First LEED Gold-Certified Resort in the Maldives — Heritance Aarah



Aitken Spence Hotels’ property in the Maldives, Heritance Aarah has secured the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. LEED one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide.  The achievement of receiving Gold level certification from the most widely used green building rating system restates the sustainability commitment of Aitken Spence Hotels group.

“Our strategies to expand are led by guests’ expectations and design-led refurbishments to enrich the experience at our properties. A key priority is to ensure our resorts contribute positively to protect and preserve the environment and the ecosystems we operate in. We are proud that we were able to introduce the Heritance brand to the Maldives as the first LEED Gold certified property in the islands,” Aitken Spence PLC Director, Head of Tourism & Leisure, and Chairperson of Aitken Spence Hotels Management, Stasshani Jayawardena said in a statement.

“I give credit to the team that has worked tirelessly and conducted extensive research and integrated innovative and sustainable strategies to reduce the carbon and water footprint by 30 percent and 55 percent, respectively. These have been successfully implemented and have aided in creating a healthier and safer working environment while maximizing guest comfort. These strategies I believe, have contributed towards achieving this milestone for Heritance Aarah.” she further stated.

The Aitken Spence Hotels is a subsidiary of Sri Lankan blue-chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC. The company took its premier brand Heritance out of Sri Lanka for the first time, with the introduction of Heritance Aarah in the Maldives earlier this year.