The online product training about Adaaran Maldives and Heritance Aarah was held live via Zoom on 22 April 2020 at 12h00 Harare, Pretoria time. Following a brief overview of how to travel to Maldives and between the various atolls, the various Adaaran resorts, completed by Heritance Aarah, were introduced. The recording can be viewed at the bottom of the page.
While a lot of resort names in the Maldives are hard to pronounce, the concept of sun, white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters in all shades of blue is easy to understand. For a long time, the Maldives has been a ‘bucket-list’ destination – and with good reason.
Adaaran Resorts operate four resorts in the Maldives, ranging from three-star to five-star. 'Adaa' means 'to serve' and 'ran' means 'gold' – and offering golden service is something all their staff are dedicated to. Each of the four resorts offers something unique.
The three-star-plus Club Rannalhi is located at the tip of the South Malé Atoll and can be accessed in about 45 minutes by speed boat. “Barefoot luxury” describes this resort best. Upon arrival, new guests are welcomed by a traditional Maldivian band and on their first night, guests are treated to an evening cocktail on the beach.
Adaaran Club Rannalhi’s standard rooms exude simple elegance and are tastefully adorned with tropically-themed furnishings and bedding. The water bungalows even boast a private sun-deck overlooking the stunning aquamarine ocean. Although overwater accommodation in the Maldives tends to be pricey, at Adaaran Club Rannalhi, this dream can come true at a relatively affordable rate.
The superb reef invites the keen diver to explore the underwater world, while various other water-sport activities cater for those who prefer staying above the waves, and in the sun. A local fishing experience is offered on board a 'dhoni' – a traditional fishing boat. There is light entertainment in the form of a live band at the bar at night, accompanied by delicious and fruity cocktails.
Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
The four-star Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, located in the North Malé Atoll, is accessible within 30 minutes by speed boat. The resort is popular among South African travellers, not only because it offers great value for money, but also thanks to its versatility.
Hudhuranfushi is a surfer’s paradise, with a perfect left-break down one side of the island and six other world-class waves just a short boat ride away. Whilst surfing is seasonal between March and October (special conditions and rates apply), the leisure guest is welcome all year round, and will certainly find enough to keep them occupied, in and around the water.
All Adaaran resorts offer relaxation in the Chavana Spa, an illustrious Indonesian spa brand which offers traditional therapeutic methods. Traditional Chinese medicine is also available, administered by experienced professionals.
Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi can be described as an “all-rounder”, appealing to leisure guests, families, honeymooners and groups alike. The contemporary, air-conditioned villas on the island are equipped with elegant furnishings and tropical décor, and even feature outdoor bathrooms.
In addition to accommodation on the island, the five-star Prestige Ocean Villas form the exclusive overwater wing. Though attached to the island, they offer more privacy and seclusion than the other accommodation options.
A definite highlight is the two smaller islands, located just off the coast of Hudhuranfushi. While the one can be booked exclusively as an island party venue, including a buffet and DJ, the other small island – called Bird Island – makes the perfect honeymoon night away from the main island of Hudhuranfushi.
Adaaran Select Meedhupparu
Within a 40-minute sea plane ride from Malé International Airport lies Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, the second four-star resort within the Adaaran Resorts family. Although sea-plane transfers are usually more expensive than boat rides, the experience is certainly worth the extra money spent.
The island’s natural beauty and wide sandy beaches are enchanting. Similar to Hudhuranfushi, Adaaran Select Meedhupparu features an exclusive overwater wing with 20 Prestige Water Villas, each attended by a private butler. Guests at the five-star Prestige Water Villas further benefit from their own exclusive restaurant, as well as a private pool and separate stretch of beach.
Each villa of Adaaran Select Meedhupparu boasts its own deck with private access to the beach, as well as an outdoor bathroom. Those in a party mood will appreciate the beach disco with its karaoke and live band. The three bars around the island might come in handy when trying to drum up some Dutch courage for those with questionable vocal skills at no extra cost – keeping in mind that Adaaran Resorts are on an all-inclusive basis. In fact, Meedhupparu and Hudhuranfushi are the only two resorts in the Maldives that offer a 24-hour, all-inclusive drinks service.
The small shopping arcade has various souvenirs on offer. The prerequisite swim-up pool bar, made completely out of recycled glass, serves a variety of cocktails. Adaaran Resorts follow a sustainable environmentally friendly hospitality concept, being very aware and respectful of the natural environment while making efforts to minimise the impact of tourism.
Adaaran Select Vadoo
Last but by no means least, the five-star Adaaran Select Vadoo is the smallest and most exclusive resort among the Adaaran Resorts. As it is situated only 15 minutes’ travel by speed boat from the international airport, Adaaran Select Vadoo is very accessible. The resort offers only 50 water villas, each complete with a butler at the ready to satisfy guests’ every whim.
The interior décor of the accommodation is Japanese-inspired, with the bathrooms featuring a glass panel, allowing guests to observe the fish swimming in the water below. Each villa also features its own private pool.
The island boasts beautiful gardens. The water-sports centre is probably bigger than the island itself and, besides offering a myriad of activities, also provides an easy way to explore the island’s house reef. A rope leading into the waves helps first-time divers on their way down to the stunning underwater world.
The Japanese restaurant certainly intrigues with culinary delights, and not only honeymooners will appreciate the romantic treetop dining experience.
Taking the all-inclusive concept even further, Aitken Spence Hotels opened their first Heritance property in Maldives the second half of 2019, Heritance Aarah, as a premier all-inclusive, all-villa resort.
Home to a large, pristine lagoon and reef, Heritance Aarah is located in the Raa Atoll and can be reached by a 40-minute seaplane journey from Male International Airport offering breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean.
Operating as a premium all-inclusive resort, Heritance Aarah boasts 26 intimate luxury duplex ocean suites, 56 sunset ocean villas and 68 land villas ranging from beach villas to pool beach villas, family beach villas and family pool beach villas. Designed to inspire and customized to immerse guests in the sights and sounds of the Maldives, accommodation is illustrated with earthly hues and vibrant blues.
With nine outlets for guests to enjoy delicious cuisine and spirited concoctions, the cuisine culture unfolded at the resort is intended to promote gastronomic specialties from around the world. The six dining outlets include flavours from hawker stalls to western farmers’ market, from France and Italy to the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Delhi, Istanbul, Mexico and Tokyo. The three bars include an exclusive space for Ocean Suite guests, poolside bar and an open-air rooftop venue. As part of the premium all-inclusive, guests can embark on various culinary adventures. Cooking classes for adults and children are offered twice a week. On Monday evenings, the resort’s own mixologist invites guests to a cocktail making master class. For the health-conscious guest, a bespoke rejuvenating wellness menu is individually designed by the Chef in cooperation with the Spa Team. A deserted island picnic is another experience not to be missed.
With variety being the spice of life, the resort hosts a dive and water sports centre, a range of excursions and adventures, a kids club, daily activities and an over water spa with six treatment rooms set over the lagoon with views of the eastern coast of the island. With a choice of luxurious health and beauty treatments to balance the body and mind, the Spa at Heritance Aarah also offers laser treatments, making it the first medical spa in the Maldives.