Pure white sand runs all the way around this tiny island paradise, creating a ‘360° degree beach’ for guests at Kanuhura Island Resort and Spa to enjoy. Bohemian barefoot chic is the order of the day at this newly refurbished luxury Maldives hotel.
In keeping with the resort’s eco-friendly ethos, the pretty villas are handcrafted using local materials that blend seamlessly with the lush, tropical surroundings. It’s difficult to choose between villas, boasting either your own personal, white sand beach or a private wooden staircase leading straight down to the shimmering turquoise waters of the lagoon, however, each offers the comfort of a king size bed, a free-form stone bath, outdoor shower and a pillow menu.
If you can’t bear to drag yourself away from your villa, a personal villa host is available 24/7 to organise everything from a Champagne breakfast with chocolate-dipped strawberries to a relaxing massage. Or why not enjoy a private dolphin safari, a night dive, or lunch at Kandu; a grill restaurant located on its own private island. A superb mixture of dining and leisure options ensure you’ll enjoy a different experience every day; from pizza and pasta to Brazilian cuisine and everything in between.
Lhaviyani Atoll, 35 minutes seaplane transfer from Malé International Airport.
94 luxury beach or water villas either on the island’s coral sand fringe, or in a little village on stilts at the end of a wooden pier.
Kanuhura is a paradise for those wanting a more active Maldives holiday – the watersports facilities really are excellent. The resort’s lagoon and the surrounding waters of the Lhaviyani Atoll are the perfect places to explore the spectacular marine world of the Indian Ocean.
Divers will love Kanuhura – over 40 dive sites, including a manta point and two shipwrecks, lie just minutes away from the hotel. The PADI 5 Gold Palm certified Sun Dive Centre offers experienced divers a variety of speciality excursions, such as underwater photography courses and wreck or shark diving. Novices won’t miss out either, as they are well looked after with first-class introductory sessions.
Back on land, you’ll be just as busy, thanks to the two floodlit tennis courts, air-conditioned squash court, beach volley court, table tennis tables, games room and large freshwater swimming pool. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of opportunities to relax. The sumptuous spa is a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Finally, a word about the kids’ club – it’s brilliant. There are plenty of facilities designed specifically for children, such as an enclosed shallow swimming pool and a large sand-filled playground. A variety of locally-themed activities, including pirate games and beach sports, will definitely keep guests between the ages of 4 and 11 very happy indeed.
Kanuhura boasts five fantastic restaurants and a vast range of cuisine. Enjoy a themed evening at A Mano, the resort’s main restaurant, where exciting dishes are prepared in open kitchens. If you fancy some classic Italian fare, then the Bottega is the place for you.
For the ultimate in romantic experiences, opt to dine on the private, uninhabited Jehunuhura Island. Just a short boat trip from the hotel’s lagoon, this exclusive island hideaway is home to a unique grill restaurant – Drift. Whether you choose to enjoy a luxury lunchtime picnic hamper, host a private party or simply indulge in a romantic getaway for two, you’ll be treated to a decidedly dreamy experience on this Maldives private islet.
Evenings at Kanuhura are spent sipping sunset cocktails at the beachside Iru Bar, enjoying aperitifs, canapés or after-dinner drinks at the Poolside Country Club, or sipping a coffee in the Deli.