Per AQUUM resort announced the appointment of Marc Gussing as General Manager of Huvafen Fushi and Dietmar Koegerl as General Manager of NIYAMA.
Marc Gussing, a Swedish national, speaks four languages including English, basic Spanish, Swedish, and French. Before completing his schooling in hotel management in Switzerland and after completion, Marc’s career took him across world to the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Seychelles, Israel, France, Monaco, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States of America.
After having held the role of Director of Operations at Huvafen Fushi in 2005, Marc is famous in Per AQUUM. “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 commented.
“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,” Nick Downing, Vice President of Per AQUUM commented.
Marking its 10th anniversary this year, Huvafen Fushi – is known to be one of the most sought after retreats in the Maldives with its highly individualized service, a truly tropical island experience and futuristic concepts such as the world’s first underwater spa.
Huvafen Fushi comprises of 44 bungalows and pavilions both overwater and on the beach. This exquisite luxury retreat is 40 minutes by speedboat from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport and provides some of the Maldives finest dining experiences ranging from raw cuisine at RAW to wood-fired pizzas on the beach at Fogliani’s and wine dinners six metres underground in Vinum. Also being the home to the world’s first underwater spa offering its own plunge pool with every room, Huvafen Fushi unquestionably lives up to its reputation – A Waking Dream.
Dietmar Koegerl, a German national, a graduate of Insead University and Cornell University, Dietmar began his career in hospitality in Food & Beverage with Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, working in Asia in numerous resorts in the Seychelles and the Maldives, Thailand and Sri Lanka. He then came back to the Maldives in 2009 for the post of General Manager at Anantara Kihavah Villas, where he fronted the successful opening and running operation of one of Anantara’s main resorts.
Being in the Maldives for long period, is known for his drive, originality and zeal in the hospitality industry, Dietmar said “After spending more than 30 years in the Asia Pacific region I can truly say that every aspect of the Maldives astounds me and that every traveller should experience the warmth and beauty at least once in their life. I am very proud to be part of such a visionary team that dares to be different at every turn here at Niyama.”
“Dietmar’s boundless energy, enthusiasm and understanding of guest experience and the destination perfectly complements Per AQUUM’s core brand emphasis in creating bold, imaginative spaces and signature attention to detail. I am excited about Dietmar’s contribution to further enhance our guest experience with a hospitality brand that dares to be different,” Nicholas Downing, Vice President of Per AQUUM, commented.
NIYAMA – the company’s radical, contemporary resort that lives up to its tagline, Nature’s Playground, to the max offering guests more than an intimate Maldivian getaway.
NIYAMA comprises of 86 beach, overwater Studios and Pavilions. Located in the Dhaalu Atoll, a 45 minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport – NIYAMA was created as an ideal property that stands out not just in the Maldives, but internationally by bringing modern twist balanced by serenity with a sense stimulation and pleasure.