ADVERTORIAL • February 2020
With its turquoise waters and powdery white sand, the Maldives is the perfect-every-time destination: a favourite with families, couples and even solo travellers who set out to master paradise. All you need to decide is where to stay. Let luxury resort Kanuhura win you over…
Lhaviyani Atoll, where Kanuhura lies, has as many secrets waiting to be discovered beneath the ocean’s surface as can be found above it. Open the doors to this hidden underwater world with Kanuhura’s all-inclusive package, where you can have a go at snorkelling and identify the bountiful marine life below with the help of the resort’s expert guides. Rather stay dry? Hop aboard a speedboat and see if you can spot the local spinner dolphins and manta rays on a tour of their favourite hideouts. As the day draws in, watch the sunset aboard a traditional dhoni or enjoy a Hollywood classic under the stars at Kanuhura’s beach cinema.
Kanuhura is the only resort in the Maldives to boast two totally private deserted islands. Bob across by dinghy to explore Jehunuhura and say hello to the hermit crabs, or bask in the secluded sunbeds hidden under the palms. A little further out is Masleggihura, to be admired for its untouched natural beauty. Think dense jungle vegetation and soft white sands. Access is totally exclusive to Kanuhura guests; you can even book out the entire island (complete with a ‘castaway picnic’) for the ultimate romantic evening.
For those seeking a pamper session, Kokaa Wellness Retreat and Spa is a must-try and boasts one of the most comprehensive treatment menus in the Maldives. From opulent facials, marma massages and detoxifying body wraps, all treatments carry the hallmark of quality and are performed by some of the most highly skilled therapists worldwide. For the ultimate wellness moment, choose from one of Kokaa’s ‘spa journeys’, a combination of spa treatments, yoga and meditation to be indulged in over a number of days. Kids can get in on the action too, with a selection of child and teen-friendly offerings on the junior spa menu.
With all this romance and relaxation, there’s still plenty of room for the family, who can enjoy Maldivian life from the quintessential stilt-suspended Water Villa to the three-bedroom Retreat Family Beach Pool Villa with its private veranda and pool. Each of Kanuhura’s villas are designed with privacy and practicality in mind, meaning you can let the kids run free without worry. Little ones will love Kanuhura’s exceptional K Club, providing hours of fun and adventure from hermit-crab racing to scavenger hunts. Meanwhile, teens can chill out in the games room, enjoy a game of beach volleyball, or join their younger siblings at the floating water park.
With five restaurants, two bars and a café to choose from, Kanuhura caters to every appetite. Opt for breakfast at beachfront restaurant A Mano and indulge in pastries, pancakes, exotic fruit and bottomless Buck’s Fizzes. For lunch, why not try Bottega for simple Italian dishes, each with an impeccable wine pairing? Come evening, foodies will go wild for the private culinary experience available at the Chef’s Herb Garden. Sample the exquisite seasonal set menu by candlelight and join in with the interactive culinary demonstrations in Kanuhura’s impressive herbary.