Manta Trust to educate on Manta Ray in Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

With the intention to raise awareness about Manta Ray Research in the Maldives, Coco Collection will be welcoming Manta Trust to Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu to interact with guests and associates.

The Maldivian Manta Ray Project was established in 2005 by British Marine Biologist and the Manta Trust founder Guy Stevens. Guy started working in the Maldives in 2003 and spent his first 18 months in the country on a dive liveaboard. During this time Guy was seeing Mantas all around the country and his curiosity about these amazing creatures grew.

Desperate to know more about why and where these sea creatures were found Guy looked to other marine biologists in the Maldives and around the world and found a shocking scarcity of information and research being done on these creatures. In 2005 the MMRP was founded and became one of very first Manta research projects around the world and the project of the Manta Trust.

The aims of the Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMRP) when it was created were to characterise the population of Manta Rays in the Maldives. Not much data is available on the Maldives manta population and little research have been carried out on the life cycle and population dynamics. To achieve the objectives the project has worked closely with the Government of Maldives, tourists, local groups, volunteers, students and tour operators to create greater awareness and protection for the peaceful rays and their habitat.

coco-collection-Manta-TrustThe resort’s programme:

On 21 June 2014, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu will give a warm welcome to Marine Biologists from Manta Trust that includes Niv Froman, the Project Manager of Manta Trust Maldives, as well as Annie Murray, the Operations Manager of Manta Trust Maldives who will be spending 2 days at the resort, engaging guests in interactive presentations and inviting them to join a spectacular snorkeling excursion in South Baa Atoll, where they hope to encounter some Manta Rays gliding through the deep blue.

The team will start the program with an interactive presentation for the associates of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, to which the resort has invited students of schools from surrounding local islands.

In the evening, the visiting scientists along with Chiara Fumagalli, the resort’s own resident Marine Biologist, will hold an educational presentation for the resort’s guests at Conch Bar focusing on Manta Trust’s work alongside Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu.

It is said that both presentations will focus mainly on the work that Manta Trust has been contributing to the Maldivian Manta Ray Project and offer guests and students also a chance to enrich their knowledge regarding these creatures.

On the morning of 22 June 2014, Coco Collection’s Resident Marine Biologist, Chiara Fumagalli, along with the group from Manta Trust will lead guests and associates on an adventurous snorkeling excursion that will hopefully include the extraordinary opportunity to swim with these mysterious creatures. Afterwards, Chiara will blend with guests at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu to share photos of the expedition.

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is offering a “Stay Longer and Pay Less” deal for guest who wants to experience the Manta Ray expedition where a 5 night’s stay will receive a discount of 25% while a 3 night’s stay will receive a discount of 10% from room rates. Also, guests can book their stay with Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu now to enjoy discounts of up to 7% from room rates.

Chiara Fumagalli, the Resident Marine Biologist at Coco Collection commented “This exciting expedition with the fellow Marine Biologists from Manta Trust is truly an amazing opportunity to experience these marvelous creatures gliding through the ocean. It is my absolute pleasure to welcome guests of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu to join us in this snorkeling excursion for a once in a lifetime chance to swim alongside Manta Rays while witnessing their natural behavior in person”.

Findings shows that the Maldives hosts the largest population of reef Manta Rays (Manta alfredi) in the world, however there is no local law that prohibits fishing or harming these increasingly defenseless creatures. In many countries direct fishing of manta rays and their similar species, driven by the huge grown demand of gill plates in Eastern Asia, decimates regional populations. Increased pressures from tourism is also known to have damaging impacts on these species which national legislation can help to control.

Research shows that Manta rays give birth to only one live born pup on average just once every 3-5 years and have one of the longest gestation periods of any creature. Their highly conservative reproductive strategy, combined with a slow growth rate and late maturity makes Manta Rays immensely susceptible to exploitation. Based on these reasons many countries are acting quickly to protect their regional population of Mantas. Like the Maldives, Indonesia, is known to have one of the world’s leading Manta tourism destinations, recently established the largest Manta Ray sanctuary in the world.

Manta rays are an important resource in the Maldives to promote Manta ecotourism. The Maldives has already showed its commitment to marine conservation by protecting all species of sharks and establishing several Marine Protected Areas throughout the archipelago.

