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Happy Birthday to the furthermost Resort of Maldives : Shangri-La’s Villingili !

Shangri La's Villingili Maldives beach and lagoon

Shangri La's Villingili Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

As you might know, today, July 26th 2010, is a very special date for Maldives as the country will celebrate  45th years of  independance from the British.

But did you know that  July 26th was also Shangri-La’s Villingili very first Birthday ?

And eventually…do you know Shangri-La’s Villingili ?

Shangri La's Villingili Maldives Pool Villa

Shangri La's Villingili Maldives Pool Villa | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

Apart from its birthday, the young resort deserves a special focus on Dreaming of Maldives….

Located in the very far and unspoiled most southern Atoll of Addu, Villingili is the furthermost resort of the Maldives ! It is simply and beautifully, the latest point of the Territory. Go further, and there will be nothing else than the vast Indian Ocean….

To reach Villingili, you will have to fly with Maldivian, the National Maldivian Airline Company and cross the Equator. After 1h10 minutes of probably one of the most amazing flight above the archipelago, you will land to Gan International Airport, second Airport after Male/Hulhule airport.

map Maldives Shangri-La's Villingili

Maldives map

The transfer to Shangri-La’s will only take you 10 minutes by speed-boat.

The first impression of the island is unforgettable…Villingili is just majestic.

Impressive first by its size : 2 kilometers long ! (an exception in Maldives where the average resort length is about 500 meters) and then… the vegetation : ….17 000 very high coconut trees and gigantic Banyan Trees, surrounded by a bright blond very long sandy beach and an endless perfectly shaped turquoise lagoon…The “waow” effect is guaranteed, even for the long time traveller in Maldives.

Besides its stunning location, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, first luxury resort in the Maldives south of the equator, is located in a boutique-style environment where guests can choose from private ocean retreats to tropical tree house villas with panoramic views, a selection of fine dining options, innovative treatments at CHI, The Spa and cycling on nearby islands will satisfy every sense.

The Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, famous for its touch of elegance and luxury transformed Villingili into a true Luxury retreat in a very well preserved and astonishing natural environment.

The resort’s natural lush vegetation,  its unique access to the local neighbouring inhabited islands paired with luxurious accommodation are not the only assets  that we loved…Shangri-La’s Villingili has also contributed in many ways to the development of Addu Atoll and its community.  In addition to employing over 300 local staff, the resort has established strong relationships with local fishermen, farmers and companies, providing them with new business opportunities.  Furthermore and contrary to the most of the Maldives, many people

from Addu, working in the resort, now enjoy the possibility to return to their hometown and live close to their family for a better quality of life…

Happy Birthday Shangri-La’s Villingili, and many others to come !


Addu Atoll is not like the Maldives as we all know them.

Of course, you will find the usual beautiful landscapes, as in the rest of the country, but the Atoll has something different, something more…Everything looks bigger, thicker. The islands, the vegetation, the lagoons…even the air you breathe will not be the same…The southern Equatorial position is the key factor to this rare and subtile differences. Furthermore, the Atoll is located at 336 miles away from Male…obviously Nature can not be the same.

Long-time home base of the British Militaries during their colony, Addu Atoll is also the birth place of most of the resort Staff  you will meet around all Maldives, as their English language level used to be the best and highest in the country. The people from Addu were the first to work in the Hotel and Tourism industry in the Maldives, in the 70’s.


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Solar Energy Forever in Soneva Fushi Maldives

Solar Energy in Maldives at Soneva Fushi

Solar Energy in Maldives

If I tell you Chic, Barefoot, Luxury, Beautiful and Green…located in Maldives…? What comes up in your mind ?

Some might say the latest trendy Resort in Maldives…and some others, the Chic Eco Retreat Aficionados, will surely find the right answer which is Soneva.

Soneva by Six Senses Resorts and Spas is a very innovative and successful Chic Eco retreat Resorts concept, created by 2 persons, Sonu and Eva Shivdasani, who have been convinced and charmed by the “Live Green Philosophy” long before the actual trend.

They have lived this way for years and decided in 1995 to create the very first Eco-friendly Luxury Resort, Soneva Fushi in Maldives, proving to the Hospitality industry that Luxury could perfectly be combined with Environment.

The  true “Intelligent Luxury” was born.

Soneva story and concept have since then,  inspired many Luxury Hotels and Hotel Brands.

Here at Dreaming of Maldives, their new green challenge could not be ignored….

One Resort = One City

Maldives probably represent the best example in matter of environment and Hospitality.

The superb Island Nation, Paradise on Earth, is a gigantic honey-pot for hotels and tourists…bringing almost 600 000 visitors a year on approximately 100 tiny islands having basically nothing else than white coral sandy beaches, lagoons and coconut trees…and all separated from each others.

Each resort, at time of construction, is an unthinkable challenge from the first to the last step of pre-operation, with tons of building material brought each day by boat, from Asia or Middle East to Male, the capital, and then from Male to the resort itself, sometimes located at miles and miles away from the capital.

But what about the water ? the electricity ? without mentioning the waste …Each resort is independent and can be assimilated to a tiny city with its own Power supply generators and seawater desalination installation, pumping each day a unreasonnable amount of fuel to work for the tenth of thousands of visitors to come.

Running a resort is a brain teaser for engineers but mostly, and apart from being extremely costly it has also considerable bad side-effects on the very fragile Maldivian environment and eco-system.

Villa Soneva Fushi Maldives

Villa Soneva Fushi Maldives | Photo © Soneva

This is where Soneva Fushi deserves to come under the spotlights !

The Intelligent Luxury goes beyond the concept with a very clear and serious commitment : to make sustainable development a priority, without compromising the experience and expectations of guests.

Since 1995, Soneva Fushi challenges creativity and try first any new Green solution. If successful, the idea will then be applied to other resorts.

The last in date is the wide use of Solar Energy. After all…aren’t the Maldives a perfect place to use the Sun endless power ?

Soneva Fushi Eco Chic

Eco Centro at Soneva Fushi Maldives | Photo Courtesy Soneva

Pioneer in this huge project, Soneva Fusfi has installed a 70kW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant system that today has already achieved eight months of successful operation. It is the largest renewable energy plant currently operating in the Maldives.

The Sun covers at the moment 3% of the island needs and the installation will expand by another 300% in the near future with besides, the project to have the (very consuming) air conditioning systems converted to Solar Power.

Guests love it and we love it too, as we are, ourselves using this fabulous energy at home.

We hope now that this initiative will become an example and a model in Maldives and wish Soneva a great success on their Green road !


For more information, read the Soneva Green Commitment.

For complete information on the resort and the concept, visit  Soneva Fushi website

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Luxury in Maldives. Spa or Cruising Boat ?

Day 47 in Maldives. ARI ATOLL.
Luxury Moment in Maldives. Is it a Spa or a Cruising boat ?
Do you have an idea ? Let us a comment !

Maldives spa or cruising boat

Luxury in Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

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Maldives Resort | View from a Beach Villa with private deck


Beach Villa with view on the lagoon and its very private jetty…just for 2

Maldives beach Villa with lagoon view

View from a Beach Villa. Private deck | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos


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Maldives Resort | Water Villa with a lagoon View 4

Day 17  in Maldives.

Room with a View :
Monday May 05th

Maldives Resort, Water Villa with a lagoon view in Haa Alifu Atoll

Maldives Water Villa Haa Alifu Atoll| Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

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Maldives Resort | Water Villa with a lagoon View

Day 15 in Maldives.

Room with a View :
Thursday April 29 thh

Maldives Resort Water Villa with a lagoon View

Maldives Water Villa North Ari Atoll| Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos



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