Kanuhura is a unique island resort in the Maldives which is perfect for those seeking a luxurious yet laid back, castaway experience. Recently redesigned and refurbished to the highest standard, the resort combines an informal style with stunning accommodation, exceptional facilities and fantastic service. Kanuhura is a member of the Luxury Hotels of the World group.
Just 40 minutes from Male by seaplane, the island is one of the biggest in the Maldives at over 1km long, with perfect white sand beaches and a large, sheltered lagoon.
The accommodation is superb with numerous different options, all with direct access to the beach or lagoon and many boasting their own private plunge pool. 110 beach and water villas have been constructed with natural materials such as cool stone and local wood, and furnished in a sophisticated style that combines glamour with exotic gypsy influences.
Guests have plenty of dining options to choose between, with everything from deli-style sandwiches to Asian fusion cuisine available. A Mano allows guests to choose from local market-style cooking stations, Bottega restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine, Drift is a grill kitchen on a nearby desert island, and the Chef’s Herb Garden is a stunning location with a communal table set amid a beautiful hanging vegetable garden. Those looking for a truly special experience can dine on board a traditional Maldivian Dhoni or enjoy a private barbeque on the beach. Beachfront bars provide spaces in which to lounge with a cocktail, with music and games tables providing entertainment.
While many rooms boast their own private plunge pool, there is also a beautiful free form infinity pool overlooking the beach. The resort’s watersports centre offers a vast range of water-based activities as well as boat trips, dolphin cruises and fishing excursions. The PADI 5* dive centre offers a first-class introduction to diving as well as unique excursions for experienced divers. Lhaviyani Atoll is known for its stunning underwater fauna and marine life offering some of the best dive sites in the world with over 40 sites plus two shipwrecks easily accessible from the resort. Activities on dry land include martial arts, tennis lessons and personal training sessions, as well as less strenuous options such as cocktail mixing and cooking classes. Guests can also visit a nearby island by Dhoni, home to a turtle sanctuary which takes care of injured and sick turtles.
The KOKAA Wellness Retreat & Spa is a holistic sanctuary offering a diverse range of treatments from massages to mud wraps, with facilities including a fully equipped fitness centre, aerobics studio, Jacuzzis and sauna.
The resort is great for families thanks to the excellent activities and family-friendly accommodation options. There is also a great kids club and separate teens club, both of which offer a programme of age-appropriate activities.
A charming resort which offers pretty villas in a contemporary Maldivian style, all complete with the latest technology. The spa is wonderful and has a huge range of treatments as well as stone therapy and Maldivian Theyo Dhemun which uses rose oil.
The resort caters exceptionally well for children and has a dedicated kid’s club as well as children’s menus, infant purees and baby equipment.
Kanuhura offers something for everyone and despite having 100 villas, actually feels very small and low-key. I would recommend it for those looking for a stylish resort with great food, relaxed atmosphere and great facilities for families.
Children: Children are very welcome all year round. The K Club is a kids club offering a range of imaginative activities for youngsters aged 4 to 11 years old, including educational experiences and games. Meals are complimentary at K Club for under 12s. The Teens Club caters for 12 to 17 year olds, offering a programme of sports, recreational activities and excursions.
Transfers: 40 minutes by seaplane from Male airport.
Complimentary activities & facilities: Swimming pool, canoes, windsurfing (for qualified windsurfers only), tennis, weekly open air cinema.
Chargeable activities & facilities: Watersports including scuba diving at the PADI 5* dive centre, wake boarding, water skiing, mono skiing, banana boats, stand up paddle boarding, jetski rental and excursions, dolphin and manta safaris by speedboat, snorkelling excursions, catamaran rental and excursions, catamaran and windsurf courses. Land based sports including tennis lessons with a pro, personal training, martial arts. Excursions and other leisure activities including dolphin sunset cruises, sunset fishing, private island picnic excursions, spa treatments, private photo shoots, cocktail mixing classes and cooking classes.
Meal Arrangements: Bed and breakfast, half board or full board are available.
