Move over ladies! The men are back, and how! In line with the rising ‘mancation’ travel trend that sees groups of men travelling further afield for experiential, adventure trips of a lifetime, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa in the Maldives has positioned itself as the perfect destination for male travellers.
Allwyn Drego, general manager of the resort, says, “Seeing a global trend of men travelling together, we have put together the best activities that they could enjoy on our island. We offer a myriad of sports and recreation facilities and fun-filled activities for friends to enjoy together. We want to change the perception that Maldives is only for couples wanting to have romantic getaways (which we cater for as well) but also a place where there are plenty of things to do.”
There is no bar on the number of people wanting to book a tour. Plus, the management is always willing to tailor it as per the needs of the group. This not only gives travellers the freedom to choose what they want to do, but also gives them a more pleasant and relaxed travel experience.
Renowned for its beaches and natural beauty, the Maldives is also steeped in rich and fascinating heritage. At Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, guests can embark on a range of tours around the Addu Atoll.
Addu is the most populated atoll in the Maldives. Visits to the Maldivian villages and farms offer a unique insight into the local culture and customs. Highlights include a curated historical tour of Gan Island, which served as a British naval base during the Second World War.
Fittingly, ‘mancations’ often involve exploring military history of a land. The island of Villingili is quite appropriate for this, with its option to explore remnants from a Second World War base including pillboxes and ammunition bunkers used by the British Royal Air Force.
Besides, there is a special snorkelling garden close to the shoreline, where swimmers can glide past an unassuming green turtle, manta ray or even a black-tipped reef shark. And you can always hop on to the resort’s yacht to check out the playful spinner dolphins or experience traditional Maldivian night fishing.
Moreover, Shangri-La ensures that all experiences are bespoke. For example, if you get lucky with your fishing, you can proudly take your catch to the expert chefs in the resort, who would gladly cook it exactly the way you want.
Rs 46,600 approximately per night for two persons
All-inclusive of full board, unlimited beverages, unlimited non-motorised water sports
20 percent off on motorised water sports
50 percent off on spa treatments
Villingili is the largest resort island in the Maldives, spread across 54 hectares. It offers an array of high-octane and adrenaline-fuelled activities on both land and sea. Off shore, the hotel provides a dynamic aquatic playground of kayaking, parasailing and paddle boarding to name but a few. All of these are geared towards men seeking male-bonding experiences. Additionally, the island is a paradise for experienced surfers, boasting the most consistent surf in the Maldives as well as offering half a dozen great wave set-ups ideal for a boys’ beach day.