Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, is delighted to announce its partnership with Sky Sports golf commentator and former pro-golfer, John E. Morgan, for a two week residency from February 15 to 28, 2019. Morgan, who has played alongside legends including Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Fred Couples, is well known for his participation in The Open Championships, European Tour and PGA Tour. During the two week residency, the talented golfer will teach guests in group classes and one-on-one sessions, sharing his expertise on how to sink a hole in one in this paradisiacal setting.
The Golf Residency with John E. Morgan at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is designed for golf enthusiasts of all levels and ages. Guests can take advantage of the resort’s impressive nine-hole, par three and four golf course. Nestled on seven and a half hectares of land at the southern end of Villingili Island, the course is the only one of its kind in the Maldives and is designed with coconut-palms lining the fairways and stimulating challenges and vistas throughout.
Along with personal training and group workshops, the resort will host fun tournaments and activities throughout the two week residency, including Beat the Pro sessions, during which guests are invited to try to hit a drive closer to the hole than Morgan. Golfers should not be intimidated, as Morgan will use only one hand for this activity.
Golf enthusiasts can also participate in the first-ever Mount Villingili Challenge, during which golfers will compete to strike a fish food golf ball the furthest into the turquoise Indian Ocean. Afterwards, guests can celebrate with a tailoredDine by Design experience atop Mount Villingili, toasting their golfing triumphs as they admire tropical views of the golf course and ocean beyond.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to paradise and share my love of golf with guests at the renowned Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa,” said Morgan. “I’m looking forward to helping seasoned players improve their game and introducing beginners to the sport, perhaps for the very first time. There will be lots of fun events taking place over the two weeks which I’m sure guests will enjoy!”
Guests can book the Stay & Play with John E. Morgan package, which starts from US$920++ per person per night, including:
The package is available from February 15 – 28, 2019, over a minimum stay of five nights. Terms & conditions apply.
The partnership with John E. Morgan is part of the ongoing Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa “Masters in Residence” program, intended to bring experts from around the world in the fields of arts, sports, and wellness. This platform provides guests with the opportunity to engage with a scope of Masters of the world, in an idyllic setting. Previous Masters include Royal Ballet trained dancer, Karis Scarlette, celebrity personal trainer and fitness influencer, Faisal Abdalla, meditation and mindfulness expert, Jody Shields, former multiple Grand Slam winner and former number-one tennis player, Jim Courier and the highly regarded marine biologist and underwater photographer, Uli Kunz. The resort also runs a training program in partnership with LUX Tennis to offer guests personalized private tennis lessons and discovery sessions with qualified and experienced tennis professionals. Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa will be welcoming internationally acclaimed Zumba master, Steve Boedt, during the upcoming festive season.
About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel owners and operators, currently manages over 100 hotels globally in 76 destinations under the Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders brands. Prominently positioned in Asia, the group has established its hallmark of “hospitality from the heart” over four decades in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, North America and the Indian Ocean. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, Bahrain, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com.