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 July 17, 2014
Per Aquum Appoints Marc Gussing General Manager, Huvafen Fushi In The Maldvies

 Per AQUUM has announced the appointment of Mr. Marc Gussing as General Manager of its iconic Maldivian retreat, Huvafen Fushi. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Huvafen Fushi is one of the most sought after properties in the Maldives with its highly personalised service, intimate island experience and visionary concepts such as the world's first underwater spa.

Marc is well known to Per AQUUM, having previously held the role of Director of Operations at Huvafen Fushi in 2005. "To have the opportunity to come back and lead this exceptional property is incredible. Many of the original team members are still here and it really feels like I've come home. I'm looking forward to bringing more daringly different concepts to Huvafen Fushi over the next 12 months and building on the strong foundations that are already in place," he comments.

Prior to and post completing his schooling in hotel management in Switzerland, Marc's career has taken him across the globe to Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, Monaco, Israel, France, Seychelles, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. Marc is a Swedish national and speaks four languages including English, French, Swedish, and basic Spanish.

Nick Downing, Vice President of Per AQUUM comments, "I am delighted to welcome back Marc after working with him ten years ago during the opening years of Huvafen Fushi when we broke the model of the typical Maldivian resort experience. Over the course of his career Marc has held roles ranging from General Management to specialised food and beverage management, estate development and cruise liners. His involvement in all aspects of operational responsibilities gives him a tremendous advantage to evolve Huvafen Fushi for the future. I am confident that his in depth understanding of the unique Per AQUUM DNA will enable him to continue to deliver exceptional service and unique experiences for our guests."

Huvafen Fushi offers 44 bungalows and pavilions both on the beach and overwater. This exceptionally intimate retreat is just 40 minutes by speedboat from Male and provides some of the Maldives best dining experiences from raw cuisine at RAW to wood fired pizzas on the beach at Fogliani's and wine dinners six metres underground in Vinum. Home to the world's first underwater spa and with every room offering its own plunge pool, Huvafen Fushi certainly lives up to its tagline 'A Waking Dream.'

Per AQUUM Retreats • Resorts • Residences offers a different kind of ethos: one that is passionate, visionary, imaginative and naturally modern. The architecture and design of each project is inspired by the individual beauty of the property's host culture, while development is based on principles of realism, sustainability and responsibility. Renowned for creating bold, imaginative spaces and signature attention to detail the Per AQUUM name has built significant brand value within the top echelons of the travel industry. The current portfolio includes Huvafen Fushi and NIYAMA in the Maldives and Desert Palm in Dubai. In 2013 Bangkok-based Minor Hotel Group (MHG) acquired a 50 percent stake in Per AQUUM. MHG is a hotel owner, operator and investor with a portfolio of more than 100 hotels, resorts and serviced suites in 14 countries under the Per AQUUM, Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Elewana, Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis and Minor International brands.