The contribution and support of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and Coco Bodu Hithi has been recently recognized by Manta Trust by ranking Coco Collection as the top submitter of newly identified Manta Ray sightings and the second top submitter of overall Manta Ray sightings for the year 2013. It is known that Coco Collection is thrilled to be a part of such initiatives and during the event hopes to educate guests and associates regarding the population and behavior of Maldivian Manta Rays, also aiding the research objectives of Manta Trust.

A winner of World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013 and a nominee of World Luxury Spa Awards 2014, Coco Collection is a eminent hotel group, also a subsidiary of Sunland Hotels. Since opening the hotel in July 2007, the company continued to grow and developed its reputation as a stylish, sophisticated with sustainable hospitality.

Coco Collection’s comes with three unique brands, Coco Resorts – Retreats, Coco Privé and Coco Palm.

The Retreats includes the luxury resort Coco Bodu Hithi; Coco Palm features the environmentally conscious getaway Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu; and Coco Privé consists: the private and exclusive Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island.

Marine Biologist Joseph Lassus from French Caribbean Joins Anantara Kihavah Villas

Joseph Lassus is said to have been involved involved with a WWF project at the Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, in Mexico before coming to Maldives.

“This opportunity to be the Marine Biologist at Anantara Kihavah Villas provides me with a perfect combination of teaching to dive and snorkel, which I love to share with guests, as well as continuing my research in exciting new fields of exploration and behavior associations of aquatic life. Here, I encounter completely different species to those I am familiar with from my native home in the French Caribbean, such as the Napoleon Wrasse, Clown Fish, and different coral. They all exist in a fragile community – one cannot survive without the other.”

Joseph Lassus, Marine Biologist, Anantara Kihavah Villas
Joseph Lassus, Marine Biologist

Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands, approximately 200 of which are inhabited. Spread out over 26 natural atolls, each island is no more than 2m (7ft) above sea level. Baa Atoll, home to Anantara Kihavah Villas, is situated on the west of the Maldives’ atoll chain and comprises 75 islands. Located only 35 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport.

The coral reefs of the Maldives were first badly damaged in 1998, when shifting ocean patterns associated with El Niño raised sea level temps above 90 degrees. The result then was that 70 to 90 percent of the reefs surrounding the Maldives 26 atolls were badly “bleached,” the warm temperatures killing off the symbiotic algae that lives within the coral and gives it color. While since then many of the reefs have been recovering, according to a report by the Maldives-based Marine Research Center, another warming last year (2010) estimated that “10-15 percent of shallow reef coral is now completely white, while 50-70 percent has begun to pale.”

463 square miles of aquamarine Indian Ocean was recently named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Ever since Anantara Kihavah Villas’ opening in 2012, they have been dedicated to supporting the recovery, operating as an eco-conscious resort.

The arrival of marine biologist Joseph Lassus to Anantara Kihavah, means that guests can draw on his expert knowledge as they go into the depths of the ocean and discover the underwater world that lies underneath. Hosting presentations for guests in the mesmerizing surrounds of ‘Sea’ – the resort’s signature underwater restaurant, Joseph describes the natural aquarium through the glass walls as it envelopes the restaurant to provide a breathtaking 180 degree view of fish, turtles, sea eels with all their friends at play.

Guests can join Joseph on diving, snorkeling, dolphin discovery, turtle quest and manta excursions, or participate in coral transplanting and essential research snorkeling adventures, taking identification images of larger animals.

Coral reefs support a vast array of marine life and contribute to the livelihood of millions of people worldwide. As a nursery, home and supermarket for fish of all shapes and sizes, reefs are an important resource to protect for the future health of the ocean. These living barriers also act as a natural defence against beach erosion and wave destruction. Without reefs, island archipelagos like the Baa Atoll would eventually disappear.

Anantara is hugely committed to conserving the environment and is a Green Globe certified member. Green Globe is the global certification for sustainable tourism. It is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

The Green Globe Certification Standard consists of 41 criteria and 337 indicators. The main areas are:

Sustainable Management (Implement a Sustainability Management System, Legal Compliance, Employee Training, Customer Satisfaction, Accuracy of Promotional Materials, Local Zoning, Interpretation, Communications Strategy, Health & Safety)

Social / Economic (Community Development, Local Employment, Fair Trade, Support Local Entrepreneurs, Respect Local Communities, Exploitation, Equitable Hiring, Employee Protection, Basic Services)

Cultural Heritage (Code of Behaviour, Historical Artifacts, Protection of Sites, Incorporation of Culture)

Environmental (Conserving Resources, Reducing Pollution, Conserving Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Landscapes)

To date (Q4 2013), 16 resorts have been awarded Green Globe Certification:

Maldives:

Anantara Kihavah Villas
Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa
Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

Other countries include Thailand, Indonesia and United Arab Emirates.

Anantara projects:

Anantara is currently undergoing a huge expansion programme that will take the number of its properties up to around 50 by 2015. The range of Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas locations are in Thailand, Bali, UAE, Indian Ocean and China – means many different cultures, wildlife and environments. One thing that all of these places has in common, is the need to ensure that tourism is operated in a way that is sustainable for the people that live there and for future generations of residents and travellers.

Some of the projects to help the communities Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas belongs in:

– Anantara’s 365 Days of Good Deeds
– Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation
– The King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament
– Roy E. Heinecke Foundation

The Coral Adoption Programme

In its commitment to protect the environment, Anantara Kihavah Villas has initiated the Coral Adoption Programme, a long-term plan designed to share learning experiences with guests, accelerate the regeneration of coral growth in the atoll reef, and ultimately ensure the future of this unique Maldivian destination.

To experience the rich biodiversity of these undersea habitats with a visit to Anantara Kihavah Villas.

Coco Collection ranked as top submitter by Manta Trust

Coco Collection has been ranked as the top submitter for sightings of newly identified Manta Rays as well as the second top submitter for overall sightings to the Manta Trust for the year 2013.

Manta Trust envisions to create a sustainable future for the oceans where Manta Rays thrive in healthy and diverse eco systems. The Maldivian Manta Ray project was initiated by the Manta Trust in 2006. According to a press release by Coco Collection, Chiara Fumagalli, Resident Marine Biologist at Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, has contributed the details of 24 new Mantas and 93 Manta sightings to the project’s database. This information is a tremendous help towards attaining the research objective of Manta Trust: to estimate the size and structure of the Maldivian Manta Ray Population.

Manta Ray - M1696 “Tofu”
Female Manta Ray – M1696 “Tofu”

Coco collection is also one of the leading contributors to the Maldives Turtle Identification Program. Marine Savers and Seamarc, founded this program in 2011, This is a government endorsed initiative aiming to conserve turtles by protecting their nests, rehabilitating injured turtles and tracking turtles through photo identification. With 159 sightings reported, Coco Collection has been ranked the second top submitter of turtle sightings for the year 2013.

The press release also states that Coco Collection’s environmentally conscious efforts have been recognized for its sustainable hospitality by EarthCheck, the leading environmental certification agency in the travel and tourism industry. Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is EarthCheck Silver certified and Coco Bodu Hithi holds EarthCheck Bronze certification.

Coco Collection’s portfolio includes the luxury resort Coco Bodu Hithi located in the North Malé Atoll, the environmentally conscious escape Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu in Baa Atoll and the private and exclusive Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island, which right in front of Coco Bodu Hithi.

Nacho Sotomayor Weaves Musical Magic In The Maldives

Nacho Sotomayor will perform in the Chill Bar at Six Senses Laamu, in the Maldives from May 5 to July 31, Six senses have revealed.

As Nacho celebrates 20 years as a musician and producer of ambient, chill out and electronic music, Nacho said, “I’m very happy to create this music adventure in Maldives and especially to be doing so at Six Senses Laamu. I hope that my music will make many people dream and feel happier.”

Nacho’s music is influenced by the sounds of his ancestral flamenco, Arab vibrations and incorporates a twist from every locality that inspires him. He has successfully directed his label, Absolut Ambient, since 2006 and has worked closely with well-known artists and performers such as Claude Challe and Bebe. His music is essential to many popular compilations including Café del Mar and Buddha Bar.

Nacho Sotomayor, Maldives
Nacho Sotomayor

Nacho’s most important and signature sound project remains “La Roca” which was inspired by the ever-changing colors from sunrise to sunset over Es Vedra, a rocky island on the coastline of Ibiza. He has also developed projects for National Geographic, Giorgio Armani, HBO and many more.

