Luxury Kanuhura Hotel, Maldives
Kanuhura, precious island languidly set on the warm Indian Ocean, in the middle of the bright atolls of the Maldives, can be described as a unique “timeless castaway chic experience” for travellers seeking laid-back island living at its best with a contemporary and stylish feel.
Kanuhura is a 5 star 100-room hotel located on Lhaviyani atoll to the north-east of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.
Travel is by seaplane, around 40 minutes from the International Airport at the Maldives capital, Male’. With two beautiful neighbouring islets, Kanuhura is a unique and very private hideaway with a wide range of facilities, bars, restaurants, activities and sports.
Adjacent to the resort reception on the island’s west side is a large freeform freshwater pool, two restaurants, one bar and the award-winning Spa – while at the northern tip there is the water sports centre, nightclub and a shore side restaurant. Beach Villas are dotted along both lengths of the island, opening out onto the fine white sand and azure sea, while an elevated wooden path extends out beyond centre of the eastern shore, splitting into two runs of stilted Water Villas and Grand Water Villas set over the lagoon, all of which feature individual verandas with wooden steps that lead down into the water. All guest villas have spacious bathrooms with an outdoor shower and freeform bath. Kanuhura has a special aura that embraces guests as soon as they step on to the arrival jetty from the seaplane and experience the authentic natural Maldivian charm and hospitality.
The casual elegance of the luxury Maldivian island is preserved with the choice of natural materials and a colour palette pulled from the sea. The villas have floor-to-ceiling glass and wood doors that slide back to reveal either the beach or a private deck and the amazing turquoise lagoon.
The main buildings convey precisely this ambience: single-storey, wood-framed, with thatched roofs and long, louvered shutters usually open to the elements; they cluster around the swimming pool which is crossed by Japanese-style bridges, overlooking the beach and lagoon. Decorative elements come from Asia and the Indian Ocean – slate from India, hardwood from Malaysia, furniture from Philippines and China, ceramics from Sri Lanka, textiles from Indonesia – combining to give a feeling of tranquillity and sophistication.
This luxury Maldivian island maintains its genuine service and natural beauty whilst bringing added luxury and ambience to a perfectly chic barefoot setting that is renowned the world over. The enhanced villas and public spaces, along with fresh dining concepts help to maintain Kanuhura’s position as the ultimate Maldivian paradise island experience.