When Shangri-Laís Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives,
opens this summer, the resortís 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 resortís efforts.
Amongst various initiatives,
guests can participate in the resortís 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 resortís
manta ray tracking programme by taking photographs of the many creatures
living in the area Ė 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 resortís 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
The resident expert will also present talks on the
islandís wildlife Ė both on land and underwater Ė and guide jungle walks
or simply provide maps and insider tips for guests eager to explore the
resortís nature trails on their own.
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 islandís natural lush vegetation. The Maldivesí
second international airport, Gan International Airport, is an
eight-minute boat ride away from the resort and Malť International
Airport is 70 minutes by domestic flights operating around the clock.
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