by Daisuke Mori in Hong Kong to Villingili island.

The Takumi by Daisuke Mori pop-up will take over Villingili’s Fashala restaurant for five days, from April 19 to 23.

With a unique international culinary background that reflects his penchant for blending cuisines, Chef Mori currently heads the kitchen of one Michelin-starred and highly acclaimed French-Japanese restaurant Takumi by Daisuke Mori in Hong Kong.

After completing an intensive vocational training course at the famous Tsuji Culinary Institute in Osaka, Japan in 2001, Mori set his sights on some of the finest French dining establishments in the world, kicking off his career at none other than the three Michelin-starred Chateau Restaurant Joel Robuchon in Tokyo.

Mori’s love for fusing French culinary traditions with fresh Japanese seasonal ingredients grew, and led to his impressive stints in world-renowned two Michelin-starred Restaurant Taillevent in Paris and one Michelin-starred Restaurant Signature at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo.

A private hideaway, in a world of its own, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & 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.

Reservations are required for The Takumi by Daisuke Mori pop-up. Please reservations, please call +960 6897888 or email,

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