Restaurants & bars: A Mano is an all day dining restaurant with live cooking stations serving a selection of pan-Asian and international cuisine with live cooking stations. Bottega is an Italian restaurant, Veli serves Asian fusion cuisine on the beach, while Drift is a grill restaurant on the neighbouring Jehunuhura Island. The Chef’s Herb Garden is where aromatic dishes are served amidst a beautiful hanging vegetable garden, plus interactive cookery demonstrations are held. Deli is a casual venue serving pastries, sandwiches and ice creams, while picnic baskets can be prepared upon request. Cowry Club is a lounge bar beside the infinity pool which also serves snacks and light lunches, while Iru is a sunset beach lounge with plenty of casual seating options. Guests can also choose to dine on fresh seafood on board a traditional Dhoni, or enjoy a private destination barbeque.
Spa: KOKAA Wellness Retreat & Spa is a luxurious facility with nine treatment rooms, an outdoor beachside spa pavilion, a steam bath and dry sauna, a cold plunge pool, a Jacuzzi, an air conditioned gym, an aerobics studio and beauty salon. Yoga classes are taught by a professional instructor.
Check In/Out: Guests are kindly asked to check in at 2pm and out at 12 noon.
All bungalows and villas are sophisticated and feature natural materials throughout, offering direct access to the beach or lagoon. All villas have a semi-outdoor private bathroom with a bathtub and separate outdoor shower. Amenities include air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, mini bar, in-room safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, free internet access, satellite TV & telephone
Beach Bungalow Sunrise: 59 metres squared. Set on the sunrise side of the island, these bungalows have a private terrace on the beach and offer sea views. Maximum occupancy: 3 persons.
Beach Bungalow Sunset: 59 metres squared. Set on the sunset side of the island, these bungalows have a private terrace on the beach and offer sea views. Maximum occupancy: 3 persons.
Beach Villa Sunrise: 75 metres squared. Set on the sunrise side of the island, these spacious villas have a private terrace on the beach and offer sea views. Maximum occupancy: 4 persons.
Water Villa Sunrise: 125 metres squared. Built on stilts over the lagoon on the sunrise side of the island, these water villas have a private sundeck, access to the lagoon and sea views. Maximum occupancy: 4 persons.
Beach Pool Villa Sunset: 82 metres squared. Set on the sunset side of the island, these spacious villas have a private terrace on the beach, a private plunge pool and sea views. Maximum occupancy: 4 persons.
Grand Water Pool Villa Sunrise: 135 metres squared. Built on stilts over the lagoon on the sunrise side of the island, these lavish water villas have a private sundeck, private plunge pool, access to the lagoon and sea views. Maximum occupancy: 4 persons.
Retreat Beach Pool Villa Sunrise: 125 metres squared. Set on the sunrise side of the island, these spacious villas have a private terrace on the beach, a private garden, a gazebo offering shade, a private plunge pool and sea views. Maximum occupancy: 3 persons.
Grand Beach Pool Villa Sunset: 175 metres squared. Set on the sunset side of the island, these spacious villas have two bedrooms (one with king sized bed and one with twin beds), two bathrooms and a separate living area. Outdoors there is a large private terrace on the beach, a private plunge pool and sea views. Maximum occupancy: 6 persons.
Sanctuary Pool Villa: 200 metres squared. A large and extremely private villa on the sunrise side of the island, with three bedrooms (two with king sized beds and one with twin beds), three bathrooms and a spacious living/dining area. Outdoors there is a private terrace, garden, pavilion, barbeque area, swimming pool, beach access and sea views. Maximum occupancy: 8 persons.
Retreat Grand Beach Pool Villa Sunrise: 250 metres squared. Set on the sunrise side of the island, these large villas consist of two separate villas, each with a bedroom, bathroom and beach terrace. There is also a shared deck, a gazebo offering shade, a private plunge pool and sea views. Maximum occupancy: 6 persons.
Retreat Family Beach Pool Villa Sunrise: 385 metres squared. Set on the sunrise side of the island, this vast villa consists of a Grand Beach Villa adjoined with a Beach Villa. There are three separate bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms, as well as an indoor living area, a spacious outdoor beach terrace, a private plunge pool and sea views. Maximum occupancy: 8 persons.