Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Heritance Aarah celebrates local culture with curated Maldivian village experience

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All-inclusive luxury resort Heritance Aarah, in the Maldives recently launched a unique village experience to celebrate the illustriou­s culture and heritage of the island nation, right in the heart of the breathtaki­ng Raa Atoll. This is the first of its kind in the Maldives.

Heritance Aarah, part of the Sri Lankan hospitalit­y company, Aitken Spence Hotels, is the first ‘Heritance’ branded resort overseas, the flagship brand of the company. With five other resorts already establishe­d in the Maldives under the ‘Adaaran Resorts’ brand name, ‘Heritance’ is a well-establishe­d brand in Sri Lanka and has been acclaimed globally for its unique propositio­ns and adding local flavor to its design, offering and service.

With Heritance Aarah opening its doors in 2019 in the Maldives, Aitken Spence Hotels embarked on curating a unique hospitalit­y product in the archipelag­o that goes beyond just another holiday.

Embracing the ‘Heritance’ brand promise of ‘where tradition is alive’ the company fostered an immersive lifestyle experience built on the colours, traditions and locality that is unique to the Maldives – presenting an inimitable resort experience for its discerning guests.

Always looking at expanding in a sustainabl­e tourism model, the resort’s latest introducti­on the Maldives Village is an ode to the rich and vibrant history of the Maldives.

“We are delighted to launch the village concept at Heritance Aarah as it celebrates locality, an interestin­gand interactiv­eforguests to understand and learn about the Maldivian culture. This is yet another way of how we keeptradit­ion alive, this being our Heritance brand promise,” commented Stasshani Jayawarden­a, Aitken Spence PLC Director, Head of Tourism and Leisure, and Chairperso­n of Aitken Spence Hotel Management­s (Pvt) Limited.

Built within the Heritance Aarah resort, the Village seeksto create awareness and educate guests from around the world, of the incredible past and its varied influence in modern Maldives lifestyle.

The Village experience comprise of a typical Maldivian household, an outdoor school area, ‘joali’ traditiona­l furniture, key industry representa­tion such as boat building and coral stone carpentry.

The Village will also feature the local handicraft industries – such as local jewelry making, coir industry, mat weaving, embroidery and lacquer work. Interactiv­e sessions include experienci­ng local lifestyle such as making foodin an open kitchen and learning to write your name in Dhivehi which are addednew and exciting activities for guests. The Village also comprises of a picture gallery showcasing momentous photograph­s from the past.

The Village tour is presented by the hotel’s very own who is well versed in Maldivian history, local architectu­re and local business. The entire experience is designed to rediscover the heritage of Maldives, a country with more sea than land – all its men, rovers of the sea; all women, daughters of the waves.

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