Six Senses Laamu is a resort with a combination of on-land and over-water villas constructed of sustainable materials. From the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, guests will have to take another 35 minute plane ride to Kadhdhoo Airport in Laamu atoll and then take a 20 minute speed boat ride to the resort.The resort is listed by Tripadvisor’s Travellers choice 2013, in its list of the top 25 luxury hotels in the Maldives.

Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll. Laamu Atoll forms the southern limit of Central Maldives. Beyond the Huvadhu Kandu, the broadest channel between atolls in the Maldives, lie the southern atolls.

Ryder Cup Legend José María Olazabal opens Maldives golf academy

Spanish golfing legend José María Olazabal of Ryder Cup fame, has opened a new golf academy in the Maldives.

Located on the Velaa Private Island Maldives in the northern Part of Noonu Atoll, the new Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal features a nine-hole par-three course and high-tech swing studio. Hole lengths range of 65 to 180 yards and greens are guarded by a series of bunkers and water hazards. The challenging layout is specifically designed for golfers to practice the Spanish champion’s famously accurate short and mid-iron game.

The academy also features state-of-the-art electronic equipment, including Flightscope simulator and high-speed cameras. Professional instruction is personalized with ‘one-on-one sessions at the indoor swing studio, which is fitted with all the latest gadgets for golfers to refine their game.

“Golfers can hit all the shots imaginable, from mid-irons to wedges and short-game. In short, practice in paradise,” said Olazabal, a two-time Masters winner and reigning Ryder Cup-winning captain.

Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal, Velaa Private Island
Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal, Velaa Private Island

“I also want the experience to be appealing for both young and old, beginners and experts. I hope visitors to the island will be inspired by what we have created and the experience enhances their enjoyment of the game I’m so passionate about.” “I’ve worked on some remarkable projects, but what they have created here is simply awe-inspiring,” said Olazabal, on his visit to officially open the academy.

The new facility adds to the recreational offering at the new private island, which also features 45 private pool villas, yoga pavilion inside a two-story wooden watchtower, a kids’ club and beach volleyball and squash courts, with the only shaded tennis court in the Maldives. Featuring a geography-defying snow room, Velaa’s My Blend Spa by Clarins is the only one in Asia featuring an avant-garde cloud-shaped pod that slowly sways and cradles a guest into deep relaxation.

Opened last December, this resort is the latest ultra luxurious property to debut in the world’s most exotic archipelago, the Maldives. Velaa Private Island fulfills a dream by Czech financier Jiri Smejc and his wife Radka to create “the most perfect beyond luxury place on earth”. “This is not about business. This is about a dream come true,” Smejc insists. However, a night at Velaa ranges from $1,500 for a one-bedroom Beach Pool Villa in the low season to $30,000 a night for a four-bedroom private residence during the holiday season.

More Centara Resorts coming to Maldives

Maldives may see more of Centara resorts in a near future. A senior executive of Centel has revealed that the company is discussing the addition of three hotels in other Asian countries and one local hotel. Currently Centel, the parent company runs three hotels in the Maldives — one under a management contract and two company-owned properties namely, Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa and Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa Maldives.

Featuring 112 suites and villas Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is a five star resort set in Machchafushi Island in the South Ari atoll of Maldives. The resort offers diving enthusiasts outstanding diving opportunities in an excellent house reef complete with a dedicated sunken ship wreck and is in the neighbourhood of the top dive spots in Ari atoll Maldives. Recently the resort started offering underwater weddings for couples who seek a unique wedding ceremony.

Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa Maldives is less than 20 minutes away from Ibrahim Nasir International airport by speedboat. The resort is an adults only retreat set in the North Malé atoll island of Giraavaru that is ideal for couples and honeymooners.

Ronnachit Mahattanapreut, the senior vice-president for finance and administration of Central Plaza Hotel Plc (CENTEL), Thailand’s leading hotel and restaurant operator and owner of the Centara brand, has told the Bangkok Post that the company plans to acquire more hotels as a key strategy to diversify its revenue sources. He said the company has expanded into hotel management services, with the latest contract signed with a hotel in the Maldives and another on a nearby island under the consideration of the hotel owner.

