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Spot the Tropical Big 5 and Little 5 at Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives

If you thought that Africa was the only place to go on safari, then think again! Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, in the Maldives, has created a new Tropical Safari for young naturalists visiting the island.
Located in the Maldives southern atoll, the private island resort of Villingili is home to unique ecosystems and healthy corals. To celebrate the biodiversity, the resort has launched its own Tropical Safari complete with an alternative ‘big five’ and ‘little five’. 
Young guests to the island will be presented with their own Island Safari Handbook complete with a safari map to help them spot a variety of land and sea animals. Young naturalists who successfully identify all 10 animals are awarded with their own certificate. 
Aimed at children of all ages, the Tropical Safari showcases Villingili’s natural beauty and encourages youngsters to engage with the local wildlife when exploring the island with their family and as part of the Cool Zone Kids Club programme.
The island’s lagoon is a biodiverse marine environment with eagle rays, turtles and black-tipped reef sharks, which all feature in the safari. The Dhondheeni, a Maldivian white tern, is a symbol of the Addu Atoll and can easily be spotted by little ones as it fishes in the coral off the island. Children can take part in the Jungle Discovery and meet with mysterious local creatures such as flying foxes and geckos. There’s also the highly competitive Crab Hunting and Racing as well as an educational and informative Underwater Adventure where children will learn interesting facts about the marine life at Villingili. 
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is a natural island and is committed to preserving the local environment. The Island Safari Handbook also shares tips on how to be a green islander and encourages young guests to learn about the habits and preservation of the ‘big five’ and ‘little five’. 
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa also launched a Young Families Offer with an array of fun-filled activities including access to the Cool Zone Kids Club. 
The Young Families offer includes:
• Daily buffet breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children at Javvu Restaurant, overlooking the turquoise ocean;
• A private family barbecue in stunning tropical surroundings;
• A relaxing journey at Chi, the Spa with a daily 90-minute signature treatment of choice;
• A romantic candlelit dinner for 2 at Fashala, fine dining restaurant;
• Babysitting and room service dinner for children;
• Access to Cool Zone Kids Club and Tropical Safari Handbook;
• Non-motorised water sports;
• A bottle of champagne to welcome you in your private villa;
• Unlimited soft drinks, including juices, for the young ones;
• A tropical fruit basket replenished daily; 
• Children's welcome amenities - bathrobes and slippers; 
• Scenic arrival and departure experiences: domestic flights from Male to Gan, and return, for 2 adults and 2 children.
This offer is available until 31 May 2016, from £650 per night.
For more information, visit: and watch the Tropical Haven Experience video here: