Kanuhura Maldives

Kanuhura has quickly gained a reputation for exquisite accommodation, excellent facilities and impeccable service. Relaxation and recreation enjoy equal emphasis on this tranquil island and the superb spa appeals to both sportsperson and sunbather.

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GEO Information

Kanuhura is located on one of the islands in the northeast part of Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives in the Indian Ocean. The resort is approximately 40 minutes by seaplane from the Hulhule Airport . The island measures approximately 1,000 metres long and 200 metres wide, with a north-south orientation.

Very little has changed since ancient mariners first sailed these seas. Just one-sixth of the country's 1,200 islands are inhabited, mainly with peaceful fishing villages nestled among the palms. The Maldives today remains a necklace of soft sand atolls laid out on the shimmering azure waters of the Indian Ocean.

  • Enchanting private hideaway

    Kanuhura's deep piled talcum sands reach right to the doorstep. The resort is home to a watersports centre for complimentary windsurfing, pedalos and canoes (limited to certain hours daily) and the dive centre offers tuition and trips to some superb dive sites.

    There is the Kids club, air-conditioned squash court, floodlit tennis courts, aerobics studio and fitness centre which complement a state-of-the-art spa, with a sauna and steam room, cold plunge pools, and a broad range of Western and Oriental massages, scrubs and beauty treatments. The resort offers a variety of bars including a barefoot beachfront bar, serving cool drinks and light snacks. Also an excellent choice of restaurants ranging from themed buffet to a la carte Mediterranean cuisine.

    Please note that from 1st April 2008, Sun Resorts Ltd have taken over the ownership and management of the Kanuhura Resort (formerly One & Only).

  • Unimaginable Variety

    Food for romance, for relaxation, for the sheer pleasure of company. On the porch of a villa, on a secluded beach, around the pool, on the seashore. At Kanuhura exists cuisines of unimaginable variety and all the fruits of the Indian Ocean. The finest ingredients are imported from all over the world, whilst fresh fish and seafood come directly from the clear waters of Lhaviyani Atoll. The resort has sourced an interesting selection of international wines to complement the delectable cuisine prepared by internationally-trained chefs.

    Thin Rah

    The main restaurant at Kanuhura, Thin Rah offers breakfast and dinner in expansive buffets with open-cooking stations where chefs prepare themed cuisines and individual dishes for guests. With a distinct theme and ambience, enticing choices include fish, seafood and regional specialties, fusion dishes, sushi and sashimi, exotic salads and fruits from markets around the world, homemade ice creams and selections for younger guests. Tables are set in the airy open-sided interior of the thatch-roofed restaurant or out on the beach overlooking the lagoon and poolside for al fresco breakfasts and evenings under the stars.

    Olive Tree

    Olive Tree serves a la carte dishes for lunch and dinner from throughout the Mediterranean and features an open pizza oven. Specialties are fresh pastas, salads and a mouth-watering selection of freshly caught grilled seafood and steaks. 'Cuisines of the sun' inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean are offered for lunch. Enjoy the intimate atmosphere of the restaurant itself, or take a poolside table for a romantic candlelit dinner as a glowing sunset fades into a million twinkling stars.

    Veli Cafe

    Candlelit romantic dinners on the shores of the Indian Ocean sets the tone for Veli Cafe, with its white-linen covered tables and chairs set amidst the luxurious shade of frangipani trees on the beachside wooden terrace. Open for lunch and dinner, an extensive choice of carefully selected wines make the perfect accompaniment to fresh seafood from the Maldivian atolls, fused with spices, pickles and sauces to form a delectable Thai cuisine.

    In Villa Dining

    Available 24 hours, in-Villa Dining caters for breakfast, light snacks, romantic dinners and special celebrations in the privacy of guests' villas or at various locations on the island.

    Kandu Restaurant

    The 'Kandu' restaurant, on Jehunuhura , the private islet of Kanuhura, is to discover. In Dhivehi, "Kandu" means "blue sea. This restaurant, the first located on a private islet of an atoll of Maldives, allows customers to Kanuhura of discover a new concept of grill restaurant on a tiny islet located at a soaring of boat Kanuhura. A privilege that offers you the Kanuhura during your stay the Maldives.

    Handhuvaru Bar

    The spacious, partly sand-floored Handhuvaru Bar on the other side of the pool from the two main restaurants has a distinctive Maldivian atmosphere and has been dressed with comfortable over-sized daybeds and chairs both in and outdoors, by the pool and on the beachfront. The interior is furnished with inviting, cosy seating and windows wide-open to the sunshine. This Maldivian bar serves a selection of sumptuous chilled smoothies enhanced with frozen fruit purees, vitamin boosters made with fresh juices and uniquely flavoured iced teas, as well as a full menu of creative cocktails and a selection of Cuban and Dominican cigars. The Kanuhura Pool & Bar Menu offers all-day dining from traditional favourites to sushi bento boxes.

    Moodhu Lounge

    Enjoy your evening at the Maldivian Moodhu Lounge bar with aperitifs and canapes or after dinner drinks with the sound of the sea and breeze in the palm trees while watching the stars suspended in the clear Maldives skies.

    Nashaa Club

    To preserve the quieting Kanuhura the first disco Maldives is located at one end of the island, near the Veli Cafe behind the boathouse . In a typical Maldivian decor, underwater landscapes adorn the walls of this club soundproofed and air conditioned. Mix cocktails and tubes up to date, it is in a warm tropical atmosphere that you will enjoy your stay in this hotel in the Maldives until the end of the night.

  • Recreation & Activities

    Long a favourite destination for generations of travellers seeking the ultimate escape, Kanuhura's relaxed and welcoming ambience allows for moments of spontaneous fun and adventure.

    Close to some of the world's finest diving sites, scuba and snorkelling enthusiasts explore shipwrecks and coral reefs. Others fall into a state of bliss at the award-winning Spa, renowned for its Southeast Asia-influenced treatments.

    Kanuhura has a large fresh water swimming pool, beach volley, two floodlit tennis courts, an air-conditioned squash court, table tennis, games room, library and a lifestyle boutique. A tennis/squash instructor is available as a playing partner or for coaching sessions. Guests can also enjoy darts, table soccer and billiards in the games room, or just relax with a good read in the library.

    The rich underwater world

    The natural splendour of the Maldives is only surpassed by the stunning beauty of its immensely rich underwater world. The island paradise is close to some of the world's finest diving sites, including two shipwrecks and a manta point, with the outer reef falling away an exhilarating 2,000 metres. More than 40 spectacular dive sites are within just ten to 60 minutes from the resort, ensuring plenty of adventure for the active diver.

    The Sun Dive Centre

    The Sun Dive Centre, awarded the prestigious PADI Gold Palm status in recognition of excellent facilities and tuition, rigorous safety standards and expertise, caters for experienced divers with excursions to unique dive sites, and offers newcomers a first class introduction to diving. For the more experienced, nitrox diving is available.

    Kanuhura's outer atoll location and undisturbed dive sites lie far from other resorts and shipping routes, making it possible to enjoy some of the best diving and snorkelling anywhere in the Maldives.

    Water Sports

    Within the protected reefs surrounding the island, the waters of the Indian Ocean become a playground of incredible fun for water sports enthusiasts. The resort lagoon and unexploited surrounding waters of Lhaviyani Atoll provide endless opportunities for marine exploration from scuba diving excursions and PADI certification courses to guided snorkelling trips. The Water Sports Centre is a member of the internationally recognised Association of Windsurfing Schools in Germany, or VDWS (Verband Deutscher Windsurf und Wassersport Schulen e.v). With the very best in qualified instructors and water sports equipment, guests are assured of a safe and fun time on the various excursions and lessons that are offered. Speedboats rentals, canoes, four-seater banana, water-skis, fun tubes, kneeboards and catamarans are also available.

    Sailing and windsurfing

    Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced sailor, Kanuhura's huge, protected coral-free lagoon offers some of the finest windsurfing and catamaran sailing conditions in the world.

    Excursions

    Discover the natural beauty of the Maldives with an endless selection of activities. Guests choose from Maldivian island tours, private island picnics, sunset cruises and more. Some of the most popular excursions are included here.

    Exploring the islands

    For real immersion into Maldivian culture, board a traditional 'dhoni' and sail to an inhabited island to see how the locals live, and continue on to a remote private island to enjoy a beach barbecue, snorkelling and swimming. Or, explore Lhaviyani Atoll by speedboat visiting three distinctly different islands. For true romance, journey to a private isle by powerboat and have a chef and butler cater the secluded island experience.

    Fishing the islands

    Embark on a morning big game adventure in search of tuna, sailfish, wahoo, blue marlin and more, or enjoy a sunset cruise to discover the Maldivian art of fishing, and let the resort's chefs prepare the evening's catch.

    Discovering romance

    Experience the amazing colours of the Maldivian sky at sunset aboard a traditional dhoni with Bodu Beru (Maldivian traditional drum) music, champagne and Maldivian snacks.

    Jehunuhura Island

    Kanuhura features its own private desert island nearby where guests can spend a night under the stars, sleeping on four-posted bed on the sand.

    By day, guests can find tranquillity and privacy while settling themselves on the beach, looking out at the azure sea. Chilled water and cold towels are available throughout the day.

    When the sun sets, this treasure island becomes a desirable location for private parties, delectable dinners or romantic interludes. Guests may choose from a selection of custom-designed dining and overnight options. Resort staff can create the ultimate magical occasion with barbecues for a small group or friends, or an intimate candle-lit evening for couples.

    Kids Club

    On an island in a faraway sea, children ages four to eleven revel in the adventure of discovering Kanuhura with a dedicated enrichment programme all their own - Kids Club. The complimentary program features professionally trained staff incorporating the natural environs of the island into an engaging schedule of enriching activities: Maldivian arts and crafts, hermit crab races, Dhivehi language lessons, pirate games and pizza making with the chef all keep kids busy and interested.

    Available daily from 9am - 12 noon, 2pm - 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, Kids Club is a dedicated area located on the southern end of the island, featuring a large sand-filled playground, treehouse and swimming pool, ensuring kids have their own sense of place, and parents have peace of mind.

    The Kids Club programme offers days themed to the island with a day of "Whirling Wind" finding children making paper airplanes followed by a flying competition; while animal art collages, finger puppet shows, mask making and creating a crab kingdom highlight a day devoted to "Amazing Animals."

    Kids Club bath: Fun for kids of all ages, bubble bath, rubber duckies, freshly made cookies and a thick milkshake make a great way to end the day.

    Kids Club makeovers: Girls just want to have fun, and little ones ages 6 to 12 can visit the Spa for hair braiding, nail arts, henna tattoo, and even aroma massage and flower bath.

    At Kanuhura, the treasure island location adds authenticity to pirate games, with plenty of locally themed activities and supervised activities, leaving parents to the more serious art of relaxation with complete peace of mind.

    Package includes:
    ~ Kids welcome gift pack
    ~ Unlimited kids activities throughout the day
    ~ Daily children's buffet lunch and dinner
    ~ Excursions
    ~ Kids amenities in room (including snacks and drinks)
    ~ One kids fun bubble bath ceremony with milkshake, cookies and toys

    Lava Lounge

    Lava Lounge can be used as a private movie cinema with popcorn, for watching big-screen sporting events during major world competitions, or as a conference and meeting room (for up to 50 people, theatre-style). A range of audio-visual equipment is available.

  • Spa at Kanuhura

    The spa at Kanuhura is one of the largest in Maldives with eight treatment rooms, half of which are designed for couples to have side by side therapies. Originally named Veyoge Spa, meaning "bath house for royalty" in Dhivehi (the national language), this Asian style sanctuary offers a diverse range of treatments and a comprehensive array of facilities are integrated within beautifully designed wood and stone interiors, creating a shrine for relaxation and overall body care. Signature massages like the Aroma Stone Therapy and Maldivian Theyo Dhemun are a “must-try”.

    Spa Facilities

    • 8 treatment rooms including four doubles
    • Outdoor spa pavilion with an ideal setting for massages overlooking the lagoon
    • Fully equipped fitness centre
    • Aerobics studio
    • Spa boutique
    • Separate steam bath, dry sauna, cold plunge pools and Jacuzzis, for ladies and gentlemen

  • Reviews

    Long a favourite destination for generations of travellers seeking the ultimate escape, Kanuhura's relaxed and welcoming ambience allows for moments of spontaneous fun and adventure.

    Close to some of the world's finest diving sites, scuba and snorkelling enthusiasts explore shipwrecks and coral reefs. Others fall into a state of bliss at the award-winning Spa, renowned for its Southeast Asia-influenced treatments.

    Kanuhura has a large fresh water swimming pool, beach volley, two floodlit tennis courts, an air-conditioned squash court, table tennis, games room, library and a lifestyle boutique. A tennis/squash instructor is available as a playing partner or for coaching sessions. Guests can also enjoy darts, table soccer and billiards in the games room, or just relax with a good read in the library.

     

    The rich underwater world

    The natural splendour of the Maldives is only surpassed by the stunning beauty of its immensely rich underwater world. The island paradise is close to some of the world's finest diving sites, including two shipwrecks and a manta point, with the outer reef falling away an exhilarating 2,000 metres. More than 40 spectacular dive sites are within just ten to 60 minutes from the resort, ensuring plenty of adventure for the active diver.

     

    Water Sports

    Within the protected reefs surrounding the island, the waters of the Indian Ocean become a playground of incredible fun for water sports enthusiasts. The resort lagoon and unexploited surrounding waters of Lhaviyani Atoll provide endless opportunities for marine exploration from scuba diving excursions and PADI certification courses to guided snorkelling trips. The Water Sports Centre is a member of the internationally recognised Association of Windsurfing Schools in Germany, or VDWS (Verband Deutscher Windsurf und Wassersport Schulen e.v). With the very best in qualified instructors and water sports equipment, guests are assured of a safe and fun time on the various excursions and lessons that are offered. Speedboats rentals, canoes, four-seater banana, water-skis, fun tubes, kneeboards and catamarans are also available.

     

    Excursions

    Discover the natural beauty of the Maldives with an endless selection of activities. Guests choose from Maldivian island tours, private island picnics, sunset cruises and more. Some of the most popular excursions are included here.

     

    Exploring the islands

    For real immersion into Maldivian culture, board a traditional 'dhoni' and sail to an inhabited island to see how the locals live, and continue on to a remote private island to enjoy a beach barbecue, snorkelling and swimming. Or, explore Lhaviyani Atoll by speedboat visiting three distinctly different islands. For true romance, journey to a private isle by powerboat and have a chef and butler cater the secluded island experience.

     

    Fishing the islands

    Embark on a morning big game adventure in search of tuna, sailfish, wahoo, blue marlin and more, or enjoy a sunset cruise to discover the Maldivian art of fishing, and let the resort's chefs prepare the evening's catch.

     

    Discovering Romance

    Experience the amazing colours of the Maldivian sky at sunset aboard a traditional dhoni with Bodu Beru (Maldivian traditional drum) music, champagne and Maldivian snacks.

     

    The Sun Dive Centre

    The Sun Dive Centre, awarded the prestigious PADI Gold Palm status in recognition of excellent facilities and tuition, rigorous safety standards and expertise, caters for experienced divers with excursions to unique dive sites, and offers newcomers a first class introduction to diving. For the more experienced, nitrox diving is available.

    Kanuhura's outer atoll location and undisturbed dive sites lie far from other resorts and shipping routes, making it possible to enjoy some of the best diving and snorkelling anywhere in the Maldives.

     

    Sailing and windsurfing

    Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced sailor, Kanuhura's huge, protected coral-free lagoon offers some of the finest windsurfing and catamaran sailing conditions in the world.

     

    Kanuhura's most popular programmes include

    Catamaran Lessons: We have catamaran lessons made-easy. You can become a skipper in just a few hours. The Resort course is four hours, while the Basic course takes up to eight hours, and allows you to obtain an international Catamaran certificate.

    Catamaran Sailing: Enjoy a relaxing ride with your partner and leave the rest to the skipper, as you sail the beautiful lagoon and surrounding region of Kanuhura. You may want to bring along your snorkelling gear to get better acquainted with the marine life.

     

    Jehunuhura Island

    Kanuhura features its own private desert island nearby where guests can spend a night under the stars, sleeping on four-posted bed on the sand.

    By day, guests can find tranquillity and privacy while settling themselves on the beach, looking out at the azure sea. Chilled water and cold towels are available throughout the day.

    When the sun sets, this treasure island becomes a desirable location for private parties, delectable dinners or romantic interludes. Guests may choose from a selection of custom-designed dining and overnight options. Resort staff can create the ultimate magical occasion with barbecues for a small group or friends, or an intimate candle-lit evening for couples.

     

    Lava Lounge

    Lava Lounge can be used as a private movie cinema with popcorn, for watching big-screen sporting events during major world competitions, or as a conference and meeting room (for up to 50 people, theatre-style). A range of audio-visual equipment is available.

     

    Nashaa Club

    The Maldives' first discotheque is hidden away at the far end of the island. Music chart toppers and cocktail mixers!

     

Rooms & Suites

Enchanting and natural private villas, over the water or on the beach, have all the discreet luxuries and freedoms of modernity - personal villa hosts and the most sensuous bathrooms semi-open to the sky. Each villa has its own private outdoor area with mesmerizing views of the ocean. Extensive use of hand-crafted wood, raffia, bamboo and other natural materials creates an elegant rustic interior that blends seamlessly with the stunning island surroundings.

Kanuhura offers luxury villas in two different types of accommodation, each surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of the Indian Ocean, and each catering to the individual needs and desires of guests.

• Air-conditioning • Safe • Ceiling fan • Satellite television • ADSL internet • In-villa bar • Coffee and tea making facilities • Private veranda • Smoke detectors • Spacious outdoor shower and freeform bath semi open to the sky • Private villa host

Grand Water Villa

These spacious Grand Water Villas have infinite views across the Indian Ocean and a large newly extended decked veranda with sun loungers and an outdoor dining area. Perched just above the ocean, each Grand Water Villa has a wooden stairway with handrails leading directly into the inviting waters of the magnificent lagoon. Amenities

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Grand Beach Villa

The Grand Beach Villas are the largest villas. With two bedrooms - one with King-size bed and the other with two single beds, two large bathrooms with Jacuzzi bath, living room, dining table, veranda and a wide beachfront, the suites offer a 'home-away-from-home', especially for long-staying guests. Amenities include: ~ 24-hour personal

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Beach Villa Duplex

Comprising of two interconnecting Beach Villas, perfect for families and larger parties. Bedrooms with King-size bed and twin beds; private terrace and garden; spectacular bathroom semi-open to the sky with large sculpted stone bath and twin vanity sinks. The Beach Villas Duplexes are ideal for families or groups of friends who want to share

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Water Villa

On the water, set along the sun bleached wooden pontoons are the water villas. With private sundecks and steps that lead down into the water, each water villa offers guests direct access to the lagoon. Featuring king-size bed and an over-water bathroom semi-open to the sky. Amenities include: ~ 24-hour personal butler service ~ Flat-screen

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Beach Villa

Beach Villas are dotted on the island's coral sand fringe. Private space extends onto the beach and out to the lagoon. Available with a King-size bed; sitting area and private beachfront terrace; spectacular bathroom semi-open to the sky with large sculpted stone bath and twin vanity sinks. Amenities include: ~ 24-hour personal villa

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