By Maldivian standards, Kanuhura's main one-kilometre long (and 200m wide) island is huge. But don't let that scare you, as the resort's size still manages to maintain a wonderful air of intimacy, with plenty of space to share around so you never need to look far to discover your own patch of sand. Bicycles are your way of getting around this castaway chic isle, the ultimate experience for free-spirited travellers looking for a modern island with a bohemian edge.
Life here is firmly laid-back on this all-villa hideaway, where tropical gardens sway in the gentle breeze and its pristine white sands blur into the cerulean lagoon. Located in the Lhaviyani Atoll, this slice of the Maldives is particularly known for its marine marvels, with dolphins, manta rays, turtles and whale sharks all found swimming in the 42 dive sites that lie nearby.
What's most refreshing about Kanuhura is it feels a little bit different. The staff are young and hugely enthusiastic about their little piece of paradise while some of the things you can do during your stay are unique, such as training like a Maldivian warrior on the beach. To really escape from it all, the main resort island is in fact one of a trio belonging to Kanuhura; Jehunuhura and Masleggihura are two deserted islands you visit for some care-free chilling. All in all, Kanuhura is a place where you can utterly switch off and let your spirit run free.
Kanuhura has 80 villas in total, with 60 on the island itself and the other 20 over the crystal-clear lagoon. All have sunny Californian vibes, with whitewashed woods featuring bright splashes of orange and turquoise giving that essential seafront house aura you need somewhere tropical like the Maldives.
A long wooden bridge leads to the 20 romantic Water Villas, set on stilts over the lagoon. Each boasts an enlarged outdoor deck and sensuous overwater bathroom, semi-open to the sky. Closer to the shoreline, the Beach Villas are cool and stylish with gorgeous ocean views. You can pick which side of the island you stay on, depending whether you want to catch the first rays of morning light streaming through your window or end the day on your outdoor deck watching a beautiful sunset.
The five Retreat Grand Beach Pool Villas and Retreat Family beach Villa are ideal for families – while indulgent couples may well be seduced by one of the sumptuous Water Pool Villas which have a spacious bedroom, living area and expansive sundeck. Every villa, of course, has a personal Villa Host.
Foodies will be spoilt for choice as Kanuhura has a choice of five restaurants, two bars and a deli. A Mano is the resort's main all-day buffet restaurant and here you'll find everything from international fare to Maldivian favourites to enjoy on the powder-soft beach. Bottega, which also has its own wine cellar, transports your taste buds to Italy while Veli is toes-in-the-sand dining inspired by the Far East, with creations born out of Singapore, China, South Korea and beyond. Exclusively reserved for private bookings, the Chef's Herb Garden is an intimate meal in the resort's organic garden, where every dish is expertly fashioned from the ingredients around you. If you fancy a change of scenery, catch a boat to the tiny deserted island of Jehunuhura, where you can have a delicious lunch from its grill.
During the day, Kanuhura's Deli is packed with tasty light bites such as sandwiches, ice creams, pastries and freshly brewed coffee to enjoy. Kanuhura's two bars are both fantastic locations for a cocktail, with its Cowry Club an infinity poolside bar with bossa nova tunes soundtracking your evening and Iru the coolest place on the island to soak up with sunset, complete with laid-back lounge tents, gaming tables and relaxing seating areas.
Being close to some of the world’s finest dive sites and with 99.9% of life in the Lhaviyani Atoll existing underwater, snorkelling and scuba enthusiasts will no doubt make use of the excellent facilities at the PADI dive centre. Lovers of water sports can enjoy an array of activities – and not surprisingly, Kanuhura’s huge, protected coral-free lagoon offers superb wind-surfing and catamaran sailing. There are also two floodlit tennis courts, a squash court, a large freshwater swimming pool and a children’s pool.
There is so much more to do at Kanuhura as well. There are all sorts of cruises to spy dolphins and manta rays or just admire the sunset, or you can even hire your own dhoni to explore the ocean yourself. On land, you can go on guided nature walks around the main island, spend a day on the deserted island of Masleggihura or even take part in a Maldivian warrior workout on the beach! And this is just a small sample of what you can get up to at Kanuhura. Who said the Maldives was boring?
Kids aged from 4-11 years will be kept busy and entertained with the kids' programme. Providing fun-filled entertainment for active little ones, Kanuhura’s kids' club has a cool jungle inspired playground and an enclosed shallow swimming pool. Trained staff keep the little ones entertained, while the grown-ups can take a moment to themselves in one of Kanuhura’s five restaurants or the delightful island spa.
Those in search of sheer relaxation will fall into a state of bliss at the Kokaa Spa, renowned for its Southeast Asian-influenced treatments that feature on a menu that boasts one of the largest selections in the Maldives. The spa also has a fully-equipped gym and aerobics studio. Private hatha yoga lessons are also available.
Yes, Kanuhura does offer all-inclusive. There are also half board and full board meal plan options as well.
Kanuhura can be found in the Lhaviyani Atoll towards the north-east of the Maldives island chain.
You can reach Kanuhura via a 40-minute seaplane from the main Maldivian island gateway of Malé.
Unfortunately, there isn't a house reef at Kanuhura but if you're a keen diver there is plenty here for you, with 42 dive sites close by where you can swim with manta rays, whale sharks, turtles and dolphins amid fluorescent coral.
At one kilometre long and 200m wide, Kanuhura is on one of the biggest resort islands in the Maldives. Despite this, there are only 80 villas spread across it, with 60 on land and the other 20 located overwater. Kanuhura also has two other islands (Jehunhura and Masleggihura), both deserted, you can visit.
Where is Kanuhura Maldives?
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