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Cecelia will report directly to Claire Branch, Director of Group Spa Operations and will oversee the training standards and services for all spas within the Per Aquum portfolio.

This includes Aquum Spa at Huvafen Fushi and Kurumba Maldives and Sen Spa at Dhoni Mighili, Full Moon Maldives and Baros Maldives.


Cecelia will be responsible for the training of all team members and will also design signature treatments for the two spa brands, Aquum Spa and Sen Spa and the spa site itself, whether it be Huvafen Fushi, Dhoni Mighili, Kurumba, Full Moon or Baros. In addition to this Cecelia will be responsible for establishing a detailed yearly training calendar and creating unrivalled standards for all treatments offered.


Cecelia joins Per Aquum from Grand Cayman where she held the position of Head Therapist at The Beauty Spa at The Hyatt Regency, Grand Cayman. During her three year tenure at The Hyatt Regency, Cecelia was instrumental in the smooth running of the department and the continuation of the high treatment standards as befits a 5-star resort. Whilst in Grand Cayman, Cecelia also held the position of Lecturer in body massage at Grand Cayman College.


Cecelia has over 15 years of experience within the spa industry and holds qualifications in Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Ancient Thai massage, Bowen Therapy and La Stone therapy. She began her overseas career with the Saudi Arabian Royal Family as their holistic therapist and reflexologist, travelling with the Royal family and performing all massage treatments as required.


Following this Cecelia was appointed Holistic Therapist / Reflexologist at Kemer Golf and Country Club, Istanbul. Here Cecelia was instrumental in the establishment of a new therapy department which allowed her to sharpen her business skills along with her massage techniques. Key responsibilities included the promotion of the new treatments and liaising with other departments to increase business and maximise profits.



Velavaru is scheduled to re-open on 20th Feb 2005. OceanPro reports that the diving, fortunately, hasn't suffered, the reef and marine life are as good as ever!   Given the past month's extraordinary time for routine maintenance, Velavaru has been given a new coat of paint and varnish, and looks great!   As previously advised, Velavaru will re-open on Sunday, February 20, 2005.   For Velavaru reservations, kindly email to: reservation@crowntoursmaldives.com.   Please click the below link to check Photos of Velavaru  taken and dated on January 28th and 29th, 2005, for your reference.   http://www.crowntoursmaldives.com/index.php?option=resortislands&resort=5&category=2

Sunland Hotels, a fully owned Maldivian company known for owning and managing award winning Coco Palm Resort and Spa, is to re-brand and expand their Coco Palm resort portfolio.

The re-branding will see a new division of Sunland Hotels being created, called the Coco Collection, which will represent a portfolio of unique and luxurious properties aimed at offering distinctive experiences.


Under the Coco Collection, Coco Palm Resort and Spa will be renamed Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, the original name of the island. Two new resorts will join the collection, Coco Palm Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Kuda Hithi. The re-branding, effective from 1 March 2005, will pave the way for major developments within the group over the coming years.


Coco Palm Budu Hithi will be a five star luxurious property and is set to open towards the end of 2005. Coco Palm Kuda Hithi will bring a new dimension of luxury to the Maldives as one of its smallest resorts. The island will be a world class luxury 8 villa all-residence resort, which will offer luxuriously appointed, spacious and unique villas in design and architecture, making it a serene retreat for connoisseurs. The resort is scheduled for completion in November 2005.

Six Senses Resorts & Spas have introduced a tree-house in the Maldives as part of its unique Jungle Reserve at Soneva Fushi. The Jungle Reserve at Soneva Fushi covers a footprint of 700 square metres and comprises a beachfront villa with the Soneva signature Robinson Crusoe ambience and a large luxurious open air private garden bathroom. An elevated walkway leads from the villa to a pavilion with two luxurious day beds and direct pool access. On the other side, there is a bathroom with a steam-room and spritz shower, plus a rain-shower and bathtub in a private garden. The living room area has a dining table and chairs, and a personal entertainment system, which is in addition to the system in the main villa. The area can be opened on three sides so as to enjoy the island zephyr. There is also a private wine chiller.

Further along the walkway is a Spa Suite offering an open-air treatment room with 2 massage beds, and an air-conditioned gym.

The footbridge elevates to 2.5 metres above the ground as it reaches the tree house, which features bunk beds and a day bed that can be made up for a third person. The tree house also has its own toilet, plus a terrace looking out through the tree tops. This wonderful little hideout is ideal for children, or those who like a little fantasy in their adult life.


The ultimate fun feature is a water slide that plunges from the tree house to the 300 square metre private pool that wraps around the villa in a half-moon free-form shape.


A second tree house will also be added to villa number 65 – Soneva Fushi Villa Suite - with the same features as the Jungle Reserve tree house, including a water slide into the villa’s private pool.


Soneva Fushi Resort is located on the private island of Kunfunadhoo, one of the few islands that is rich with vegetation and where sandy bicycle pathways meander beneath a jungle-like canopy. The island extends almost one and a half kilometres by half a kilometre and is located in the northern Baa Atoll – a 25-minute exhilarating sea plane trip from the International Airport of Male.


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