Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort - Much More than Just Another Resort

Wednesday, 18 March 2009 08:34

When Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives, opens this summer, the resort’s Shangri-La Eco Centre will offer an interactive place for guests to discover the natural beauty of Villingili. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about conservation work carried out on the island as well as how they can support the resort’s efforts.

Amongst various initiatives, guests can participate in the resort’s green turtle tagging programme and receive regular updates on the travels of their turtle. The tagging will help to understand better the movements of this mesmerising yet endangered species that abounds in the surrounding waters. In season, the resident expert will arrange for guests to watch turtle hatchlings heading to the sea, a memorable experience available to everyone.

Alternatively, experienced scuba divers can contribute to the resort’s manta ray tracking programme by taking photographs of the many creatures living in the area – one of the only places in the Maldives where manta rays can be seen year-round.

The Eco Centre is also a place to learn about the invaluable work carried out by the resort’s marine specialist and increase the awareness of guests of the importance of preserving the natural surroundings and wildlife for generations to come. Guests can discover how the marine specialist has relocated corals that could have been affected by the construction work, creating coral gardens close to the shoreline where less experienced swimmers can enjoy the underwater wonders.

The resident expert will also present talks on the island’s wildlife – both on land and underwater – and guide jungle walks or simply provide maps and insider tips for guests eager to explore the resort’s nature trails on their own.

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives is located in the southern Maldives, on the Addu Atoll. The resort will feature 142 villas with views of the ocean or the island’s natural lush vegetation. The Maldives’ second international airport, Gan International Airport, is an eight-minute boat ride away from the resort and Malé International Airport is 70 minutes by domestic flights operating around the clock.

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