Just a kilometre long and 200 metres wide, this tiny slither of paradise, offers remote ‘island luxury’ and a world of possibilities. Pure white sand runs all the way around this tiny island paradise, creating a ‘360° degree beach’ for guests to enjoy.
Following a complete remodel in 2016, the 5-star luxury resort now offers an even higher level of indulgence. 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 villa types, which boast either your own personal, white sand beach or a private wooden staircase leading straight down to the shimmering turquoise waters of the lagoon. Whichever location you decide on, you’ll find a host of delights within, including the comfort of a king size bed, an outdoor shower and a pillow menu for the perfect night’s rest.
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 on the private island Jehunuhura? A superb mixture of dining and leisure options mean you’ll enjoy a different experience every day. In fact, foodies in search of a resort with a dining focus need look no further. Here the five restaurants, two bars and deli shop ensure extensive variety, from Italian favourites to local seafood, freshly baked pastries to barbecued steaks. A highlight is certainly the sunset dhoni cruise, where champagne, caviar and oysters can be sampled. For an aperitif accompanied by sunset views, no location is better than Iru, a beach club set right on the sands, or what about a star light movie experience on the beach with popcorn?
The international kids’ club – K Club –is a place where young imaginations are inspired. Guests aged 4 to 11-years-old can enjoy a unique programme of educative experiences and games, and gain greater insight into the culture and environment of the Maldives.
Kick back at the Kokaa Wellness Retreat & Spa, where a tropical, chilled-out vibe creates a space of calm and tranquillity. In this holistic sanctuary are nine treatment rooms, including double rooms for couples, a beachside spa pavilion, beauty salon, Jacuzzi, a gym and fitness studio, as well as instructor-led yoga sessions available.
Surrounded by the clear, warm Indian Ocean, Kanuhura is an exciting destination for water-lovers. The Marine Biology Research Centre is dedicated to coral reef ecology and conservation and encourages guests to get involved, while snorkelling tours, big game fishing and island hopping give a better understanding of the local overwater and underwater geography.
Lhaviyani Atoll, 35 minutes seaplane transfer from Malé International Airport.
80 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.