Buddha-Bar Beach to debut in Maldives at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives has recently announced their star-studded festive programme for 2017, which promises to delight and inspire all guests with some of the world’s best dining hotspots and performers. Buddha-Bar Beach has taken a gastronomic stroll to Villingili island to offer a unique culinary experience along with expert mixologists, while world renowned artists the Gipsy Reyes, Saxokid, and DJ Mario from Buddha Bar will set the festive mood and keep guests dancing until the early hours. From decadent sunset cruises on the resort’s yacht, to private winemaker dinners with some of the world’s best wines, a trendy white New Year’s Eve party and an Exclusive Dom Perignon Villa package, everything has been set to celebrate this season in exclusivity and style.

One of the many highlights of the season includes the arrival of Buddha-Bar, one of the most recognised restaurant brands with fourteen Buddha-Bar venues and three Buddha-Bar Beach around the world, known for its pulsating energy and unforgettable atmosphere, attracting a sophisticated set of A-list celebrities, to the island. The Buddha-Bar Beach pop up at Dr Ali’s Restaurant from 20 December 2017 to 20 January 2018, will allow guests to taste pan-Asian and Japanese specialties from the tantalising Buddha-Bar menu, as well as experience the bar’s mixology corner headed by Buddha-Bar worldwide Executive Bar Chef, Matthias Giroud, for creative cocktails to complement the sophisticated food offering. The al fresco lifestyle concept, Buddha-Bar Beach, will also take residency at the Endheri Pool Bar offering signature sounds and fabulous food against the backdrop of Villingili’s pristine white beaches, catering to a hip and festive clientele. Guests will be able to experience the subtle blend of house and lounge music at both venues with world famous DJ Mario, from Buddha-Bar London and Buddha-Bar Beach Mykonos and Santorini.
In addition, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa has partnered with world renowned celebrity personal trainer Faisal Abdalla, for a two week residency from 22nd December 2017 to 5th January 2018. Ranked on Ask Men’s Flex 50 as one of the most influential people in the world of sport and fitness, alongside Andy Murray, Usain Bolt and Conor McGregor, Abdulla is an ambassador for Men’s Health and an internationally sought-after master trainer for both Nike and Barry’s Bootcamp. The Maldives setting will offer the perfect opportunity for guests to start the New Year as they mean to go on, putting health, wellbeing and a renewed positive attitude on the agenda. Whether they are seeking a total fitness overhaul with results to match or just want to keep the pesky Christmas pounds at bay, Faisal will be on hand offering a schedule of exciting classes and fitness sessions.
Villingili is not only the largest private island in the Maldives but also right on the edge of the world with only the Indian Ocean separating the island from Antarctica, making it the perfect secluded setting for Faisal’s inspirational sessions. Among the peaceful crash of waves and gentle swish of the palm trees, Faisal’s sessions will focus on changing guests’ mental attitudes and in turn reaching a “life-changing state of mind” which will have both a positive and lasting effect on how they approach their own personal fitness programme in the future.
Shangri-La’s Villingili is perfectly equipped for Faisal’s workouts with a state of the art gym including treadmills, dumbbells, kettlebells, sand bags and TRX equipment. However, first and foremost, Faisal will take his fitness sessions outdoors onto the island’s white sand beaches with various ‘Beach Bootcamp’ style workouts. As well as the ‘PMA Beach Bootcamps’ Faisal will also host a series of ‘Run Clubs’ where he will lead guests around the 6km island on a running circuit to get the heart-rate racing and build cardiovascular endurance.
Faisal will also host a ‘Mount Villingili Triathlon Challenge’, consisting of a relay style race in which teams must complete three challenges around the resort, ending on Mount Villingili, to be crowned the champions. From diving into the shallows of the Indian Ocean, wading through jungle vegetation or sprinting across the soft white sands, Fasial will be by guests’ sides encouraging them to achieve their individual goals. For those really looking to make a significant improvements to their fitness, Faisal will also be available for personalized 1:1 PT sessions at an additional cost.

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives