As the opening of the Heritance Aarah just took place in mid-2019, guests can look forward to a fantastic new Maldives resort, whose facilities and services set new standards in the luxury field. The island hideaway is the latest addition to the Aitken Spence Hotels and combines the highest level of comfort and first-class service with local design and traditional hospitality. The comprehensive and unique "Premium All Inclusive" program ensures carefree hours in a relaxed and luxurious atmosphere. Nestled in one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives, on an island in the Raa Atoll, only 153 km by seaplane from Malé International Airport, the resort houses a total of 150 villas & suites, six restaurants, five bars, a PADI dive center, a stunning overwater infinity pool and the Maldives' first medical spa. Heritance Aarah also offers its guests a range of unique excursions and sets new standards in sustainability in the Maldives. In September 2019, Heritance Aarah became the first ever property in the Maldives to be awarded the internationally recognised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification, which complies with the US Green Building Council rating system and is awarded to properties that save energy, water and resources, generate less waste and support human health. The design of the resort compliments the policy of sustainability by implementing components such as fuel saving generators, energy saving LED lighting, water saving fixtures and energy efficient air conditioning. The resort also aims to offer guests an authentic holiday by incorporating the local traditions and cultures of the Maldives into its surroundings, creating a truly unique experience.
The Heritance Aarah is located in the southern Raa-Atoll of the Maldives and amazes with its tropical vegetation, fine sandy beach and turquoise water. The island is the epitome of a holiday in the Maldives. The arrival is by seaplane or domestic flight from Velana International Airport in Malé and takes around 40 minutes.
Rooms & Suites
The villas and suites in the Heritance Aarah are designed in different shapes and sizes, from the Beach Villa to the Ocean Suite, no wish is left unfulfilled. The resort captivates with its authentic and open atmosphere, which presents the beauty of the Maldives in the best way right into the interior areas. The design concept of the rooms radiates natural, Maldivian character, so that guests immediately feel comfortable and at the same time enjoy complete privacy and relaxation. The total of 124 villas and 26 suites of Heritance Aarah blend in smoothly with the tropical vegetation of the island or are built directly on stilts above the lagoon. Each villa has a private butler who looks after the well-being of the guests.
Beach Villa – approx. 88 m², the total of 51 Beach Villas are among the largest that exist in the Maldives and convince with a beautiful terrace, which offer a direct beach location and a large bathroom with outdoor shower. Furthermore, they are extremely comfortable and impress with an inviting and clear style.
Family Beach Villa – approx. 185 m², these five largest family beach villas on the Maldives consist of two connected beach villas with separate outdoor access and are the ideal option for a relaxed family holiday.
Pool Beach Villa – The Pool Beach Villa is approx. 92 m² in size and there are 10 of them. Each is equipped like the Beach Villa, but in addition a private pool on the terrace invites to relax.
Family Pool Beach Villa – approx. 185 m², the two-Family Pool Beach Villas are identical in equipment and amenities to the Pool Beach Villa, solely differ in size.
Ocean Villa – approx. 92 m², the 51 Ocean Villas are the perfect choice for guests who are looking for something special and are longing to enjoy the feeling of freedom. They are built on stilts above the lagoon and offer direct access to the sea as well as a tasteful bathroom with Jacuzzi tub.
Ocean Suite – approx. 157 m², the Ocean Suite, of which there are 25, is also built on stilts over the lagoon and is similar in design to the Ocean Villa, yet even more spacious and offers a private pool on the terrace.
Ocean Residence – on approx. 315 m² this exclusive residence offers two bedrooms, a separate nanny's room, a private pool and spacious living and dining areas. There is also the option of merging two Ocean Suites into a private retreat with four bedrooms, six bathrooms and a dining area.
Restaurants & Bars
If you are looking for the luxury of culinary variety, you will find it in the Heritance Aarah in six first-class restaurants and five bars. Here, guests can embark on a small culinary world tour:
Ranba – The hotel's buffet and main restaurant presents the world on a plate and offers an array of international delights with simple, honest and down-to-earth cooking, and comfort food from the east to the west. A reflection of ‘real food’ – from the Eastern hawker stalls to the Western farmers’ market, this is a buffet that will transport guests across continents.
Ralu - Inspired by the French and Italian Mediterranean brasseries lining the Riviera coast, at Ralu, guests can enjoy a hearty meal from the mini buffet while watching the chefs whipping up popular classics. The restaurant is open all day.
Ginifati - Endless views of the rushing waves and freshly prepared seafood are served in the resort's beach grill, making it the ideal place for peace and intimacy. The catch of the day on your plate and a welcome 'rum punch' in your hand, an evening couldn't be better.
Ambula – The Ambula offers modern Sri Lankan cuisine and is the signature restaurant of the Heritance hotel group. The tasting menu combines tradition and originality and includes exotic dishes and drinks characterized by Sri Lankan spices and flavors.
Hathaa - A celebration of the vibrant food culture of five different cities, Hathaa, takes guests on a distinctive culinary journey six nights a week. With a welcome drink in hand, the dining experience will take guests to the streets of Bangkok, Malé, Tokyo, Istanbul and Mumbai city. In a playful and interactive way, the room transforms and takes its visitors into the world of taste of these cities.
Baani – Exclusive to guests of the Ocean Suites, is the Lebanese restaurant Bannhi. Here you can enjoy authentic Middle Eastern and international cuisine in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere.
Bandhi Bar – The Bandhi Bar is the heart of Aarah and offers creative cocktails and delicious snacks throughout the day, along with the diverse aromas of shisha under palm trees whose leaves provide natural shade.
Sky Bar - Situated above Haatha and Ambula with an open canopy to sparkling lights and a 360-degree view of the ocean, the Sky Bar serves classics and exceptional signature drinks every night.
Undaras Infinity Pool – This is the ideal place to sip a cold beer in a cosy and calming environment. Guests can enjoy the magnificent views surrounding the above-water infinity pool bar and enjoy innovative cocktails.
Falhu Bar - The bar, which primarily serves the guests of the Ocean Suite and derives its name from the lagoon ("Falhu" means "lagoon" in Divelhi, the official language of the Maldives), is located between the above-water infinity pool and the Baani restaurant. Inspired by Baani and the culture of the Middle East, a wide range of long drinks are served here.
Ralu Lounge Bar – This well-equipped bar delights with a large selection of rum and a variety of delicious rum cocktails.
Spa & Wellness
The IASO Medical Spa of the Heritance Aarah is built on stilts above the lagoon and offers a breathtaking view as well as peace and relaxation in a calming atmosphere. It is also the first Medical Spa in the Maldives. In a total of six treatment rooms, classic treatments and massages are offered. Yet the guests can also enjoy medical treatments that are currently unique in the Maldives. With the help of the latest technology and procedures,physical difficulties are localized and appropriate treatments are offered. Further equipment includes a sauna and a steam bath.
The Heritance Aarah is suitable not only for guests who want to relax and unwind, but also for active guests. There is a wide range of activities to choose from: on land, in and under the water. The modern and fully equipped fitness center invites for a workout, the tennis court for an exciting game of the popular ball sport and in the diving center experienced instructors are ready to explain basic skills or show experienced divers the best spots. Here you can explore the endless underwater diversity of the Maldives and meet tropical fish in all colors of the rainbow, colorful corals, countless rays and a myriad of turtles. Besides water sports activities such as sailing, kitesurfing or windsurfing, the tenderly designed Kids Club with indoor and outdoor areas is certainly the most sought-after place for the young guests.