Encompassing three private islands, two deserted neighbouring islands and Kanuhura itself, our sublime hotel is the ultimate luxury retreat for free-spirited adventurers. Discover a new realm of bohemian elegance surrounded by tropical gardens and bordered by stretches of pristine beaches that fade into scintillating tropical waters; where alluring private islands provide the perfect hideaway for wild-hearted world travellers. The definition of utopia, Kanuhura balances laid-back barefoot luxury with natural sophistication, complemented by the mesmerizing beauty of the Maldives.
Kanuhura is no ordinary destination. It’s the tropical oasis that weaves its way into your wildest dreams; a destination you could never forget. At Kanuhura, topaz waters and palm-fringed beaches act as the backdrop to incredible signature experiences. These authentic moments have the power to ignite your soul and turn into treasured timeless memories.
Kanuhura island 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. The forces of the elements are the architects of this true paradise, a place of beautiful, natural enchantment.
Kanuhura offers a very tasteful celebration of luxurious island living with a sense of bliss, framed in soft colours and natural materials, combined with tropical elegant design enhances the harmony of elegance in fusion with timeless Gypset chic.
Coming home and flying above paradise.
Enjoy the elegance and the comfort of the private “Kanuhura Lounge” at the seaplane terminal after landing in Male International Airport, before entering to an unforgettable journey to this little piece of paradise. Kanuhura is located in the Lhaviyani Atoll just a 40 minutes scenic sea plane flight from Male.
In total harmony with its tropical environment, Kanuhura has been designed to offer ultimate 5-star accommodation and complete immersion into its pristine, natural surroundings.
Our luxury villas and suites are dotted along both the sunset and sunrise side of the world-famous Kanuhura beach and boast breath-taking views of the turquoise lagoon.
Furnished with discreet sophistication, our villas feature natural materials to blend with the surroundings. All have a semi-open bathroom with bathtub, separate indoor or outdoor shower, hair dryer, bathrobe, TV, telephone, complimentary Internet access, air conditioning, ceiling fan, mini bar and safe.
A private deck extends to the beach or lagoon, offering spectacular sea views. The water villas feature a private decked terrace with private access to the lagoon.
Kokaa Wellness Retreat and Spa offers a world of blissful serenity for weary travellers in need of pampering. Inspired by age-old healing traditions from around the globe, our largely organic treatment list is one of the most comprehensive in the Maldives. Voted ‘The World’s Best Spa’ by National Geographic Traveller magazine, a visit to our spa is a must.
Surrender to the serenity of the elegant Kokaa Wellness Retreat and Spa, aligned with the gypset spirit and embodying the grace of a butterfly—Kokaa meaning butterfly in Dhivehi. Be transported to a world of tranquillity as you indulge in a treatment from our extensive list of luxurious facials, massages and body wraps, each tailored to your individual needs. These blissful experiences are enhanced by some of the finest products in the world—VOYA, Subtle Energies and Terres D’Afrique. Yoga and meditation are incorporated into our packages to ensure renewed balance of mind, body and soul.
Our wellbeing activities at Kanuhura are designed to increase relaxation and holistic wellness and to ensure that our global travellers feel their best. Whatever activity you may desire to nurture mind, body and soul, we have the right thing for you. Relish a full mind-body workout with a rejuvenating session of yoga (choose Sunrise /SunsetYoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Pranayama, Kids’ Yoga, Rhythmic Yoga, Aqua yoga or Acroyoga) or learn to be still with meditation. Complement these wonderful activities with a treatment at our highly acclaimed Kokaa spa, where we offer a huge range of luxuriating massages, facials, body wraps and more or indulge in some well-deserved pampering at our hair and beauty salon.
Indulge in a new culinary journey of the senses each day with exquisite international flavours and authentic Maldivian delights at our eight restaurants and bars. Bon vivants are spoilt for choice of delectable drinks and dishes and in unbelievable settings; from sophisticated fare and casual barefoot dining on the beach to an exclusive island dinner.
Dining at Kanuhura is a gourmet’s dream come true with the option of a new culinary journey each day. Whether you are looking for lavish beachfront dining, hearty Italian dishes, a barefoot beach grill or fragrant Asian favourites, we have everything you could dream of. Private dining on our exclusive neighbouring islands or a secret candlelit dinner in our scented herb garden can be arranged for an unforgettable evening. Our expert mixologists and in-house sommelier are always at the ready to entice you to co-create a unique, decadent beverage. This is island-living at its very best.
If you are looking to embark on a world-class culinary adventure like no other than a trip to Kanuhura is an absolute must. Each restaurant and bar at this five-star luxury establishment offers a unique culinary experience, which is sure to be a journey for the senses—which means that no matter which you opt to eat at, you are bound to be delighted. Each day at Kanuhura offers the chance for a new and exciting journey, where the most difficult choice you will face is: where to eat next.
Embark on a Culinary Journey at Kanuhura
Kanuhura—an elegant, bohemian five-star hideaway with wondrous offerings that span three tropical islands (Kanuhura itself and its two neighbouring deserted islands). This incredible gem is nothing short of magical; a playground for free-spirited world wanderers who are constantly in search of the finest things in life. Kanuhura offers gypsetters everything they could possibly dream of for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday; from unrivalled luxury characterised by fashionable exoticism, authentic experiences and of course, a plethora of exceptional activities (both in the tropical waters and on land) to a sensational nightlife and a range of day excursions. And, of course, to complete this picture of perfection, Kanuhura offers guests entry into a world of exceptional gastronomic delights and sublime cocktails. Be whisked away on a culinary exploration of the senses at Kanuhura; here’s what discerning bon vivants and gourmets can look forward to:
Gorgeous fresh artisan pizzas made to perfection in a wood-fired oven, sumptuous Mediterranean seafood dishes and sinfully satisfying pastas—this is a mere taste of the delectable dishes on offer at Kanuhura’s phenomenal Italian restaurant, Bottega. Delight in simple Italian favourites, authentic delicacies, signature dishes and regional specialities paired with a fine glass (or bottle) of premium, imported vino. Elegantly decorated with a modern and minimalist flair and set amongst tropical gardens, Bottega is the perfect location for a languid lunch or a romantic dinner. The wine cellar and private dining room are available on request and provide the ultimate setting for serious gourmets.
Perfectly located on Kanuhura’s pristine white sandy beach and boasting an unparalleled view of the aquamarine lagoon, Veli—the Dhivehi word for ‘sand’—offers a veritable smorgasbord of “Asian Fusion Cuisine” with incredible flavour combinations sure to delight even the most discerning epicure. Enjoy a culinary adventure throughout Asia as you explore the wonderfully creative menu which offers everything from the finest sushi and Korean-style barbecues (served at private Yakiniku-style tables) to Japanese, Chinese and Singaporean specialities, freshly grilled favourites and mouthwatering tandoori dishes from the traditional Indian oven. Both masterful and delicious, Veli’s dishes will certainly have you craving more.
Chef’s Herb Garden
Special moments and occasions deserve to be celebrated in unconventional and remarkable ways that are sure to never be forgotten. Enjoying a gastronomic experience under the stars at a ‘secret’ table surrounded by flickering candles and hidden in the heart of a gorgeously lush and aromatic herb garden is certainly an exceptional way to do just that. Kanuhura’s sublime Chef’s Herb Garden is an exclusive venue reserved for bon vivants who are looking for an unforgettable dinner which will consist of a set menu prepared by the chef using the finest ingredients available on the day, ensuring that no two experiences here will ever be the same.
Kanuhura’s gorgeous A Mano restaurant (which loosely translates into “made by hand”) is situated on the beach with an unrivalled view of the scintillating Indian Ocean and offers guests the choice of dining outside under the palm trees or inside, where guests can enjoy the spectacle of live cooking stations and themed dinners. Here, guests can enjoy beachfront dining at its best as they indulge in delicious homemade delights and unique buffet dinners (every evening there is a different theme) that showcase outstanding global cuisine - each dish made with the freshest ingredients. The buffet breakfast, said to offer among the largest variety of breakfast spreads in the country, offers guests a plethora of breakfast choices and is nothing short of outstanding.
Drift Beach Grill
Located on one of Kanuhura’s deserted neighbouring islands, Jehunuhura, this incredible beachside grill is the perfect option for wild-hearted adventurers looking for a unique culinary experience. Beautifully prepared food is grilled freshly for guests as they lap up the luxury of their ‘own’ deserted private island. Spend the day barefoot as you marvel at the sparkling lagoon or relax on one of the sunbeds under the palms and see if you can spot any of the island's resident rabbits, chickens and hermit crabs.
Kanuhura’s five-star dining options aren’t limited to seated meals at fine dining establishments. The Kanuhura Deli offers an unconventional alternative (of an equally high quality); delicious light meals and healthy drinks that can be ordered ‘to go’. At this trendy establishment, guests can indulge in a variety of delicious teas, freshly-brewed coffees, delectable sandwiches and sweet temptations—decadent homemade ice-creams, moreish waffles and fluffy pancakes to name but a few of them. Order a gourmet takeaway picnic basket to enjoy at leisure as you explore the island.
Let world-class mixologists create exotic cocktails for you that are as beautiful as they are delicious at this novel poolside bar. Tastefully decorated with a modern flair, this bar sports a phenomenal lounge area right on the edge of the infinity pool and boasts magnificent views of the Indian Ocean. With one of the largest selections of local and international cocktails in the Maldives, a visit to the Cowry Club is highly recommended.
Iru Beach Bar
Witnessing a Maldivian sunset from Kanuhura is a truly spectacular experience—something you will never forget, especially when viewed from Iru Beach bar, Iru being the Dhivehi word for ‘sun’. This whimsical, dreamlike bar has been carefully created with gypsetters in mind and is a tropical haven where guests can spend hours enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and gorgeous scenery. Characterised by gypset-style teepees, trademark beaded swing chairs and low-level seating, there’s no better place to watch one of nature’s finest spectacles and welcome in the dusk.
Castaway Picnic On A Deserted Island
Those looking for a Robinson Crusoe-inspired escape are sure to relish the opportunity to embark on a remarkable trip to Masleggihura Island (Kanuhura’s second deserted island) for an exclusive day in paradise. Postcard-perfect tropical vegetation fades into white powdery sands and turquoise waters on this magical island where you can explore the lush surrounds, snorkel the crystal-clear waters and soak up the sun at your leisure, all while a chef expertly prepares a magnificent meal for you on a traditional grill in the sand. Luxury island living doesn’t get better than this.
“ Dig In” Dining on the beach
There’s gourmet treasure to be found in this magical and romantic sunken table dug into the beach where you dine under the stars surrounded by candles and lightings.
At Kanuhura, we take active living seriously. Fitness aficionados wanting to maintain their routine on holiday can do so in a way that works best for them. Keep up the momentum at our state-of-the-art fitness centre, in one of our unique group classes, on our art squash and tennis courts or achieve a full body workout while engaging with our range of water sports.
Exercise your freedom to choose how to maintain your fitness regime. Enjoy a workout in our fully-equipped fitness centre either by yourself or with the guidance of one of our expert personal trainers. For those who enjoy working out in groups, the options are virtually endless; from an incredible Maldivian warrior workout and beach boot camp to a session of kickboxing, aqua fitness or beach boxing—we have it all. You can also start the day with an early morning jog, strengthen your core with Pilates, enjoy our wide array of water sports or explore the island on one of our complimentary bicycles.
Our little gypsetters are in for an adventure of a lifetime at our kid-friendly hotel with activities and entertainment designed to thrill and enchant. The exclusive kids corner at the Boduberu Lounge provides a warm welcome for them, while our floating water park offers hours of fun for kids and adults alike. Allow them to fill their activity passport with amazing experiences: from the tree house in Jehunuhura to an enthralling pirate cruise and mini Olympics. Watch them embrace their creativity with pottery and encourage them to help the local wildlife by becoming a turtle ambassador.
The exceptional kids club at Kanuhura is conveniently and centrally located, near the resort’s reception area and a few metres from the pristine, idyllic beach. Stylishly designed with the same creative bohemian flair as the rest of the resort, it boasts an air-conditioned indoor area perfect for playing games and taking naps. The outdoor area has been carefully created to suit young explorers; the covered terrace offers a safe place for your kids to indulge their creative sides as they paint masterpieces and decorate cupcakes. There is also a splash pool ornately decorated by a three-metre high purple flower “waterfall” and a wonderful wooden jungle gym, which curious and active kids can enjoy to their hearts’ content.
