In a first for the island nation of the Maldives, global luxury trendsetter PER AQUUM Hotels & Resorts brings the final curtain down on ‘Motions of the Ocean’, a series of open-air gala ballet performances by some of the best dancers from Russia and the UK.
As part of PULSE, PER AQUUM’s stream of immersive guest experiences, ‘Motions of the Ocean’ debuted at PER AQUUM Niyama with the dancers taking their final bow at PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi. First soloist Xander Parish, originally from East Yorkshire in the UK, topped the bill with a handpicked group of soloists comprised of dancers from St Petersburg’s Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, including Oksana Bondareva and Yekaterina Chebykina.
In stark contrast to the grandeur of their natural ‘habitat’ at St Petersburg’s Imperial Theatre, the dancers captivated guests with excerpts from performances of Scheherazade, Giselle Act 2, Carmen and Don Quixote set against a backdrop of palm trees and infinite Indian Ocean views. Highlights included a ‘Ballet 101’ solo by Xander, choreographed by Eric Gauthier, the award-winning Canadian-born dancer, choreographer and musician, which provided a humorous introduction to classical ballet.
Aspiring dancers staying at the resorts also seized the unique opportunity to take part in private masterclasses with Xander, including the world’s first underwater barre lesson in Subsix, PER AQUUM Niyama’s subaquatic playground located 500m out to sea.
PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi, known locally as ‘Dream Island’, is located 35 minutes by speedboat from Male and is home to the world’s first underwater spa as well as one of the best house reefs in the Maldives. PER AQUUM Niyama offers the luxury of choice with its twin islands Chill and Play, located just a 45 minute spectacular seaplane ride from Male.
About PER AQUUM Hotels & Resorts:
Daring to be different, PER AQUUM Hotels & Resorts is a global hospitality trendsetter that flows against the current with continuous innovation in design, services and experiences. A collection of pure originals, the current portfolio includes PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi and PER AQUUM Niyama in the Maldives, PER AQUUM Desert Palm in Dubai, and Essque Zalu Zanzibar managed by PER AQUUM. PER AQUUM is a joint venture strategic partnership between Minor Hotel Group (MHG) and Universal Enterprises PTY Ltd.
About Minor Hotels:
Minor Hotels (MH) is a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of 151 hotels in operation under the Anantara, AVANI, PER AQUUM, Oaks, Tivoli, Elewana, Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International brands. Today MHG operates 19,000 rooms in 22 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America. With ambitious plans to grow the hotel group to 197 properties by 2019, MHG continues to expand the home grown brands of Anantara and AVANI, plus continues to announce strategic acquisitions.