“Revenue from the two hotels in the Maldives was the main engine to help cushion the impact from local politics that began last October,” Mr Ronnachit has revealed to the Bangkok Post. The two hotels in the Maldives contributed 15% of overall hotel revenue last year.

Centel at present manages 8,176 rooms in 43 hotels — 28 hotels under management contract and 15 wholly owned or joint-venture assets. Of the total hotels, seven are in foreign countries.

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi opens its doors

Almost an year after abruptly cancelling the agreement with hotel giant Hilton to manage Irufushi then known as Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort and Spa, the luxury resort has re-branded, revamped and opened its doors to travelers. Now known as The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, the 221 luxury waterfront villas resort with 70 over water bungalows is one of the few islands developed as a resort in Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, which is only 40 minutes away from Malé via seaplane.

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives

On Friday 21st February 2014, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom launched the brand ‘Sun Siyam Resorts’ which will be the new brand name of all the resorts owned and operated by the Parliament Member Ahmed Siyam Mohamed’s Sun Travel company and officially opened The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi at a ceremony held on the resort island. The ceremony was followed by an entertainment programme by international artist Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls fame.

Some of the features at this comfortable 5-star resort include, 11 bar and restaurant choices, outdoor tennis courts, a poolside snack bar and a 20 room spa & wellness centre. With the new launching, the Spa has enhanced its offering to include additional traditional Chinese medicine and Maldivian treatments. A Spa Café serving healthy cuisine has been added and a foot reflexology path has been designed.

The resort now offers 44 Deluxe Beach Villas with a pool and all Villa guests can now choose from the fragrance and pillow menus for a personalization of their accommodation. The Retreat accommodation guests are now welcomed with a foot massage on arrival and gets the added convenience of a 24 hour butler.

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is a resort offering boutique service on a grand scale with exceptional facilities and service.

One&Only Reethi Rah retains at No. 1

One&Only Reethi Rah has continued to dominate its position as the top Asian hotel in the monthly listing by the independent authority on affluent living, bestofluxury.com. The March 2014 edition of the listing released online shows that One&Only Reethi Rah has retained its position for January, February and March of this year.

One&Only Reethi Rah is an all villa resort, located in one of the largest islands in the North Malé Atoll, with white sand coves and turquoise bays all the villas have magnificent view of the ocean from all the rooms, with unprecedented privacy. Sports celebrity, David Beckham, and family has had their Christmas vacations in this resort for the last two years.

The other resort of Maldives to make the list is Soneva Gili, which came forth in the March 2014 rankings. This resort also has maintained its position throughout the year. Soneva Gili is set in a tiny island in one of the largest lagoons of the North Malé Atoll.

bestofluxury.com announced that each Asian resort highlighted within the listings has been put through a methodical examination to establish how well they perform compared to industry standards and competitors. According to them, each month the top Asian resorts are put through a methodical evaluation process in order to determine which resorts produce the best services overall. The process involves an in-depth analysis of top performing Asian companies in areas including community, appeal, transportation, climate, and safety. Client evaluations of competing Asian resorts are contacted in order to obtain their unique inputs and suggestions on the resorts they have used.

The 10 top Asian hotels for March 2014 ranked by bestofluxury.com are:

One&Only Reethi Rah
Aman-i-Khás
St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Soneva Gili
Anantara Desert Islands Resort and Spa
Trisara
Al Qasr
Pangkor Laut Resort
Park Hyatt Shanghai
The Peninsula Hong Kong

Looking for a leading budget hotel in the Maldives?

Ranked no. 13 among 20 hotels in South Malé Atoll by TripAdvisor, we give you Adaaran Club Rannalhi. The Club Rannalhi Island owned and operated by Aitken Spence Hotels, can be reached by speedboat from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in approximately 45 minutes.

The approximately 450 m long and 140 m wide Club Rannalhi, adapted to the natural beauty of tropical island known locally simply as Rannalhi, offers lively, relaxed atmosphere for everyone. The large and quite shallow, crystal clear lagoon is in the southern part of the island and is ideal for swimming and all water sports. The house and the outer reef ranges from 10 to 40 meters deep and is a lively coral garden abundant with various colorful flora and fauna, offering excellent snorkeling conditions.

