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Maldives / Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa

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Suffused with an air of romance, this idyllic destination is the first luxury resort south of the equator in the Maldives – a pristine retreat encompassing nearly two kilometres of sugar white beach. It’s a location known for its incredible corals and dive sites – Manta Point and Turtle Point being aptly named for viewing these species in large numbers all year round. Enchanting accommodation comes in seven distinct styles, including the Pool Villas which feature a pool terrace nestled in lush, tropical foliage; family friendly Beach Villas set in a garden with pool and sun deck and unique Ocean View Tree House Villas which perch on tall stilts to afford stupendous panoramic vistas. At Dr. Ali’s feast on cuisines from the Indian Ocean, South China Sea and Arabian Gulf; Javvu specialises in refined western and Mediterranean fare and exceptional fine dining is offered at Fashala’s. A local naturalist gives talks on the island’s ecology at the resort’s Eco Centre – exploring nearby islands being a favourite pastime. Further recreations include a 9-hole golf course, watersports, gym, tennis and a children’s cool zone. For pure indulgence and pampering enjoy a treatment at CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La. What’s more, they moved their clocks forward one hour so you have extra time to explore in the sun.

from £4425pp

Prices include flights, 7 nights accommodation with half board and transfers.

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Our pricing aims to give an indication of the prices in low and high season. Low season for Maldives is generally between the months of May to October, high season runs from November to April. Prices are based on 2 sharing (unless otherwise indicated) and include return economy flights from London. Regional departures, child prices and single supplements are available on request. Date restrictions, terms and conditions apply to our special offers, please call for details.

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Island living

The southernmost island in the Maldives (and the first luxury resort to be located south of the equator), Villingili presents a sense of space that in nonpareil. It has over six kilometres of natural coastline (with nearly two kilometres of white-sand beach), it's a fantastic kite surfing spot and the dense vegetation of the island and nature trails set it apart from many other Maldivian resorts.

Exotic Meedhoo farm tour

Tour the local Meedhoo farm which produces organic fruit and vegetables for the resort and locals. Enjoy tender coconuts, also popularly known as kurumba, with the farmers who have long relied on agriculture as their main source of livelihood, before ending the day savouring dinner inspired by the home-grown produce served in the chef’s garden.

Explore Maldivian villages by bicycle

Unlike some resorts in the Maldives, Shangri-La's Villingili is close to a thriving Maldivian community on the surrounding Addu Atoll, and the hotel takes great care in supporting them. Led by Adduan guides who know it best, cycle through villages discovering mosques, fish markets and schools for an authentic taste of island life.

When is the best time to visit Maldives?

The Maldives has a hot, tropical climate with sunshine all year round. The most popular months to visit are between November and April during the north-east monsoon when it is dry with very little wind. Whilst there may be rain during some of the summer months, with ever-changing weather patterns and excellent offers, this is becoming an increasingly popular time to travel.

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