Kanuhura is a quintessential playground
Kanuhura offers little globetrotters a magical experience in paradise and lends itself to an incredible range of activities. Which means that while you are making the most of your time away indulging in some much-deserved downtime, you can rest assured your children are excellently catered for. At the K Club, there is no limit to the possibilities—over and above the facilities at the club itself, kids can partake in a range of water sports (from banana tube rides and sailing to Jetlev), enjoy a specially create kids massage at the gorgeous Kokaa Wellness Retreat and Spa and explore the underwater world (supervised by our expert kids club counsellors, of course).
There are also weekly cooking classes, arts and crafts workshops, fishing trips, movie nights (set under the incredible Maldivian night sky), scavenger hunts and chocolate making classes included in the kids club programme. At the K Club, every day promises a new and exhilarating experience.
There are specifically tailored menus for kids
Our little fans are as important to us as their parents, which is why at the Bottega, Veli and the K Club itself, we offer special menus created with our younger guests’ palates in mind. Instead of the sophisticated fare that their parents can savour at our phenomenal restaurants, kids can indulge in the likes of chicken nuggets, creamy spaghetti, mini cheeseburgers and pizzas, affording them their idea of a culinary journey.
Wellness activities are incorporated in the K Club programme
The wellbeing of our guests is an absolute priority, no matter how young or old they may be. That’s why we include a range of excellent activities centred on wellbeing at the K Club. Kids can learn the basics of yoga with their own special class, they can enjoy the benefits of Zumba for some fun exercise and they can even learn how to indulge in some mini “me time” with our spa pamper days.
Teens can join in the fun too
While teens don’t quite require the attention of younger fans, at Kanuhura they are definitely not forgotten. The weekly programme for teens includes an array of exciting more age-appropriate activities such as beach football and fishing trips.
There are special programmes over Easter and Christmas
Looking to head the Maldives for a memorable Christmas or Easter? Then you and your kids are in for a wonderful treat, with excellent festive season programmes and surprises designed to wow and sure to bring a true sense of occasion and magic to these special celebrations.
There’s always a plan B
The great thing about planning a trip to Kanuhura is that you don’t need to worry too much about the weather not cooperating. Come sunshine or rain, we have an excellent range of activities that are sure to delight both you and your little ones.
Kids can enjoy typically Maldivian activities
What truly sets the K Club apart from any other kids club, is that it has all the offerings already mentioned, set in the tropical idyll of the Maldives. This also brings a huge range of typical Maldivian activities and authentic experiences that kids can enjoy. They can learn how to play the Maldivian drums, also known as the Boduberu, enjoy the excitement of a hermit crab race (where they mark their hermit with their specified number and put them in the same spot in a circle, and see which crab reaches the edge of the circle first) and relish a pirate cruise.
While the pirate cruise is not technically Maldivian, it gives little adventurers the opportunity to navigate its crystalline waters in a wonderful fashion. Kids create their own costumes in a themed arts and crafts session and then don their costumes on an unforgettable trip to one of Kanuhura’s deserted islands to dig for treasure!
The K Club is a complimentary service (with some activities offered for a nominal fee) open daily from 8:30am to 6:30pm and is offered to children between the ages of 4 and 11, with age-appropriate activities enjoyed in two age groups: 4-7 and 8-11. Babysitting services are also available at an extra charge and children between the ages of 2-3 are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or babysitter.
If you are looking for the ideal place to call your home base on a special family holiday to the Maldives than look no further than Kanuhura. This five-star resort has everything you could want for a sensational holiday, where you can enjoy the holiday of your dreams while your children are well looked after, making incredible timeless memories of their own.
Explore the scintillating waters
Water lovers and sun worshippers have no limit to the ways they can enjoy our tropical playground. Hop on board a private boat and head towards the endless horizon or spend the day sailing the seas on a catamaran. Skim the water’s surface on a canoe or a stand up paddle board, and set your inner thrillseeker free while jet skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, water skiing or mono skiing. “Fly” with our Jetlev-Flyer and enjoy the adrenaline rush on our banana boat and fun tubes. Explore the ocean's hidden wonders with our diving excursions through our PADI centre which also offers various diving courses.
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