This Friday, TheR8 is dreaming about the Maldives. The Maldives is home to perhaps the best beaches in the world; they’re on almost every one of the country’s nearly 1200 islands and are so consistently perfect that it’s hard not to become blasé about them. While some beaches may boast softer granules than others, the basic fact remains: you’ll find this whiter-than-white powder sand and luminous cyan-blue water almost nowhere else on earth.
With some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world, the clear waters of the Maldives are a magnet for anyone with an interest in marine life. The richness and variety is astonishing – baby sharks can be spotted in any lagoon in the country, while dazzling spectacles such as huge coral walls, magnificent caves and schools of brightly coloured tropical fish await you when you get down to the reef. Manta rays, turtles, friendly sharks and even the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, can be seen all over the country and – amazingly – none of the life on the reef is dangerous. The best bit? The water is so warm many people don’t even wear a wetsuit.
Every resort in the Maldives is its own private island, and with over 100 to choose from the only problem is selecting where to stay. At the top end, the world’s most exclusive hotel brands compete with each other to attain ever-greater heights of luxury, from personal butlers and private lap pools to in-room massages and pillow menus. It’s not surprising that honeymooners and those seeking a glamorous tropical getaway have long had the country at the top of their wish lists. But there’s choice beyond the five- and six-star resorts. Other islands cater for families, for divers, for those on a (relative) budget, and anyone wanting a tranquil back-to-nature experience.
TheR8 loves the Maldives and of course we have selected a beautiful hotel for you.
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Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives
As you stroll along the resort’s edge, the vast Indian Ocean stirs a sense of awe deep within you. Like a pearl in its oyster, you’re embraced by the soothing ambience of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives.
Located just south of the equator, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, is a 70-minute flight from Male International Airport and a five-minute boat ride from Gan International Airport on Addu Atoll.
Relaxing in your villa on a brilliant tropical afternoon, you enjoy the stunning view where the azure waters meet sapphire-coloured skies. Built on stilts in the resort’s lagoon, the private haven is connected to the island by a timber walkway over waters teeming with marine life.
As night falls, you anticipate a sumptuous themed dinner, a dining experience served in one of the resort’s most secret locations. Be it a torch lit dinner under the banyan trees of the resort’s jungle, a spa dinner in the privacy of a meditation pavilion overlooking the ocean, a romantic in-villa evening or a dinner using local ingredients freshly prepared in the Chef’s Garden, you will be surprised with a memorable experience.
Tomorrow, perhaps you’ll seek adventure with an expedition to the equator on a two-mast luxury yacht. For now, you long for the endless horizon views at the Villingili Golf Course and the magic of CHI, The Spa.
Check out Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, where extraordinary adventures await.
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resource references: lonelyplanet, Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives, tuulavintage