After a night camping out in a busy Colombo airport, we boarded our small flight to the South of the Maldivian islands. A low lying fog greeted us as we touched down in Gan; a charmingly small airport with one tiny gate.
Only a few hundred yards from the airport a boat awaited to whisk us across the channel to the Shangri-La island.
The boat approached an impressive jetty, and we were met with praying hands and welcomed by the hotel manager with a fresh coconut water. We hopped in the back of a golf buggy and made our way through the pristine sand roads lined with canopied palms and immaculate facilities, each member of staff acknowledging us with a warm smile.
We emerged through the thick palms of the island making our way down a long jetty revealing the iconic water villas.
We had arrived in the Maldives.
Our home for the week was a water villa on the south of the island.
It's safe to say this private oasis has everything you might need. One of the highlights was a king sized bed facing out to sea, with wall to wall sliding doors revealing a beautiful two reared decking area.
The villa's are vast, with your own walk in wardrobe and open plan bathroom with a giant bath. There is also an outdoor shower, to wash off your non existent worries.
Our private water villa assistant was attentive and friendly, providing relevant information for all the island activities and dinner times.
Shangri-la hosts the only golf course in the Maldives nestled quietly at the north side of the island.
The island never leaves you short of something to do, with a diving school, a vast spa, and gym and tennis facilities.