One of the most sought out rooms on the island are the water villas. These villas are built on stilts and is over the beautiful lagoon and can go directly for a swim from the room.

The large main restaurant, serves international cuisine and regular theme nights. All Inclusive dining option comes with buffet for all meals.

In addition to the coffee shop and bar lounge service, the island has a boutique, a jewellery shop, laundry service and a spa where you can pamper yourself.

Some other services the island resort offers include excursions and picnics to uninhabited islands or deep sea fishing, sailing, and the special sunset fishing. Trips to Male to see the capital and the museum and enjoy souvenir shopping are also arranged upon request. Scuba diving, amongst the reefs in the vicinity of the island, snorkeling and other water sports including water skiing is available for the thrill seeker.

With a minimum of US$ 200 with the all inclusive option you can ensure you participate in any activity or excursion you feel like.

The World’s First Underwater Resort-based Art Exhibition

Per AQUUM Resorts, Retreats & Residences invites travelers to experience its 2014 Dream Calendar Show of Andreas Franke’s Photography, the world’s first underwater resort-based art exhibition.

Plunge into the strange, surreal and mysterious world of award-winning visual artist Andreas Franke and experience his photographic Phantasy Fairytale underwater art exhibition at PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi and PER AQUUM Niyama in the Maldives. The exhibition can be viewed from now until the end of May 2014 and is part of the Per AQUUM Dream Calendar of events. Each photographic piece has been submerged in the Indian Ocean and can be seen from inside the underwater music club Subsix at NIYAMA and inside the underwater LIME spa at Huvafen Fushi. Guests can also purchase the art and take a piece of the Indian Ocean home with them.

The exhibition magically combines photography, nautical exploration and digital mastery to produce compelling underwater dream worlds where Western fairytale characters are creatively superimposed against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Each photographic art piece evokes a feeling of folklore and magic with Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Star Money exhibiting at both NIYAMA and Huvafen Fushi, while the Snow Queen features exclusively at NIYAMA and The Last Unicorn features exclusively at Huvafen Fushi.

Submerged in an underwater exhibition, each piece is sealed with Plexiglas in stainless steel frames and blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy, with saltwater and algae adding the final artistic touches. The size of each piece at NIYAMA is 150 cm x 110 cm with a selling price of US$15,000 each, while at Huvafen Fushi the size of each piece is 110 cm x 73.5 cm with a selling price of US$12,000 each. Same size reprints can also be purchased with prices starting from US$4,800 per piece. A percentage of proceeds from purchases will be donated to Per AQUUM’s Coral Regeneration Program.

Committed to breaking boundaries, this Per AQUUM and Andreas Franke collaboration spins the typical photographic art exhibition on its head giving the world an imaginative interpretation of underwater life.

Sink into the Phantasy Fairytale four night package at Huvafen Fushi and view this exclusive underwater exhibition from inside LIME Spa whilst enjoying a manicure or pedicure. Explore each suspended underwater piece in its true watery environment as the underwater resort space adds yet another layer of intrigue. Come back at night and view them in a different light during SpaQuarium with the marine biologist, then complete your four night stay by adopting a coral. Combine with the Phantasy Fairytale four night package at NIYAMA and receive complimentary combined airport speedboat transfers to Huvafen Fushi.

At NIYAMA, dance the night away as each Phantasy Fairytale character draws you into an enchanting, atmospheric tale of magic, mystery and make-believe. View the exhibition from inside underwater music club Subsix with a bottle of champagne and canapés. Spend a morning with the marine biologist learning about the beautiful ecosystem of the Indian Ocean then put your knowledge to the test with a snorkelling trip to a deserted castaway island nearby.

The four-night Phantasy Fairytale package at Huvafen Fushi starts from USD1157+++ per room per night based on two people sharing a Beach Bungalow with plunge Pool. To book please email reservations(at)huvafenfushi(dot)com call, +960 66 44 222 or visit //huvafenfushi.peraquum.com/promotions/Phantasy-Fairytale-Come-True/.

The four night Phantasy Fairytale package at NIYAMA starts from USD883+++ per room per night based on two people sharing a Beach Studio. To book please email reservations(at)niyama(dot)com, call +960 67 62 828 visit //niyama.peraquum.com/promotions/Phantasy-Fairytale-Come-True.