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spa opportunities Find great staff 19 JULY - 1 AUGUST 2013 ISSUE 168 Daily news & jobs: Minor acquires 50 per cent stake in Per Aquum

Minor Hotel Group (MHG) has invested US$4m (€3m, £2.6m) in resort and spa management company Per Aquum Retreats, Resorts, Residences. Te investment, which equates to a 50 per cent stake, represents a part- nership between Universal Enterprises and MHG. As part of the joint ven-

ture, MHG and Universal plan to develop at least five additional properties over the next five years. Per Aquum is part of Universal Enterprises, a Maldivian-based resort operator and owner which has been in business for more than 35 years. In 2003, Universal joined forces with hus-

the first underwater treatment rooms, and Niyama. Tere’s also the Desert Palm in Dubai. Te addition of the three Per

Aquum resorts takes MHG’s overall portfolio to 91 prop- erties in operation across 12 countries. MHG and Universal will further invest in the brand over the coming years and the planned expansion will mir- ror MHG’s current footprint across Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East and Africa. Per Aquum’s company

Per Aquum’s renowned Lime spa at the Huvafen Fushi resort in the Maldives

band-and-wife team Tom McLoughlin and Jane Quinn (see Spa Business, issue 1, 2006 p28) to create Per Aquum to manage its luxury

GSWS to host first global hot spring forum

Te Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) is set to hold the first-ever global gathering of hot springs oper- ators and industry leaders. Te event will take place on 7 October dur- ing the seventh annual Summit in New Delhi, India. Te Global Hot Springs Forum is

expected to attract representatives from India, Japan, China, the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia to share perspectives on this grow- ing industry sector. Te Forum will also address how continuing, signifi- cant expansion in hot springs usage will impact resource sustainability. Details:



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boutique properties. As the company’s name suggests, spas are central to its concept. Per Aquum currently operates three proper-

ties. Te two in the Maldives include Huvafen Fushi, the resort famous for launching some of

Hilton opens spa retreat in India

Hilton has announced the opening of Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa, a luxury all- villa spa retreat set on privately-owned Shillim Estate, deep in the landscape of the Sahyadri mountain range in India’s Western Ghats. The 99 luxury villas, each with a dedi-

cated butler service, are set amidst rice fields, bamboo plantations and virgin forest. Te resort’s 70-acre spa features 17 treatment

rooms, a meditation cave, three consultation rooms and a relaxation centre. Spa facilities will include a yoga pavilion,

a spa restaurant, an outdoor heated spa pool, conventional and infrared saunas, steamrooms, outdoor hot tubs and hydrotherapy tubs. Experiences will be on offer including pranic healing, chakra cleansing, hydro therapy, tai

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Te 99 private villas are surrounded by virgin forest

chi and watsu. The spa concept at Hilton Shillim is inspired by the healing system of ayurveda and yoga and also incorporates strong reiki, acupressure, aromatherapy and naturopathy traditions. Programmes are individually customized to

offer rest and wellbeing to the body, mind and spirit. Details:

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vision is to create “no two properties alike” and to develop resorts in “desirable

locations using naturally modern, ecologi- cally responsible design”. In 2007, it launched the Lime spa concept, which fuses holistic wellness rituals with modern spa therapies. Details:



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