25 November 2013
Maldives, 25 November 2013 – The world’s smallest mountain, Mount Villingili, at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives has just been officially certified as the highest point in the Maldives, which is known for being the flattest and lowest country.
Mount Villingili stands at a modest 5.1 metres and is located at tee number eight on Villingili’s Golf Course – the only golf course in the Maldives. Despite its humble height, it dwarfs over the previously known highest point on Addu Atoll that stands at only 2.4 metres above sea level.
However, in comparison to other mountains, buildings and even people, Mount Villingili may come up short against the rest, but by no means less significant. Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts presents the following the facts:
- Tallest man living: Sultan Kösen = 2.51 metres; . Size difference = 2.59 metres
- Tallest building: Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower) in Dubai = 828 metres; size difference = 822.9 metres
- Highest mountain: Mount Everest = 8,848 metres; size difference = 8,842.9 metres
From 25 November 2013, visitors may conquer Mount Villingili with the opening of a daily Mount Villingili Tour. They will be issued a certificate confirming that they have climbed the islands’ highest point, a perfect memento of their trip to the Maldives.
This new activity will join the list of activities Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives already offers to its guests. It includes a guided bicycle tour between Maldivian villages, which are linked by a series of bridges throughout the atoll; a historical tour on the island of Gan, a former British Navy base during the World War II; a guided tour of local farms on Meedhoo Island that provides an opportunity to see first-hand the source of locally grown produce used within the resorts’ restaurants; and a guided nature trail with a local naturalist from the resort’s Eco Centre.