1 JUNE 2009
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SHANGRI-LA’S eagerly-anticipated Villingili Resort and Spa (Maldives) will open on 26 July. It is just eight minutes by high speed launch from Gan Island, well known to an earlier generation of British service personnel as a re-fuelling point on the way to Hong Kong and Singapore. The resort comprises of 142 spacious stand-alone villas, from private ocean retreats to tropical luxury tree house villas with panoramic views. All the chalets feature both an indoor and outdoor shower, a private terrace leading to the beach and either a waterfront or lush garden. The complex is completely self-contained in terms of restaurants and facilities. Private jets can land at Gan and there are connecting flights to Male where British Airways is to introduce a three times per week Boeing 777 non-stop service to Gatwick from 25 October. At the same time BA is adding Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, also with three return services per week. www.shangri-la.com
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