Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya, which is due to open in October, has recruited a professional aquarium specialist for a six-month period to take care of the giant marine life feature that will form such a distinctive part of the elegant hotel lobby.
Two big aquariums, one themed as a predator tank with blacktip sharks, stingrays and big groupers, the other as a coral reef with exotic species such as angel fish and butterfly fish, will be illuminated with special lighting to impart an underwater world ambience to the ground floor areas.
Patricia Campos Salaberri, who is from Spain, studied aquaculture production at the Instituto Gallego de Formacion en Acuicultura (IGAFA) in Pontevedra.
She has been involved in a number of projects that have included the opening of Oceanografico Aquarium of Valencia, which is the biggest aquarium in Europe, and the opening of Turkuazoo in Istanbul, the first giant aquarium in Turkey. She has also collected and supplied new species for many aquariums in Spain, and captured shark in San Francisco Bay for the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Ms Salaberri, who is 30, holds a PADI advanced diving licence, and a coastal skipper certificate.
Dominique Ronge, general manager of the five-star hotel, says that the marine feature forms the focal point of the ground floor, and will contain a great variety of species.
“We had already begun preparing these impressive glass tanks before Ms Salaberri arrived, ensuring that they are a fully ready marine environment before the fish species are added,” he says.
“We are working with professional suppliers, and they know exactly what their ocean wildlife species need in order to thrive.
“Ms Salaberri will supply the on-site expertise that is required as the system establishes itself, monitoring the progress of the various species, ensuring they are well taken care of, and suggesting new species and improvements to the marine environment.
“In addition to ensuring the marine environment is a perfect new home for the fish, she will be preparing information that we shall use for those who are interested in this unique feature.”
Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya is located in the exclusive Phratamnak Hill district of Pattaya, only a few steps from the beach. The luxury hotel will have 165 rooms and suites, and include a rooftop area with a restaurant that provides stunning views across Pattaya Bay.
Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand's leading operator of hotels, with 41 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 17 resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam, Shanghai, Bali Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Mauritius Indian Ocean, brings the present total to 58 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs. Centara operates 27 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand's most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with its newly launched value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travellers. The company's Kids' Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens are taken care of. Centara Hotels & Resorts also operates two state-of-the-art convention centres in Bangkok, and two in northeastern Thailand, one being located in Udon Thani and the other in Khon Kaen. The latest Centara brand is named COSI Hotels, an economy brand designed for travellers who predominantly make their bookings via the internet and who want comfort and convenience at the most friendly prices available, which is under development with the first property due to open in 2015.
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