NewsJune 21, 2020

Heritance Aarah Celebrates International Yoga Day with Yoga Session for Staff

Maldives’ premier luxury resort, Heritance Aarah celebrated International Yoga Day on 21 June with an invigorating sunset session especially curated for the resort’s associates.

With a two-fold objective of educating its associates on the internationally acclaimed wellness practice of yoga and supporting the associates in dealing with the mental stress during the lockdown period, Heritance Aarah’s Resident Yogi Jagath Bandara Basanyake conducted a number of sessions including a 60-minute hatha flow depiction. Basnayake conducts upto six sessions daily for Aarah guests.


The 150-villa resort, known for its unique offering to guests which combines world-class comfort, hospitality from the heart, delectable cuisine and the local traditions with the Maldives first-ever Medi Spa promoting wellness tourism, took the lockdown period to train their associates in varied fields which went beyond only heightened safety and health practices. The associate introduction to yoga is part of the resort’s identified approach to educate its associates on some of the resort’s offering with first-hand experience during this period.

Heritance Aarah Celebrates International Yoga Day with Yoga Session for StaffMaldives’ premier luxury resort, Heritance Aarah celebrated International Yoga Day on 21st June 2020 with an invigorating sunset session specially curated for the resort’s associates.

Posted by AitkenSpence Maldives Ungenemaa Hingaa on Sunday, June 21, 2020

International Yoga Day was recognized to not only add to the associates’ knowledge on the field, but also to share the mental and spiritual benefits of yoga and help introduce it as part of an associates’ daily lifestyle and routine.

With the perfect setting of the serene Indian ocean, the warm skies and swaying palms, the Heritance Aarah associates enjoyed the peaceful submission to the calming effects of yoga.

Yogi Basnayake stated, “My vision is to share the benefits of yoga with others and be part of a growing and supportive community that is inclusive and caring. By teaching with creativity and humour, I want to connect with and inspire others to practice and develop the skills to embrace the highs and lows of life.” He also added that yoga is all about creating a balance in life. It is about balancing ones’ senses, the body, soul and mind in order to live healthy and experience inner peace. “I admire Heritance Aarah’s approach to advocate and encourage its associates to both learn and embrace this as part of their daily routine; which will undoubtably assist the team in being more centered, which would increase their capacity to serve.”

The resort has, over the last few months, conducted varied learning moments for its associates to assist them in dealing with the global uncertainties.

Heritance Aarah is part of the Heritance Hotels and Resorts brand of Aitken Spence Hotels, the hospitality arm of leading Sri Lankan blue-chip conglomerate, Aitken Spence PLC. The Aitken Spence Hotels portfolio consists of 22 hotels, with ten hotels in Sri Lanka, seven in Maldives, four in Oman and one in India. Aitken Spence Resorts, which commenced its operations in the Maldives in 1993, has an inventory of 750 rooms. The Company launched its latest property in 2019 with the opening of Heritance Aarah, a premier all-inclusive resort in the Raa Atoll.