Per Aquum Resorts & Spas to Open New Resort & Sen Spa in Sri Lanka

Per Aquum Resorts & Spas awarded the management contract for The Fortress, a new build property in Galle, Sri Lanka, owned by Fortress Ltd.

Per Aquum Resorts Per Aquum Resorts & Spas will be consulting on the construction and pre-opening phases of The Fortress effective immediately and as the appointed management company will be in charge of the continued operation of the property following its scheduled opening mid 2005.

Key to all Per Aquum properties is that they reflect the culture of the destination. With this in mind The Fortress will echo the historic heritage of the Dutch fortress town of Galle combining indigenous architecture with cutting edge technology to create a naturally modern feel.

Renowned architects C&C Studios, whose resort portfolio includes Thailand, India, Maldives and Bali, have also been appointed and on completion, The Fortress will feature a selection of stylish rooms and suites, bar, restaurants showcasing both local and international cuisine, gym, gallery, wedding chapel and the Per Aquum signature - a fibre optic pool. A Sen Spa will complete the property and will offer a range of both indigenous and internationally renowned treatments. The result will be a world class resort where guests can relax in luxurious surroundings in keeping with the natural beauty of the region.

Per Aquum Resorts & Spas' Managing Director Tom McLoughlin comments, "We are delighted to bring The Fortress into the Per Aquum collection. Sri Lanka is showing tremendous potential for growth and we believe that Per Aquum's management experience combined with that of Fortress Ltd will ensure The Fortress becomes Sri Lanka's premium resort."

Fortress Ltd, owners of The Fortress, is equally delighted to be working with Per Aquum Resort & Spas as their representative, Dhammika Perera, comments "We are extremely impressed with Per Aquum as a company and the properties within their collection. In particular Huvafen Fushi and Dhoni Mighili, which they have transformed into buzz words for elegance and sophistication. Under Per Aquum's experienced direction The Fortress will bring unsurpassed levels of design, service and hospitality to Sri Lanka whilst retaining a truly natural environment."

Chandra Wickremasinghe, Chairman Connaissance Holdings Ltd. and majority shareholder of Fortress Ltd is equally excited to be working with Per Aquum as he comments, "This is an exciting time for Sri Lanka as a destination and The Fortress, under Per Aquum's knowledgeable direction, will set the benchmark for quality accommodation."

Malik Fernando, Director of Dilmah Tea and shareholder of Fortress Ltd, comments "As an established management company, Per Aquum Resorts & Spas' in depth knowledge of the luxury market will ensure The Fortress offers a unique experience for the discerning traveler."

Per Aquum Resorts & Spas, established by Universal Enterprises and Tom McLoughlin as Managing Director, currently manage two luxury properties and five spas in the Maldives. The Fortress is the company's first venture into the Sri Lankan market and a welcome addition to the Per Aquum collection of boutique style resorts & spas.

Per Aquum Resorts & Spas is a specialist resort & spa management company based in the Maldives. The company is a subsidiary of Universal Enterprises Pvt Limited, the first and leading resort operator in the Maldives.

The name 'Per Aquum' translates to 'through water', and the vision of the company is to develop and mange properties located in pristine locations. The vision is shared by luxury resort specialist Tom McLoughlin who, as Managing Director, is charged with realizing it. Per Aquum Resorts & Spas currently manages Universal's portfolio of new luxury retreats.

Per Aquum's first management role was Dhoni Mighili, which offers a brand new concept in island indulgence: luxury boat accommodation aboard traditionally built yet luxuriously appointed dhonis; a thakuru (butler) to pamper guests 24 hours a day; the freedom to roam the Maldives, traveling wherever and whenever guests desire, and the facilities of a secluded marina island retreat, offering guests complete freedom to enjoy time on land and sea. Based in Ari Atoll, south west of the capital of Male', with just six luxury dhonis, Dhoni Mighili is a very private affair.

Huvafen Fushi - Per Aquum's flagship property, which opened in July 2004, is situated in the Male' Atoll and features the world's first underwater spa rooms. Huvafen Fushi has some of the largest guest rooms in the Maldives and offers unsurpassed levels of service, private pools in all guest rooms, complete spa facilities by Aquum Spa, fine dining above and below ground, all with cutting edge design in a most elegant yet simple manner.

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