Minor Hotel Group takes stakes in Per Aquum

HuvafenfushiPer Aquum Retreats, Resorts and Residence has welcomed Minor Hotel Group as a major stakeholder in its brand with a substantial investment of US$4 million. The Thailand based hotel owner, operator and investor plans to join forces with Universal Enterprises – Maldives and jointly develop the brand to result in at least five additional properties within the next five years.

The Per Aquum brand currently consists of three properties: Huvafenfushi and Niyama in the Maldives and Desert Palm in Dubai. With the addition of these three properties, the total tally of MHG’s portfolio has risen to over 91 properties across twelve countries.

Minor Hotel Group has had an ongoing partnership with the principals of Universal resort since the launch of the three luxury resorts in the Maldives in 2006 and 2007; Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, Anantara Veli Resort & Spa and Naladhu Maldives. It has also further strengthened its stance in the Maldives with the opening of Anantara  Kihavah Villas in early 2011. Speaking about the investment Mr Dillip Rajakarier who is the Chief Executive of MHG mentions that Per Aquum is a very well respected and exclusive brand and that they look forward to the opportunity to develop and further its working partnership with Universal Enterprises.

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Maldives well represented in the Seven Star Global Luxury Awards

Source: Seven Star Global Luxury Awards

Signum Virtutis

Continuing their good form in the awards ceremonies, Maldives resorts and the destination itself has been nominated for several awards in the most prestigious awards in the travel industry. Maldives has been nominated in the “Seven Star Destination Winner” category along with 21 other destination that include: Abu Dhabi, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Dubai, Fiji , France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, St Lucia, Turkey and Turks & Caicos.

The awards to be held at the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel, Marbella, Spain on the 28th of June 2013. Seven Star Global Luxury awards points out that only the pinnacle of luxury enters the its ranks and to be nominated by itself is a huge accomplishment in itself to the Maldives.  The Seven Star Global Luxury Awards recognizes extraordinary achievements in the Hospitality and lifestyle sector by bestowing the Signum Virtutis – the seal of excellence. With this consumers are guaranteed that the service providers are truly the best in their field.

In addition to being nominated in the destinations category, several resorts of the Maldives have also been nominated in the resorts and hotel category.  With over 22 nominees representing several of the most famous and luxurious properties in the Maldives, it is one of the most well represented destination in this country. Resorts that are nominated include: Ayada Maldives, Banyan Tree Maldives, Baros Maldives, Coco Palm Bodu Hithi, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Cocp Palm Kuda Hithi, Conrad Maldives, Diamonds Thundufushi, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives, Kanuhura Maldives, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives,  Lux* Maldives, Niyama , One and Only Reethi Rah Maldives, Park Hyatt, Shangri-la Villingili Resort & Spa, Sheraton Maldives, Soneva Gili, The Haven Paradise Island Resort, Vadoo and W Maldives.

The world famous spas of Maldives have also a good representation in the awards Seven Star Spa’s Nominations. Eight different spas of the country which include the famous LIME Spa of Huvafenfushi and the Ananatara Veli Spa are carrying the country’s flag high in this award ceremony.

Being nominated alone for an accolade of this nature indicates that the Maldives has been gaining popularity among its visitors and would serve as a guarantee to its visitors to quality of the resorts that are established in this beautiful country.