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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives welcomes “The Stig”

The Stig in Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives recently welcomed Ben Collins, better known as “The Stig” from BBC’s internationally acclaimed Top Gear TV programme.  It was a well-deserved break from his busy schedule.

Collins and his wife enjoyed the lavish resort and its various facilities, visited the nearby islands and experienced the only nine-hole golf course in the Maldives.  It was the ideal vacation to relive their honeymoon days.

“From the moment we stepped off the plane, we were absorbed by the parallel universe of the Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives.  The hospitality of the staff was all encompassing.  The variety and quality of the food was impeccable, the breakfast in particular was to die for and Dr Ali’s restaurant boasted world-class cuisine to match unrivalled views to sea,” said Collins.

“We were far too busy swimming and lounging to attempt all the activities the island had to offer, but there were extensive facilities discretely laid around the island to keep us entertained.  If you enjoy nature, the jungle had plenty going on, too, with a regular ‘Hermit Crab’ Grand Prix as they raced around the island, and the flying foxes doing aerial displays,” Collins added.  “It is a charming place with a cool vibe, lots to do and absolutely nothing to worry about, except leaving.”

“It is our honour to welcome Ben Collins at our resort, which is a well-known spot among famous personalities due to its privacy and personalised service,” said Rene Egle, general manager of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives.

The resort’s location is a privilege because guests can effortlessly arrive at and depart from Gan Executive International Airport on Addu Atoll, a mere five-minute private boat transfer to Villingili Island.  Gan International Airport offers first-class facilities, including a VIP guest lounge exclusive to Shangri-La guests, on-site immigration, customs support and baggage screening.  Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives provides quality standards for VIP passengers and crew, and offers 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.

Ben Collins is the anonymous and mysterious driver who kept an audience of 500 million worldwide viewers guessing his identity for eight years.  He is a champion race driver in his own right, having won races across a diverse arena of motorsports, from the Le Mans Series to GT and NASCAR.  As a stunt driving expert, he has worked on numerous Hollywood blockbusters, including the latest Batman movie “Dark Knight Rises” and James Bond’s “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall”, for which Ben won a SAG Stunt Award and a Taurus World Stunt Award.

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