Aitken Spence Hotels’ premier brand Heritance Hotels and Resorts was recognised at Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards Middle East 2020 with Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka, and Heritance Aarah, Maldives, stealing the limelight. Heritance Hotels and Resorts was the only Sri Lankan hotel chain to be recognised in this travel and hospitality awards programme based on unbiased readers’ votes.
Heritance Hotels and Resorts is part of the local hospitality powerhouse Aitken Spence Hotels and has over the years curated a unique hotel experience with a carefully crafted mélange of locality, tradition, service and world-class comfort. The Heritance brand of hotels represent five resorts in Sri Lanka and one in the Maldives. Each hotel is distinct for its location which plays a key role in shaping the experience of the bespoke holidays it offers.
Heritance Kandalama, the architectural masterpiece designed by renowned architect Deshamanya Geoffrey Bawa was ranked number one as the most Favourite Hotel for Design (International) among hotels and resorts around the world. The resort has been a phenomenon since its inception, not only for its architecture but for its eco-aesthetic as well. Conceptualised 26 years ago, well-ahead of the eco-sustainability trend, Heritance Kandalama has been the recipient of a wide array of international accolades and awards.
Heritance Aarah, was ranked among the world’s best in Favourite Spa Hotel (International) and Favourite Beach Hotel (International) categories. The latest in the Heritance portfolio, Heritance Aarah is a premium all-inclusive 150-villa resort in the Maldives. Just a year since opening its doors, the resort offers an inimitable experience which includes the first of its kind medi-spa and a dine-around with 11 restaurants and bars. From the inception, the hotel has become superlative for excellence, from their culinary experience to the eco-friendly design of the property.
The 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards Middle East honour hotels, resorts and restaurants that have created lasting memories for guests. The programme also gives valuable insights about the expectations of regional travellers.
“I wholeheartedly thank the hard work of my exceptional teams and am grateful to all those who voted for us. It’s important to celebrate these achievements especially during an extremely challenging time and we strive forward with confidence,” commented Stasshani Jayawardena, Aitken Spence PLC Director, Head of Tourism and Leisure, and Chairperson of Aitken Spence Hotel Managements.
While the past few months have seen the tourism industry take a toll due to the global pandemic, achievements such as these reiterate the value placed on Heritance Hotels and Resorts by the global traveller.