LHAVIYANI ATOLL, MALDIVES

Sun Resorts owned and managed Kanuhura Maldives has shared the wishes of its coterie of high profile, long-term guests with the world, reimagining a property consisting of three islands in the northern quadrant of the Lhaviyani Atoll for the first time since it opened almost two decades ago.

The thoughts and aspirations of the lovers and dreamers who first set foot on the soft sands of Kanuhura as couples or young families were the cornerstone for the evolution of an island experience they had taken to their hearts over as many as 15 annual visits and whose kids called their second home.

The concept forges an inseparable bond with Kanuhura which for over 1,000 years has been a sanctuary for traders, seafarers and fishermen due to its sheltered location, favourable sea currents and lush vegetation.

It is the main island for accommodation and activities, with Jehunuhura a short two-minute boat ride or 300-metre swim away across the translucent Indian Ocean, where rests dapple-shaded Drift restaurant courtesy of the broad-leaved indigenous pandanus trees; or the recently purchased Masleggihura next door where guests can cast themselves away from reality with just the lapping waves, sea herons and hermit crabs for company.


In the Heart of Kanuhura guests can also discover a local culinary masterclass at A Mano. A Mano translates as “touched by the hand”, an ethos that is celebrated throughout every aspect of the island kitchen. All produce is free range, seasonal and mainly from small growers and producers – a celebration of traditional home cooking found on the trade routes. The design embraces all that is handmade and natural, with lime washed timbers, local stones, and woven fabrics. Table settings are eclectic handmade ceramics.

Simple and elegant lime washed villas and suites have been given more flexibility and space – with the room count coming down from 100 to 80 – to cater to larger families and teenagers with one- to three-bedroom beach and over-water pool villas from 59 sqm to 385 sqm in size.

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