As one of the world’s most prestigious resorts, Shangri La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives capitalises on the current luxury market’s growing appetite for private jet travel, the quintessential symbol of convenience, by introducing a number of exciting collaborations with private jet operators.
This direction complements the resort’s private executive airport terminal facilities, renowned for being the only one in the Maldives. Villingili also has access to an exclusive VIP lounge that handles entry-exit and check-in procedures for guests, which bypass crowded airports and keeps stress at a minimum.
“We are excited to be expanding Shangri-La’s services within the private jet arena; we have seen a significant increase in enquiries and over 10 per cent of our guests last year chose to travel this way,” said Peter Donlevy, director of sales and marketing at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives.
“Private jets travellers arrive and depart in effortless style from Gan Executive International Airport on Addu Atoll, a mere five-minute private boat transfer to Villingili Island. Gan offers first-class facilities, including a VIP guest lounge exclusive to Shangri-La guests, with on-site immigration, customs support and baggage screening,” said General Manager Rene Egle. “Shangri-La provides quality standards for VIP passengers and crew, offering a full range of facilities and services, including professional meet and greet, ground support equipment, cabin cleaning, catering services as well as fast and seamless transition from arrival to departure.”
Luxurious accommodation includes ocean retreats, beach villas with infinity pools and unique tropical tree house villas. Relaxing in the villa on a brilliant tropical afternoon, guests can enjoy the stunning view in which azure waters meet sapphire-coloured skies. As night falls, they can anticipate a sumptuous themed dinner, a dining experience served in one of the resort’s most secret locations.
This recent private jet development is line with the hotel group’s new ‘Shangri-La Private Jet Journey’ programme, spearheaded in China, which aims to create a new stage for strategic cooperation with high-end travel brands. Following the success of the programme’s ‘Maldives Double Luxury Villa Journey’, future expansion is set to include Europe, the Americas and Australasia.