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April 19, 2012updated Feb 08, 2013

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort Debuts Maldives First Golf Course

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Golf enthusiasts at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives are in for a treat with the introduction of the country’s first nine-hole recreational golf course at the resort. Designed by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and opened on March 27, 2012, the new course sits on seven and a half hectares of previously undeveloped land at the southern end of the island.

Spectacular sights await guests at each of the nine holes, mostly par three and averaging 123.4 yards in length. Designed to be a fun course for golf aficionados and beginners alike, the course was developed with the island’s natural beauty in mind, enhancing existing flora to highlight the gleaming ocean and turquoise lagoon along a scenic walking path. A diversity of palms, pandanus and various exotic plants are dotted along sandy beach coves on the east and west shorelines.

To commemorate the event, the resort is offering an introductory golf package valid from now to May 9, 2012. For a minimum stay of four nights, guests may enjoy the following benefits:
• One complimentary green fee for two persons for bookings in a Pool Villa, Deluxe Pool Villa, Water Villa, Ocean View Villa or Beach Villa
• Waived daily green fee for bookings in a Tree House Villa, Two Bedroom Beach Villa, Villa Muthee or Villa Laalu.

The golf course is exclusive to guests of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa. Facilities include a clubhouse, refreshment bar and a pro shop carrying an assortment of golf apparel, gear and merchandise. Shoe and equipment rental services are also available.

The introductory green fee of US$80 per adult includes a golf set, golf balls and unlimited rounds per day. Children play free on golf activities scheduled by Cool Zone, the children’s club at the resort.

“We are excited to offer a new experience to the Maldives traveler,” said Rene D. Egle, general manager of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa. “Apart from our other recreational options, the Villingili Golf Course will add a new and unique activity for our guests – a game of golf amid expansive views of the Indian Ocean.”

Set amidst sensational sandy beaches and lush tropical foliage, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa is a luxury all-villa Maldives resort property located in a spacious, boutique-style environment. The luxurious accommodations include private ocean retreats and tropical tree house villas making it a premier Maldives luxury resort, while a selection of fine-dining choices and innovative spa treatments have been carefully designed to stimulate the senses.

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