Following the opening of Desert Palm, Dubai in 2007, Per Aquum will then enter new destinations including Morocco and the Caribbean having secured the management contracts of Prickly Bay Waterside and Point Break in Grenada, both scheduled to open in 2007, and a residential project in Morocco, set to open in 2008. Other upcoming properties include; Maakanaa, Maldives, opening 2008; Zil Pasyon, Seychelles, opening 2008; Vie, Seychelles, opening 2008 and Zilwa, Seychelles opening 2009. Other destinations currently being explored for investment include India, Zanzibar, Oman and Dubai.
Speaking at the recent HICAP Investment conference in Hong Kong Tom McLoughlin CEO Per Aquum comments; 'The vision and philosophy behind Per Aquum is about individuality, about breaking boundaries and never using the same format twice. We offer owners, guests and stakeholders unique concepts that immediately gain world class status as award winning properties. We are setting a trend for those who want to break away from the big corporate 'cookie cutter' mentality and offering a naturally modern lifestyle and mindset that guests can return to time after time.'
Continuing he says; 'We look for partners and stakeholders who share our vision and we see a huge potential for growth within the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean and emerging destinations such as North and East Africa, India and South East Asia. Our focus for growth will continue to be on these markets where we know there is still a void for individual properties with emphasis on iconic design. Our properties continue to win awards through the Per Aquum Difference and this 'Difference' will be seen in our new projects, allowing us to take guest satisfaction even further.'
Scheduled to open in early 2007, Desert Palm will offer a haven for those looking for an alternative to the hectic city life of Dubai. Located on a residential polo estate, the retreat offers just 24 rooms and villas with panoramic views of the main polo field where daily chukkas are held at sunset. Arabia touched by the avant-garde is how to describe this luxurious bolt hole complete with extensive spa and superb dining facilities. A grand villa inspired by the famed surfing adventures of the region, Point Break will offer ten stylish rooms with panoramic views and the utmost in privacy when it opens in 2007. Prickly Bay Waterside also opening in 2007, is located on the shores of Lance-aux-Epines Peninsula at the southern end of Grenada and will offer an all-encompassing luxury lifestyle complete with residences, a resort and marina.
Maakanaa will be an innovative, contemporary resort in the far north of the Maldives and is set to open in 2008. Inspired by the majestic Maakanaa bird, indigenous to the Maldives, the resort will offer 35 on-land and over-water bungalows reflecting both the local colour and nature of this beautiful destination.
Zil Pasyon, located on Félicité, one of the most pristine islands in the Seychelles. Opening 2008 this will be the island where desires are explored, fantasies are indulged and sybaritic living will be the norm. With just 40 villas lining the granite cliff tops, Zil Pasyon commands panoramic views of the aquamarine Indian Ocean, while stunning beaches surround the island and are ideal for private relaxation.
Primal luxury is the only way to describe Vie, the 49 luxury tent resort planned for Silhouette island. Opening 2008 this is an experience that immerses guests in Per Aquum luxury, the unbelievable beauty of Silhouette Island and the vibrant Kreol culture of the Seychelles. Exploring the island, guests will encounter untouched nature, cascading waterfalls and specially created private swimming pools scattered throughout the forest.
These properties will add to the already impressive and award winning portfolio of Huvafen Fushi Maldives, recipient of the Condé Nast Traveler US and UK Hot List 2005, Condé Nast Traveller Readers Travel Awards 2006 and Spa Asia, Crystal Awards 2005; Dhoni Mighili Maldives, recipient of the Tater Travel guide top 101 properties and Robb Report Best Luxury Resort and The Fortress in Sri Lanka, recipient of the Travel & Leisure It List 2006.