Heritance Aarah appoints ANZ business development director

Journeys Representation to provide ANZ support for all-inclusive Maldivian resort

Ocean Residences, Heritance Aarah

Journeys Representation continues to add to its portfolio of clients, with Founder Kirsty Thomas-Thoeun having been appointed as Director of Business Development (Australia & New Zealand) for Heritance Aarah resort in The Maldives.

Thomas-Thoeun explains to LATTE why Heritance Aarah is a great choice for clients travelling to the Maldives.

Whereabouts in the Maldives is Heritance Aarah located?

“Heritance Aarah is situated in the Raa Atoll of the northern Maldives and is only 40 minutes by seaplane from Male.”

Aerial resort view, Heritance Aarah

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Heritance Aarah bills itself as a Premium All-Inclusive property with an extensive offering. Can you elaborate?

“Many resorts sell themselves as All-Inclusive. With Heritance Aarah, we truly live up to this, with guests spoilt for choice with Premium All-Inclusive accommodation, dine-around in up to seven restaurants and five bars. With a Signature “Dining by Design” gastronomic experience guests can choose from an International Buffet Restaurant or various a la carte restaurants with a focus on French, Mediterranean, Fusion, Seafood or Urban street food.”

“There is also the award-winning fine-dining restaurant, Ambula, which focusses on Sri Lankan spices and Maldivian flavours, with a tasting menu paired with wines and local cocktails. There is a sommelier on-site and the resort’s comprehensive premium beverage list is sure to delight any wine buff, whisky or cocktail connoisseur. Premium champagne is on offer at all the bars. While the Premium All-Inclusive includes an amazing array of dining options and an extensive Beverage offering, it also includes a complimentary minibar replenished daily, butler service, complimentary spa credit, complimentary activities including excursions, introductory dive and choice of water sports.”

Can you expand on Heritance Aarah’s extensive culinary options?

“Heritance Aarah had barely been open 12 weeks when it won its first culinary award. Just a year later it took out the highest number of medals by any Asian hotel at the prestigious IKA Culinary Olympics 2020. Heritance Aarah’s Ambula restaurant recently received an award for Indigenous/Heritage Cuisine at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2022, and Heritance Aarah took a haul of 13 medals – including five Golds – at the Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup in November 2022.”

What market does Heritance Aarah attract?

“The well-appointed villas and suites are separated into two distinctive areas – one side of the island caters well to both families and couples with 51 Beach Villas, 10 Pool Beach Villas, 5 Family Beach Villas, 2 Family Pool Beach Villas and 56 Ocean Villas. For families, there’s plenty to keep children occupied beachside or at the kids’ club, activities change daily from making piñatas and learning the local language, Dhivehi, to disco parties. For teens, there’s a games & activity room. As well as tennis, badminton, volleyball and a full soccer pitch – with an in-house team always up for a friendly game.”

“While the couples and honeymoon market wanting more privacy love the Adults Only Ocean Suite wing. Heritance Aarah Maldives Ocean Wing Oasis comprises of 25 Ocean Suites and a 298 sqm Ocean Residence, boosting ultimate seclusion & luxury. With a private sundeck, infinity pool, bathtub & wine cabinet, the Ocean Suite seamlessly blends indulgent opulence with traditional aesthetics. Ocean Residence guests will be able to take pleasure in a private sundeck with a swing, a large bathroom with an outdoor shower, and a Jacuzzi.”

Beach Pool Villa, Heritance Aarah

Is Heritance Aarah a suitable resort for those that enjoy diving?

“Yes, Heritance Aarah is set on a beautiful house reef, perfect for diving or snorkelling right from the beach. All guests receive a complimentary 20-minute introductory dive from our Dive Centre.”

Are there other unique features at Heritance Aarah?

“Heritance Aarah features the Maldives’ first Medi Spa. Along with massages (one is complimentary), scrubs and facials, the overwater spa offers micro-cosmetic procedures such as nano or micro-needling facial therapies. As well as skin-rejuvenating treatments and non-surgical facelifts using ultrasound technology. In another first, the resort features a Maldivian village, a recreation offering guests an authentic local experience that serves to preserve their 3,000-year-old culture.”

Ambula restaurant, Heritance Aarah

How can travel advisors book Heritance Aarah?

“Heritance Aarah is featured with Maldives luxury specialist suppliers and on-sites such as Addicted to Maldives, ID Travel Group, Hummingbird and Vue Maldives, along with a number of wholesalers focussed on Maldives. Travel advisors can contact me via australia@heritancehotels.com for a range of images and videos for their social media or client newsletters, or to arrange an in-house or online training session on Heritance Aarah.”

“I am also happy to announce the launch of a wonderful incentive for Australian and New Zealand Travel Advisors to earn gift vouchers or a free stay at Heritance Aarah.”

For more details on the incentive with Heritance Aarah, through Journeys Representation, click here.

Journeys Representation’s other clients include Authenticities Sri Lanka, Ventours International and Cuba Private Travel. For more information, email enquiries@journeysrepresentation.com or go to journeysrepresentation.com

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